THE PLOT THUS FAR
With Earth rapidly becoming uninhabitable, pioneers seek to colonize the harsh terrain of the planet Carpathia. 10 years later, the town of Forthaven faces danger as the planet’s dark secrets are revealed.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Despite a promising premise, the last of Earth’s survivors are rather flat. Fleeing Earth following an unexplained cataclysm, they are forced to live out on a new world and re-build society and survive the planets harsh hazards, it mostly falls flat. Part of this comes from a bad sense of what to do with the concept…instead of watching the first wave of settlers start to build a settlement and the struggles for power and resources that entails, we come too late, they have a whole town going with electricity, law and order and even a gun ban. It’s like we’ve missed the really good parts, you know, the compelling struggle, fighting and survival.
Outcasts is also great at creating tension without resorting to one- dimensional card-carrying villains pointing guns at the heroes. Again, I’ve got no problems with the Daleks – in fact, I rather love them – but it is nice to see a show break from the mold every once in a while and do something original. The special effects are probably the best I’ve seen in a TV series. That’s a bold claim, but I stand by it – and you know why? It’s because they are used in moderation. There’s a few shots in the first episode of the space ship above Carpathia, and they all look beautiful. The “white- out” in episode 3 also looks great and believable – as do the effects marking its approach (the odd effect it has on the sunlight…) and the shot of it from space.
The Blu-Ray comes with a set tour and a semi-commentary featurette from the cast and crew. The A/V Quality continues the streak of amazing releases from the BBC into Region 1. The 1080p transfer sports a flawless mix that shows off the imagined space desert setting, though it’s shot in South Africa. The audio track is a slightly compressed stereo mix that my system couldn’t decide if it was simply Dolby or PCM. I’ll leave that one up to you to discover. In the end, it’s worth a rental.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!