The Outpost (TV series)

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The Outpost
The Outpost (TV series).png
Genre
Created byJason Faller and Kynan Griffin
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Jennifer Griffin[2]
Running time40–43 minutes[3]
Production company(s)
DistributorElectric Entertainment
Release
Original network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 10, 2018 (2018-07-10) –
present (present)

The Outpost is an American fantasy-adventure drama television series, acquired by The CW, which premiered on July 10, 2018.[1][4][5] It was produced by Syfy's international channels for international broadcast. The series was renewed for a third season in October 2019.[6][7]

Premise[edit]

"The Outpost follows Talon (Jessica Green), the lone survivor of a race called 'Blackbloods'. Years after her entire village is destroyed by a gang of brutal mercenaries, Talon travels to a lawless fortress on the edge of the civilized world, as she tracks the killers of her family. On her journey to this outpost, Talon discovers she possesses a mysterious supernatural power that she must learn to control in order to save herself, and defend the world against a fanatical religious dictator."[1]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Charan Prabhakar as Danno (season 1)
  • Philip Brodie as Ambassador Everit Dred
  • Adam Johnson as Munt
  • Thor Knai as Kell (season 1)
  • Cokey Falkow as Tiberion Shek (season 1)
  • Michael Flynn as General Cornelius Calkussar (season 1)
  • Elizabeth Birkner as Ilyin (aka. The Dragman)
  • Sonalii Castillo as Essa Khan
  • Medalion Rahimi (season 1) and Amita Suman (season 2) as Naya
  • Lilli Hollunder as Rebb (season 2)
  • Reece Ritchie as Zed (season 2)

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110July 10, 2018 (2018-07-10)October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)
213July 11, 2019 (2019-07-11)September 26, 2019 (2019-09-26)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [2]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [2]U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"One Is the Loneliest Number"John LydeJason Faller & Kynan GriffinJuly 10, 2018 (2018-07-10)0.77[9]
22"Two Heads Are Better Than None"Kurt KnightJason Faller & Kynan GriffinJuly 17, 2018 (2018-07-17)0.64[10]
33"The Mistress and the Worm"Kurt KnightJason Faller & Kynan GriffinJuly 24, 2018 (2018-07-24)0.64[11]
44"Strange Bedfellows"John LydeJason Faller & Kynan GriffinJuly 31, 2018 (2018-07-31)0.61[12]
55"Bones to Pick"John LydeJason Faller & Kynan GriffinAugust 7, 2018 (2018-08-07)0.60[13]
66"The Book of Names"John LydeJason Faller & Kynan GriffinAugust 21, 2018 (2018-08-21)0.56[14]
77"The Colipsum Conundrum"Kynan GriffinJason Faller & Kynan GriffinAugust 28, 2018 (2018-08-28)0.64[15]
88"Beyond the Wall"Clare NeiderpruemJason Faller & Kynan GriffinSeptember 11, 2018 (2018-09-11)0.65[16]
99"The Vex Rezicon"Jason FallerJason Faller & Kynan GriffinSeptember 25, 2018 (2018-09-25)0.60[17]
1010"The Dragman is Coming"Jason FallerJason Faller & Kynan GriffinOctober 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)0.59[18]

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [2]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [2]U.S. viewers
(millions)
111"We Only Kill to Survive"Marc RoskinJason Faller & Kynan GriffinJuly 11, 2019 (2019-07-11)0.61[19]
122"This Is One Strange Town"Marc RoskinJason Faller & Kynan GriffinJuly 18, 2019 (2019-07-18)0.54[20]
133"Not in My Kingdom"Jonathan GlassnerJonathan GlassnerJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)0.52[21]
144"Regarding the Matter of Garret Spears"Jonathan GlassnerJason Faller & Kynan GriffinAugust 1, 2019 (2019-08-01)0.65[22]
155"The Blade of The Three"Orsi NagypalKatherine DiSavinoAugust 8, 2019 (2019-08-08)0.63[23]
166"Because She's Worth It"Orsi NagypalJason Faller & Kynan GriffinAugust 15, 2019 (2019-08-15)0.60[24]
177"Where You Go, People Die"Milan TodorovićJason Faller & Kynan GriffinAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)0.65[25]
188"A Crown For The Queen"Milan TodorovićKaty DiSavinoAugust 29, 2019 (2019-08-29)0.48[26]
199"There Will Be A Reckoning"Dusan LazarevicJason Faller & Kynan GriffinSeptember 5, 2019 (2019-09-05)0.64[27]
2010"The Only Way"Dusan LazarevicKatherine DiSavinoSeptember 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)0.63[28]
2111"Nothing Short of Heroic"Kurt KnightJason Faller & Kynan GriffinSeptember 19, 2019 (2019-09-19)0.66[29]
2212"In The Worst Corner of My Memory"Marc RoskinJason Faller & Kynan GriffinSeptember 26, 2019 (2019-09-26)0.59[30]
2313"This Is Our Outpost"Marc RoskinJason Faller & Kynan GriffinSeptember 26, 2019 (2019-09-26)0.48[30]

