Apocalyptic DVD Gifts to Give

‘Tis the season for box sets and cozy nights. These are my 5 top picks for shows on DVD that would be a perfect gift for someone on your list who loves all things Post-Apocalyptic.

 Colony

This one is a new favorite and I’m anxiously awaiting season 2. The premise of Colony is that the alien invasion happened…and we lost. Katie and Will Bowman and their kids are living under this new regime of aliens and trying to keep things as normal as possible. But Will and Katie find themselves dealing with being colonized but as yet unseen aliens in very different ways.

Under the control of both the humans picked by the aliens to keep everyone in line, and the aliens themselves who can *poof gone* anyone who makes trouble, some people in the colony prosper while others do not. There’s a lot going on in this show and it makes for a great hour (or 40 minutes if there are no commercials) of television.

 

 The 100

Apparently The 100 was just noted by Rolling Stone as one of the top 40 Science Fiction shows of all time. The show is very loosely based on a series of books by Kass Morgan.

The premise is that Earth was rendered uninhabitable by nuclear war almost 100 years ago. A small group of people survived by living in space for a century, but they can’t stay up there forever. Now a group of 100 juvenile delinquents are being sent back down to see if the planet can be re-populated. Because there’s no one living there anymore, right?

 

 Falling Skies

Aliens have invaded Earth again, but this time we put up more of a fight. Tom Mason and his family are part of an ever decreasing group of survivors organized as the Second Massachusetts, or Second Mass. The Masons and their friends are smart, strong and resilient as they attempt to live and survive years of occupation by the enemy invaders.

There was a slight ‘jump the shark’ bit around season 4, but Falling Skies still has much to recommend it. There are so many similarities between it and The Walking Dead that there are memes about Falling Dead and The Walking Skies, (both Maggies kick butt) but the main thing they share is great storytelling that revolves around our will to survive.

 

 Survivors

Fantastic tv show about a virus that takes out most of the population. This one comes from the UK, and features really good characters and great actors. Crying shame it wasn’t renewed by the BBC for a third season, and be forewarned- season 2 ends with a cliffhanger.

It’s still very much worth watching.

 

 The Walking Dead

If you’ve never seen The Walking Dead, now is the time to start. Amazon has season one on sale at the time this is being posted.

The Walking Dead is hands-down the best screen version- small or big- of the zombie apocalypse you’ll ever see. Focusing more on survival than the gore (though there is a lot of that too, particularly as the show progresses) it is a commentary on what it means to be human and what it takes to survive.

If you’ve already seen every episode, lucky you- you get to watch it all again from the beginning.

 

 


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