UPDATE: Childhood's End has ended. I actually don't think it was bad in all the ways I feared it might be, but when all is said and done I did find it to be the bland business I expected, the acting at best minimally-competent, the cheese factor higher and higher each successive night, and not enjoyably so. I watched all three nights, which is something, but then I watch a hell of a lot of science fiction and it doesn't really take that much to keep me on board. The real draw, for me as for most people, quickly became the fact that The Expanse (and then The Magicians, which I thought pretty disastrously bad as someone who appreciated the books) was coming on right after each CE installment ground its way to a halt.
I got some pushback for declaring CE, like so much "Golden Age" Science Fiction symptomatically white-racist, mostly due to the famous inclusion in it of Jan Rodricks as The Last Man. The investment of the televised version of Rodricks with actual social-cultural-positional substance makes the case a little less cut and dried for the mini-series -- as does its omission of the whole poor persecuted whites of post-Apartheid South Africa, hardy har har. But I always found Rodricks worse than just the exception that proves what we all know was and to an ugly extent remains the "hard sf" rule on race: in making the written Rodricks such a conspicuously non-threatening abstraction, such a non white-guilt inducing liberal "post-racial" fantasy of Blackness I still actually consider the gesture a symptom rather than an overcoming of racism. I am happy to concede the point is arguable, but that really has always been the way it felt to me personally in the book.
Some dumb transhumanists linked to this post, castigating its absurdly idiotic comments. Since the post was mostly expressing a few anticipatory fears rather than making any kind of extended argument or critique (of something I had not yet seen after all) it is perplexing what is supposed to be so "idiotic" about saying so, unless it is the link to the Carpenters video that is the problem, which was admittedly just a bit of silliness pretty clearly offered up as such. If you read the linked article in which my post is derided for its idiocy you will find that it goes on to make a case for transhumanists flying their freak flags high and admitting that they are really (actually? aspirationally?) Overlords themselves. Of course, that the transhumanists are Overlord-Wannabes is more or less what makes them robot cultists in the first place, so it is hard to see why they pout and stamp when I say so about them myself on a regular basis. It is especially hilarious to realize that, strictly speaking, in both the book and the mini-series the Overlords are really just the Orc army to the Overmind's Sauron, too stupid to be psionically fattened up into a meal satisfying the tastes of the top predator in the cosmic food chain (not a bad way to think of God if one really must) like humans and the unlucky denizens of the other "supervised" planets turned out to be. The Overlords are just dumb grunts doing the dirty work of the Universe's Ultimate Hungry Hungry Hippo. Leave it to body-loathing abacus-wannabe transhumanoids to swallow the Overmind's line that eir prey are somehow transcending childhood to become "pure" energy bliss-borganisms as they get digested. Yeah, get a load of our robo-cultic "Overlords"! Hey, they can't fly in space or cure cancer but they've got website manifestos about how great it would be to be a math problem in the cloud.