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

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Is it a bad sign that I keep taping this show and forgetting to watch it? I think it must be. Between BBC-A’s strangely self-destructive strategy of running this show up against Lost, its less-than-action-packed stories, and its general downer subject matter - seriously, if you’re doing a post apocalyptic story it has to feature mohawked gay bikers with crossbows at some point - I just keep pushing it to the bottom of my ‘must watch’ pile.

But my apathy was unwarranted this time out, as this is arguably the best episode they’ve done.

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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 3” (Episode 3)

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Much better. Vast improvement. Still kind of off-balance, but much, much better than the two previous episodes. If I were going to try to get my friends interested in this show - and I’m certainly not going to do that, because I’m not at all confident about this series’ potential - I’d probably start with this one.

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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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BREAKING NEWS:BBCAmerica to Air 'Doctor Who' specials

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In a move that is mildly surprising, the American arm of the BBC (fittingly named BBC America) will be the network to premiere the five Doctor Who inter-season specials starring David Tennant before his character morphs into an even younger actor. (At this rate, he'll be played by a toddler in a couple of regenerations)
Variety's story here

Translation for those for whom Variety's abuse of the English language is intolerable:

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(BREAKING NEWS) New Doctor Announced!

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The new Actor to play the next incarnation of the Doctor has been named- it's British actor Matt Smith, the youngest actor to ever play the role. As soon as I can filter through all the noise, I'll find a picture and post it.

(Matt Smith? What, they couldn't find a John Smith?)

UPDATE: Found Picture. .

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