Why the hell isn’t anyone watching this show?
Or maybe I should ask “why the hell did so many of the people who watched the first episode not return?”
The ratings for TV’s Outland are in the toilet and I have no idea why it isn’t at least a cult hit. The characters are just wonderful – I felt so comfortable and in love with them all immediately.
Outland, about a group of Gay science fiction fans, is rarely a laugh-out-loud comedy. It is much more of a character study. I feel compelled to watch to see what each of them do/say next. It kills me that there won’t be a series 2. Outland is something special that Australian TV has created and it is going to be condemned to the graveyard of television history. Very unfairly.
There is talk of international sales and I do hope that it gets a fair showing in the UK – I am sure it will find a following over there. I’m sure they’ll “get it” in a way that Australians seem incapable of.
Episode 5 (of 6) was far more dramatic than usual and featured a star singing and dancing effort by Ben Gerrard (who is apparently being rooted by cabaret-type Shaun Rennie in real life!) as Toby – the young, rich boy who revealed a lot more vulnerability than we’ve seen or expected from the character before.
Fab, played by the usually in-real-life f***ing annoying Adam Richard, is another character I just love to watch. I just want to see what he’s going to come out with next episode. He’s funny, bitchy and horrifyingly accurate and hits his targets with devastating accuracy (reminds me of…hmmmm not sure :-). I could imagine hanging out with Fab – there would never be a dull, safe moment!
Christine Anu – an Australian singer – has seemingly come out of nowhere to play Rae, the wheelchair bound lesbian on Outland. She’s brilliant. Just love her character.
I think Outland is an Australian TV gem…it deserves a much better reception. The DVD is out in April and I’ll be buying it immediately. Maybe some people will get a chance to catch up with what they’ve missed when the DVD is out?
After the final episode on Wednesday, I am really going to miss these oddball characters who have populated my life and brought a smile and a knowing glance to my face for the last few weeks.