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Could have been something special
I am the kind of person who likes to see all the evidence before making comment. With this in mind I have sat through all six episodes and now feel I can do so with an open and honest mind.
Survivors is a show that holds the potential to be something great (the original series still has a mass of followers) yet, sadly the viewing public were let down.
I can let certain things pass (such as the virus acting so quickly) when the story as a whole is consistent in quality. With Survivors this is not the case.
Firstly lets look at Tom Grant. An excellent chance to have a dark character and this point is made evident in the pilot. From there on he becomes something of a non-entity until the end of the show. There was an ideal opportunity in episode two for him to return to the warehouse at the end and give Dexter a good kicking. This would have cemented Tom as having a much darker side and built on a history between the two. Many of these chances to make Tom sinister were missed.
Then we have the subtle hints that Abby and Greg have a possible mutual attraction. But the second time Abby leaves she is opening her legs for a perfect stranger. Then returns and touches Greg's cheek in a loving manner and says 'I missed you.' Inconsistent and poor execution.
Abby has been written in such a way that no one would look to her for leadership. She is only interested in finding Peter and has given no reason for people to believe in her. So why the hell has she returned to central England when he went missing in the Highlands?
Gavin, who spends his first episode repeating basically the same line three times, driving home that intruders should be dealt with harshly. We got it the first time. This tactic of driving points home is used in more than one episode and is done so because producers think that the female audience might miss it the first time as they do the ironing (they actually have meetings about this). It is insulting to the audience.
After Gavin has driven his point home so many times he then looks mortified when an intruder is shot by his leader (meant to be shocking but probably the most unbelievable scene in the entire series).
Did the writers actually read early episodes before writing the later ones? Al is asked to leave the compound after only a day for being late for breakfast and showing signs of being tired and Tom is asked to leave because he is an ex-con. So why, oh, why would Dexter be given a high ranking job within the new Government? ... He wouldn't.
Too many of the characters are also treated as non-entities, just milling around when time could have been spent on much needed expansion of other supporting cast. Maybe they would have written certain parts better if they had known who was starring.
The only sub-plot I found interesting is the relationship between Al and Naj.
These are only a few things from a series littered with problems, problems that ensure I won't bother with a second season and I can only think that those on here giving positive reviews must work for the BBC.
HATCHET: The horror film with heart, soul, kidneys and other severed body parts
UK author Garry Charles has written a review of Hatchet to be included in the forthcoming Hadesgate/Gorezone Ultimate Slasher guide. Below is just a taster of his thoughts.
"Within the first half dozen lines of dialogue I was smiling at the humour drenching the script the most fun I've had watching a horror film in over ten years I've seen hundreds of horror films since I was ten but I'd never seen one where I actually liked every character. Hatchet was a first delivered without showing mercy for the faint hearted or the easily scared. And it was all done in the traditional way the Holy Grail of slasher films."