|Karellen finally comes down to Earth, making|
contact by way of a great phallic spaceship dock that
proclaims to all: "Earth is fucked".
|Karellen plays footsies with Ricky.|
The opening scene (with an older Milo from the future) quickly told viewers that Milo will be the last remaining human. Not a very subtle bit of forshadowing. The most objectionable part of this "adaptation" is the extent to which Syfy went in for fear mongering, including playing the Nazi analogy game with the space aliens.
|Big red Karellen and two members of generation K.|
As usual for a Hollywood script, there is not a single voice of reason among the "adult" Earthlings in this "adaptation". Karellen does manage to sneak in a bit of humor, but until the last minute he is just a disembodied voice and his job 1 is to hide his physical appearance and pump up the fear of alien invasion.
Milo, as a young boy, is the closest thing to rationality among the 7,000,000,000 hapless humans in Syfy's version of planet Earth. Syfy worked hard to bring Clarke's story down to the level of the typical TV viewer in 2015.
Daisy and Mike get their groove back on with
the help of Karellen's high tech
The question remains, can Syfy's "adaptation" do justice to the aliens that Clarke put into his novel? So far, it looks like they are setting poor Karellen up for some heavy-duty bashing by religious fanatics in Part 2. With luck, his sense of humor will get us past the dreary preaching to come.
Related Reading: "Childhood’s End ... feels generic. It communicates neither Clarke’s style nor a directorial vision." -Scott Timberg
Next: Episode 2 - Ricky learns to use the gun locker.
|The Golden Age.|