ODESSA is a serial drama set in a stark near future where the global economy has collapsed and Texas secedes from the U.S. amidst social chaos, cutting ties and re-forming itself as a sovereign nation for the first time since 1845: The Republic of Texas.
“Come and take it” has been a Texas rally cry since the motto graced a banner of defiance at the first battle of the Texas Revolution in 1835, and that bravado is the heart and soul of the new republic. For its citizens, it could be said there are now only two places left in the world: Texas, and Ain’t Texas.
With its abundant natural resources, robust economy, politically conservative leadership, independent power grid, and a notorious history of proud self-identity, Texas initially flourishes as an economic haven and emerging world power, seemingly immune to the crises that paralyze much of the heartland, and the world.
The result is a complete reversal of the border dynamic for millions of Americans, and this fundamental ironic contradiction is at the core of ODESSA:
People have long been willing to risk their lives to get into America. What if Americans were suddenly willing to do the same to get out?
To be clear, the goal of ODESSA will be neither to vilify nor sanctify Texas, simply to challenge our own American identity as a nation and the far-reaching effects that seismic social shifts and partisanship can have in a new gilded age.
At times the narrative may condemn the modern secessionist movement as a “careful what you wish for” cautionary tale. At others, it may support that brash ideology. Raise the question.
Ultimately though, ODESSA will live or die purely on the merit of its characters, and the conflicts developed on both sides through relationships tested by the unique world we’ve created.
Odessa’s stories will exist on the most intimate, personal scales and on the largest, national and international political stages. In ghost towns and glass towers, honkytonks and oval offices, bedrooms and border fences.
Above all, the dominating, unifying idea that governs all storylines in ODESSA will be: “A House Divided.”
“ODESSA. It’s a world that looks so very far away. You know what’s really scary? It’s not.”
~ Richard Propes, “The Independent Critic”
ODESSA occupies a dark future where, despite being “too big to fail,” the U.S. has fractured due to political and economic crises of unspecified cause. In this oil-starved new world, the Republic of Texas is a lone star of prosperity in a shattered North America. Outside its borders, communication, power and commerce grids have shut down, and desperation grips millions now landlocked and stranded on the wrong side of the fence.
This idea will be a key element throughout our narrative: the plausibility of our story world. This isn’t a MAD MAX fantasy. We want our viewers to believe every bit of this could happen.