TV Series Review
The Blackbloods are a peaceful race. Or, at least, they used to be. They didn’t carry weapons because they did’t believe in shedding blood. Perhaps this is because their own blood was—you guessed it—black.
But that doesn’t matter anymore since the Prime Order, the land’s ruthless overlords, wiped their entire village out in a single night, leaving young Talon orphaned and the last of her people.
Now grown, Talon is surly, not peaceful, and she hunts down the ones responsible for the massacre of her people. She seeks refuge at the Outpost—a safe haven of sorts at the farthest end of the realm. Here, she learns of a prophecy stating that a Blackblood will bring creatures from the Plane of Ashes to overthrow the Prime Order.
Talon seems well-equipped to do just that. See, she can summon demons (Lu-Qiri) using this little creature in her head called an Asterkinj. She’s not very good at it yet—she nearly gets killed every time she brings one over since she can’t control them. But she’s determined to help her new friends defeat the Prime Order and avenge her family.
Gifted and Talon-ted
Talon teams up with Lady Gwynn, aka Queen Rosalind. Rosalind lost her entire family to the Prime Order as a child. Like Talon, she was supposed to die too, but the real Gwynn sacrificed herself so that Rosalind could survive. Rosalind’s been hiding at the Outpost ever since. But after her adoptive father is murdered by Everit Dred, the same man responsible for the slaughter of the Blackbloods, she steps up to reclaim her throne and overthrow the Prime Order.
Also joining Talon on her mission is the local brewer, Janzo. He’s a somewhat of a genius when it comes to alcoholic mixtures and herbal concoctions, the latter of which makes him invaluable as a healer. He immediately falls for Talon, but she only sees him as a brother—probably because he gives off some serious creeper vibes. But then again, it could also be because she’s already fallen for Captain Garret Spears, son of the Outpost’s gate marshal, Cedric Wythers. Garret is a handsome soldier serving the Prime Order essentially to hurt his father, whom he has a strained relationship with.
The Outpost is not short on violence, sex, or drugs. That said, it’s not as bad as it could be.
The action plays out like an old rerun of Xena: Warrior Princess, so while it can be gross at times, it’s not particularly gory and often even looks fake. We hear many references to sex--which everyone seems to be having--but we never see it depicted on screen. The most they show is some scantily clad women and passionate kissing. A great deal of the show also takes place at the local inn, which doubles as the pub where Janzo works. People drink alcohol, gamble and partake of the drug Colipsum (an addictive substance that turns users into Plaguelings—boil-covered, fly-infested creatures with parasitic worms instead of tongues).
And we can’t forget that the show’s lead character can conjure up demons—an element that makes The Outpost a non-starter for many Christians.
While CW showed some restraint in creating this Outpost, it still lies outside the comfort zone of most discerning families. Add in the low-budget production quality and stiff acting, and the show doesn’t really have much going for it.
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Other Belief Systems
+July 11, 2019: "We Only Kill to Survive"
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Jessica Green as Talon; Jake Stormoen as Captain Garret Spears; Imogen Waterhouse as Lady Gwynn Calkussar/Queen Rosalind; Anand Desai-Barochia as Janzo; Andrew Howard as Marshal Cedric Wythers; Robyn Malcolm as The Mistress; Philip Brodie as Everit Dred; Adam Johnson as Munt; Elizabeth Birkner as Ilyin "The Dragman"; Kevin McNally as The Smith; Michael Flynn as General Calkussar; Sonalii Castillo as Essa Khan; Lilli Hollunder as Rebb