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Survivors - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]
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All 12 episodes from series 1 and 2 of the BBC science fiction drama based on the novel by Terry Nation. 95% of the world's population has been wiped out by a freak plague, leaving the remaining survivors to rebuild civilisation. Awakened into a surreal nightmare, where basic commodities such as food and water are in scarce supply, a group of disparate strangers led by Abby (Julie Graham), Anya (Zoe Tapper) and high-security prisoner Tom (Max Beesley) must put aside their differences, combine their talents, and learn to adapt to the daunting situation in which they now find themselves.
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I recently viewed the original BBC series, Survivors, from 1975-77 and thoroughly enjoyed this extremely good, character lead drama. Each episode was very well produced by Terence Dudley and based around a theme which all characters responded to in their own unique way, touching some very ethically difficult areas as they proceeded to a great finale. There was no grandiose Sci-Fi based around research scientists in high security bunkers, which plays a key role in the remake! Observing how people would realistically react to the end of the world on a day by day basis made the original series so much better.
The problem with nearly all post-apocolyptic dramas is that they rely on the hackneyed trope of all survivors turning ferally competitive. In fact, after every major disaster, people pull together and look out for each other.
To much was centred around returning to the old system that had just been destroyed through the plague, where as the original spent most of the 3 series on Survival and the different groups that had set up.
I have watched the original many times again and if you want to watch the survivors I would recomend buying that series instead
The 2008 "Survivors" is very much a product of the modern age - flashy, action packed and superficial with little time for anything cerebral and not exactly guaranteed to strain the brain too much but it is enjoyable and entertaining. The casting with its emphasis on a neatly balanced ethnic and social mix is rather artificial and some might call this politically correctness but I suppose this more accurately reflects the makeup of modern society. To me the 2008 "Survivors" is essentially a wasted opportunity and this is sad. It could have been and should have been so much better but it is well worth watching although there is nothing that stays in the memory like some of the scenes and characterisations in the 1970s version and I cannot imagine it having the same long standing appeal of the "old" survivors.
The writers seem to overlook the true story to tell here, a world where most people have died and which is now slowly crumbling with all the infostructure gone. Instead they seem more concerned with introducing unecessary nemesis after unecessary nemesis for our survivors to overcome... The gem of the series goes to "evil coal mine owner" who captures fellow survivors in order to force them to mine coal. Here we see the true lengths the writers are willing to sink to in order to create yet another villain for the survivors to face. In reality every coal power station, every coal mine and coal depot would have huge mounds of coal, just lying there waiting to be taken, but instead the inept writers decide to ignore this obvious reality, in order to contrive another story.
Contrived plots, littered with outlandish coincidences, happens over and over and over such that it all becomes mushy, unbelievable and ultimately forgettable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great series great cast would of liked a series three. The original tv series was longer and also was a great tv series.
A brilliant BBC Production!! I'd watched the 2 series some years ago, and loved it. Great Acting by all parties & a genuinely believable story line. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Deane Mitchell
Enjoyed the series the first time and have enjoyed watching it again.Published 6 months ago by Marylyn Hofmann
The plot is loosely based on the 1970s series which was from the book by Terry Nation. The principal actors play good parts (Julie Graham was brilliant) but I don`t know why this... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Raymond W Bailey
very good remake of the classic 1970s show pity they did not do series 3Published 14 months ago by D. J. Tierney