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“SurvIvors”- Complete Seasons - (1&2) - (BBC)
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: BBC/Warner
Genre:
TV-Series
Release Date:
4/27/10
Special Features:

“A New World”, “The Making of Survivors”, Character Profiles, FX featurette, Easter egg

Review:

It’s the end of the world as we know it and no one feels fine. In fact everyone is dead—well except for a couple of thousand people that have survived a nasty plague. Larger-than-life and its parent series the original TV show “Survivors” which aired from 1975-1977, “Survivors” has the same basic premise but tackles the same story on a much grander, bigger scale. Although inspired by the original series the 21st century version of “Survivors” goes its own way trying not to recall the original series although it does reference it but gives the premise a more modern spin. ***

The first two seasons of the ongoing series only runs 12 episodes (unlike the 38 of the original show)which may account for the better quality of the series and the fact that the series doesn’t run out of ideas quite so quickly. It seems a nasty version of the flu ravages the countryside laying waste to humanity right and left. What’s left of humanity almost returns to a hunter/gatherer type of existence with tin despots appearing along the way as Abby (Julie Graham) who ends up leading the band of survivors we meet tries to find her son who she is convinced survived the plague. She has a mixed band of people following her including Tom (Max Beesley) a former prisoner, Anya (Zoe Tapper) a doctor, Al (Philip Rhys), Greg (Peterson Joseph) a loner and others they pick up along the way. This merry band travels the countryside encountering plenty of misadventure along the way even as the British government struggles to pick up the pieces and create some semblance of order. ---

Image & Sound:

“Survivors” looks quite good with a nice anamorphic transfer. Detail is quite good although the colors and flesh tones could be a little more accurate. Overall, though, the show looks quite good and writer-producer Adrian Hodges brings a much grander impressive scale to the series than existed with the original show. ---

Special Features:

We get a typical “making of” featurette that gives us the genesis behind doing a remake of the popular 70’s TV show and how show producer Hodges generally tried to direct the show away from the original series so that this remake had its own unique flavor. ***

We also get “A New World” that focuses on the creation of post-apocalyptic Britain. The special features are rounded by “Character Profiles” a featurette on the visual effects created for the series and how they were able to get a much more epic scale than the original series on a TV budget. There are a couple of Easter eggs supposedly but I’ve only found one so far. ---

Final Words:

“Survivors” is quite enjoyable and after the set up of the series in the 90 minute pilot episode included here the series has a much brisker pace that will keep the interest of science fiction fans. Although the series doesn’t break any new ground the ground that it does cover works primarily due to some nice writing/direction and the performances.

 

 
 
 
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