Survivors: The Complete Series 2 [DVD]
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The complete second series of Terry Nation's acclaimed BBC science fiction drama in which 95% of the population have been wiped out by a freak plague, leaving the remaining survivors to rebuild civilisation. The episodes featured are: 'Birth of Hope', 'Greater Love', 'Lights of London (Parts 1 and 2)', 'The Face of the Tiger', 'The Witch', 'A Friend in Need', 'By Bread Alone', 'The Chosen', 'Parasites', 'New Arrivals', 'Over the Hills' and 'New World'.
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Top Customer Reviews
I first watched Survivors in the 1970s as a young man in my twenties and found it riveting. I have never forgotten being absolutely enthralled by the concepts it portrayed. Almost thirty years later, I was delighted to find it available on DVD. I am still fascinated and watched the whole 12 episodes of series two almost back-to-back (ditto series one). Great drama, arguably with slightly wooden production compared with modern television drama (but great acting). Ground-breaking in it's day and highly recommended. If you saw the film "28 Days Later", the initial theme is similar but Survivors makes much more credible viewing despite the lack of hi-tech effects. Buy it or rent it, you'll love it.
The "Death" has claimed over 99.9% of the population and those that are left must now struggle and fight to continue, gone are the mass producing factories, gone is the centralising Governments. Now just a collection of small communes to re learn all that the past generations have forgotten about living of the land, life with out dentists, hospitals and state run schools.
The Second Series survives major culls, both of characters and locations , but excellent scripts, excellent Direction and outstanding acting carry on where they left off. These programmes were made in the days when the BBC made the best quality television in the world, their drama really was second to none.
This is further highlighted by each individual episode, which cover such topics as rising fascist states, a person's willingness to risk their life for their friends. Changing values (the way a society so ravaged may have to move on from traditional views of love, marriage and the family home and just produce children - the next generation) and ultimately the need for co-operation and cohesion in order to rebuild a brave new world.
If you enjoyed the first series then this is an absolute must, roll on series three.
This may work as a jumping on point if you haven't seen season one, but the main characters are already quite established by now, and there's only occasional exposition as to what has gone before, so you are better off starting with that.
All episodes run for fifty minutes. There is direct scene access on each episode.
But the dvd's have no subtitles at all. And the only language option is English.
The season starts with a bit of a shake up. Abby Grant, main character of season one, is no longer around. Off on a quest to find her son. Which she was out to do for most of season one. This absence came about due to the actress and the producer not always seeing eye to eye.
Also gone is show creator Terry Nation, also due to creative differences.
Not only that, the first episode quickly winnows down the regular cast via a fire. Recasts one. And sees the surviving survivors move to the Whitecross community. Which was encountered in a season one episode. It's leader Charles Vaughan [Denis Lill] becomes a regular character.
As this season proceeds, the characters have a settled location in which to call home. But many trials and tribulations await as they try and get by.
This is tv of a different age. Some is done on film but most is done with what were, for the time, rather new fangled video cameras. There's no incidental music. Some modern slang is used in an older context.Read more ›
First off, it does a wonderful job of highlighting all the problems and pitfalls of farming in the post-disaster world - especially when those having to do it are mostly totally ignorant of the subject. As widely noted, this series is in many ways derivative from George R Stewart's "Earth Abides", and highlights vividly (one of the few points where it improves on the book) just why Ish's Tribe finish up as hunters rather than as farmers. Between their lack of expertise, the vagaries of weather etc, and the danger from marauders of one sort or another, a farming community post-plague would have a very precarious existence.
It also touches more directly than the novel on the question of whether all the survivors (and particularly the women) would be eager to start repopulating the world. Childbirth has suddenly become an order of magnitude more hazardous than before, and many women, especially the middle-class ones who play leading roles in "Survivors", were always accustomed to having "lives of their own", and may not be eager to just settle down to being wives and mothers, especially in a world without labour-saving devices. And given how shocked and depressed many of them will be, there are likely to be major misgivings about the rightness of bringing children into the kind of world they now have. I also found the reluctance of Melanie and others to accept that civilisation was really gone, and their insistence that "There must be something somewhere" entirely credible. Hope springs eternal.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Season 1 is better and season 3 (which I have not finished watching) seems more boring.
The video quality is probably as good as it can be for such an old series.
Not nearly so good as first series but still an enjoyable watch.
Bought second hand, Came back quickly and well packaged.
Still enjoyable and exciting after all this time.. tho I'm irritated more by Abby and her self-centredness this time round. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2013 by R. J. Wilson
I saw bits of all three series of Survivors when I was a teenager and the memory of them has haunted me to this day. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2005
It is pretty well documented that the 2nd series of Survivors takes a surprising turn away from Terry Nation's original concept of the show and as such I was a little more than... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2004 by jason yates