Oh look, Mormon TV! Because let’s be honest, that’s what Extinct is. No, it’s not all that overt, but it is co-created by Orson Scott Card, who is a complete religiously bigoted asshole, and produced by BYUtv (Brigham Young University), so yes, the Mormons had a lot to do with this.
But I’m not going to judge it on that basis, I’m going to look at it by its own merits and see if it’s any good. So is it? You’ll have to look below the fold to find out.
400 years after an alien invasion drove humanity to extinction, three humans are reborn, brought back to life by the mysterious Sparks as a means to repopulate the species. But they are not alone, there is a group of former humans, taken over by parasites called skinriders, that want control of futuristic alien technology and will do anything, including kill the newcomers, to get it.
So is it any good? Not really. It isn’t horrible, but it isn’t fantastic either. It’s kind of “meh”. While watching it, I got a real “old-school BBC” vibe, and not in a good way. It just looks… cheap. It feels… cheap. And the writing isn’t particularly good. Card was just an executive producer so I probably can’t blame him, but maybe he should have given it a once-over.
See. the whole premise is just… dumb. Supposedly, the Sparks can just reproduce any of the humans that have had their brain states stored in the drones. It takes a while for the humans to figure this out, but once they do, all of their problems are solved. Just kill the skinriders and be done with it. Most of the drama revolves around wanting to “save” the unsaveable. Why bother? Kill them and make new ones. Lather, rinse, repeat. But of course, then you wouldn’t have the drama, would you? So, as in so many other shows, the characters just act stupidly, wasting time, because it fits the plot narrative rather than because it makes any sense.
And once you realize that there are no stakes, there are no consequences either. Why bother getting attached to anyone because you can just make new versions whenever you want. Why care? And if you don’t care about the characters, as I absolutely didn’t, why bother watching? And by the end, I was so sick of the whole thing, I had no interest in their setup for season 2.
Worse, after all of this, they decided to keep the last two episodes for 6 weeks for no reason whatsoever. By the time that rolls around, who is going to remember this already forgettable series? Dumb, dumb, dumb!
Apparently, this thing is getting a second season but I have no interest in watching it. There was a cool hook for a story but they ignored all of the things I actually might have found interesting, like the alien invasion, and threw in things that were totally pointless and absolutely stupid. The actors were bad. The story was abysmal. The effects were laughable. They made every mistake under the sun and things happened that I saw a mile off, but which always took them by surprise. This was a truly terrible show. I can’t say I will miss it when I completely forget to watch it next year. Hard pass.