Sunday, January 24, 2016

"Survivors" 40th Anniversary: Episode 29 ("Law of the Jungle")

This is the twenty-ninth in a series of blog posts dedicated to the 40th anniversary of BBC's "Survivors" television series. "Survivors" followed a core group of characters who managed to survived a devastating viral outbreak -- one which managed to kill off somewhere between 95-99% of humanity. Society has crumbled and now those who remain must relearn the old way if they have any hope of surviving much longer.

This episode, titled "Law of the Jungle," continues with Jenny's, Charles', and Hubert's quest to reconnect with the traveling Greg Preston. They don't intersect with Greg, but they finally meet up with Ages. She had been sent back to Greg's community at the end of our last episode and conveniently meets up with our group just in time for their latest adventure!

Our group arrives at a farm where they were hoping to find shelter. Instead, it was abandoned to the rats! They get coerced by a pair of traveling hunters and taken to a camp run by a tough guy named Brod. He keeps everyone fed, but keeps them all working for their meals and lodging. Soon enough, Hubert is being trained as a hunter, Charles is lugging water to the camp, Agnes is cooking meals, and Jenny is being prepped as Brod's personal bed-companion!

Of course, nobody likes this. But the alternative is being thrown out without any horses or weapons in an area full of wild dogs!

Charles tries rallying the others to stand up against Brod and to relocate at a nearby farm, but they're too fearful of Brod's weapons and mauradering ways. Brod quickly grows tired of Charles' challenges and tricks him into stepping onto a trap. Ouch!

Charles' band decides to escape by boat. But Charles insists on waiting around until the others agree to escape with them. Charles, Agnes, Jenny, and the others spend the next ten minutes debating how to move forward when Hubert -- ever practical -- takes matters into his own hands!

Despite Charles' attentions, Brod quickly dies. But not before telling him to keep Hubert nearby as he is a hunter! Brod's people are free to leave the encampment and our group of survivors are free to search yet again for Greg!

Over all, it was a strong episode. Charles continues to be portrayed as the stymied idealist -- while Greg would have snuffed Brod out much earlier! Meanwhile, Jenny was prepared to prostitute her body in an effort to save the lives of her friends and Hubert -- whom I usually loathe -- manages to step up and save the day!

Next week will feature a Charles-centric episode titled "Mad Dog."

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