Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Surviving Survivors

There is considerable expectation about post-apocalyptic drama at the moment. There's the film of Cormac McCarthy's The Road out at the moment, the Book of Eli coming soon. Having blogged about good TV drama yesterday, it was a rude awakening to have to sit through last night's Survivors on BBC1.

The story was slow, plodding and ponderous. The look of it was poor too: it had really crap CGI, loads of close up interior shots betraying its low budget. Only until the last five minutes did you get any of the group tension that made the last series worth watching. The lingering subplot about the bad guys in the lab with their army of black clad soldiers and Inspector Chisholm from Minder in a videolink in a suit and tie - come on! Get on with it!

The supporting cast were weak actors too. And maybe I'm picking hairs, but do all white working class male characters in BBC drama have to be violent scumbags? And all black males neurotic outsiders?

Apart from that it was ace.

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