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Some People Call Me the Space Cowboy

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 19, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 19, 2011 |

Last August we showed some stills from the new BBC space western “Outcasts,” which basically sounds like “Earth 2,” except it has Jamie Bamber instead of the Noxzema Girl, which I count as a major upgrade.

Originally the show was supposed to air in December, but since they’re just releasing the trailer now, I’d say that ship has sailed. Unless it’s a time travel show that they will go back in time to put on the air. But that would mean that they would have already done it, and this sentence would represent a paradox that could unravel all of space-time. Or they’ve just bounced back the broadcast date indefinitely. Six of one, half dozen of the other.

The new trailer is just a teaser, 41 seconds with a rather irritating song playing background. The plot remains the same as we last heard: “It is about a small group of explorers who get stranded on an undeveloped planet and have to carve out survival with what little technology they have.”

The best part of the trailer by far is Bamber hamming it up, snarling with a gun, but all in all this is a little disappointing. This has all the elements of something I want to like, but the trailer just sort falls flat. It’s got dramatic pauses and spectacular vistas, but they feel like they were checked off one by one by someone going through the mysterious-yet-dramatic trailer playbook. The perfect measure I think? If I didn’t already know what this series was about, the trailer would in no way communicate that knowledge to me.

“Outcasts” is expected to air sometime before the heat death of the universe on BBC and BBC America.

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