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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 16 2011
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B0051SFTNE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,784 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Outcasts: Season One (Blu-Ray)

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Great show. Great story lines, great characters, reminds of the show Lost and Battle Star Galatica in one. An altogether good entertaining show, wish it were still alive
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb6957294) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb69a1f48) out of 5 stars A Sci-Fi Series That Struggled With a Great Premise, Got Noticeably Better, And Ended In Eight Episodes June 2 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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. But striving for a realistic tone, the show is hampered (especially initially) by lethargic pacing, ham fisted screenplays, and a perpetually downbeat feel that fails to distinguish its primary characters to any degree. The premiere, in my opinion, is especially dour bordering on uninvolving--but things tend to be shaping up by Episode 4. Then again, there are only 8 episodes.

Part of the problem seems to be that the show has a terrific premise and admirable ambitions, but seems unclear which direction to follow. The show begins with the planet already colonized, so much of the initial drama of facing a dangerous new land and surviving is muted and left unexplored. This might have made for a harrowing human drama! But still, the story might have been rife with political intrigue and struggle--but when attempting more complex story lines that might challenge the viewer, the show seems to opt for tidy solutions. I'd have liked to see a complicated and messy mythology develop over traditional soap opera conventions. Still, the characters got more fully delineated as the episodes progressed--and this certainly helped the story telling aspects of the narrative.

There are a few familiar faces including Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty) as well as a first episode assist by Battlestar Gallactica alum Jamie Bamber. As President, my favorite performance was from Liam Cunningham. But, in general, the actors do all right with the limitations of an occasionally clunky script. There's a good idea at work here, it just never particularly reaches fruition. It improves significantly as the season progresses, but whether or not it's worth a DVD investment will vary for everyone. Some may love it, some may hate it--I'm in the middle ground. I suggest catching an episode or two before committing to a DVD purchase--it is slated for an American broadcast later this month on BBC America. KGHarris, 6/11.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb69b2390) out of 5 stars Brilliant but canceled Oct. 26 2011
By alphaomg - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb69b2090) out of 5 stars Illegal! Immoral! ... end it without an ending, that is :-) May 1 2013
By Kristina O'Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
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?
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb69b27d4) out of 5 stars Bland - Torpid - Static Aug. 18 2012
By Megan Hewins - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb69b2eac) out of 5 stars Characters too entrenched in their roles... June 12 2012
By R S Cobblestone - Published on Amazon.com
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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