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The Outpost

Season 1

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 1, Episode 1] One is the Loneliest Number
Shown 10 Jul 18

Talon ( Jessica Green ) is a warrior woman on a revenge quest. She journeys across a landscape that looks like South Africa, but turns out to be Utah of all places.

This is interspersed with flashbacks to her childhood, when she lived with her family in a small peaceful village. They were wiped out by a bunch of marauders, like in Conan the Barbarian , and she survived by the mercy of one of the attackers. Then she was fostered by locals who had Irish accents.

Grown-up Talon crosses the wasteland to get to the remote outpost. She is jumped by some zombie-type creatures named Plaguelings, and rescued by the dashing Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ). Yes, this makes him a potential love interest.

At the outpost, Talon meets a few more people. One of whom is one of the marauders, whom she decides to assassinate. All in all, a lot like the storyline of Hell on Wheels.

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 1, Episode 2] Two Heads Are Better Than None
Shown 17 Jul 18

Talon ( Jessica Green ) was stabbed twice through the torso, but all it takes is the village blacksmith (Kevin McNally - Supernatural ) to stitch her up a bit and she is fine. Despite apparently losing a lot of blood, she is still strong enough to overpower the smith!

Talon's victim only had a single stab wound, but died soon after writing a last message in his own blood. Gate Marshal Wythers (Andrew Howard - Girls Against Boys ) investigates the murder. There is really only one suspect, and she makes no attempt to disprove her guilt. There is no trial, Wythers is the acting Magistrate so he merely sentences her to be decapitated by gillotine at dawn.

Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) has problems of his own. The General orders him to expand recruitment to their army. The zombie plague has claimed half a dozen more victims, so a quarantine has to be enforced.

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 1, Episode 3] The Mistress and the Worm
Shown 24 Jul 18

Talon ( Jessica Green ) and Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) deliver the fresh body of a Plagueling to their South Asian friend. He is the nearest thing they have to a scientist, even though the word scientist would not exist in a Medieval society. Perhaps it is a Renaissance society, like in The Gentleman Bastards, because despite not having gunpowder at least it has spectacles.

The noble woman summons Talon to hang out with her. Somehow she deduces that Talon, despite having perfect makeup, is in dire need of a bath. She even gives Talon a cleavage-enhancing dress, which will help her to earn tops as barmaid in the town's only tavern.

The demon that Talon accidentally summoned in the previous episode is still around, and it leaves her a dead human as a gift. Talon falls under suspicion from Gate Marshal Wythers (Andrew Howard - Girls Against Boys ).

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 1, Episode 4] Strange Bedfellows
Shown 31 Jul 18

Talon ( Jessica Green ) and Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) do some flirty fighting. Unfortunately his girlfriend is her new BFF, so there is a cliched love triangle situation.

Gate Marshal Wythers (Andrew Howard - Girls Against Boys ) is having an affair with the woman who owns the tavern. While the main storyline with the young sexy stars is boring, the subplot involving the middle-aged supporting characters is interesting and provides a lot of background info on the world. For example, they reveal that the General used to be in the King's bodyguard but he defected to the First Order when they staged a successful coup.

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 1, Episode 5] Bones to Pick
Shown 07 Aug 18

The demon is still on its murderous rampage. Talon ( Jessica Green ) cannot defeat it or control it. Gate Marshal Wythers (Andrew Howard - Girls Against Boys ) thinks the quickest way to stop it is by executing her. He discovers the General's secret, and extorts his help.

A group of cut-throats ride into town. They are there under the First Order's command. Their leader is a combinatuion of various villainous traits - he has the black cowboy hat of an old-time western movie character, the hair and beard of the mad monk Rasputin , and the South African accent of the mercenaries in Legend of Tarzan (2016) .

Talon takes the opportunity to wipe out the killers before they can find her. The smart thing to do would be to blame the zombies for everything, and lure the cut-throats into a kill-zone safely outside the city walls. Instead she just tries to cut their throats in their sleep. Even if this plan worked, the Prime Order would know it happened within the city and thus would blame Wythers and his allies. This of course would lead straight to Talon herself. But she does not seem to understand the concept of advance planning.

