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Survivors rewatch - 1.10 The Future Hour
Nixxie
Great episode that one. RIP Tom.

thanks for the company, all
 
Hugbot
Ah, yet another fun-filled episode! Thank you all for the company and good night! Frown
 
trevor travis
Another one bites the dust... Greg won't have Price around to trouble his conscious any more...
Edited by trevor travis on 23-03-2022 21:36
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Nixxie wrote:

Do we think what's left will have enough gumption to carry on as they were?

personally I think it'll be a power vaccum and they'll not be as good a group as before with whatever is left.

Huxley was a forceful personality but the pack animals can be just as nasty
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Paula
'Night all. I suppose it could have been worse. Those nasty sheep murderers.
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trevor travis
Review from a previous rewatch:

(1.10) “The Future Hour” by Terry Nation
Directed by Terence Williams

After a run of insular (although very good) episodes, featuring the main and semi-regular cast (we’ve had no guest stars since Garland’s War), this episode is a welcome return to the Terry Nation “villain of the week” format. It reminds us that there are still a lot of unpleasant people out there, wishing to exploit the post-Death world for their own ends (although arguably we did we see this happening in “Law And Order” but it was Greg and Abby doing it!).

Here we have a great performance by Glyn Owen as Huxley. B7 fans will be very familiar as him as Leylan, the acceptable side of the Federation, who even Blake seems to have some modicum of respect for (despite them being warden and prisoner). But Glyn Owen shows here how he can also play the suave villain. Huxley goes around the country acquiring goods. He seems to think he’s a force for good, by selling these goods for gold (Greg thinks acquiring gold is crazy; what is it actually worth in this new world?). But we learn he’s quite prepared to use force to acquire these goods – he’s been in regular gun fights. But losing the odd man is acceptable as long as there’s an economic gain in it for him.

There’s a real threat of menace in this episode, which grows, as the Grange community provide shelter for Laura, Huxley’s pregnant wife (he won’t allow her to keep the baby, because it’s not his). It’s the first time we’ve seen the sanctuary of the Grange really put under serious threat. There’s one scene of Paul tied to a tree, trying desperately to get free, then the sound of gunfire. It turns out that Huxley’s men have shot the sheep, but just for a moment, we do fear for Paul’s life, after all in Survivors, our “heroes” often die.

There’s an interesting scene where Greg and Abby are discussing what to tell the rest of the group as Huxley starts his attacks, continuing the disturbing trend from the end of “Law And Order” of them deciding what to tell the rest of the group only what is decided to be good for them. Greg is clearly even keeping things from Jenny, who barely features in this episode (Lucy Fleming hasn’t featured strongly in an episode since “Starvation” – a real shame).

There’s a real strain starting to show in some of the arguments between Abby and Greg, especially when Greg manipulates Laura into leaving (that’s a good slap from Abby!). Both Abby and Greg want things their own way. To begin with, they complemented each other well. But since settling down at the Grange – the conflict is obvious. Abby is the “leader”, but Greg actually has far more practical skills. Although the thought of Greg as leader after “Law And Order” is a scary one!

Greg spends quite a lot of the episode berating Tom Price. Price does get his comeuppance in the final gunfight at the end of the episode. I do wonder if he shots Huxley dead knowing full well that he will end up shot dead himself? Maybe he can no longer live with the guilt of Wendy and Barney. Greg seems to see his death as some sort of closure, but I’m still not letting off Mr Preston for his own part in the events of “Law And Order”, in which he behaved appallingly.

Emma Cohen again does well from this episode; she is very much the heart of the Grange Community. And there’s some fun stuff from John and Lizzie, who discuss the merits of boys and girls, which ends in a “It is” “No it isn’t” type argument! The adults again really should keep the children better informed; John and Lizzie give the game away to one of Huxley’s men about Laura, but surely someone should have a word with the children beforehand, not to say anything.

Maybe this episode is a simple “villain-of-the-week episode” after the dark recesses of “Law And Order”. But it’s still a good episode in itself. The first season of Survivors always tells a good story at a nice pace - something a lot of modern television (producers of Doctor Who especially) could take note of.

TT Og heads out of ten:

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OneSparePart
Another riveting episode. I wish I had the imagination of Terry Nation.
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trevor travis
I've taken The Future Hour up from a 8 to a 9 this time, just as Gone To The Angels fall slightly from a 9 to 8.
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trevor travis

Paula wrote:

Tom got what he deserved and redeemed himself in one go.


Yeah, his action saves Laura from a life with Huxley... something that wouldn't have ended well (or lasted long!).

Thanks everyone for your company.
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OneSparePart

trevor travis wrote:

I've taken The Future Hour up from a 8 to a 9 this time, just as Gone To The Angels fall slightly from a 9 to 8.

It's funny how one's appreciation of an episode can alter. There are so many factors that come into play. That's why I love rewatching and also rewatching with friends. Good night folks
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trevor travis
This opening season of Survivors is proving every bit as strong as I remember it being. Very, very good drama.
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