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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivors dvd
This series really captivated me. I often catastrophise about what would happen if society went into meltdown. This is a really exciting series and well acted.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. A. J. Naylor

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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but disappointing
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The first season of the new Survivors is fairly entertaining cheese, but they totally missed the point of the original series: how do a bunch of ordinary people cope when all the supports of society are stripped away? ... they have to learn to fend for themselves, defend themselves, begin producing their own food, provide their own...
Published on 29 April 2010 by K. G. Godwin


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but disappointing, 29 April 2010
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K. G. Godwin (Winnipeg, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Survivors - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
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The first season of the new Survivors is fairly entertaining cheese, but they totally missed the point of the original series: how do a bunch of ordinary people cope when all the supports of society are stripped away? ... they have to learn to fend for themselves, defend themselves, begin producing their own food, provide their own shelter, etc ... overall, how do they re-institute some form of human social organization which has to deal with everything from planting potatoes to dealing with a community member who commits a murder ... it was made fairly cheaply, but the weaknesses in the production values and the unevenness of the cast were overcome by the quality and intelligence of the writing ...

In the remake, throughout the entire first season (six episodes), the group that come together make no attempt to start providing for themselves, just find a big house and scavenge for food and supplies; the story is made "bigger" by having a nascent group trying to re-form the government at a big, fully equipped facility with its own wind power, computers, satellite links, etc (a group which inevitably quickly takes on a fascist tone), plus there's a secret installation working on a vaccine/cure for the disease (with the implication that they released it in the first place) ...

Meanwhile, instead of focusing on the minutiae of survival, as the original series did, the running time is filled with soap opera stuff among the characters as they pair up, have sex, get jealous, fight and make up ... in other words, a pretty predictable "update" of the original aimed at what the BBC thinks are the interests of a shallow, distracted audience ... people who presumably would be bored with the problems of starting a farm from scratch when faced with imminent starvation ... replacing genuine gritty drama with slick, shallow "drama" ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivors dvd, 27 May 2013
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Mrs. A. J. Naylor (Ipswich UK) - See all my reviews
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This series really captivated me. I often catastrophise about what would happen if society went into meltdown. This is a really exciting series and well acted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it, 30 Sep 2012
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Excellent, loved it. Very sad to see they didn't do a season 3 or a one off episode just to tie up all the loose ends though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Survivors, 23 May 2014
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recommended by a colleague well worth watching. Will have to get series 2 now to watch the remainder. Really good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great series, 18 Jan 2014
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I wish they hadn't cancelled this series, as I loved it when it was on TV, and still do now. So cheesy but great, thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd collection, 12 Jan 2014
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Such a shame this tv series ended I brought to watch again as its really good and a few stars in this that I like Max Beasley being one!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Government can be hazardous to your health..., 8 Aug 2013
This review is from: Survivors - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This is not a comparison with the original, 1970's series-which I
have not had the pleasure to watch.
BBC, that paragon of British establishment, gives us a scathing indictment
of the political system and modern Western society, in the form of
an insightful, post-apocalyptic parable.
There's a deadly flu outbreak, but the public is intentionally
misinformed by the authorities, about the scope and severity of the epidemic.
As more and more people perish helpless, some in the government and
in the corporate sector have been making their contingency plans.
When the epidemic runs its course, there are few survivors left in Britain.
The series deals with the story of several of these people, who find
each other by accident, and are bonded together by a series of misadventures.
This is not the "Walking Dead". There's limited gore and violence.
Because of financial constraints, and the need to advertise products and
services, severe damage to structures and vehicles is rarely depicted.
Months after the collapse, cars are shiny and running,
the houses have not been gutted by looting, and the characters wear
clean and pressed clothing. A lot of nice, brand-new camping gear
is frequently displayed. There are no packs of feral dogs or hordes of
man-eating rodents.
It is "civilization" that threatens the characters of this series-
or rather what's left of it. Under the extreme circumstances created by
the catastrophe, the photogenic, media-friendly, "democratic" facade of
authority crumbles away, to reveal its arbitrary, parasitic,
and coercive nature
Former government minister Samantha Willis, in a chilling, brilliant
portrayal by Nikki Amuka-Bird, is the personification of this threat.
From her "Eco-friendly" refuge, this ruthlessly efficient politician
plans to claim the mantle of the fallen British government.
Her methods comprise lies, subterfuge, violence by her hired thugs,
and cold-blooded murder.
The other major threat comes from a corporate entity, which is entrenched
in bio-hazard proof laboratories. There James Whitaker, in the capacity of
a 21st century Dr. Mengele, works for the "common good", sacrificing more
and more kidnapped survivors in an elusive quest for a vaccine.
This is a professionally shot and acted series, which suffers from
far too many implausible situations and plot twists.
Julie Graham is exceptional in the role of "Abby Grant", who is
the mother figure of the group of survivors, and the voice of
compassionate, feminine common sense.
Max Beesley is outstanding in his restrained performance of hard-bitten
convict Tom Price, who would like to leave his past behind-
if they would just let him be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars remade and updated, 4 Dec 2012
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Mr. T. D. J. Dommett (UK) - See all my reviews
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I loved the original survivors and think this 'remake' or reimagining has a lot to offer. It says it is based on the book, but to be honest - it bares little resembalance to the book - on the otherhand, it is set in the present and the book is from the 1970's.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Purile, not a patch on the original, 19 Oct 2010
This review is from: Survivors - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I suppose they have to be congratulated for at least coming back to this 1970s masterpiece, but...

