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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Survivors: The Complete Original Series DVD Review - BBC

Survivors: The Complete Original Series DVD Review - BBC

Synopsis: When a genetically engineered virus kills 95 percent of the world's population, a group of survivors in England must rebuild humanity in the face of overwhelming odds. Written by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks for Doctor Who as well as Blake's 7, Survivors pits humans against nature-and against themselves-in an attempt to reclaim a desolate, unrelenting world.

Review: The BBC is infamous for some of the best and most innovative shows on television.  Survivors is no exception.    It was far ahead of it's time, airing back in 1975-77, the show produced a total of 38 episodes that ran 50 minutes long.  Terry Nation, who was then popular for his work on Doctor Who, created the concept.

The first season focuses on the accidental outbreak that levels the world population.  This group of survivors gather and attempt to isolate themselves and re-start society.  Within seasons 2 and 3 we learn of other survivors and see our characters travel around Europe and confront the various types of groups that have survived.  Its a great post-apocalyptic epic in the vein of movies like the Omega Man.

I wasn't aware of this vintage series from the BBC until we got this DVD set.  Anytime I can get the complete series of a show I give it a watch through and I'm so glad that I did with this one.  Its definately worth trying out if you haven't seen it.  If you are a fan of the show, this set is for you!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars