The best science fiction on television isn’t on the networks and it’s definitely no longer on the SyFy channel. It’s all happening in the BBC where, in the void left by BSG and Lost, Doctor Who is now the best science fiction series on television. But the new Doctor just finished his first season, and it’s a long wait till he returns. Don’t worry, the BBC has Outcasts.
It’s their next big-budget science fiction TV series and from the description it sounds a lot like Earth 2, minus the greatness of Tim Curry. In an eight episode arc it tells the story of a group of people given the chance to start new lives on another planet. They lose contact with Earth and things get mysterious. Yep, definitely Earth 2… and that’s not a bad thing. The short-lived 90s TV series was big on ideas, short on execution. If Outcasts can take those same ideas and do something big with them, I’m in.
Den of Geek has an early glimpse at the show in the form of production stills. They look simply brilliant… and a lot like Earth 2. Sorry, I just can’t get past it. But I’m still in. Take a look:
Outcasts should debut on BBC American some time late this year. Here’s the official synopsis:
With Earth no longer habitable, a group of courageous pioneers have traveled to another planet to begin again. They’ve built the town of Forthaven on Carpathia and have the unique opportunity of creating a new and better future on another planet. Led by President Tate (Liam Cunningham via Clash Of The Titans) and his core team of Stella (Hermione Norris, MI-5), Cass (Daniel Mays, Atonement) and Fleur (Amy Manson, Being Human), they’re determined to run the civilization in a democratic way, but some tough decisions in the past may prove divisive.
As the series begins, it’s a moment of incredible anticipation. Forthaven has lost all contact with Earth but the arrival of the last known transporter, with Julius Berger (Eric Mabius of Ugly Betty) on board, signals fresh hopes and dreams. But why does President Tate seem anxious about the imminent arrival of Berger and will the transporter land safely with Stella’s husband and daughter, who she heartbreakingly left behind?
Meanwhile those appointed Expeditionaries, Mitchell (Jamie Bamber, Battlestar Galactica) and Jack (Ashley Walters, Hustle), have a mission to explore the new planet and bring back vital information to the settlement. Will they find other life out there, or do they truly have the planet to themselves?
The settlers are a diverse group of individuals who left their old lives behind in extraordinary circumstances. They’ve been promised a second chance but are far away from home, friends, family and their pasts. Passionate about their jobs, confident of their ideals and optimistic about the future, they work hard to preserve what they’ve built on the planet they now call home.
Carpathia offers the possibility of redemption as the new inhabitants try to avoid the mistakes made on Earth. Inevitably they cannot escape the human pitfalls of love, greed, lust, loss, corruption and a longing for those they’ve left behind. As they continue to work and live together, they come to realize this is no ordinary planet. Is there a bigger purpose at work? Is the peace of Forthaven more fragile than they think?