Scifi drama series Outcasts follows a group of brave, some would say foolhardy, pioneers who set out to build a new life on another planet. Having been given this chance in a lifetime the group, which is several thousand strong and who are led by President Tate are determined to make the town of Forthaven on the planet of Carpathia a real going concern.
Also on Tate’s team is Stella Isen (Head of Protection and Security), Cass Cromwell (Protection and Security Officer) and Fleur Morgan (also Protection and Security) as well initial settlers Mitchell Hoban and his second in command Jack. As the series opens the group have lost contact with Earth and don’t know if a planned transporter that is due to arrive will actually turn up or not, Stella is particulary anxious as aboard the ship are her husband and daughter, meanwhile Tate is far too concerned about the arrival of Julius Berger who is Vice President of the Evacuation Programme back on Earth.
There are some huge themes at work here, yes it is classic science fiction territory (the Earth has been slowly poisoned by nuclear explosions and moving on is the only option left) but it is more akin to a story of the first settlers of Australia or somewhere, especially as the scifi-ness of the whole thing is secondary to the setting up a new town and all the privations that entails. As the series unfolds we learn more about what is happening on Carpathia and the dark secrets it seems to contain (there are a group of cloned humans leading a sort of resistance movement).
Definitely a hark back to the more traditional BBC scifi of the 1970’s – of shows such as Moonbase 3 and the like where the character development is more important than the futuristic accoutrements that you normally find in such shows. Outcasts was actually mostly filmed in South Africa, in a warehouse in Kuilsriver as well as the mountain surrounds of the local area. A far cry from Doctor Who’s salt mine in Wales.
UK / BBC One / 8×60 minute episodes / Broadcast Monday 7 February – 13 March 2011
Creator: Ben Richards / Music: Paul Englishby / Titles: Peter Anderson / Executive Producers: Matthew Read, Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford Collins, Faith Penhale and Ben Richards / Producer: Radford Neville
LIAM CUNNINGHAM as President Richard Tate
HERMIONE NORRIS as Stella Isen
ERIC MABIUS as Julius Berger
DANIEL MAYS as Cass Cromwell
AMY MANSON as Fleur Morgan
JAMIE BAMBER as Mitchell Hoban
ASHLEY WALTERS as Jack
MICHAEL LEGGE as Tipper Malone
JEANNE KIETZMANN as Lily
Episode 1 | Airdate: 7 February 2011
The arrival of the last known transporter from Earth gives some new hope for the residents of Carpathia. Loyalties end up being tested though as the head of Forthaven’s expeditionaries attempts to break away from the settlement.
Episode 2 | Airdate: 8 February 2011
Cass, Fleur and Jack leave the settlement to try and find a a missing survival shuttle. Stella and Tate are confronted by their former foe Julius Berger.
Episode 3 | Airdate: 14 February 2011
It is predicted that a super whiteout of unprecedented strength could hit Forthaven. Stella uses Tipper’s mathematical ability to predict exactly when the it could happen and Tate begins to lock down Forthaven. Fleur, unaware of what could happen takes the AC baby back to Rudi. Cass ends up running into an old flame called Trix who is about to be married the following day.
Episode 4 | Airdate: 15 February 2011
A rogue AC enters Forthaven and ends up attacking one of the citizens which prompts the PAS officers to take action in an effort to control the situation.
Episode 5 | Airdate: 21 February 2011
A man arrives at a bar in Forthaven with a load of diamonds and stories of “bodies” outside the compound. He claims that he lives by Carpathia’s ocean which seems to be impossible as it’s known as a radiation hotspot. After a fight breaks out and Cass and Fleur are called in and they end up following the man.
Episode 6 | Airdate: 27 February 2011
When missing expeditionary Josie Hunter walks back into the settlement, unharmed, the jubilant air quickly takes a darker tone. Josie is different, her children cannot communicate with her, and reports of her violent behaviour circulate. Tate and Stella must find out what is behind this changed Josie, and begin to come to terms with what is really at work on the planet.
Episode 7 | Airdate: 6 March 2011
Cass’s past smashes into his present when he finds a note threatening to expose his real identity. Stella and Tate must now face the prospect of another, superior, hostile life force on Carpathia and discover a way to communicate with it. s
Episode 8 | Airdate: 13 March 2011
A new virus – C24 – hits Forthaven. Berger seizes his opportunity, blaming the virus on the ACs, and exposing Fleur’s true origins in an attempt to undermine confidence in President Tate.
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