BBC America’s ‘Outcasts’ explores a brave new sci-fi world
For most American viewers, Eric Mabius is best known as Daniel Meade, the feckless magazine publisher he played for four years on ABC’s “Ugly Betty.” The actor is literally a world away from the fictional offices of Mode magazine, however, in “Outcasts,” a powerful new sci-fi series premiering Saturday on BBC America.
Set in the near future on a distant planet a courageous band of humans is trying to colonize, the series from Ben Richards (“MI-5”) foresees a grim future for Earth, which, as the story opens, has become virtually uninhabitable due to pollution, climate change, critical shortages of food and water, and nuclear war.
In a move to ensure a future for humanity, Earth’s best and the brightest have been dispatched to the planet Carpathia, which is blessed with Earth-like atmosphere and living conditions. Tragically, not that many of the pioneers make it in one piece to the planet’s surface, where President Richard Tate (Liam Cunningham) and his core team are trying to lay the foundation for a new civilization in Forthaven, their home base.
Building a new civilization, however, is a complicated proposition, and Tate soon finds his own philosophies challenged at every turn by the arrival of Julius Berger (Mabius), a slippery character who was one of the people placed in charge of selecting who would be given seats on the limited number of rocket transports to Carpathia.
“We pick up the story,” says Mabius, “as the last shuttle in the past five years has arrived, and he has some very definite ideas about how things should have gone on when they took on Carpathia, but as the season goes on there is such weight and momentum that picks up that by the final episode it is absolutely electric.”
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