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Survivors rewatch - 1.2 Genesis
Nixxie
ohh deary me Sad poor chap.
 
OneSparePart

trevor travis wrote:

You evil bitch! Shock

With knobs on!
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Hugbot

trevor travis wrote:

Anne is one piece of work!

In a way, she is very similar to Arther Wormdo - both trying to keep control over other people: he by law & order, she by hoarding and selling stuff. Which makes the two plots very parallel.
 
Nixxie
it was a very silly car to choose in an apocalypse.
 
trevor travis
Greg is grumpy, but at least he seems to care. He went to get the drugs for Vic, and now he's taken Jenny and Evil Anne with him.
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OneSparePart
Meanwhile in an African village far from civilisation, life goes on as normal
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OneSparePart

trevor travis wrote:

Greg is grumpy, but at least he seems to care. He went to get the drugs for Vic, and now he's taken Jenny and Evil Anne with him.

But if he had said he was going to find drugs and would come back broke leg man might not be all on his lonesome
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trevor travis
A hopeful episode ending!
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Nixxie
And then there were 3! - good ending
 
Nixxie

OneSparePart wrote:

Meanwhile in an African village far from civilisation, life goes on as normal


until they die of malaria, yup.
 
trevor travis
My ratings (apologies if anyone disagrees):

The Fourth Horseman 10
Genesis 9
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OneSparePart

Nixxie wrote:

OneSparePart wrote:

Meanwhile in an African village far from civilisation, life goes on as normal


until they die of malaria, yup.

That's life as they know it.
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trevor travis
Review from a previous rewatch:

(1.2) “Genesis” by Terry Nation
Directed by Gerald Blake

“I was wrong Jeannie, I thought you were the kind who’d survive just to spite me.”

Another very strong episode, as Greg Preston enters the fray. Right from the off, it’s clear he’s no conventional hero, right from his opening line to his dead wife, with whom it would seem he shared less than a loving relationship. Ian McCulloch is perfect casting for the role.

It’s not exactly clear how far this is on from “The Fourth Horseman” – one or two references suggest a few weeks, others a few days. In any case, anyone who was going to catch the Death has expired, this episode is where we start to very much focus on those who survived it and their different ways of coping.

Quite a bit of the episode focuses on Greg, super-bitch Anne Tranter and the unfortunate Vic Thatcher. We see, although Greg does not want to get tied into commitment, he is willing to put his practical skills to good use to help other people if he can. There’s a stark contrast between Greg, who even helps Vic regarding something he has virtually no knowledge (resetting Vic’s leg) while Anne stands uselessly by. Anne is used to be waited on hand and foot and clearly wants this to continue, her idea is to stockpile as much as possible and then employee other people as her lackeys.

The really shocking moment is when Anne tells Greg that Vic is dead (thus denying Vic of the drugs which would help numb his pain), and leaves the poor bloke to rot. It’s one of the most despicable acts in the series, as poor Vic is left alone and in agony. How selfish can one person be?

In the meantime, Abby comes across Arthur Wormley, a man with some power before the Death (and indeed can fill in some of the blanks as to what the government were trying to do, as the Death struck), and after even more power now. He initially comes across as benevolent, but really he is just Anne on a bigger scale – a man who wants to use the Death to end up as some sort of ruler. It’s shocking when he orders the death of another man (who is then shot off-screen so we can see Abby’s reaction to it). With so many people dead, surely the priority should be to keep as many people alive as possible? Wormley takes the role of judge, jury and executioner, and it sickens Abby, although of course, in a later episode, she will find herself placed in a similar situation…

Interesting the way that Abby also steals the ideas of Dr Bronson (the Peter Copley character from the first episode) without acknowledging she has done so. It shows that Abby herself is less than pure… why hasn’t she gone back to help the poor old deaf man? Is she actually a bit like Anne? Only interested in people who she can use, so she states Bronson’s ideology as her own while leaving him to rot.

Poor Jenny is at her lowest ebb here. She desperately wants company and on her own. Even if it’s Tom Price (the sequence where he acquires the Rolls Royce is quite amusing, it’s what many of us would do, and then discover actually there’s no point!). Jenny is not coping; she is weak (lack of food?) and has a nasty cough. Straight away, Jenny appeals to Greg far more than Anne, she’s far more likeable, and while vulnerable, is not totally useless. There is a connection between them, placing Anne on the outside (thank goodness they leave the evil bitch in the barn!).

Ultimately it is the wish for Abby, Jenny and Greg to seek out other people in same boat as themselves that brings them together at the close of the episode. Hardly a word is said, but straight it feels like these three people will be suited to each other’s needs.

It could be argued this episode is a bit all over the place (there’s three plots all going on at the same time), but it’s a necessity to see how the regulars-to-be cope (or don’t cope) on their own, before bringing them together. There’s again some very powerful and adult stuff in what is another cracking episode.

TT Og heads out of ten

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Thinks to note: Abby recovered from the Death (she did have it, lumps after the arms, etc). Anne Tranter felt ill, but didn’t catch the actual Death. Greg and Vic were totally immune. From what we see in the first episode, Jenny was also immune.

PS Og wants to charge into Anne Tranter and send her flying from a cliff edge. I might let him.
Edited by trevor travis on 26-01-2022 21:38
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Paula
Good series. Very well written.
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OneSparePart

trevor travis wrote:

My ratings (apologies if anyone disagrees):

The Fourth Horseman 10
Genesis 9

What made it minus 1point from last week?
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Hugbot
Thanks for the lovely (?) rewatch and the company! Good night, all! Frown
 
trevor travis

OneSparePart wrote:

trevor travis wrote:

My ratings (apologies if anyone disagrees):

The Fourth Horseman 10
Genesis 9

What made it minus 1point from last week?


It was very close to another 10, I admit.
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Paula
'Night all. I'm struck by the fact that we had all better now where our can openers are- just in case.
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OneSparePart
Well I won't let myself get caught at the front door by a waste of time next week! See you for another cheery one. Grin
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trevor travis
Thanks everyone for your company! Let's see what next week's cheery, happy installment brings Wink
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trevor travis

OneSparePart wrote:

Well I won't let myself get caught at the front door by a waste of time next week! See you for another cheery one. Grin


What's your post-Survivors viewing this week?
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