Oasis: Season 1 (2017)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Oasis is a solid sci-fi yarn that will enthrall viewers who are eager for an interstellar mystery, although some may find these frontiers too familiar.



Critic Ratings: 12

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Mar 17, 2017

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Critic Reviews for Oasis Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

Oasis ... is a taut, suspenseful, character-driven one-hour space drama set in the not-so-distant future on a habitable but increasingly haunted planet, Oasis.

Mar 24, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's not a lot of artistic flair to Kevin MacDonald's direction, but he tells the story cleanly enough and there are some fun quirks to the execution.

Oct 19, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The first episode of Oasis is a tense, well-acted sci-fi drama full of tantalizing, even theological, questions.

Feb 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Oasis is occasionally too hefty, but when it can relax it works as an interesting and haunting mystery laced with mysticism and a lingering creepiness.

Mar 22, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Oasis is mysterious and provocative, feeling like the closest thing to Battlestar Galactica since Battlestar Galactica.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

If the point was to get viewers hooked, this should certainly do the trick.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

You've seen everything on Oasis before, done both much better and probably much worse. I'll probably hold out for better versions in the future.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

People who watch nothing but SyFy programming and GoT disciples who really miss Robb Stark are the target audience here; everyone else may feel like this slow-burn space-madness headscratcher simply isn't their cup of Tang.

Mar 20, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The storytelling does an excellent job of establishing a sense of place, then working within it to create an increasingly suspenseful experience.

Mar 17, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The show is based on the cult novel "The Book of Strange New Things," by Michel Faber, and presents a convincing if intentionally uninviting view of the future, where Patsy Cline music is pumped in on a continuous loop.

Mar 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Oasis: Season 1

  • Nov 02, 2018
    great show plenty to continue on!
  • Jan 18, 2018
    On account of the total lack of science, this science fiction pilot (after the first and only episode so far) can only be described as religious fiction, traveling with the implausibility drive across the galaxy. In an era of Interstellars and Martians, no sci-fi production should abandon all science and wander through the valley of the unenlightened. Here is why. One: space ship ex machina. It begins with the same problem "Interstellar" had: How can a society fighting for its bare existence possibly have the political, scientific and economical means as well as actual natural and technological resources to not just fund interstellar space travel and build the necessary space vehicles, but to also build some whopping domiciles on a planet that is apparently "on the other side of the galaxy"? This would represent a feat of literally astronomical dimensions. The fact that it is supposed to happen in a few decades makes it all the less plausible. It would probably cost trillions of Euros to build a fleet of rockets to bring all the manpower and the machinery and the habitats (etc. etc.) to ? near earth orbit! I am not even talking about the space stations and space docks needed to build the interstellar ships, load them with all the loot and people and ship them to where ever. It would probably bankrupt the earth or at least collapse international, worldwide economics on a well-functioning planet - it would be simply impossible on this near future broken down earth. Two: Protagonist Readiness. Our protagonist needs about 5 minutes to go from someone who "fought against the OASIS program" to "count me in bro". This is poor character building. But he needed to be on the planet and weird ghost things must happen in the pilot, otherwise there will be no episode two. Still, disappointing and inconceivable. Three: Recruit Jackassery. Seeing the new bunch of people slipping into their space suits in old-school NASA orange it becomes apparent that future astronaut selection is apparently done by a chimp. Astronaut training (for those not selected last minute) for being a part of a colony mission somewhere takes two months (instead of several years for JUST a "simple" near earth orbit mission). They are replacements and additional personnel, but it costs fortunes to actually find, recruit and train just ONE person. EVERY chosen man MUST be of incredible value in a certain area of expertise (like a botanist on Mars). Since it is extremely expensive to send even ONE person up to orbit the number of said experts is very low. If one should fall out of the program, several substitutes underwent the same rigorous training, just for the tiny tiny possibility that the main expert should become inoperative. So it is absolutely impossible someone would butcher carefully organized and trained people for a last minute replacement WITH ABSOLUTELY NO AREA OF USEFUL EXPERTISE FOR SPACE TRAVEL. On a side note: apparently the people they need are overweight drillers and failed cops (!). This is "Armageddon" all over again... Four: The impossibility drive. Here is what we know: 1) The planet is VERY far away - someone said on the other side of the galaxy (!) 2) They travel there in a rocket (apparently), which uses fuel 3) Since the leader of the colony is missing for a week, but he sent for the priest before that, the actual travel time for the bunch of nerds was somewhere between an hour and a few days - maximum. 4) This story is set in our universe (not in some fancy comic universe where the Millenium Falcon needs 12 Parsecs for the Kessel Run) and is therefore bound to our physical laws. Here is what we also know: The nearest solar system to ours is 4.5 light years or so away (Alpha Centauri). The NEAREST. "The other end of the galaxy" is approx 100.000 light years off. So... Conclusion: Since there is no other conceivable alternative, humanity somehow got their hands on the improbability drive from "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", a device which takes ships across all distances instantaneously (however improbable that may sound). Plus: the rocket obviously used some kind of chemical reaction for its DeltaV. There might just be a slight fuel problem somewhere between here and the other side of the galaxy. Or: They used that wormhole-drive which landed the crew of the "Event Horizon"-ship directly in hell. This would actually make some sense (see point six). Five: Unrelativity. It is not possible to travel at light speed or beyond, since it would take an infinite amount of energy to do so. There is just no way they could possibly go to this planet AT ALL, let alone in a few days. And even if they would travel there at light speed, all of humanity would probably be long gone when they somehow survive and arrive. Their journey would have lasted exactly 0 seconds (thanks Einstein!), while on Earth or planet OASIS millennia would have come to pass. Plus: how the hell do they send E-Mails with video attachment back and forth? Did they also bring geosynchronous satellites to Oasis? How are they operated? Probably from the Earth Room LSD pit… Six: Planet Hell. So in order to save a starving civilization on Earth people have chosen to colonize Oasis: A tatooiney rocky desert planet on the other side of the galaxy, with little or no surface water and no perceivable flora or fauna. Fantastic. Even now we know about a bunch of exoplanets in the habitable zone of other solar systems a million times more welcoming. Plus: Where does all the fresh Oasis air come from, when there is no flora for photosynthesis? They probably drilled for that too or something... To sum up: A planet with no money sends people without any useful expertise to a useless planet.
  • Oct 29, 2017
    I stumbled on to this show randomly last night. On the screen it said it was Episode one of Season one. I watched and half way through I knew I would want to keep watching the show. When I went to look for episode two, I learned this came out in early 2017 but no other episodes were ever released. It's now late 2017 and still no sign of more episodes. I just did a quick web search and although reviews are very favorable, it doesn't look like it's currently in production. That's disappointing because I enjoyed the premise.
  • Oct 28, 2017
    Brilliant! Why no news AMAZON! Give us 1 episode everyone loves it and no news! bS
  • Sep 17, 2017
    Season 1, Episode 1. Mixes religious questions with futuristic scifi. Good cast, good acting, I really enjoyed it and I hope the series continues on.
  • Sep 02, 2017
    Awesome pilot I hope it is picked up. Would love to see what is in store for the crew.
  • Aug 20, 2017
    Engaging, fresh and current. Great casting
  • May 03, 2017
    Soooooooooo good! Cant wait for more!
  • Apr 24, 2017
    Fabulous first episode. Can't wait to see more. Bravo to Amazon for creating a compelling show with strong characters and an edge-of-your-seat suspense.
  • Apr 20, 2017
    Amazing original show, with elements of the early Lost seasons, a little "Pitch Black" and a lot of ??? Without further episodes, we'll never know.

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