Is it as bad as everyone's making out?
BBC (ended 2011)
I think it's rather good, actually. The first episode was a little hard work for viewers, as Richards has decided toreveal the back story in increments,allowing the characters to referknowingly to unattractive incidents in one another's pasts. The first episode was enthralling, the second undercut by the silliness of our principals in agreeing to a series ofwholly unrealistic demands from the patently untrustworthy ACs.
I wouldn't call it bad, but I must confess to wondering if/when we're going to see some native humanoids that have a symbiotic relationship with the planet, travel around by burrowing through the ground, & can toss bolts of energy around.
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It isn't good. It looks like it's from the Battlestar Galactica school of melodrama and soap opera where the SF setting is just set dressing, only with less flair.
So if you're of the critical SF school of thinking you're likely to be driven nuts by the stupidity of people and impossible plot devices: five year sub light trips from Earth where after a nuclear war it made more sense to suddenly invent interstellar travel and fire people at planets piecemeal without making sure they could safely land rather than invest resources in surviving where they were?
If you're the type of person who likes to think about solving problems (as many SF enthusiasts are) you'll likely be driven to distraction by story telling that relies on your being ignorant and that doles out plot like bread crumbs in the hope you don't have anywhere else to go for a meal.
It's not awful, but has a very 'low-budget' look. Fortunately it's balanced with good writing and acting. As long as this is kept as a mini-series and not dragged on, it could be quite enjoyable. During episode 1 I kept rewinding as I had the perception I was missing a lot of dialog, however, it's all explained in episode 2. Why? Not sure, doesn't add to the story, but at least it all gets explained.
You do have to look the other way when it comes to little details. If you're uprooting to travel across space to start populating a new planet, I wouldn't think lipstick, makeup, and hair styling products would be something to use precious rocket fuel to transport, yet the female characters seem to have an endless supply of it. Even the male clones living in the dessert have taken time to make their hair spikey with mousse
Even the clothing is wrong. For deep space attire, it sure looks a lot like casual Friday at the office. Button-down shirts for the men? I guess when they figured out how to produce food, they moved on to button factories? It lacks the gritty realism one might expect when visually telling a story like this. Perhaps uniforms, with some of the characters having modified them to attempt individuality. The linen, pocketless, blazer worn worn by the female security director in on of the early scenes serves no functional purpose and will have you wondering how they iron all those clothes, or replace the buttons
Attention-to-detail aside, it is a good story and well acted. If they attempt to drag it out over more than 1 series, it's a lost cause.