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post May 25 2007, 11:18 AM
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According to reports on Digital Spy and SFX, the BBC and Kudos (makers of Life on Mars and Spooks) are teaming up to make a new sci-fi series called Outcasts.

The premise of the series, as reported by Digital Spy:

"Outcasts will depict a future where the existence of the Earth is looking bleak, and the inhabitants are desperate to find an alternative home in the universe.

The series will follow a group of social misfits and criminals - the 'outcasts' - who are sent to a new settlement on a nearby planet.

Jane Featherstone, joint managing director, Kudos Film and Television, added: "The colonisation of space by humans is only a matter of time, and we think that Ben Richards' brilliant vision of what life will be like when that happens will offer audiences a dramatic, original and entertaining new drama arena."


SFX elaborates further:

"It's called Outcasts, it's set in a future where Earth's future is looking precarious, and it concerns humanity's colonisation of outer space. The outcasts of the title are social misfits and criminals (ranging from "the brilliant deviant to the petty thief") who are given their liberty... in return for being plonked on a nearby planet as pioneer colonists. Sounds a bit like the early days of Australia - but in space!

The Beeb's press release says that "Outcasts is a tense and fast-paced series about co-operation and conflict, idealism and power, sexual competition and love. Most of all it is about life's big imperatives Ė cheating death, seeking suitable mates and surviving as a species."


Sounds like anti-Star Trek to me!
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post May 25 2007, 11:33 AM
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Could be good.
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post May 25 2007, 11:53 AM
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QUOTE (Raven @ May 25 2007, 12:18 PM)
Sounds like anti-Star Trek to me!
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No bad thing. tongue.gif


Doesn't sound too bad a premise to me. I shall give it a whirl when it arrives.
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post May 25 2007, 11:59 AM
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QUOTE (Ade @ May 25 2007, 12:53 PM)
No bad thing.  tongue.gif
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I knew there was a reason I liked you. tongue.gif
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post May 25 2007, 12:04 PM
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Assuming they give it the budget to match the idea this could be good. Fortunately, the previous involvement with Life On Mars, as well as the Beeb's upswing in attention to sci-fi shows in the last year or so, makes this seems quite likely.
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post May 25 2007, 12:26 PM
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Let's just hope it's not another Invasion Earth . . .

BBC Press Release for Outcasts.
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post May 25 2007, 01:53 PM
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I'd like it if they were really bad people, like Oz in space.
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post Feb 7 2011, 10:13 AM
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Just a reminder for everyone, but this starts tonight, BBC One at 9pm.
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post Feb 9 2011, 12:00 AM
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Parts one and two down, and it's trying so gosh darn hard to be a British version of Galactica (i.e. same story, no expensive CGI space ships).

I'm not sure if I like it or not just yet, but I will probably keep watching. For now.
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post Feb 9 2011, 08:06 AM
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Needs more lens flare.
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post Feb 9 2011, 06:53 PM
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I watched the first and thought it was very poor. I didn't realise that it was on last night. Is it worth my time to catch up?
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post Feb 9 2011, 07:15 PM
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My jury is still out on that one.
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post Feb 9 2011, 08:02 PM
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I don't think it will (or can) get any better than episodes one and two. They shot themselves in the chest - har, har - by killing killing the most interesting character, played by the best actor in the first episode.

But my biggest problem with it is some really laboured dialogue, frustratingly badly delivered. The Americans can get away with melodrama, but it just doesn't work spoken by Brits. This, combined with some really badly crowbarred exposition makes for cringeworthy viewing at times.

It seems the only way we can make a good science fiction show is to make it funny (Misfits, Being Human), or exhume a Bronte and having her write a story about Victorians in space.

On the upside I love the lens flare.
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post Feb 9 2011, 08:46 PM
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I think one of the problems with series like this is in having a short run and a relatively large cast, and all the dancing around they have to do to get everyone introduced in the first episode.

American shows typically run for at least 13 episodes, and quite often 22 to 26, and this gives their writers more time to set up story threads and to introduce characters. Look at Heroes, for example, they had a huge cast, but they were introduced over weeks rather than in one confusing and dull hit.

British shows generally just don't have the luxury to do things at that pace, so they are forced to spend a disproportionate amount of time in the first few episodes doing dull meet and greets.

Having said that though, one of the best introductions to a cast, that does take place in one episode and is over and done with in the first few minutes, is the Firefly episode The Train Job (the "second" pilot for the show). A quick tour through the ship, everyone gets a look in and itís made clear what they do, and then itís straight into the plot with the characterís background being filled in from there. Bish, bash, bosh, job's a good 'un!
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post Feb 9 2011, 08:54 PM
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QUOTE (Jessopjessopjessop @ Feb 9 2011, 08:02 PM) *
But my biggest problem with it is some really laboured dialogue, frustratingly badly delivered.

This is my beef also. There's a lot of it.
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