It's a load of stinking rubbish (to put it politely). It completely misses the point of the original, which was how to rebuild the basic structures (food, politics, law, etc.) of society from nothing; with the original you were always putting yourself in the characters' places, thinking how you'd start afresh. Seeing the original as a ten year old made me deeply about the way we live and how superfluous material possessions are. The new one is just the opportunistic acquisition of 'stuff' (a bit like shopping without recourse to money) and a bit of love interest and gossip, nothing to make you think about how we live our lives now.

The original was very deep; it worked on a range of levels. If the Daleks were Terry Nation's Nazis, in 'Survivors' (the original proper one) he voices a distrust of government and imposed, top-down structures; it was very much a celebration of anarcho syndicalism; small groups of people coming together as one; the language of the time was of 'communes'; the proper 'Survivors' was a cheerleader for individual personal responsibility tied to the need for people to rely on one another. The new one is so unsophisticated it barely raises any issues at all, aside from all the awkward 'diversity' rebranding...

You could say the original is a paean to 1970s hippy country communes and cooperatives, the new one is a symptom of 2000s mindless urban political correctness.

It saddens me to see this remake; like The Italian Job, Starsky and Hutch and countless others it was like a 2D plastic model of the original; apparently similar on the surface at a glance but with none of the depth, breadth, texture or 'feel'. Why on earth didn't they just leave well alone...? I'm not surprised Terry Nation's estate didn't want to play ball.

The only good thing is that it puts the original into people's consciousnesses; buy the original, don't waste your money on this guff.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings, 23 Mar 2013
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Having finally got around to watching this after five years, I find myself in the odd position of agreeing with almost all the other reviews, positive and negative!

On the plus side, the reimagining with a more representative cast makes sense - despite the BBC's occasional lapses into PC for the sake of it in some shows, it makes perfect sense here that the cast would be as ethnically diverse as the UK is, especially in an urban area. The episodes have a greater continuity than the orginal, which was a bit all over the place after Terry Nation left, and they have had the sense to adapt and update the original episodes rather than discard them utterly.

On the negative, I would have to agree that everything is all too easy. Part of the terror of the original series, which hit home hard when I watched it at the time, was in the realisation of how fragile our existence is and how dependent we are on an infrastructure we never really think about. I think it's Abby in the orginal who compares a city to a baby, utterly reliant on outside help to feed and clean it and take its waste away.

TV shows from the 70s may seem a bit talky and slow-moving to today's audience but the original "Survivors" really engaged with some of the issues of learning how to survive from the ground up in a way this remake utterly ignores. The originals struggled to learn how to farm, their sucessors seem to think it's OK to supplement scavenging with a few eggs and it will all be OK. The terror of their helplessness is replaced by running around with guns and avoiding the conspiracy theory cliche black helicopters to generate drama, which is cheap, flashy and lazy.

On the whole, I did enjoy the re-make - I'm a sucker for a good apocalypse and at least there's no zombies in this one - but I would have preferred a better marriage of today's continuity and SFX with the orginal's thoughtfulness and it left me a little disappointed. Plus I still keep wondering who's trimming all the verges on the roads!!
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