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Childhood's End, Season 1HDTV-14Closed Captioning

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Based on Arthur C. Clarke’s revolutionary science fiction novel first published in 1953, "Childhood’s End" follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. A story as relevant now as it was half-a-century ago, "Childhood’s End" illustrates a perspective of alien invasion never before seen onscreen, one in which the aliens are not here to conquer humanity but rather to grant humanity a better existence. But what is the meaning of a human life without struggle? What challenges are left when sickness, starvation, and even poverty have become distant memories? And what is the purpose of living when our children begin to evolve into beings that are beyond our comprehension? "Childhood’s End" examines the biggest questions of human existence and man’s place in the universe.

Customer Reviews

Stunning Mediocrity

I wonder how it feels to take a pretty good, pleasantly strange strange, lots of fun ol' yarn spun by a brilliant, sweet, harmless, dead gay man who never did anyone the slightest harm, piss all over it, and dump the resultant incoherent, cliché-riddled, cloying, dull, pseudo-religious claptrap mess you've made on the world, all in order to make a buck.

What a pathetic, godawful mess. Poor Arthur C. Clarke. Poor us.

You call this SyFy??

This show was a disappointment and it turns out a waste of time. I did not read the book it was based on but I sure hope it was better than the TV version. This show suffered from a severe lack of any kind of action. I was never certain whether it was syfy or a sappy melodrama trying to be thoughtful and endearing. Way too much screen time was wasted watching the actors stare off into some distant inner horizon rendering a fake sense of hope and doom. Don’t bother watching it.

The story that spawned a SF Genre

This is exactly what I hoped it would be. I read the book as a junior high school student in the early 70s, and it was full of so many ideas and concepts, many of which that still stand with me today as totally ground breaking. While it may seem a bit tired with movies like Independence day, V, District 9, and so other many stories about huge spaceships settling over cities world wide this book written in 1953 started it all. Arthur C Clark was one of the fathers of modern science fiction and this SYFY series does his book justice. The first part of the miniseries is an updated version of the original story - updated to today’s world and societies with a just touch of the 1950s nostalgia hidden in the upgrade. The Alien looks exactly like the way Clark envisioned him… perfectly in my opinion. And if the second part of the series is half as good as the set up in part one - we’re in for one very thoughtful and conceptually challenging part two. SYFY is proving to be able to do better than Sharknado and it’s ilk delivering something that is going to be a classic. Now beware - this is not a bunch of armies trying to beat the big bad aliens… this is a cerebral and thoughtful event. One to think about and enjoy long after the last credits roll.

Childhood's End, Season 1
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  • HD Version
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: Dec 14, 2015
  • CCin English

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