BBC's "Outcasts" was ambitious.
Some might even say it was too ambitious for some people as the series was quickly canceled after only a single 8-episode season but plans are underway to conclude the story of the Carpathian colonists.
But if you're hoping for that conclusion to take place on-screen then don't get too excited as the series will likely make the jump from screen to paper.
"I'm very keen on doing a novelization of the 'missing' series, because we had brilliant stories," series creator Ben Richards told Den of Geek.
The BBC series revolved around the survivors of an Earth-wide evacuation and their settling on a planet called Carpathia. However, the colonization process is far from bloodless and the atrocities committed upon arrival on the planet never seem far away. The opening episode also introduced CT-9, a transport from Earth seeking a new home, which was carrying new settlers and prominent figure from Earth's Government with plans to subvert the Carpathian administration for his own gain.
Throughout the series, the arrival of another Earth transport was teased with the ship finally making itself known in the series finale, demonstrating the ability to operate in the Carpathian atmosphere ... something that no ship has previously been able to do. The series then ended leaving the fate of several characters up in the air, including Fleur (Amy Manson) who was revealed to be one of the AC's (advanced cultivars bred to help establish the colony), Cass (Daniel Mays) came face to face with a craft from CT-9 and Berger (Eric Mabius) failed in his attempted coup.
What would have happened if the series continued?
"We had a huge episode one planned, which was a kind of battle for Carpathia," Richards said. "It was a battle that was fought on a number of fronts, and involved some causalities among our main cast.
"There was [also] Fleur (Amy Manson) with the ACs, and her relationship with Rudi (Langley Kirkwood), that was only hinted at. So, we had all that to deal with."
Aside from the character-based stories that were planned, the series would also have tackled the arrival of CT-9 and how another authority figure would have changed life on Carpathia for the colonists. Richards explained that although President Tate's (Liam Cunningham) leadership was fairly relaxed there would be another character entering the series with a totally different outlook.
"[She] was going to be the female commander of CT-10," he said. "She was going to be terrifying. She was going to be [like] Ian McShane in 'Deadwood.' She was going to be an absolute no-nonsense, kick-ass character."
To read Airlock Alpha's full review of "Outcasts" please click here.
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