Survivors: 2.3: The Hunted

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Updated: November 26 2015 17:50


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Greg, Daniel and Russell need the help of survivalist Irvin Warner, who is hiding out in the Brecon Beacons. But predators are roaming in the barren countryside too...

Survivors - Big Finish - Series 2 - Episode 3 - The Hunted

SUMMARY

AS THEY ATTEMPT to track down survivalist Irwin Warner in the Brecon Beacons, Daniel is injured when he steps into an animal trap. Irwin takes the group to his camp and reluctantly agrees to help them in the hunt for a deadly animal predator. On the way to Ross-on-Wye, the group are menaced by the creature - but it escapes. Heading towards Hereford, the hunting party manage to corner and kill the animal: a lion escaped from a safari park or zoo. Settling down for the night, Daniel and Russell recognise the mutual attraction they have for each other. The group are attacked by a raiding gang and Russell is abducted. Despite the risk, Greg, Daniel and Irwin head off into the dark in an attempt to rescue Russell (if he is still alive) and to deal with this new set of predators. Will their efforts end in triumph and in freedom for their new friend, or in death and disaster for all...?

COMMENTARY

THE QUEST TO FIND specialist animal hunter Irvin Warner provides the main storyline of episode three: an all-male equivalent to the (all-female) Mother's Courage - the events of which take place in parallel to this dark tale of murderous horror.

Greg, Daniel and Russell are sent off into the woods of Brecon Beacons in the hope of convincing Irvin to join them in tracking down a wild animal apparently responsible for the gruesome deaths of many survivors. Irvin proves to be a reluctant recruit, apparently unconcerned by the fate of the wider world, and carrying a heavily sense of guilt about staying away from his family (at his wife's insistence) when The Death hit.

However, after he is forced to treat an injured Daniel (snared in an animal trap), Irvin is himself gradually ensnared in his visitors' plans. But, true to the tough perspectives of Survivors, the group soon discover that the assumption on which their mission is predicated is wrong. They learn that they have been targeted by the hunter truly responsible for the death and carnage.

The final few minutes of the story, as the remaining members of the group are forced to make an impossible life-or-death decision, are unbearably tense

Irvin is an intriguing and well-realised character whose views of the relationship between human kind and nature offers a perspective on The Death not voiced by any other character in the series. And amidst the darkness and bloodshed, there are some effectively drawn developments of character: Russell encourages Greg to embrace impending fatherhood; Irvin softens his brusque manner as he realises that the injured Daniel needs treatment; and Daniel and Russell tentatively acknowledge their mutual attraction.

Before the true horror of their predicament becomes clear, The Hunted, the audio texture of the drama provides a convincing sense of its isolated woodland setting; part of Big Finish's conscious attempt to expand the dramatic horizons of Survivors in the audio realm.

The final few minutes of the story, as the remaining members of the group are forced to make an impossible life-or-death decision, are unbearably tense. As the story reaches its truly shocking conclusion, it is the truly appalling savagery of the situation that overwhelms all other considerations. The decision of Russell and of Irvin to throw in their lot with Greg and Daniel come at the highest possible price for them both; and as the episode wraps (and rejoins the timeline of Mother's Courage) it seems that even Daniel may have fallen victim to the barbarism which consumes his compatriots.

Gripping and disturbing, and executed with an unflinching sense of conviction, this takes the listener into some uncomfortable places. Not one that you could file under 'easy listening', but equally a story that will occupy your thoughts long after the closing theme has faded away. In the strongest possible terms, Big Finish here reaffirm one of Terry Nation's recurring maxim's when writing for the original TV series: surviving The Death is no guarantee of surviving its aftermath.

REVIEW QUOTES

THE STORY REALLY is horrific and is aided by the fabulous sound design and acting... Boy this one was hard going 10/10
Ed Watkinson, Planet Mondas

DANIEL, RUSSELL AND GREG ... find that the tables turned on them, as they fall victim to a cunning, vicious and merciless enemy.
Martijn, Mass Movement

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