Every good news story has a nut graf. The nut graf tells you why the story is important — why you are reading it. BBC’s television show, “Survivors,” has a nut graf. I know. I know. “Survivors” isn’t a newspaper story, but in the first episode there is one scene that tells you why you are watching the show. You’re watching because you want to see people come to grips with the fact that their cell phones won’t save them. After all, you can’t eat 3G network for breakfast.
The story is set after a pandemic flu wipes out 90 percent of the human population and centers on a group of people who have survived the outbreak, either by being naturally immune or by getting sick and recovering. Even though the show has a pretty typical cast of characters for this type of story (people who only see the good in others, a felon, morally ambiguous people, some kind of super secret spy agent guy who isn’t revealing anything, and an angelic child who has still kept his innocence despite all the death around him), the show is just flat out good with themes of new beginnings and how choices affect outcomes. More to come as I get more familiar with the show.