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I'm so desperate for anything Sci-Fi, I watched The Outcasts

The premise is a lot like Earth 2 - the later years. And I didn't think they executed the potential well on Earth 2 as it is but in the Outcast Pilot when they made all these references to how hard things were in the beginning, how they were the first group of humans on that planet and the "expedition officers" had to venture out into the unknown? That sounded a lot more exciting than what was going on onscreen.

Then I thought, hey, maybe that planet holds some mystery - do the dead come back? - and who are "they" that Jamie Bamber's character refered to. You know, some decent riddle to keep the interest going.

But it quickly turned out "they" were just a group of genetically engineered supermen/women whom they decided to kill back then. And I'm not even clear on the backstory here. How can the people in general not have known about them? Did they create them on the ship? On the planet? And what did they use them for anyway? How do you figure out "survival skills" by genetical engineering? And, even if you do, how do you apply your results if you are going for natural reproduction regardless? That whole thing doesn't really make a lick of sense.

Now a show stands and falls with its characters. There are almost none that have such consistent well-written plots that you accept nothing but assholes in them regardless. A few that have bad writing with at least a couple (one, minimum) engaging characters. Even fewer with great writing and great characters. And a majority of having neither.

This show falls into the last category. But generally, the characters more or less make no impression. There is the evol Baltar - seriously, religious cult leader or something? jeeze - complete with constantly evol looks who of course came with the new transport and of course was one of the very few survivors. Just so they could have a political enemy now. Yawn.

There is the unassuming president who did bad stuff in the past.The security chief who just wants her family back. And what do you know, the missing daughter is also one of the very few survivors. Who of course hates her mother now.

There is the slightly chubby pass officer (this version's cops) with a severe crush on his partner. And anger management problem. There curly-haired partner who is somehow shocked and disappointed that humans on another planet still stay human - with all the badness involved, too. And to whom the leader of the genetic superman develops a strange, nonsensical bond.

And then there is the young prodigy who turned to a life of petty drug dealing and being an angry radio host over his weltschmerz. At least he is bringing the pretty here since after killing off Bamber's character, that has been a problem.

Also, I am to believe they hand-picked the best and brightest for this first transport/evac from Earth - and then, once they areon the planet, they let them waste away however they choose? Not to mention the vast majority of the people seems ordinary as all get out. How the hell did they get a place on evil Baltar's evac programm?

Oh, almost forgot the guy who now kinda leads the expedition officers and likes to shoot things basically.

Uh-uh. Mostly, they drift in and out of random plots at, well, random.

Hopefully this picks up because I really, really have a craving for some good Sci-Fi.

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leelust
Feb. 19th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
haha, i watch this show basically for the same reason - i want good scifi for me.
i tuned in because of Jamie but his character was killed *boo* and now i'm not sure why i'm still watching. The girl could br interesting maybe but the lead man? The one who's in love with her? What an asshole.
astri13
Feb. 28th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I don't even know why they cast someone like Jamie Bamber if they planned to kill him off after one episode.

The girl could br interesting maybe but the lead man? The one who's in love with her? What an asshole.

Yeah, Cass?, kinda gets on my nerves. And he isn't even pretty so as to get away with it.

Will probably watch it now till the end since it's only 8 episodes total but it's disappointing regardless.
leelust
Mar. 4th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
I don't know why Jamie thought it'll be a good job for him but he did his work good enough to let me enjoy his character and empathize with him.
Did you hear he'll be on Moore's new show? I don't know what to think about it. On the one hand it's great to see him on my screen again. On the other hand it's Moore and i can't watch anything from him after bsg failure.

Yeah, Cass (why did they steal *our* name?). I agree if he'd be more good looking and the actor was better i maybe wouldn't annoyed with him so much.

The whole show looks like a mess. They inculude the conspiracy and the entity on the planet and outcasts and it's all not connected yet when they left what? Couple of eps?
matchboximpala
Feb. 21st, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this review. I downloaded this to watch later, but now I won't bother. I, too, am always on the lookout for good sci-fi! If you find some, do share!
astri13
Feb. 28th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Well, it is bearable if you really have nothing to satisfy the Sci-Fi craving but it's just a bunch of lost potential mostly. Especially the characters. Could have been a lot more interesting than it ended up being. I put in my old Earth 2 DVDs and they were more entertaining - surprisingly so since I remember not liking the eps that much when I first watched them.
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