"Quarantine" has Scott Wilson (the excellent character actor who was always amazing emphasizing emotion) being awakened by telepaths (led by Tess Harper) to help them "shoot down an asteroid". Wilson was a "builder of machines, satellites, buildings, computers, and weapons" and so he has capabilities the telepaths don't: he's from the "world of war" and they need his expertise in preventing a catastrophe. When he realizes that the asteroid can move on its own, there's something fishy about this whole ordeal. Wilson confronts his past and where he fits three hundred years later when everything is farming and livestock instead of skyscrapers, pollution, foot traffic, and honking vehicles. But what his satellites would actually need to keep from entering the Earth's atmosphere, influenced by the telepaths in order to do their will, certainly has him shaken to the core: the past and present collide in a big way! Wilson is just so unappreciated an actor, but Walking Dead helped a new generation realize just how good he is. Here you see the anguish of being awakened in a time so alien to your own and wondering if would ever be able to fit in. The modern man opposite the primitive way of life: Wilson shows how taken aback his character is and that realism in his performance just resonates. Hell of an actor. Tess has this angelic face and quality about her: her character uses a soft touch to gradually bring Wilson down from the precipice. The chicanery their telepathy attempts to conceal certainly puts a monkey wrench in bringing him into the fold! 8/10
First up "Welcome to Winfield" is a tale about an angel or agent of death dressed in white who relocates to an old dusty desert town of the old west around cowboys and the local folks. Because his previous try didn't work, really overall a dull and drag of a segment.
Then "Quarantine" is boring and another space tale with Tess Harper with a space engineer who tries to bring good fortune to the future.
Overall a really low key and drag of the series maybe one of the worst episodes.
The episode poses some good moral quandaries for our protagonist while the cheesy special effects work is kept to a minimum. Wilson has become a favourite of mine since his role as Herschel in THE WALKING DEAD. He delivered a good turn as a young actor in THE NEW CENTURIONS and his acting in this low budget TV production is equally assured. Certainly he lifts the material to a greatness to which it would not have reached otherwise.
After seeing several of these episodes, it's interesting to see all the actors who have gone on to bigger and hopefully better things. I have to agree with another review though, some of the episodes are good but for some reason, they really don't compare to the original series.