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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.

Director:

Nick Hurran

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Vogel ... Ricky Stormgren
Osy Ikhile ... Milo Rodricks
Daisy Betts ... Ellie Stormgren
Quentin Moors Quentin Moors ... World Delegate
Yael Stone ... Peretta Jones
Georgina Haig ... Annabel Stormgren
Charles Dance ... Karellen
Colm Meaney ... Wainwright
Don Hany
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
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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.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14
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Release Date:

14 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital
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Trivia

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

Goofs

It is daylight in all of the scenes when people are confronted by their dead relatives. It appeared as if these conversations all happened at about the same time. Some of the locales were on opposite sides of the earth. See more »

Quotes

Wainwright: I'll tell you what they're doing, they're containing us.
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Connections

References Cloverfield (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

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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