Previously on Childhood’s End, ‘The Deceivers’
The finale of Childhood’s End managed to be both incredibly beautiful and sad.
As we thought, the children were the key, taken away to become a part of The Overmind, an all-knowing being that oversees all of creation. And Jennifer ushered humanity to its end, harvesting all the energy on Earth until it exploded.
So, that’s the sad part. But the finale also displayed moving human moments in the form of Ricky’s refusal to spend his final days in a fake construct with the woman he once loved. Instead, he chooses to live and die in the present, in his truth, with the woman he loves now, Ellie.
After their children are lifted away, the Greggson’s meet their end in New Athens, taking some solace in having experienced love and family, together.
Ever the curious scientist, Milo sneaks aboard one of the ships used to transport animals to The Overlords’ home planet and spends 40 years in a vacuumed sealed bag in order to learn the truth. He spends time with another Overlord, who explains their purpose in helping planets and their inhabitants meet their inevitable ends.
He declines their offer to remain with them, and insists upon traveling back to Earth to watch it die, and then generously offers to report back to Karellen the planet’s final moments (this was the scene that opened the series).
Karellen grants Milo’s request to preserve some part of mankind, something to leave behind to show they existed, and he saves a bit of music that was special to Milo as a boy. It plays and remains in Earth’s pocket of the universe for anyone who passes through.
This wasn’t a perfect miniseries. Some of the most interesting aspects: the decline of religion and scientific inquiry, the freedom movement led by Wainwright, and the creation of New Athens were mentioned and then glossed over. Also, it would have been better to meet the Greggsons the first night, and maybe we’d care a bit more for this family that played an important (yet unexplainable) role in Earth’s end.
But despite all of that, Childhood’s End was highly entertaining, thought provoking, and even scary as hell. Charles Dance was amazing as Karellen, and displayed so many emotions through just his eyes and voice.
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