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Terrific! Highly recommended,
This review is from: Survivors: The Complete Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)I only saw series one and five episodes of series two back in the seventies, so it's an unusual experience to find out what happened to the characters after so long. A testament to the power of the series that I was so moved, the characters seeming real enough to shed tears over.
Series two was a dud apart from one episode, although there were individual good scenes. The applied wisdom should be that once a series is in decline, it cannot recover. How surprising then that this third series is stunning. Interesting, compelling and moving, its photography and vistas especially remind me of Tarkovsky. Unlike series two, I will be watching all these again except the Bron one (that scarf doesn't do it for me!)
The departure of Carolyn Seymour at the end of series one baffles me to this day and Survivors always suffered for it, like carrying on the James Bond series with Felix Leiter. To build up a strong female character with a truly wonderful performance from the actress and pass on it in favour of the chauvinist Charles character from a particularly creepy episode in series one called 'Corn Dolly' seems perverse. Likewise, Greg only saw himself as 'enforcement', not a leader in series one, he becomes something else again here (although admittedly for practical reasons as he only wanted to appear in two episodes.) One feels an opportunity was lost with the Abby Grant character in favour of more traditional masculine leads. It also leaves a plothole as to why after traipsing the breadth of the country, the survivors do not come across her.
Nevertheless, this series stands up as the best without her and I did not find the absent Greg arc at all annoying. The producers seamlessly used it to enhance rather than hinder the narrative, introducing some interesting sexual politics and I especially liked some of the arguments and shouting matches the characters would get into for not always rational reasons, I thought that was very true to life. I disagree that the series should have ended with 'Long Live The King'. The final episode built up a full head of steam (if perhaps too abrupt a finish.) It was a rousing, fitting ending.
Lucy Fleming comes into her own after a somewhat colourless and flatly delivered performance previously. Hubert, while not always dependable, proves his staunch loyalty and usefulness and I even warmed to Charles. There are always interesting ironies and parallels, such as Frank's guilt mirrowed by Greg's in McCulloch's self-penned 'The Last Laugh'. He is a strong writer too. Somehow you don't expect that from an actor which is uncalled for, obviously.
No Seymour, but it would be churlish to give this outstanding third series anything other than five stars.
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2012 23:25:55 GMT
These comments are misplaced as they are relating to the 1975 series and not the present series.
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