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The Carbon Comrade

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#1 7 years ago

A British Science-Fiction Drama Series that started back at the beginning of February. I wasn't aware of it until a colleague of mine mentioned it to me (that was three episodes in). I watched the first, liked, then caught up; am now awaiting episode six to air.


Outcasts is set in the middle of the twenty-first century on Carpathia, a "Goldilocks" planet five years' travel from Earth (named after the RMS Carpathia, the ship that went to rescue the Titanic). Carpathia is being colonised by a succession of spaceships arriving from Earth. Most of the planet's population live within the pioneer town of Forthaven, first settled ten years ago. The Carpathians live in ignorance of Earth's fate, receiving news only through the few evacuee transporter ships that successfully achieve the difficult atmospheric entry to Carpathia.

The story focuses on the President, Richard Tate, and core members of the Protection and Security (PAS) team, as well as expeditionaries, whose role is to explore the planet and retrieve resources and medicines. With the arrival of CT-9 – perhaps the last transporter that will reach Carpathia from Earth – storylines involve the ongoing lives of the existing settlers, the induction of new evacuees into the Forthaven community and the effect of others living outside its walls unknown to most of the settlers.


  • Liam Cunningham as President Richard Tate
  • Hermione Norris as Stella Isen
  • Amy Manson as Fleur Morgan
  • Daniel Mays as Cass Cromwell
  • Jamie Bamber as Mitchell Hoban
  • Ashley Walters as Jack Holt
  • Eric Mabius as Julius Berger
  • Michael Legge as Tipper Malone
  • Laura Greenwood as Aisling

As said, I'm five episodes in. The show did air on a Monday night, but has since been moved to Sundays now (reasons I believe were rating-based). I think it's got a lot of potential. Anyone else a viewer?