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 1, Episode 6] The Book of Names
Shown 21 Aug 18

Talon ( Jessica Green ) has taken out some of her enemies. The best news is that she has managed to control the demon. However, she has also lost an important ally. His last dying wish is for her to seek out The Book of Names before the Prime Order can get their murderous hands on it.

Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) escorts his girlfriend to the army's camp. They encounter a patrol of the First Order's troops. Spears is so good with a sword that he kills most of them himself. Somehow he can slash through men wearing breastplates. Meanwhile, his soldiers engage the First Order in a shoot-out with crossbows that are so accurate they always cause a fatal head-shot.

The landlady sends the asian nerd out to collect the drug shipment. He talks Talon into accompanying him as a bodyguard, in exchange for his help translating her ancient magic books into a language she actually speaks.

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 1, Episode 7] The Colipsum Conundrum
Shown 28 Aug 18

A body turns up, amateurishly buried in a shallow grave in the only place people would be likely to dig her up. The Queen recognises it as her handmaid, whom Gate Marshal Wythers (Andrew Howard - Girls Against Boys ) had claimed was on her way safely to another city. Despite their agreement, the Queen double-crosses Wythers. She imprisons him in the slave mines, where most of the inmates are dangerous criminals he sent there. Obviously they were not dangerous enough to be executed. Also, some of them have been bribed by his mistress.

The Queen has to punish some other miscreants. Some young soldiers who volunteered to defend their homes from invading grey-skin goblins are unhappy that their officers have dragged them into a civil war. They try to escape from the camp, which is now punishable by death. Yes, the good guys are not much better than the tyrants they seek to depose.

Talon ( Jessica Green ) and the asian nerd reach the rendezvous point. The Colipsum smugglers meet them there. However, the smugglers are grey-skins!

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 1, Episode 8] Beyond The Wall
Shown 11 Sep 18

Former Gate Marshal Wythers (Andrew Howard - Girls Against Boys ) recovers from his injuries. Unfortunately he is still imprisoned. Can he escape somehow?

Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) has been bitten by a plagueling, and has spent the previous three days drinking all the alcohol in the pub's cellar. The asian nerd tries to find a cure for him.

Talon ( Jessica Green ) wants to retrieve the mystical Book of Names. It is located in a temple, but the temple happens to be in grey-skin territory. She takes Garret and the asian nerd to help her.

The Prime Order's ambassador arrives at the Outpost. His smaller patrols never returned, so he has brought a small army with him. All he knows for certain is that a lone black-blood is in the town. He has no idea that the Queen is there and she has a personal army. However, the General does not know that. Will he take the opportunity to kill the ambassador and defeat the Order's army?

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 1, Episode 9] The Vex Rezicon
Shown 18 Sep 18

Talon ( Jessica Green ) takes Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) and the asian nerd to help her retrieve the mystical Book of Names. It is located in a temple, but the temple happens to be in grey-skin territory. They get caught by Greyskins, who detect the fact that Garret has been bitten by a plagueling. For some reason they offer him some Calipsum, the mysterious narcotic they have sold to the humans.

Back at the Outpost, the Queen is on the run. She and her new handmaiden hang out in the sewers, which are remarkably clean considering it is a medieval society. We get to find out where the handmaiden's true loyalties lie.

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 1, Episode 10] The Dragman is Coming
Shown 25 Sep 18

Talon ( Jessica Green ), Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) and the asian nerd return to the Outpost. The bad news is, it is in the hands of the Prime Order. The good news is, the Queen still has her own army.

The battle is quick and decisive. Our heroes, predictably two-dimensional, have no flaws or weaknesses that would make them human or relatable. The only thing that slows them down is actual plot twists, such as the fact that the magical list of names is in a dead language that nobody can translate. Nobody except the mysterious Dragman, that is.

