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Trailer: Outcasts

While SF on TV in the States is in quite a lull, the Brits are upping the ante with an honest to goodness harder core SF series that even has spaceships, albeit for just a little while. The new 8 part mini-series is called Outcasts that is appearing on BBC One right now. Here’s the scoop on the plot:

A group of courageous pioneers face a unique opportunity: the chance to build a new and better future on another planet.

That’s short and sweet, but doesn’t tell us much. A quick Google gives us a better summary from Science Fiction World:

…The planet offers the possibility for both corruption and redemption; while they try to avoid the mistakes made on Earth, inevitably our heroes cannot escape the human pitfalls of love, greed, lust, loss, and a longing for those they’ve left behind.

As they continue to work and live together they come to realize this is no ordinary planet… is there a bigger purpose at work? Mystery lurks around them and threatens to risk the fragile peace of Forthaven.

That’s much better. But my first thought after watching this trailer…?

Earth 2, the short-lived U.S. SF television series about a group of colonists who leave Earth, looking for a chance to build a better life on another planet. The ideas seem very similar, right down to the colony ship exploding in orbit forcing the colonists to land before they are ready (I’m surmising here in the case of Outcasts). I’m not saying Outcasts isn’t good, just noting the similarity with Earth 2, sans the Kurgen Clancy Brown.

Secondly, that last sentence in the description caught my eye. Must every SF show nowadays have a ‘mystery’ lurking in the background, driving the plot forward? Not every show needs that to be good, but apparently that’s what writers of TV SF today think. I blame J.J. Abrams. In any case, I’d like to see Outcasts when it, hopefully, hits BBC America and some point in the future.

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8 Comments on Trailer: Outcasts

  1. Living in the UK I have had the ‘pleasure’ of watching the 1st two episodes of this show and must say I am not that impressed…. to much retarded plotting, uninteresting characters and a cast that looks like they are reading off a telepromt half the time… mixed in with a good chunk of NOT talking about mysteries that is meant to build tension but jsut annoys the hell out of me.

    Give it a go, according to some of the reviews I ahve seen and comments from friends they are enjoying this… to me its just mroe lame retarded tv made for the mentally challenged :-/

  2. I’ve seen the first two episodes, and I really dug them – it’s a pretty cool show so far, and I’m liking the storyline that they have going, some of the characters, but most of all, the look and feel of the show. If there’s one thing that US shows should learn from the BBC, it’s how to use a camera, because I’m usually impressed with how things look over there, and there’s just no comparison. 


    I’m mainly happy that there’s still some rather original thinking – this show might have been inspired by quite a bit, but it’s not part of a franchise or based off of a preexisting story. So far, I’m impressed, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the episodes. 

  3. JP – It is slated to hit BBCA at some point this year. 

  4. I credit the bbc for giving shows like this the chance, but in this case its just not very good.

    A good attempt and the bbc should keeping backing sci-fi but for me this one just falls flat. I’ll keep watching to support the bbc taking a chance with prime time sci-fi and you never know it might get better

  5. I just wish they would take a chance on giving me the viewer more intelligence and develop plot and story arcs that made sense, with plausible characters. :-/

  6. From the very small summary of the plot it sounds very much like Frederick Pohl’s novel Jem.

  7. I’m loving it. šŸ™‚ Sci-fi set in a hot `n` sunny rural countryside. That alone makes it worth watching. Imagine if they crash landed somewhere cold, wet `n` cloudy. A big turn-off indeed.


    One thing to remember is that with it being The BBC, the dialogue has to be easy enough for kids to follow and the action/violence tame enough as to not trip censorship. I think this is a fantastic series and its the only thing on telly that makes me rush home and cram it into my schedule before bed.


    I think the acting is faultless althoughhey maybe should’ve cast rugged looking Rudi as the Cass character as I think he has more of a `copper` aura about him but again maybe a meek `copper` was cast for the benefit of the under 18 audience, not to scare them or some-such.


    If you think about it, this series could, run and run and run well into series 7 or so. A big `ol planet full of undiscovered stuff and human cloning. Imagine is the ACs had their own cloning vat hidden out of sight of Fort Haven… series 8, 9 and 10 etc.


    Great writing, acting and cgi. Well done chaps! šŸ™‚

  8. LMAO, give me some of what your smoking please.

    This is a drama that airs after the watershed, that means it doesn’t have to be kiddie friendly… This is in the time slot as Spooks when we saw a woman having her head deep fat fried for crying out loud. Or for a more recent comparison its on in the same time slot as Torchwood CoE, where we had violent and brutal character deaths, including the main character sacrificing a child at the end of the show…

    If the BBC acted the way that American netwroks do in dropping shows then i doubt this would make it to the end of its 6 episode run the way it has been shedding viewers. Yes the premise for this show has the potential to run and run… its jsut a shame the show recognises none of that potential instead producing brain killing retarded characters, retarded plot hooks and about as much tension as a strip tease by Susan Boyle…. Its simply attrocious!

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