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Outcasts: Season One [Blu-ray]

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Outcasts: Season One (Blu-Ray)


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4.0 out of 5 stars Outcasts Jan. 24 2013
By Jayson
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  36 reviews
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 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
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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost Earth 2: Season 2 March 30 2012
By Jason Coffey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Well I both loved and hated this show. I absolutely love stories of starting, or still frontier colony worlds having to build up and get on their feet. Very fascinating! However, while this is worth a rental or stream - its not complete enough to be worth a purchase. Earth 2 was, this is not.

Great:
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1) Spectacular South Africa scenary for the planet.
2) Reasonable near future equipment and clothing
3) Nice enough CGI on the starships, though a wasteful design (You could harvest the rear section for materials)

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1) Earth 2 was never concluded, but you knew they were getting to the site, and would survive. This series ends with 3 seperate conflicts heating up: A) The AC;s, B) The Aliens, C) The 10th Transport
2) Body armor anyone? Not a single piece of protective gear is in use by the XP's forces when Ballistic weapons are still in use. Neither vests nor helmets.
3) Killing off the most interesting character in the first episode, and never really resolving if he killed his wife or not.
4) Scientific inability to safely enter an atmosphere after 11 years on planet. Yet they can NOE the passenger pod of Transport #10, and come in with a stealth mode.
5) Poor starship design - Their oneway starships they are unable to use the rear half of as orbitals, or additional building materials once on the surface.
6) I understand the electromagnetics messing up flight, so they discontinued the use of flyers. However, what about Cars, Trucks, or even Horses. Something. Anything. Land Rover should have done a deal like Hummer did for Earth 2.
7) Undetectable Colonial Transport #10 that their sensors cannot see, nor their communications network pick up.

It had a lot of promise. It was pretty and worth a single view.
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