New Childhood's End Featurette Shows the Dark Side of Utopia

Friday, 13 November 2015 - 10:58AM
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Childhood's End
Friday, 13 November 2015 - 10:58AM
New Childhood's End Featurette Shows the Dark Side of Utopia
Syfy's adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End is quickly sneaking up on us, and if the new footage in this featurette is any indication, it's going to be a beautiful, thoughtful take on the classic alien invasion novel:



The Overlords are not your typical alien invaders, as they come to Earth with the intent of creating a sort of utopia. They put an end to war, cure disease, and generally make everyone's lives run smoothly. "It's the most polite alien invasion story that you will ever witness," said Ashley Zukerman, who plays Jake Greggson.

But the cast goes on to discuss the sinister side of this apparent utopia; without any incentive for advancement or creativity, art, music, literature, and other essential parts of culture all die out. Everyone is nice and polite and looks the same, and as a result there is a loss of both cultural and individual identity. "Without struggle, there's not a lot of grit in the oyster," said Orange Is the New Black's Yael Stone, who plays Peretta Jones.

Plus, the Overlords' intentions may not be as benevolent as they seem. Mike Vogel's Ricky Stormgren tries to insist that the aliens are not controlling them, but simply giving them the tools they need to make their world a better place, but Vogel admits that in an invasion-type situation, any sense of control is an illusion.

Opening quote
"This business of creating a kind of utopia is an attempt at sugaring the pill," said Game of Thrones's Charles Dance, who plays the leader of the Overlords, Karellen. "If we sort out your economic crises, healthcare, put an end to wars, then you will be ready for the really rather nasty news I have to tell you."
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Childhood's End, which will air as a six-hour, three-night event miniseries, begins on December 14 on Syfy.
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