As a glimpse of scientists at work and as an argument for conservation, "African Odyssey" (8 tonight on Channels 28, 50, 15 and 24) is enlightening, even entertaining. As a piece of journalism, it isn't as successful.
The National Geographic Society sent James and John Lipscomb, a father-and-son film crew, into the Kalahari with American zoologists Mark and Delia Owens, a personable married couple whose earlier research had resulted in a best-selling book, "Cry of the Kalahari."
They return to the site of their earlier work and resume the study of their specialties, lions and brown hyenas. The film records the painstaking efforts that such research involves, including such mundane details as flying laundry to the nearest town, 100 miles away.
But it also captures their exhilaration when the Owenses succeed in attaching radio collars to recalcitrant lions, or when they come upon the dens that house the hyenas they used to know.