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

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Format: 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051SFTNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,821 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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30 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 11 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
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea that lost its footing along the way August 17, 2011
Format:DVD
Judge Roman Martel, DVD Verdict-- There is a lot to like about the series, and yet it ends up shooting itself in the foot. But lets start with the good stuff. The basic premise about a group of humans struggling to survive on an alien world has a lot of promise. When the series deals with some of these challenges directly, it's gripping stuff. There are strange atmospheric storms, areas of the planet that release high levels of radiation and the native life forms that may be able to clone humans. When the world of Carpathia is explored, Outcasts is at its most interesting. But the series holds back, never really delving into these idea.

For all the good points, the end result is a disappointment. The big culprit here is the execution of the story. Outcasts can't seem to figure out what it wants to be: a gripping character drama, a police procedural, or a sci-fi survival story. It tries to juggle all the elements and ends up missing the boat on all of them. Outcasts has the feel of a series that somewhere along the line, someone got cold feet. They didn't want this to get too sci-fi and too otherworldly. Instead they opted to increase the drama. Every character has a past, every past manages to rear its head and everyone ends up on the verge of tears at some point in the series. With all the angst, bitterness and anguish going around; the surrounding issues of survival and exploration get pushed to the background. This focus on dramatics and grittiness keeps the whole tone very dower. There is a little humor here and there, but as a whole the dialogue is dry.

The sci-fi elements are present, with the ACs and the intelligent life forms on the planet, but too often they are pushed aside for a mother and daughter conflict or a manhunt for a murderer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 23 days 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 28 days 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 1 month 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 3 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 4 months ago by WakkyWabbit
4.0 out of 5 stars Illegal! Immoral! ... end it without an ending, that is :-)
I cannot get over the fact that they simply cancelled it without giving us a conclusion. If, after watching 8 reasonably OK episodes, you will get infuriated at being left hanging,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kristina O'Donnelly
5.0 out of 5 stars I KNOW IT'S not the END!!!??? RIGHT!!??
I really loved this show, BUT WHAT HAPPENED!!!. My goodness, talk about leaving a person hanging in deep space. Read more
Published 11 months ago by lynn shockley .
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Show
This is a different type of SciFi show, not unique, but different. It has a good cast and is well filmed in South Africa not Australia as some reviewers have said. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul Heyse
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and Deceptively Epic
There's more to this series than meets the eye. The acting alone is sublime. There is a lot going on with a number of complex characters, each with their own back story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by AJ1905
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid postmodern sci-fi adventure
The first couple episodes start off slow, which is understandable, given all the world building and characterization needed, but by the final episode, the action is full-on. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rachel Aukes
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