Monday, November 24, 2008

It's The End Of The World As We Know It

Did you watch Survivors? I was a huge fan of the original series, which we watched again last year - all three of them - so it was with trepidation and excitement that I awaited this new 'reimagining' as they insist on calling it.

I went to the press launch a few weeks ago, and usually at these things I'm lucky if I don't drop off. At the Merlin one I couldn't keep my eyes open. This one, however, I managed, even though at the time I thought it wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped it would be. I liked it, but I missed the old one, especially those iconic passport stamp opening credits.

But last night I gave it another go, as Mrs F-C was keen to catch it, and I must say I thought it was great. A bit long, but nicely set up. I love anything about the end of the world. I actually look forward to a dystopian future. I watch Threads at least three times a year. Mrs F-C and I agreed that before suicide, we'd have a really good poke round all those places you've been intrigued by for years.

Cast wise, I'm not a mad Julie Graham fan, and I can't understand why she's cast in everything, but I thought she was watchable in this. Max Beesley is always good. What I really want to know though, is why people think Nikki Amuka-Bird is this amazingly great actress.

I wonder what the critics will think? Because it's British and a drama and not American and not The Wire, it'll no doubt be panned.

But I'll be tuning in again. Will you?


office pest said...

I watched most of it F-C and thought it was great. Although I was dosed to the eyeballs so may have been a little 'happy'. I feel terrible this morning, I think I might have caught what they had.
Is there a repeat on proper telly at any time do you know - I'd rather not watch via the iplayer.

Five-Centres said...

Well the next one's on tomorrow, so not sure, but no doubt it's repeated at the end of the week in the dead of night with the annoying sign language person in the middle of the screen.

Chris Hughes said...

There was a woman coughing like mad on the tube this morning which prompted a mild shiver.

I liked it, although I agree it was a bit long, with moments of not-brilliant dialogue. I thought the new "don't let me be the only one" sequence was good. The non-canonical twist at the end was very intriguing too.

As for the critics, I recommend you don't read the insufferable Stuart Jeffries' review in The Guardian.

Planet Mondo said...

I was expecting to be disappointed, but absolutely loved it - they've given it the small screen cinematics feel of Dr Who.

At the time of the original, it worked by tapping into the climate of strikes, fuel shortages and the hippies-turned-adult myth of self sufficiency - with the new version they've kept essence while updating it (Even matching certain scenes blow for blow - dead hubby on the settee).

One thing though, wasn't the virus in the orginal series man-made ?

Five-Centres said...

Yes it was, PM, and I think that teasing little bit at the end when two scientists went into a lab might prove it to be the case this time around.

Once all technology was erased - phones, internet, etc, it was pretty much back to how it was in the 70s one.