Friday, June 10, 2011

The Post-Apocalypse With Survivors

...And I'm not talking about that crappy reality show.

Survivors is a British two season, twelve episode television program by the BBC about the aftermath of a super-flu that wipes out 90% of the worlds population. It's actually a remake of a BBC show from the 1970's of the same name. It's available on NetFlix streaming so add it to your instant cue now, you won't be disappointed!

It's about a group of survivors that have come together to make a life for themselves and all the troubles and trials they run into in a lawless, hungry world.

There are no mutants or CGI aliens or robots, and doesn't carry with it the bombastic militaristic adventurism in most American Sci-Fi (Si-Fi) programs which is quite refreshing. It's a realistic drama about a 'doomed' society trying to hang on.

It's quite a compelling show and the character driven acting is top-notch. The show touches on a number of social issues in a post-apocalypse society, which for me, falls into the true realm of science-fiction themes - the kind that make you ponder the events of the episode.

It's hard to come across great science-fiction and I think this is something worth watching. Check it out!

5 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the 1970's BBC show Survivors. It was well done and from what I remember scientifically accurate. I haven't seen the new version.

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  2. I've been thinking about checking out the 70's version as well.

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  3. I have not seen the original and added them to my Netflix. The newer ones I have seen and was not disappointed. I wish it was a little gritter akin to AMC's Walking Dead (no I don't want the zombies just the aftermath. One of the things I took from it is the importance of guns. I am thinking it would be a little more wild west if set in the US.

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  4. I like how in the current series there are less guns around than would be in the US so that made them more threatening especially when used like 'I have a gun but don't have any ammo so I'm just gonna bluff and then pistol whip you'.

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  5. Guns is one of the weird absurdities of the show. For a long time everyone, except the thug, eschews guns or really any form of a weapon. They use things for time to time, but on average, they all aren't walking around with a spiked club or crow bar, let alone pistols. On one hand thats nice, they are getting by and leading with a smile and friendly, lets share, we're in it together attitude. That works only so far. They evolve as it progresses but in that situation you'd think you'd harden quickly. A great show, I really enjoyed it.

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