The Queen has to deal with the consequences of firing Gate Marshal Wythers (Andrew Howard - Girls Against Boys ). His replacement, whom she chose herself, is not merely incompetent but corrupt to the point of treason.





The Outpost

The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2 , Episode 1 ]
Shown th July 2019

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    Season 2

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 1] We Only kill To Survive
    Shown 11th July 2019

    Judge Dread is on the run, after the events of the previous Season. He takes shelter in the ruins of an old castle. This is a giveaway that the show is now longer filmed in Utah, but the location shots are now done on the cheap in Eastern Europe. Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) and his knights give chase. They go into the dark and creepy dungeon, where they can be picked off one at a time. The villain has a secret weapon - his huntress is so strong she can punch her sword-blade completely through a man's torso even if he is wearing full plate mail!

    Talon ( Jessica Green ) tries to summon a demon again. Unfortunately this time the demon is accompanied by a black-blooded warrior woman. Yes, Talon has a rival with the same skillset as her own.

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 2] This Is One Strange Town
    Shown 18th July 2019

    The Queen sent out messages requesting help from all the regions. Most of them sent back a refusal. Luckily, one Baron brings his army and offers to join the Queen's side. His only request is that the Queen makes her his consort in marriage, so that their child will be heir to the kingdom. Unfortunately he is a boorish jerk, so she prefers not to marry him.

    There is a lot less fighting this Season, and a lot more emphasis put on romantic relationships. Perhaps they are aiming at a female audience instead of a male one.

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 3] Not In My Kingdom
    Shown 25th July 2019

    Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) is now in the custody of the leaders of the Prime Order - a trio of bishop-hatted magic-users. They need him alive, so they turn him over to their best healer. She spins him a sob story to make him empathise with her, which is enhanced when the Prime Order's thugs start to torture him.

    The Queen thinks Talon is lonely, so she tries to play Cupid. The best match is the asian nerd, so the treasonous handmaid is dispatched to play Pygmalion. She gets him a new haircut, and gives him advice on seduction. It seems that since the nerd and the handmaid are both asians they are actually being set up as love interests.

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 4] Regarding the Matter of Garret Spears
    Shown 01 Aug 19

    The new female black-blood wants everything her own way. Rather than make a deal with the Queen, she just holds her hostage.

    Talon ( Jessica Green ) tries to summon a demon again. This time she gets another black-blood. This one is a male, and appears to be less aggressive than the other one.

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 5] The Blade of The Three
    Shown 08 Aug 19

    Gate Marshal Wythers (Andrew Howard - Girls Against Boys ) arrives at the capital city, in the hope of rescuing his son - Captain Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ). But Garret has been brainwashed by the Prime Order. Will he assume his assigned role as The Blade of The Three?

    The Asian nerd is still unsuccessful with Talon. But he does make progress with the Queen's handmaiden.

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 6] Because She's Worth It
    Shown 15 Aug 19

    The Queen orders Talon ( Jessica Green ) and the other black-blood to banish their demon to the other dimension. Only once it is gone will she trust them to wander alone in the woods.

    The tavern-owner is now the Queen's treasurer. Well, she is a money-lender so she is bankrolling the rebellion. This is in spite of being the sole distributor of calipsum, the local equivalent of hard narcotics. Worse, as discovered last Season it is the source of the plaguelings. She controls the mines, and though she has promised not to use slave labour she does not understand words like health and safety. Now she is the treasurer, she is in charge of taxation!

    Baron Tobin tries to prove himself to the Queen. He starts by sobering up and going tee-total. Then he promises to help her find the traitor. In fact, he actually seems to be smarter than he looks.

    This ends on a cliffhanger.

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 7] Where You Go, People Die
    Shown 22 Aug 19

    Talon ( Jessica Green ) pays an unintended visit to the other realm, and meets yet more black-bloods. Unfortunately they assume she is a human, because her ears were perfectly trimmed and have no scar tissue.

