"What's the weather like on Carpathia?"
Outcasts is a new sci-fi series airing on BBC America. I saw the premiere last night. And mostly, I was confused. I felt like I didn't quite "get it". I kept feeling like there was a pilot that aired earlier that I missed. (I checked. There wasn't.)
The focus of the premiere episode was a guy named Mitchell (Jamie Bamber) who appeared to be suffering from multiple personality disorder but who was also part of a group that was planning some sort of coup. Why a coup? I never quite understood why this group felt such a strong need for an armed rebellion, just because they wanted to leave Forthaven. And now he's dead, already. I assume he was either a guest star, or there are going to be zombies? Eric Mabius was arriving on the escape pod, and he and Jamie Bamber feel a bit interchangeable, so that might not be a huge loss.
But why didn't they give us an origin story? Most science fiction needs more set-up than this; you don't jump feet first into an episode of heavy-duty personal drama when you're not yet clear on where you are and what's going on. You have to care about the characters before this sort of drama works. Television 101, people.
Since I'm complaining, I was also confused about why the arriving ship was in trouble. I also didn't get any feel for the planet Carpathia other than that it looked a lot like California except for white-outs, which seem to be bad. And there are new, unknown diseases, one of which killed a lot of the children after the initial landing. Which is sad, but doesn't make a lot of sense biologically.
And now I feel bad that all I did was complain. So I did a tiny bit of research and discovered that there are only eight episodes and it's already been canceled. And then I thought, maybe I shouldn't even bother posting this review. But it's already written. So here you go.
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.