Critic Consensus: While it doesn't quite live up to the book that inspired it, Childhood's End has a balanced narrative and sympathetic performances.
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as Ricky Stormgren
as Peretta Jones
as Ellie Stormgren
as Jake Greggson
as Rachel Osaka
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Where Childhood's End succeeds is that it balances its convention and its twists in fairly equal measure.
Clarke's novel is an ambitious project to film, but even with some strong moments, the ambition outstrips the execution and viewers may not feel compelled to get to the second installment.
Some of the original tale's poetic, deceptively detached tone remains, but this miniseries ends up feeling derivative of the films and TV shows that have come in Childhood's End's wake.
Childhood's End is great looking, with impressive special effects. It's also extremely slow, at least in the two hours previewed, and none of the characters is especially engaging.
Syfy's adaptation plays with Clarke's plot and themes but does so in such a leaden, DOA way that it's almost like a grade-school paper from someone who didn't read the assignment.
Will everything come together by the third night? Will Clarke's visionary book make sense? (Or will this turn into total nonsense?) Unknown, but at least there's enough promise here to hint that it's worth waiting to find out.
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