Watch: Childhood's End's Charles Dance and Mike Vogel on bringing a sci-fi classic into the modern age

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Dec 9, 2015, 7:22 PM EST

One of the first signs that Syfy's adpatation of Childhood's End was taking the job seriously was the casting of Charles Dance as Karellen, leader of the alien Overlords. The veteran actor's gravitas is unmistakable, as anyone who's watched him play Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones can attest, and I can't think of anyone I'd want more as the spokesman for my alien invasion.

Mike Vogel might be younger than Dance, but he's also been around the block when it comes to science fiction, having starred in projects like Under the Dome and Cloverfield. Still, his challenge in Childhood's End is significant, in that his character has been dramatically altered from the book's version in terms of age and occupation.

How -- and why -- did these two approach such a seminal work of sci-fi? What do they feel Clarke's work has to teach us about our modern world? And what was the American turn of phrase Charles Dance had never uttered before this project? All these questions and more are answered in Part 1 of my interview with Dance and Vogel. Watch it below, and stay tuned for more from two of the stars of Childhood's End.