Monday, 24 November 2008

Survivors

Survivors
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The first, feature length, episode of Survivors ran last night on the BBC.
I was a big fan of the original series that ran back in 1975/6 (I watched it in re-runs about 10 years ago - only being 10 years old when it first ran).
Terry Nation, the creator of Blake's 7 and much of Dr.Who wrote the original series, and even though this re-imagining has brought it bang up to date it still seems to have the original feel that Nation gave to it.
For anyone who does not know the premise of the series, in basic terms more than 99% of the worlds population is wiped out by some kind of virus or chemical agent and the "survivors" of the title have to come to terms with the loss of everyone they new and also start to learn how to survive without al of the modern comforts we are all so used to.
The original series dealt with the characters learning to survive in a more or less medieval Britain and then as the story developed it moved on to the slow rebuilding of a national infrastructure.
As with all dystopian stories there are the typical run-ins with groups of marauders and day to day problems of modern folk trying to survive in the "wild".
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The new cast seem to work well in the new episode, with a general mix of different types and backgrounds. It will be interesting to see how they interact as the show develops.
I am pleased with this opening to the new series, as too many "re-imagined" show fail to deliver on so many levels. This one held my interest very well, and I am looking forward to part 2 tomorrow night!

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