Survivors: 2.4: Savages

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Updated: November 26 2015 17:44


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Wounded, split apart and fighting for their lives, the survivors discover that survival isn't everything...

Survivors - Big Finish - Series 2 - Episode 4 - Savages

SUMMARY

GREG IS A PRISONER of Ridley, while Irwin is nowhere to be seen. Ridley reveals to Greg that he, and accomplice Patty, have become cannibals, who revel in the unspeakable act of consuming human flesh. It appears that Irwin has already been sacrificed to their appalling practices. As Abby and her group tend to an injured Daniel, who they discover at the scene of a car accident, he is able to tell them of Greg's fate. Abby and Jenny insist on heading off to find him, while Molly and Jackie will return to The Grange. The rescue party make their way to an abandoned caravan site, where Abby is duped by Patty who pretends to be one of Ridley's captives. Daniel is able to free Greg from imprisonment but, as Jenny and Abby are threatened by the murderous Ridley and Patty, they need to find a way to rescue their compatriots with next to no weapons. Meanwhile, Molly, concerned that she might be pregnant as the result of the assaults she has endured, takes the most drastic action imaginable...

COMMENTARY

THE CLOSING EPISODE of the second series of Survivors audio adventures offers a picture of the corrosion and collapse of human civilisation and decency which is by far and away the bleakest yet presented in the audio series. The horrendous and inhuman acts presented in the episode serve to highlight the decency and morality of the series' heroes, whose own attempts to survive 'reasonably' stand in the sharpest possible contrast to the savagery which threatens them.

Picking up immediately after the events of The Hunted, the episode is a well-structured and effectively executed series' finale, which delivers a set of powerful, and frequently shocking turnarounds - as the show's main protagonists face an unexpected 'all consuming' threat.

It is the imprisoned Greg who first discovers the appalling truth of the guiltless cannibalistic lifestyle of sociopath Ridley and his contemptible sidekick Patricia, and it is only thanks to the bravery of the injured but recovering Daniel that Abby and Jenny are able to launch a high-risk rescue mission.

Script editor Matt Fitton, whose contributions to Survivors have been exemplary in these first two series, revels in the ability to wring the maximum impact from the ghoulish predicament in which our heroes find themselves. The way in which Fitton works the final showdown between Ridley and Patricia and the travellers from The Grange is particularly impressive, and enables Fitton to push the character of Daniel into a jaw-droppingly dark (but convincing) decision.

The way in which Fitton works the final showdown between Ridley and Patricia and the travellers from The Grange is particularly impressive

John Banks embraces Daniel's new mix of defiance and self-doubt with a well-judged, emotionally-intelligent reading of the part. Bernard Holley, meanwhile, is absolutely superb as the callous Ridley, delivering a performance that is as chilling and it is riveting. And all three of the original series leads (Carolyn Seymour, Ian McCulloch and Lucy Fleming) show themselves as completely in tune with their characters - even though the dramatic circumstances are far darker.

The secondary story of Savages offers little by way of emotional respite. There are tender and touching moments in the development of Jackie's relationship with the psychologically-scarred Molly, but, as the young survivor realises that there is the possibility that her attackers may have left her pregnant, she loses any semblance of hope.

Although the three series' leads survive their encounter with Ridley, series two of Survivors ends with some truly harrowing images: as Ridley and Patricia are burnt alive, and Molly's attempt to terminate her pregnancy places her life in immediate jeopardy.

Big Finish are attuned to the risk that this tough-as-nails approach may be too much for some listeners to take. But this second series of Survivors adventures ends by demonstrating the unapologetic, 'grown-up' timbre of the company's take on Terry Nation's end-of-the-world premise. 'A post apocalyptic scenario should never be comfortable or pleasant', suggests producer David Richardson. Perfunctory or inconsequential, this is not. But riveting, compelling drama it certainly is.

REVIEW QUOTES

THE TWO STRANDS of the story are reunited in a desperate rescue attempt, an explosive climax to the box set, to give any more away would be spoiling the plot 10/10
Ed Watkinson, Planet Mondas

SAVAGES TWISTS THE DIAL up to eleven, shocking the audience even more, as it explores the depths that some of the survivors have plummeted to, and revel in
Martijn, Mass Movement

AUDIO EXTRACTS

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