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The Overlords 

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.


Nick Hurran


Matthew Graham (teleplay by), Arthur C. Clarke (based on the novel by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Vogel ... Ricky Stormgren
Osy Ikhile ... Milo Rodricks
Daisy Betts ... Ellie Stormgren
Yael Stone ... Peretta Jones
Georgina Haig ... Annabel Stormgren
Charles Dance ... Karellen
Colm Meaney ... Wainwright
Don Hany ... Paul Danlow
Darius Amarfio Jefferson Darius Amarfio Jefferson ... Young Milo
Ashley Zukerman ... Jake Greggson
Hayley Magnus ... Amy Morrel
Zahra Newman ... Bridget Rodricks
Lara Robinson ... Young Peretta
Michael-Anthony Taylor ... Janitor
Benedict Samuel ... Fence


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 ...

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller




Release Date:

14 December 2015 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital
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Did You Know?


Filming at The Royal Exhibition Building, a World Heritage Site-listed building in Nicholson St, Carlton, Victoria, Australia. See more »


"400 mile wall between Israel and the Gaza strip"

The border between Israel and the Gaza strip is a fence, not a wall. It's only about 30 miles long. See more »


Wainwright: I want you to join the Freedom League and speak for us.
Wainwright: Then the Overlords have their first martyr.
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References Cloverfield (2008) See more »


Peter and the Wolf
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
Heard in a Freedom league commercial detailing a pig's journey to the slaughterhouse
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The Arrival
23 February 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

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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