Picking up where the terrific first series left off, the BBC’s new take on Survivors
continues to hark back to Terry Nation’s original novel, yet nonetheless weaves in contemporary themes. It gets down to business fairly quickly too, dealing with the thread left over from the first series’ cliffhanger, before pressing ahead with the thrust of the show’s new run.
And Survivors’ second series makes some interesting choices. It’s more interested this time in dealing with the ramifications of the virus that devastated the planet in the first place, and it’s happy to up the action ante, too. But it’s the life that the survivors face that now is taking centre stage, as well as digging into the story behind the aforementioned virus itself. As such, we get to see the worst and best of human nature reflected in the collection of characters here, and they get to be put in tenser situations as a result.
It’s an intelligent expansion of the original concept that we find in Survivors series 2, and an enriching of the drama as a result. It still has its problems, with not all characters convincing for instance, but this is still another fine science fiction show from the BBC, and one whose promise continues into its second run. --Jon Foster
Imagine being the only survivor of a disease that kills every member of your family, that kills lovers, friends, nearly everyone you've ever met. You are among the lonely few to live and now you must start again in a strange new world where everything that was once safe and familiar is now strange and dangerous. Returning for this high octane second series alongside Abby are Greg, a loner, hiding the pain of his past; Anya, a doctor who has seen too much; Al, a playboy who becomes surrogate father to young and headstrong Najid; Sarah, a hedonist used to getting her own way and Tom Price handsome, dangerous and a high security prisoner before the virus hit. As the series unfolds and the tension mounts, the threat of danger, and violence is eternally present, and the group is forced time and again to ask themselves: are they in it together, or is it each man or himself?