Courtney and I have found a few gems on Netflix (which we shamelessly steal from our neighbors…). The most recent, Survivors brought to us by our ever wonderful BBC, is a true gem. It’s not often that I tell everyone to watch something: this is one of those times.
This was a short-lived BBC series about a small population of survivors from a global flu pandemic. The primary themes are how society adjusts to the lack of social norms and mores. A particularly dominant theme is the humanity (or not) of the various survivors and the use of violence in handling issues. The series takes a more anti-violence stance while also recognizing that there comes a breaking point.
It was fantastically done. The main characters are deeply compelling, their issues real, and their relationships genuine. You’ll find yourself craving to know more about Greg’s past, where Abby’s son is, Sarah’s motivations and dreams, and so much more. It’s wonderfully powerful.
Oh, and if any of you ever finally decide whether you like or hate Tom, let me know. I’d switch from episode to episode, and I think… I think I like him.
Tragically the series ends after only two seasons with a gut-wrenching cliff hanger. However, don’t let that stop you; the producers were able to wrap things up well enough to leave you satisfied and feeling comfortable that all would work out in the end. All I will say is Tom is awesome. It’ll make you glad to see the last seen whether you like him or not.
Go add it to your list. You won’t regret it.