Outcasts make a living on New Planet in new BBC Series [TV Review]

Outcast is a new TV series from the BBC and BBC America and the one I have had most hope for this season and this is my first take on it.

It is about how outcasts and refugees from a devastated Earth make a new home for themselves on Carpatia. We start with shat might be the last ship from earth approaching the planet. The captain complains of technical difficulties and what we understand from ground control there have been fatalities with previous ships seems like a bit of a rush job there getting off earth.

Then we get introduced to the characters and the colonists’ base Forthhaven built around a huge landed colony ship. There is great scenery, kids and people moving around. We are also introduced to this episodes main character Mitchell as he walks into town.

Michel is something of a leader among the military personnel but he also has his own agenda to take his family and move outside the safety of the town. Problem is he is not exactly stable as we soon are to discover. Without revealing to much of what happens later it has a bit of frontier police force action combined with the thrill of the newly arrivals and if they are going to be able to land safely.

The cast looks promising and I am happy with the chemistry and the bits and pieces of humor that it shows here. There is Richard Tate the elected president that has had to take some real though decisions already. The peace and security officers are quite interesting especially the guy that walks around with a piglet.

We don’t learn so much about the planet this first episode beside that is has peculiar geological hazzards.

Great start of a new series I am really looking forward to the next episode.

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  • Can’t say I’ve been impressed. The BBC touted this show as “hard scifi” and “compelling drama”. Only, I don’t see it:
    1) So you have a solar system that for some reasons is close enough to ours within the 21st century that we can reach it via STL in five years? Bollocks. The nearest solar system is how far away? 4 LY? We’re talking about at least 80% the speed of light and the orbital infrastructure to build them damn things, before 2 0 4 0. Even friggin’ Avatar had the good sense to push for a more realistic, “hard” date than that, and their ships were massive ressource hogs with miniscule crews and cargo capacity. And yes, they can travel interstellar distances, but they can’t fix a heat shield – or for that matter, install an unbroken one at the start.

    2) For some undetermined reason back on Earth the nuclear apocalypse has happened, but they had enough of a forewarning to get a colonization program founded and running…by whom, exactly? How? Why?

    The whole idea of the story is about them being apparently the last humans to go around, and there is no way for them not to have realized this, especially not after the plague! So, you have a government that can look into people’s brains, spies on its soldiers, prohibits weapons to be carried by those very soldiers inside a frontier settlement on an unknown planet, prohibits cloning of foodstock – but god forbid it actually worked on, you know, populating the damn planet and breeding humans!? If this series really wanted to be deep and go that one step further it would have taken the ambitious path to actually explore that very situation and not turned it into East Enders in Space (or, rather, South Africa): How would people from a modern western society deal when faced with the choice to abandon that very egalitarian model or dying out in two generations?

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  • Cestangle

    Yeah the hard science is flawed but I got to say I had to keep watching to the end of the season. Had to laugh at myself when I realized the power hungry religious cloaked bad guy was the only one with an American accent. Must mean the actors had me where they wanted me.

  • Stu

    I hope there is a second season.  I enjoyed season 1 a great deal.