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.