Set in the not too distant future, it told (or started to tell) the tale of some 70,000 survivors of a devastated Earth living on an alien planet they know as Carpathia. Their main (only?) settlement of Forthaven is generally peaceful, but there are hidden divisions, political tensions and secret histories that come to light, as well as more than a few mysteries of alien origin.
Outcasts had a big-name cast, decent budget and talented writers, and was aimed at a larger “mainstream” audience, but none of these managed to save it from being another one-series-wonder.
The show had its problems, which the writers acknowledge, but it was improving as it went on and, I’m sure, the shortcomings would have been addressed had it been given a second season. But no, ratings are king, and Outcasts failed to make the quota from the outset.
So another short-lived sci-fi for grown-ups series joins the BBC’s back catalogue. I’m disappointed, and a little bit bitter, but I can’t say that I’m surprised.
Should I instead be grateful for whatever sci-fi crumbs the BBC can afford to toss my way? Should I be hopeful that lessons will be learned and a new, improved, longer running grown-up sci-fi series will spring from Outcasts’ ashes? I could try, I guess.
In the meantime, it’s back to Stargate Universe.