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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by The Browncoat Cat on Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:36 pm

Johnstone McGuckian wrote:Brilliant. Shame that Freema died so early on. I'll be watching the next one too.
Did she die? I must have missed it. Wasn't Jenny one of the major characters from the original series?
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Nick Barlow on Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:01 pm

Depressing as hell, but really good and Julie Graham seems to have left the curse of Bonekickers behind. Very interesting twist at the end, and I did notice that there was a copy of a Stephen King book in Tom's cell, but it wasn't clear enough see if it was The Stand (which is based around a government-created flu virus that turns the body against itself).

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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Nick Barlow on Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:13 pm

The Browncoat Cat wrote:
Johnstone McGuckian wrote:Brilliant. Shame that Freema died so early on. I'll be watching the next one too.
Did she die? I must have missed it. Wasn't Jenny one of the major characters from the original series?
She either died, or Anya's not a very good doctor.

One interesting bit I read about the original series was that they originally planned for Jenny to be killed off midway through the first series, but decided to keep her on as they liked Lucy Fleming. Though the change might be because they have the rights to adapt Terry Nation's novel, not to remake the original series.
Spoiler:
She would have been the one murdered in Law and Order.

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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Nov 23, 2008 7:32 pm

I didn't want to watch this. But it's the middle of the night and I can't sleep, so I just watched it.

And now I'm hooked and I'll have to watch all of it.

Damn you, television! Damn youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!

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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Rich Flair on Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:36 pm

bloody hell - that took an hour to get going. Picked up when they all met.

And yes, bad wig!
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Nov 24, 2008 12:01 am

Rich Flair wrote:And yes, bad wig!
Oh, I think you're being just a tad ungenerous to poor old Doc Filth there, Rich.

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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:53 am

Initial overnight ratings for the show indicate it got to to a very healthy 6.5 million viewers.
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:11 am

Excellent - lets hope most of them come back tomorrow night. Smile

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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:20 am

The Co=Ordinator wrote:Excellent - lets hope most of them come back tomorrow night. Smile
Here's hoping. There's a lot of potential in this. I'd like to see it given the proper chance to be realised.
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Rich Flair on Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:44 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:
Rich Flair wrote:And yes, bad wig!
Oh, I think you're being just a tad ungenerous to poor old Doc Filth there, Rich.

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Technically, Doc Filth wears a mirkin not a wig.
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Nick Barlow on Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:09 am

Just to clear up any ambiguity, Adrian Hodges says that Jenny did die, but he doesn't have a vendetta against actors from Doctor Who Smile.

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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:14 am

Nick Barlow wrote:Just to clear up any ambiguity, Adrian Hodges says that Jenny did die, but he doesn't have a vendetta against actors from Doctor Who Smile.

Good, because otherwise Greg will cop it on Tuesday.

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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:55 am

Rich Flair wrote:Technically, Doc Filth wears a mirkin not a wig.
But are "not we's" going to care? To them fake hair's fake hair. But doubtless he'll weather the storm.
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:56 am

Nick Barlow wrote:Just to clear up any ambiguity, Adrian Hodges says that Jenny did die, but he doesn't have a vendetta against actors from Doctor Who Smile.
Pleased to hear it. I suspect we'll be seeing quite a few more of them if the series continues beyond these initial six episodes.
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Frank on Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:26 am

Yeah, a good start. Review up on t'blog. My thoughts were: not grim enough; why were the streets empty; Julie Graham was good; Freema and Shaun were short changed and only ended up with a cough and a spit; and I for one don't welcome our boffin overlords.

I shall keep watching! By the way, it's likely they will follow the book of Survivors written by 'Telly' Nation rather than the series. They could only get the rights to the book, I'm told. So it will veer off into uncharted territory. Which is a good thing. As long as the white coated clipboard clutchers don't turn out to be a silly science fiction type conspiracy thingy.
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Graymalkin on Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:36 am

I got bored twenty-five minutes* in and turned it off. Should I have kept going then?


*I actually got bored about three minutes in, but only thought 'I've had enough of this' at twenty-five minutes, you understand. Oh, you all knew what I meant...
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:39 am

Graymalkin wrote:I got bored twenty-five minutes* in and turned it off. Should I have kept going then?


*I actually got bored about three minutes in, but only thought 'I've had enough of this' at twenty-five minutes, you understand. Oh, you all knew what I meant...
You should have kept going...
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:48 am

Frank wrote:Freema and Shaun were short changed and only ended up with a cough and a spit;
affraid

Graymalkin wrote:I got bored twenty-five minutes* in and turned it off. Should I have kept going then?



*I actually got bored about three minutes in, but only thought 'I've had enough of this' at twenty-five minutes, you understand. Oh, you all knew what I meant...

I know precisely what you mean Gray, and my feelings were very similar. But as I posted last night, once most of humankind had died it really picked up. Why not give it a go on the iplayer from 40 minutes in? That's when Abby wakes up "3 days later".

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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Graymalkin on Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:53 am

The Co=Ordinator wrote:Why not give it a go on the iplayer from 40 minutes in? That's when Abby wakes up "3 days later".

I think I shall do just that thing - cheers!
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Nick Barlow on Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:17 am

Thinking about it after the fact, and seeing Gray's comments, I think the one error they made was showing a bit too much of the pre-virus life of the characters. (IIRC, we only saw Abby and Jenny in the original version) One of the strengths of the original version was that it left a lot of the details of the collapse up to your imagination while Abby was passed out. I think the only real gain from the extra stories was that image of Najid in the mosque, surrounded by the praying dead. If it had been up to me, I'd have kept his story in, but only introduced Al when he almost runs him over, Tom when the guard comes to let him out and spent more time with Jenny and Anya to increase the shock when she dies.

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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:29 am

Fair comment Councillor. Smile Greg Preston's arrival 65 minutes in works great - no back story, no need in an opening episode. I'm sure it can, and will, be developed in the rest of the series.

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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Balbinder Mann on Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:48 am

I thought it was OK, certainly good enough to come back to. I'd like to see a few more episodes, because last night's episode didn't do anything I wasn't expecting, as far as post-apocalyptic type dramas go.

But a more than decent effort.
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:58 am

I thought it was perfect the way it was. Am I too easily pleased?

I really, really liked it.
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Frank on Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:03 am

Lucy McGough wrote:I thought it was perfect the way it was. Am I too easily pleased?

I really, really liked it.
I think you should be paid squillions of pounds by the BBC to go on telly and say things like that. Very Happy

No, better still, I should be paid lots of pounds to do that.
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Re: Survivors (new and old)

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:07 am

Frank wrote:I think you should be paid squillions of pounds by the BBC to go on telly and say things like that. Very Happy

No, better still, I should be paid lots of pounds to do that.
Well I think they should pay both of us to go on and say things like that. We could form a double act. But not like Ant 'N' Dec. Craig and Len perhaps?
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