Update: Further thoughts on Outcasts here.
Iâ€™ve only seen the pilot of Outcasts but am loving the ambition of the show. Bold, crazy, post-apocalyptic universe, Jamie Bamber making an appearance with his native British accent*, big budget BBC drama, Roz from Spooks, staggeringly striking sets in South Africaâ€¦ so many good ingredients.
It saddens me that there have already been negative mutterings about its ratings and its been shifted to a graveyard slot â€“ probably with a doubtful future. Why set these shows up on a pedestal? Itâ€™s sci-fi! For some reason, with rare exceptions, these shows always attract what the BBC controller describes as a â€œloyal, core audienceâ€ and rarely hit the mass-market mainstream â€“ so why expect otherwise? I guess SFX budgets still donâ€™t come in cheap, and everyoneâ€™s hoping they write a BatGal or a Star Trek.
Still â€“ even if it doesnâ€™t do great here, the BBC didnâ€™t do much for its chances to do much better overseas with its weird series formats. 8 episodes? What is that?? An American half-season is 13 episodes â€“ a length which gives you more time to get into a story or a universe, and which gives time for things to evolve to a point of genuine goodness.
Sigh. Well, if it gets cancelled, Iâ€™ll hope that it gets worse by episode three and I wonâ€™t regret its demise. But Iâ€™m not hopeful â€“ I enjoyed the pilot. Check out the trailer here:
*I swear I thought he was American, he must be a good actor because I thought his English accent in Outcasts was unconvincing after seeing him on BatGal for years!