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EPISODE REVIEW: Survivors: “Episode Six” (Season 1, Episode Six)

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Good morning, and welcome to my *second* review for this episode, as my word processor kept eating it last night. A three-fingered salute, a good nap, and some half-assed dishwasher repairs later, I’m ready to tackle it again. And who was expecting this? Finally, at the end of the season, when everyone and their uncle has completely lost interest and given up on the show: we get a good episode. No, scratch that: we get a *Really* good episode!

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EPISODE REVIEW: Survivors: “Episode 4” (Episode 4)

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These kids - one of whom is named “Peter” - are walking through the woods when a loonie jumps out, takes their (dull) knife, and threatens them with it. The kids run back to a big manor house, and tell some older kids about it. The older kids decide to go hunting. They chase the loonie though the woods, and manage to sink an arrow in his leg before he stumbles across Suburban Mom in her Suburban Mom Mobile. He jumps in the car, the kids attack, she drives off.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Survivors: “Episode Two” (Season 1, Episode 2)

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I don’t really think BBC-A has a hit on their hands here. Despite them plugging the heck out of this show, I sense no buzz, I hear no chatter, I feel no furor like I did with shows like “Life on Mars” or even “Primeval.” What little I hear out of the UK is not particularly critical, but not particularly impressed either, and that lack of an impression roughly dovetails with my own.

As you may recall, my review of the premier wasn’t exactly glowing. While there was some good stuff to be found in there, the episode was overblown, overlong, and basically kind of dull. The good news is that episode two - cleverly entitled “Episode Two” - is better. The name is actually cleverer than it would seem at first because - get this - this is the *Second* episode of the series! Now, I’m not sure if that’s by accident or design, mind you, but that’s exactly the sort of amazingly clever kind of thing they’re doing here: showing us the second story and telling us it’s the second story, and once it’s all said and done, the impression that we’re left with is that there’s a whole bunch of stories here and, yup, this was the second one! How clever is that?

Which is, of course, my belabored and insulting way of pointing out that there are really *no* clever ideas here,

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EPISODE REVIEW: Survivors: “Episode 1” (Season 1, Episode 1)

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Once upon a time, back in the middle ages - by which I mean the 1970s - there was a TV show in England called “Survivors.” The premise was simple, and most importantly low-budget: a plague wipes out 99% of humanity, and those who lived through it attempt to make new low-tech lives for themselves in a depopulated - and frequently belligerent - world. Think of it as kind of like “Jericho” without the nukes and internet access. I’ve never actually seen the show, though I’ve heard of it. Several Dr. Who alums were working behind the camera.

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