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War of the Worlds (Fox/Canal+)
« on: March 13, 2020, 03:18:48 PM »
SPOILERS WITHIN

Yeah, not that BBC shite, evidenced by the dropping of the "The' in the title (apparently). This is a very, very loose adaptation of Welles' novel, relocating the action to various parts of Europe, and using a familiar ensemble structure that does not work particularly well.

I have to say that I gave up on this at around episode 4 because it was moving so mercilessly slowly, and was employing the Walking Dead technique of putting dramatic action into the opening and closing of episodes, filling up the middle with long, talky scenes of just about nothing. I have since persevered with this, with few rewards.

Some shit conventions the programme adopts:

- Bad egg/Bad seed son turns out to be the product of rape
- Bad egg changes his entire personality in the space of about 10mins
- Scientist battling to 'understand' rather than just fighting them
- Folks liberally copping off despite lack of washing and/or fear of getting shot in the back of the head by one of the Derek Dogs
- Blind woman turns out to have special abilities
- Black character a refugee who lost all his family, and is rejected by middle-class white people

The scene where professional Bryan Ferry look-a-likey Gabriel Byrne has to physically fight one of these flimsy Derek Dogs is appalling. He does his best to make it look real, but it's clear he is just throwing a shit prop around. It's hard to fathom why they maintained these level 1 antagonsts for the entire run of the series after seeing them get killed with little to no effort.

Anyway, I'm up to close to the end of the final episode of the series, and you might not be surprised to hear that those iconic alien Scout Walkers do not make an appearance. It's just shit Derek Dogs.

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Re: War of the Worlds (Fox/Canal+)
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2020, 03:27:40 PM »
Also, using sound fucks them up. Easy peasy.
« Last Edit: March 13, 2020, 05:06:11 PM by Puce Moment »

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Re: War of the Worlds (Fox/Canal+)
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2020, 06:54:51 PM »
Also, using sound fucks them up. Easy peasy.

Mars Attacks then.


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Re: War of the Worlds (Fox/Canal+)
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2020, 10:51:06 PM »
Wait a minute, are we not slowly watching this on Fox like normal people?! Fuck you for tempting me with the promise of a thread that unfolds along with the series.

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Re: War of the Worlds (Fox/Canal+)
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2020, 01:58:14 AM »
Wait a minute, are we not watching this at our own convenience the moment it becomes available to download like any sane person who does not want to fund Fox?

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Re: War of the Worlds (Fox/Canal+)
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2020, 09:20:42 AM »
I don't fund anyone, (having a pal who is a wizard in the 'making things' department), and after reading this thread I looked the series up and am almost through it. Enjoying it for what it is,and it pisses all over the recent BBC abomination. Bit slow moving yes, but it passes the odd hour when I am otherwise bored.

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Re: War of the Worlds (Fox/Canal+)
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2020, 10:29:52 AM »
I don't fund anyone, (having a pal who is a wizard in the 'making things' department), and after reading this thread I looked the series up and am almost through it. Enjoying it for what it is,and it pisses all over the recent BBC abomination. Bit slow moving yes, but it passes the odd hour when I am otherwise bored.

That's how I felt by the end of the run. Passably distracting, but not the seething, menacing SF I was hoping for.

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Re: War of the Worlds (Fox/Canal+)
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2020, 10:29:23 AM »
Finished the series,and totally agree. Had potential, maybe still has, if they don't waste it in series 2?

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