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Feature 8.0
Video 8.5
Audio 8.5
Total 8.1
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: M15+
Minutes: 420
Reviewer: Kyle Sudukis

8.1


Survivors Ė Series One

Based on the original novel and TV series by Terry Nation, Survivors is a modern reinterpretation of his ideas and even though many elements here mirrors the popular TV series Lost, Survivors was here first. The story is set in the not so distant future which has seen the Earth devastated by a modern apocalypse, more specifically a deadly virus that has wiped out most of humanity.

In the ashes, a group of survivors have banded together that includes Abby Grant (Julie Graham), the main protagonist of the series who is looking for her son, Tom Price (Max Beesley), a prisoner who escapes from prison after the virus struck and Greg Preston (Paterson Joseph), a longer and survivalist. As the plot progress, they are joined by Dr. Anya Racyznski (Zoe Tapper), a doctor who still cannot grasp the disaster, Al Sadiq (Phillips Rhys), an Arab Playboy, Najid Hanif (Chahak Patel), an 11-year old Muslim and finally Sarah Bowyer (Robyn Addison), a women who uses her body to get what she wants. Needless to say, it's quite a mixed group of individuals who actually develop a strong loyalty to the group. If you have seen the original, the line-up has definitely changed with the times.

For some unexplained reason, this group of survivors are immune to the virus and because they all come from such a diverse background, it creates some tensions among the group. This is the highlight of the series as the viewer is given a first hand insight into how each of these people cope and interpret the events that have and will happen. Like Lost, the characters behind Survivors are a group of attractive Brits which does make relating to them a little easier, even though they are a little too shiny at times but each has their own motivations and histories which makes the story so enjoyable to watch. 

With that said, Survivors Series 1 establishes the characters well as they attempt to find water, food and shelter in this devastated world that has seen everything that mankind has built destroyed. To compound the situation for our unlikely group of heroes, other people have survived as well which has caused a dog eat dog mentally and whereas order once reigned supreme, it has been replaced with chaos. Although many of the episodes can be watched as standalone episodes, there are intricate themes that overlap and continue throughout the series 1 which makes you want to keep watching. 

However at times, some episodes feel a little disjointed from the main premise but thankfully this the good overwhelm the bad. In relation to the good, Survivors was a gripping science fiction TV series due to the characterisation and how each of them dealt differently with what happened, including the psychological repercussions that they face. From violent gangs to religious cults, the world of Survivors is not the nicest place to live but in this grim and gritty world, there are a few heroes out there. 

On DVD, the video quality is quite impressive and the BBC have never let us down when it comes to perfect picture quality. Add in Dolby Digital 5.1 and you almost have a movie like treat but at 420 minutes, itís definitely better value for money. 

Compared to much dribble coming out of the US, Survivors Series One is definitely a must watch series if you are after a thinking manís science fiction series like Lost but without all the metaphysical questions and railroading. Itís a very well made series on DVD that puts shows like The Sarah Connor Chronicles and V to shame. Itís must have viewingÖbring on Series 2!






 
 



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