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Outcasts: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2011)

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051SFTNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the makers of the 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 new frontier as it explores survival, sex, politics and the drive for power in a new post-Earth era. And as the group continues 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).

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
There is no denying the impressive track record of efficient, surprising, and fun science fiction programming that the BBC network has championed. Whether it is the contemporary Dr. Who, the risque Torchwood, the fast paced Primeval, the original Being Human, the intriguing Survivors or any number of other older programs--there really is a bit of everything for fans of the genre. The 2010 series "Outcasts" may be one of the more divisive of recent entries. Upon its television debut, viewers seemed to be instantly supportive or vocally dismissive. As with any TV show, people are going to think what they are going to think--but BBC ended the show after its eight episode first season run due to lack of a significant viewing audience. At once, the decision is completely understandable and somewhat disappointing. There is no denying that the show had some significant flaws, but as the episodes progressed--it seemed to be working itself out. Whether or not it would ever have developed into great television will never be known, but what we're left with is an interesting show that fell short of success.

"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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but canceled October 26, 2011
A brilliant premise, which was well-crafted, but cut short before its time. Some reviews have called the show boring or plodding -- and I contest that. "Outcasts" is a mystery in addition to SF and its slow-boil works to that end. So many people expect thrill-a-minute excitement -- with explosions! and dinosaurs! and ridiculous jump-cut action sequences every two seconds..."Outcasts" is decidedly not that. And "thank goodness", I say.
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Characters too entrenched in their roles... June 12, 2012
Format:DVD
In Outcasts, thousands of people have escaped a ravaged Earth and journeyed to the planet Carpathia to rebuild the human race. Eventually, the ships with new colonists stop arriving. This series begins 15 years after the establishment of the colony, with 70,000 inhabitants. Unfortunately, a "plague" killed many of the original children, and the reproduction rate of the colonists is approaching nil. Many of the colonists seem to have a history; in a way, they are 'outcasts" from Earth. In addition, there are outcasts from the colony, who want their revenge on Carpathia.

There are 8 episodes of this series, and it ends abruptly and without any closure to the many story lines. The characters demonstrate little growth and sophistication throughout the show, and a "mind-reading" device introduced in the first episode is then never used to uncover the truth to real mysteries. Go figure.

I had to see this, since I'm a sci-fi junkie. Rather forgettable, but I think it would have improved over time. Alas, there is no time now for redemption.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland - Torpid - Static August 18, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
This show had every ingredient for success. An excellent cast of veteran actors - neat sci-fi starter story idea - excellent cinematography - and it all comes together to fall completely flat.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sci fi ...
a bit slow , leave earth that is dying, looking for a new home...
a bit "soap opera" ... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Marguette
5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid sci-fi
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Midwest Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat depressing series.
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 more
Published 2 months ago by MVivar
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes
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 2 months ago by Suzanne Schumacher
4.0 out of 5 stars "Outcasts" should NOT have been made to be outcasted!
Making only one season of this entertaining show just goes to prove that BBC can be just as idiotic as American networks!
Published 3 months ago by Rich Remkus
4.0 out of 5 stars great
this is a good series that kept me interested all the way through am looking forward to series two. Supplier was great
Published 4 months ago by G. W. Stoker
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay just not my favorite
Could have been better but mainly just not my type space movie since it is planet side mostly but not too bad priced to check out and decide for yourself!
Published 4 months ago by will whaley
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Sci-Fi series gets canned before its time
I really loved this series. Beautiful cinematography, complex characters, great acting, and a touching love story (my next pair of cats will be named Cas and Fleur). Read more
Published 4 months ago by r3
5.0 out of 5 stars Best qualities of science fiction
This show has the best qualities of science fiction; it explores human nature in a setting which opens up new possibilities and new realities. It has a realistic feel to it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CelticNatureBoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done British SciFi with a short life.
Outcasts was produced by Kudos in the U.K. Kudos has produced some great shows and Outcasts was one of their short lived series. Read more
Published 8 months ago by WakkyWabbit
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