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Survivors, episode 7 (1.7)
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03
http://www.survivorstvseries.com/Starvation.htmTwo survivors, a young woman called Wendy and an elderly lady called Emma, have run out of food. Wendy elects to go off and try to scavenge for some.
She encounters a man who is cooking fish. It is none other than Tom Price. Meanwhile Abby has decided to stop looking for Peter. She, Jenny, Greg and the children are touring around looking for somewhere to start a community.
As they pass a cottage, they spot Emma outside being attacked by a pack of dogs. Abby bravely goes to her aid whilst the minibus lures the dogs away.
Meanwhile, Greg, Jenny and the children are trapped in the minibus surrounded by the dog pack. They drive away and find a large grange with extensive grounds but the dogs prevent them from leaving the minibus at first.
Tom offers Wendy a meal. She realises he'll want payment in kind and runs off with his fish.
Wendy arrives back with the fish and is introduced to Abby. Tom arrives soon after.
Abby recognises him from their previous encounter. Tom offers food in return for favours from Abby. Abby plays along and while Tom is looking in the back of his van, Wendy returns, and they both lock him in the van.
Whilst still trapped in the minibus the children become tired of waiting and begin to annoy Jenny and Greg. Eventually the dogs leave and they can enter the house. They spend the night there.
The next day whilst playing hide and seek with John, Lizzie is frightened when she encounters a simple man called Barney, sheltering in the house. He has been bitten by the dogs.
Greg comforts a tired Jenny. Abby, Wendy and Emma go in search of the others in Tom's van, with him still trapped in the back.
They find the grange and join Greg and Jenny. Tom is let out of the van. They discover a large cache of guns in the van and then begin to explore the grounds.
The group decide that this is the perfect place to start a community. There are large grounds and fields, a flock of sheep, a clean river for fish, and it can be easily defended.
By Andy Priestner
Starvation marks an important turning point in the first series. Abby thankfully sets aside her quest for Peter and the first community is finally established. The mood of the episode is optimistic with little hint of the tragedies that are to follow, apart from Tom's obvious interest in attractive Wendy. Julie Neubert, Hana-Maria Pravda and John Hallett make reasonable enough debuts here.
One of the best realised scenes in the episode is John and Lizzie's successful attempt to wind up Jenny...
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