Production[edit]

Syfy International greenlit the series for a 10-episode first season on January 16, 2018.[31] On March 7, 2018, The CW picked up the series for broadcast in the United States.[1] It was filmed in Utah between January and May 2018.[32][33]

In October 2018, The CW renewed The Outpost for a second season,[34][35] which premiered on July 11, 2019.[36] Production on the second season began in January 2019, with production on the series moving to Serbia.[37] The CW renewed the series for a third season in October 2019.[6][7]

Home media[edit]

The first season was released on DVD from Electric Entertainment on August 6, 2019.[38]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports a score of 50% for the series, with an average rating of 4.67/10, based on 10 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "A featherweight fantasy with a few enticing features, The Outpost's potential pleasures can't quite overcome its cheap-looking production design."[39] On Metacritic, the series holds a score of 39 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[40]

In his review of the premiere, Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter considered the series looked "cheap" for a broadcast network series, adding that, "Way too much of the pilot for The Outpost is people talking around the things the budget can't show."[41] CBR's Josh Bell similarly criticized the series' production values, but also its use of fantasy "clichés and contrivances" in the pilot episode.[42] Several critics compared The Outpost unfavorably to other fantasy series, including Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Xena: Warrior Princess.[41][42][43]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "One Is the Loneliest Number" July 10, 2018 0.1/1 0.77[9] 0.1 0.32 0.2 1.09[44]
2 "Two Heads Are Better Than None" July 17, 2018 0.2/1 0.64[10] N/A 0.40 N/A 1.03[45]
3 "The Mistress and the Worm" July 24, 2018 0.1/1 0.64[11] 0.1 0.35 0.2 0.99[46]
4 "Strange Bedfellows" July 31, 2018 0.1/1 0.61[12] 0.1 0.30 0.2 0.90[47]
5 "Bones to Pick" August 7, 2018 0.1/1 0.60[13] 0.1 0.36 0.2 0.96[48]
6 "The Book of Names" August 21, 2018 0.1/1 0.56[14] 0.1 0.30 0.2 0.86[49]
7 "The Colipsum Conundrum" August 28, 2018 0.2/1 0.64[15] N/A 0.28 N/A 0.92[50]
8 "Beyond the Wall" September 11, 2018 0.2/1 0.65[16] N/A 0.30 N/A 0.95[51]
9 "The Vex Rezicon" September 25, 2018 0.2/1 0.60[17] N/A 0.33 N/A 0.93[52]
10 "The Dragman is Coming" October 2, 2018 0.1/1 0.59[18] N/A 0.26 N/A 0.85[53]

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "We Only Kill to Survive" July 11, 2019 0.1/1 0.61[19] 0.1 0.27 0.2 0.88[54]
2 "This Is One Strange Town" July 18, 2019 0.1/1 0.54[20] 0.1 0.29 0.2 0.83[55]
3 "Not In This Kingdom" July 25, 2019 0.1/1 0.52[21] N/A 0.22 N/A 0.74[56]
4 "Regarding the Matter of Garret Spears" August 1, 2019 0.2/1 0.65[22] 0.0 0.20 0.2 0.85[57]
5 "The Blade of The Three" August 8, 2019 0.1/1 0.63[23] 0.1 0.24 0.2 0.87[58]
6 "Because She's Worth It" August 15, 2019 0.1/1 0.60[24] 0.1 0.25 0.2 0.85[59]
7 "Where You Go, People Die" August 22, 2019 0.1/1 0.65[25] 0.1 0.23 0.2 0.88[60]
8 "A Crown For The Queen" August 29, 2019 0.1/1 0.48[26] 0.1 0.24 0.2 0.82[61]
9 "There Will Be a Reckoning" September 5, 2019 0.1/1 0.64[27] 0.1 0.20 0.2 0.84[62]
10 "The Only Way" September 12, 2019 0.1/1 0.63[28] 0.1 0.24 0.2 0.88[63]
11 "Nothing Short of Heroic" September 19, 2019 0.1/1 0.66[29] 0.1 0.23 0.2 0.89[64]
12 "In The Worst Corner of My Memory" September 26, 2019 0.1/1 0.59[30] N/A 0.28 N/A 0.87[65]
13 "This Is Our Outpost" September 26, 2019 0.1/1 0.48[30] N/A 0.28 N/A 0.76[65]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019 Saturn Awards Best Fantasy Television Series The Outpost Pending [66]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McNally was credited as main cast for the first six episodes of the first season.

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