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Outcasts: Season One

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).

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • 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 (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051SFT34
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 2, 2011
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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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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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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, slowly turning in the wind, do not start watching this at all. It is not terrific, but as I've said, it is a reasonably OK show with a good premise. The world is finally gone kaput through human greed (wars and famine etc.) and a leftover group of approx. 70,000 have made a planet named Carpathia their new home and done a good job of settling it.
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?
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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. There is very little trace of the interference of some studio executive trying to fit characters into our popular molds and concepts of the day in an effort to manipulate the audience into high ratings through cheap action, mindless dialogue, or steamy sex scenes. No attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator. No wonder it failed. The situations seem fairly real. Many people probably did not even catch the discussion about the difficulties of finding crops that will thrive on a new planet. As with any low budget science fiction there are a few loose holes, but I have never seen a better good but flawed vs. Machiavellian evil comparison. I am very picky about what science fiction I like, but this is a winner.
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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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