An alien presence arrives on Earth with the intention to end all suffering and guide humanity into a utopia. But when the aliens refuse to reveal their appearance, some wonder if this dream is instead a nightmare.
In a distant future Milo Rodericks, claiming to be the last living human, records a message from the ruin of a post-apocalyptic Earth. In 2016, a fleet of massive alien space ships appear in the skies of Earth. Dubbed 'the Overlords', the alien 'Supervisor for Earth' Karellen speaks to humanity claiming they have come to usher in an age of utopia. Karellen speaks to a farmer named Ricky Stormgren in the form of his deceased wife Annabelle, and chooses Ricky to serve as humanity's representative. Despite initial resistance and distrust from governments, the Overlords systematically eliminate disease, war, hunger, and pollution, setting the stage for the 'Golden Age of Humanity'. When Milo, currently confined to a wheelchair, is shot and killed by a drug dealer, the Overlords kill the attacker and resurrect Milo, as well as giving him the ability to walk. Media mogul Hugo Wainwright secretly organizes a counter-group dubbed the Freedom League which uses social media to spread distrust ...
I don't know where this show is going, having only seen the first episode, but I am pretty philosophical when it comes to books to movies. I read Childhood's End back when I used to read as many as ten science fiction books a week. Arthur C. Clarke was always a cut above most at that time. I love this book, but I also know that seldom do these people follow the plot. For the first episode, it didn't bother me that an articulate farmer became the go-to guy from the overlords. There were great liberties taken, and, yet, it's still quite entertaining. I don't know what the people of earth would do if faced with a group of benevolent aliens who take their competitiveness away from them by giving them everything. I'm quite aware of what is happening with the kids, so I will look to see how faithful their role is to be. If they screw with the ending too much, I might have more to say.
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