From the makers of award-winning and international hit series Life on Mars, MI-5, and Hustle, comes the new high concept drama Outcasts. When Earth becomes uninhabitable, a surviving group of pioneers decides to leave for the planet Carpathia to rebuild their lives, and hopefully the human race. The series takes viewers into a the new frontier as it explores survival, sex, politics and the drive for power in a new post-Earth era. And as the group continue to work and live together, they come to realize that this brave new world harbors a lurking mystery that threatens to topple the fragile peace they built. Created by Ben Richards (MI-5), the series stars Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty, The L Word), Liam Cunningham (Clash Of The Titans) and Hermione Norris (MI-5, Wire In The Blood).]]>
Outcasts: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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"Outcasts" takes it basic premise from an apocalypse drama with a band of colonists in 2040 trying to survive after a catastrophic event on Earth. Arriving on a primitive new planet, the band must face the problems inherent in structuring a new society under vastly different conditions. Of course, there are different interpretations of how to build a better world and idealism, practicality, and opportunism meet with increasing frequency. On an immediate positive note, the show looks tremendous. Shot in South Africa, it is some beautiful desolation matched by better-than-average effects for a television program.Read more ›
If you enjoy a 70's style pacing and filmic style, with nuanced performances, by three-dimensional & oft-flawed characters, and carefully-crafted/plausible art direction...this show is for you. If you want a blockbuster show to gorge on popcorn to, well then, look elsewhere.
I liked the characters,felt absorbed by their ups and downs.
However, as the story develops, so do loose ends and inconsistencies, for example, as another reviewer already mentioned, in the first episode they introduce a terrific mind-reading machine which is used to ascertain if someone is lying or not, and then in the following episodes the machine is never mentioned even though there are occasions when key characters' credibility is called into question. Also, while the set for the command center and presidential office, looks befitting a futuristic show, the rest of the settlement is poorly designed. Further, from the looks of it, you can hardly believe this is a city of 70,000, for at best you can see a few dozen people milling around. What, would it be so costly to use cgi generated humans to make us believe there are 70,000?
The abrupt and of OUTCASTS reminds me FIREFLY, cancelled after only 1 season. But at least fans of FIREFLY kept up the protest and a conclusion of sorts called SERENITY was produced as a movie.
I wonder if OUTCASTS producers could be induced into giving us the same?
So what went wrong here? I'm a sci-fi junkie and I know full well that a cancellation never reflects on a sci-fi show's quality. In fact most of the best sci-fi shows have been cancelled early. From the original Star Trek, to Farscape, to mayfly lifespan of Firefly - quality science fiction resists appreciation in its time.
Yet that is just not the case for Outcasts. This show deserves its cancellation. Nothing groundbreaking or even particularly interesting happens in its 8 episode run. Each episode, including the pilot watch like a mid-season filler episode that you wade through waiting for the exciting arc episode, except there is no story arc.
The show makes a lot of assumptions. It assumes that the audience will bond with the main characters - but they do nothing in the way of writing scenes that make these characters intriguing, likable, or even detestable. The characters are like paper dolls - one wears the reluctant hero outfit, another the scheming, yet complicated villain. The show is so plot driven they've forgotten to spice up the characters with personality and life. Refusing to take any risks, the audience is served up a cast of McCharacter's that taste the same, no matter what show or genre they're in.
The show doesn't insult, offend, or alienate the viewer - it's just too cautious to be interesting. Too timid to be intriguing. And too confident to work hard for its supper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked the show. I watched it all in less than 2 days on net flicks and was totally disappointed that there was only one season and then cancelled leaving me hanging... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thomas M. Tackett
I watched the series on Hulu, and was impressed. Overall, it is an enjoyable series in the genre' of post-apocalyptic survivors though in this series the survivors relocated to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Napoleon0469
Not your everyday science fiction TV show, Outcasts is well written and unpredictable. The show headed in too many directions all at once and that is ultimately what alienated its... Read morePublished 16 months ago by R. Atkinson
a bit slow , leave earth that is dying, looking for a new home...
a bit "soap opera" ... Read more
An excellent show - really a shame it was canceled. I wish we had more shows like this, especially in the US. Good writing and good acting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Midwest Reader
The acting has been adequate and the story interesting. The concept seems almost believable, but at times there is little hope shown by most of the characters. Read morePublished 20 months ago by MVivar
I haven't seen all of this but it is very entertaining. I don't think I'd want to go through the entire thing though.Published 21 months ago by Suzanne Schumacher
Making only one season of this entertaining show just goes to prove that BBC can be just as idiotic as American networks! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rich Remkus