Monday, March 7, 2016

"Survivors" 40th Anniversary: Episode 33 ("The Peacemaker")

This is the thirty-third 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 week's episode is titled "The Peacemaker." Jenny, Charles, and Hubert come across a new community that has dedicated itself to peace, love, and Hindu beliefs.


The group is run by a man named Grant, but the communities inspirtation is a young woman named Rutna and a former corporate headhunter named Frank (AKA the Maharajah G, AKA the Master G). The group had gathered around a giant mill shortly after the Death, but struggled with petty disagreements and fear. Frank and Rutna eventually arrived and helped the community accept the Death and even accept its as some form of predestined event.

Rutna
The people are more content now. They meditate. They don't allow guns within the community. They practice a strict vegetarian diet.

Now Frank wants to leave, but his people don't want to lose their guru. He eventually reveals to Charles that he's going to die soon. Frank has a pacemaker and the battery is set to expire soon. Without his pacemaker, his heart will stop. And he cannot bear to die within his community. Charles agrees to take him away and the Master G's people finally agree to let him go.


"The Peacemaker" was an interesting episode. We were teased with the notion of something sinister within this community. But that never quire materialized.

At the very end of the episode, Charles springs it on Jenny that they are switching gears and plan to begin a new quest to restore electrical power to what's left of the United Kingdom by the end of the season. I guess Charles has given up on finding Greg?

(Hint: Don't worry. We will get at least one more opportunity to see what Greg's up to by the end of this season!)

By the way, Hubert gets laid in this episode. Good for him! Now he can stop annoying Mina!


Next week's episode is called "Sparks."

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