I’m not averse to some space-y nonsense. In fact I’m a little bit addicted to it. So, when a friend put me onto a British sci-fi series called Outcasts which involved “people stranded on a planet and stuff” I was pretty much sweating to start watching it.
My first issue with the series is this (and trust me, I’m an expert watcher that has seen a whole two episodes) – they’re not really outcasts. They’re settlers or colonisers. But then again maybe it refers to the other ones. Yeah the other ones. It’s really hard to critique a series without inadvertently bringing up spoilers.
The second, and more legitimate, issue with the series thus far is the fact that the characters engage in soooooo muuuucch exposition through dialogue. This is the death of good stories. Didn’t your Year 8 English teacher tell you to “show not tell“? The other problem with exposition through dialogue is that it limits character development. Characters stop being fully rounded people and become little more than tools for developing plot. And, even though sci-fi is a form of speculative fiction, it’s generally about how people would behave or react if things were different. To do that, you need to have well-developed people in your story.
Anyway, as I said, I’m only two episodes in and I still have high hopes for the series so we’ll see how it goes.
On another note, how awesome is Game of Thrones?!