    The Asian nerd has found a cure for the plagueling parasites. To celebrate this, he has a special dinner with his new girlfriend. However, she has a secret that will ruin their day.

    Baron Tobin has agreed to every demand the Queen has made. Eventually she caves and makes a sacrifice of her own. She agrees to marry him. Of course, she does not know that Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) is still alive.

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 8] A Crown for the Queen
    Shown 29 Aug 19

    Talon ( Jessica Green ) and Baron Tobin go after Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ). Will the Baron end up dying heroicly as a human pin-cushion?

    Tobin's cousin is less than happy at the situation. He assumes his deal is off, so he has no reason for loyalty.

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 9] There will be a Reckoning
    Shown 05 Sep 19

    Talon ( Jessica Green ) has fulfilled her mission to save the Queen. Now she sets off on another mission with Zed, the male black-blood.

    Baron Tobin may have ended up like Boromir in Fellowship Of the Ring , but he is now well on the mend. His cousin decides the only way to get what he wants is to besiege the Outpost.

    Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) is safely behind bars, but he plots his escape. Can Janzo work out a way to deprogram him?

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 10] The Only Way
    Shown 12th September 2019

    Talon ( Jessica Green ) and the black-blood male are still in the woods. They go to a shrine, and recover another one of the superpower parasites. The fact the protagonist is off on this side quest allows the rest of the cast to explore their own storylines.

    Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) escapes. Has Janzo cured him of the brainwashing?

    The outpost is still under siege. However, the gangster lady has everything she needs to put her plan into action. Will there be enough survivors to reinforce the defenders against the Prime Order?

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 11] Nothing Short Of Heroic
    Shown 19th September 2019

    Talon ( Jessica Green ) bumps into a patrol of enemy soldiers. Normally she would wipe them all out with great ease, but their leader talks her into surrendering. Luckily Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) comes along and takes her into custody. He has business in the Capital city, so he takes her along.

    Janzo is still working on the cure for the plaguelings. Now he has extra incentive to do so. The gangster lady, who is like a mother to him, sampled her own goods and has suffered the consequences.

    The Queen is completely unforgiving. Well, she was nice towards her love interests but it is different for Janzo and his mother. They are held in the same low regard as her handmaiden. No matter how successful their actions are in serving her cause, she just regards them as servants. Except for her brother, who turns up at the front gate and demands recognition

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 12] In The Worst Corner of My Memory
    Shown 26th September 2019

    Talon ( Jessica Green ) helps Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) on his revenge quest. She can take on five guards at once. Well, their full plate armour is virtually useless against a mere dagger.

    The first name on his hit-list is the thug in the Citadel who was part of the brainwashing scheme. Next is the High Command who are leading the Prime Order's army while it marches towards the citadel. It turns out that the Trio have a way of resurrecting themselves. Well, they already managed to resurrect Garrett when he was tortured to death. We also discover what happened to three of the magical parasites the black-bloods used.

    The handmaid returns to the Queen she betrayed. Naturally the Queen refuses to forgive her, and discards her story about the enemy's super-weapon. Janzo listens to her, because her prison cell is next to his, and he is her boyfriend. The gangster lady reveals that she knew the handmaid's real parents, which turns out to make things uncomfortable fot janzo.

    The Queen has a new visitor. Can he confirm that the man posing as her brother is who he says he is?

    The Outpost The Outpost [Season 2, Episode 13] This Is Our Outpost
    Shown 26th September 2019

    The Queen has to decide the fate of her prisoners. After all, they are half the regular cast. Will she be wise and merciful, or bloodthirsty and vengeful?

    Talon ( Jessica Green ) and Garret Spears (Jake Stormoen - Extinct ) are back from the revenge quest. Just the people to lead the defence of the Outpost. The Queen will not retreat, because there are vital iron mines under the town. Well, about time someone mentioned the town's main industry again.

    The ending is a cliffhannger setup for the next Season. Unfortunatelty the show was cancelled, so we are unlikely to get a resolution to the storyline.