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Survivors: Complete Seasons One & Two
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A modern remake of the thrilling 1970's drama! Set in the present day, Survivors takes place in the aftermath of a devastating virus which wipes out most of the world's population. What would we do? How would any of us cope in a brave new world where all traditional 21st Century comforts – electricity, clean running water, advanced technology – have disappeared? These are the questions faced by the bewildered but resilient group of survivors at the center of the drama.]]>
The remaining episodes follow this core bunch as they cope with their strange new world--a world in which, as Tom puts it, "we make our own law now." These are people we come to know and, for the most part, care about--especially Abby (one of the very few who contracted and then somehow recovered from the virus) and Tom (whose violent ways make him both an invaluable protector and the object of much mistrust). Other major and minor characters come and go, including various bands of outlaws, thieves, and such, led by religious zealots, power-hungry criminals, greedy entrepreneur types planning to cash in once things return to normal, and so on; there are a few good guys along the way, too. The bigger picture is addressed as well, as a surviving minister (Nikki Amuka-Bird) attempts to put the government back together (using increasingly drastic and outrageous methods) and a sinister band of scientists conduct Mengele-like experiments in their search for a vaccine. It's not all brilliant--some of the hour-long episodes move very slowly (by and large, season 2 is faster paced and more exciting than the first), and there are some mawkish, overly melodramatic scenes. But the central themes (Are people basically good, or evil? How would we cope in a world without civilization?) and characters are enough to make for very compelling viewing. --Sam Graham
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So I think that the BBC in essence cheated the consumer. It's like buying a novel only to find out that the last three chapters are missing.
They had a great product and they ruined it---incomprehensible. When you think that a season is only 6 episodes anyway. they should have not left it incomplete. A two hour finale would have been great just to give it a sense of completion.
I also think it is unfair for them to now show the series on BBC America knowing that it is essentially going nowhere--it's been already canceled and it's incomplete. All those viewers will watch the final episode of season two all for nothing, as they will get no answers.
If I had known all this before hand I would not have bought the DVD's.
We can always hope that they will complete the story somehow.
The characters are believable, and the interaction interesting. Good writing and plot. There's action to fulfill the needs of the guys in my house and I'm fascinated by the concept of how society would behave in the event of such an apocalyptic disease. Apparently it's a re-imagining of a series from the 1970's.
Two seasons have been filmed (as this DVD set shows) and I really hope they carry on into a third season - We'll watch!
I like the premise of the story itself, but also the excellent writing. The characters are real, diverse, and interesting to get to know as a viewer. The screenplay dialogue is always surprising and fresh. Stangers must now interact with each other and help one another to survive, while they deal with the sudden grief they their lives are now totally changed forever in a blink of an eye.
An added plus is the great cinematopgraphy, which films many scenes outside in nature and uses a wide lens to show the vast emptiness of the landscape, and yet the landscape itself is beautifully shot.
** first rate drama, a must-see **
Think The Stand minus the supernatural and gore. And Jericho except the characters didn't know each before the calamity, didn't live in the same town and are on the move.
Excellent production quality, very well-acted and compelling characters. But for the accents and driving on the other side of the road (not that it matters much what lane you're in after the flu wipes out 99% of the population), Survivors could be in America. Well, there's also the relative dearth of guns compared to American productions in this genre. Terrific series, if you've read this far you're going to love it.
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The Walking Dead without the walking dead! Only trouble with it is they didn't finish the series so it will leave you hanging with no closure. SHAME on you BBC!Published 7 days ago by Amanda Sparks
This is a fantastic series with a great story and great actors. I am giving it a one star because BBC cancelled it after the second season right in the middle of a cliff-hanger... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A
Good series on how a group people not knowing each, come together and do what they can to survivePublished 11 months ago by Kiki
Loved this series when it first came out. Glad to have it in my collection.Published 11 months ago by N. Couch
Survivors claims not to be a remake of the nineteen seventies BBC series with the same name. However it has the same premise. Read morePublished 13 months ago by steve b
Great series and made me think about what would happen in a pandemic.Published 17 months ago by M Winchester
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