Is Syfy’s Childhood’s End Miniseries the Serious Sci-Fi You’ve Been Wanting?

by Jason the TVaholic on December 7, 2015

in Previews

Photo of Mike Vogel in Syfy's Childhood's End

Mike Vogel in Syfy’s Childhood’s End – (Photo: Ben King/Syfy)


On this episode we preview Syfy’s new miniseries Childhood’s End. It stars Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Daisy Bets (The Player, Last Resort), Colm Meaney (Hell on Wheels), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine/The Next Generation), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Yael Stone (Orange Is the New Black) and others.

Childhood’s End is an adaptation of the novel by the same name, written by Arthur C. Clarke and published in 1953. It is hailed as a revolutionary work of science fiction, which follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, but at the cost of human identity and culture.

The premise of Childhood’s End is interesting, but I found the miniseries to be slow and boring and not worth the 4+ hours I spent watching it. It seems to change the rules of how things work as the miniseries progresses, as well as doing a lot of telling and not showing of all the big things happening all over the globe. Ultimately, maybe I missed something, but I didn’t get the point. Or, maybe I did and just didn’t think it was a good one or the story that gets you there to be all that engaging or engrossing. You’d probably be better off just watching The Expanse, which premieres the same night.

Watch the Trailer for Childhood’s End

Will you be checking out Syfy’s Childhood’s End three-part miniseries when it premieres on Monday, December 14th? Part two plays Tuesday, December 15th and the conclusion on Wednesday, December 16th. The first two episodes of The Expanse follow it on the 14th and 15th and then will continue on Tuesdays going forward. That’s a series that does look like it is worth your time.

Listen and then let me know what you think in the comments or via Twitter @theTVaholic.

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