Review: Odd Passenger (2009 Webseries)

Creator: Dean Koontz
Writer: Jerry White
Director: Jack Paccione, Jr.

I’m a huge Odd Thomas fan. This is a four-part webisode series available here on YouTube that follows Odd as he hitchhikes between Brother Odd and Odd Hours. The first episode is basically his “I’m Odd Thomas, and I see dead people” spiel, followed by the hook to get you to watch the other three episodes. We catch up to Odd as he hitchhikes, being picked up by a man named Perkins. Odd goes to throw his bag in the backseat, only to see a lingering young woman with an X carved on her forehead who solemnly points at Perkins. “Some days are more interesting than others….”

Anthony Marks, the young man playing Odd isn’t really how I pictured the character, but that’s okay. His performance worked well enough, and they managed to get the right tone with the voiceover narration, which is one of the things I’ve always felt they would have a hard time with if they filmed the books. Definitely worth the fifteen to twenty minutes it takes to watch the series, especially if you’re as much of a fan of the series as I am.

UPDATE: This is apparently not canon, as Odd later states in Deeply Odd that he’s only met one other person who could see spirits, meaning the young British lad he mentions that gave the Bodachs their name. Still worth seeing, but be aware of its non-canonical state.

THE ODD THOMAS SERIES, BY DEAN KOONTZ
Prequel: You Are Destined To Be Together Forever
Book I: Odd Thomas
Book II: Forever Odd
Book III: Brother Odd
Book IV: Odd Hours
Interlude: Odd Interlude
Book V: Odd Apocalypse
Book VI: Deeply Odd
Book VII: Saint Odd
Manga Prequel Series
Odd Passenger (Non-Canon Webseries)

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