Megan Daley
May 14, 2015 AT 10:20 PM EDT

The world prospered under the distant rule of the Overlords, but at what cost? 

Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 sci-fi masterpiece, Syfy brings the eerie utopia of Childhood’s End to the small screen. The Earth is peaceful, with no disease or war when the Overlords ambassador Karellen (Charles Dance) reaches out to a human, Ricky Stormgren (Mike Vogel) to become a messenger between the two species.

“I would rather the world went down under our control than flourished under theirs,” the trailer says. 

The three-night miniseries event won’t premiere until December, but EW has the chilling exclusive trailer available above.


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