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on 23 March 2008
This is a review of ' War of the Worlds ' TV series

At this price its fantastic value.

Synopsis -

According to the series, rather than being outright killed by germs at the end of the 1953 film, the aliens had all slipped into a state of suspended animation. Their bodies were stored away in toxic waste drums and shipped to various disposal sites within the United States (ten such sites are known to exist in the country ), and a widespread government cover-up combined with a condition dubbed "selective amnesia" has convinced most people that the invasion had never happened.

Since the concept of vastly intelligent life on Mars had lost its plausibility by the time of the series, the aliens are revealed to actually be from Mor-Tax--a garden planet 40 light-years away in the Taurus constellation orbiting a dying sun.

Thirty-five years later, in 1988 (modern day when the series began), a terrorist group calling themselves the People's Liberation Party accidentally irradiate the drums containing aliens while raiding dumpsite Fort Jericho. The radiation destroys the bacteria that are keeping the aliens unconscious. Once free, the aliens take possession of the bodies of the six terrorists that overran the site. From there they use a series of human bodies and crudely-adapted Earth technology to find means of appropriating the planet, both in purging the plague that is humanity and developing a permanent means to inoculate themselves against the planet's indigenous bacteria. Their attempt to successfully make Earth into their new homeworld is imperative for in roughly five years, three million colonists from Mor-Tax are expected to arrive.

An eclectic group is formed by the government to deal with the new alien threat, and the series follows their missions and adventures (and, often, failures) in fighting the aliens. The Blackwood Project, named after its central member, consist of:

Dr. Harrison Blackwood (Jared Martin)--Astrophysicist whose parents were killed in the war. He was adopted following the events of the film by Dr. Clayton Forrester and Blackwood's character is played very much to resemble Forrester down to his demeanor, dress, and even speech and appearance. He is a pacifist and vegetarian, and is often seen practicing many alternative health techniques such as yoga.

Dr. Suzanne McCullough (played by Lynda Mason Green)--Microbiologist and single mother to Debi. She firmly embraces standard procedure in her work, which causes friction with Blackwood and his chaotic and eccentric work habits.

Norton Drake (played by Philip Akin)--A long-time friend of Harrison, he is a paraplegic computer genius granted mobility via a voice-activated wheelchair named Gertrude. He is often portrayed as being cool and laid back with a good sense of humour. In earlier episodes he had a pseudo-Caribbean accent; this was later dropped.

Lt. Col. Paul Ironhorse (played by Richard Chaves)--Native American military man. He is very conservative and often clashes with the other members of the team, especially Blackwood who is his political and philosophical opposite.

Now this should not be compared to War of the Worlds (2005 film), a film directed by Steven Spielberg as this is far better - yes I know it does not have the fancy CGI but that is part of its appeal.

the Studio should bring out Series two ' now '
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on 19 March 2006
I remember when i was 14 and used to stay up to watch this on a thursday night at daft o clock in the morning
its well worth the money the effects are basic the acting is questionable but the story and plot is spot on
i watched them all in 2 days its that addictive
seriously reccomend this title
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on 21 March 2016
It’s hard to give a star rating - War of the Worlds is a 1 star show but for sheer entertainment value, I’d give it 5 stars. I’ve had to split the difference and give it a 3. It is quite terribly, hilariously bad. Conceived as a follow-up to the 1953 George Pal movie, it follows a team dedicated to fighting the aliens who apparently weren’t killed off by the Earth’s bacteria, they simply went into deep hibernation and woke up again thanks to a healthy dose of radiation poisoning, thus saving on special effects (I guess that hilarious foam-rubber alien costume they used must have cost a fortune). The alien-fighting machine consisted of smug annoying scientist, Harrison Blackwood, a scientist who was nothing more than eye-candy, Suzanne McCullough, computer genius Norton Drake and military man Paul Ironhorse.

The biggest draw of this series was probably the nice bromance crafted between Blackwood and Ironhorse, the tofu-munching liberal and the hard-nosed military man, their initial hostility melting into mutual respect and frequently funny banter. The show was surprisingly gory for the times, there are still very creepy moments and the episodes frequently ended on a downer - the good guys didn’t always win. There are a lot of nice nods to the George Pal film and it ended on an interesting cliffhanger, with the Earth potentially under attack from several species of hostile alien. The cons, however, are numerous - the acting is pretty ropey, the quality of the film is really bad and the special effects are very very dated - the ones in the last episode look like they were done on a Commodore 64.

Against all odds the show was given a second series but sadly underwent a massive retooling that saw the least annoying half of the cast killed off and the show disappeared up its own ripped-off-Bladerunner backside. It made no sense, it had no humour and the blatant whitewashing left a nasty taste.

It’s hard to know whether to recommend it or not. I watched it when it was originally shown so bought it purely to indulge in nostalgia. It’s also the only other substantial role that the lovely Richard Chaves ever had aside from Predator. If you’re looking for good sci-fi, you won’t find it here. However, if you’re a collector of obscure naff sci-fi over the ages, then WotW is a gem.
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on 15 May 2015
Although this attempts to carry on the story of the invasion of this planet by the aliens of Mars as exemplified in the 1953 film War of the Worlds and the 1938 radio play by Orson Welles. In this series the aliens aren't actually Martians but their aims are equally, nay, even more neferious as these aliens are able to merge with human hosts making them impossible to tell apart from the average human.

This really, eally tried to be a great series, with Jared Martin as the lead scientist trying to force a reluctant military to take the threat seriously. Despite being set fairly firmly in the eighties (including a really stunning mobile phone and weirdly outdated computer equipment) the series wouldn't have lost a lot by being made a decade earlier
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on 24 May 2015
I really enjoyed this series. It has its fair share of bad acting and special effects that haven't aged too well but overall it's a fun ride. The lead actors are likeable, the aliens are rather nasty, and there are some great plot lines as the series progresses. It did seem to get more gory towards the end of the show, and more action-packed, (which I loved every minute of) which I feel really added to the tension of the underlying theme of humanity in a desperate struggle against time to stop the alien menace and avert D-Day.
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on 11 March 2016
Classic old show from the late 80s,i used to watch this when i was a young kid in the early 90s on itv late at night,scared the hell out of me and thats the best age to watch horror cause it really does effect you,you lose that when you get older.This series is now being shown on the horror channel.
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on 4 May 2013
This science fiction show was at the time it was made a miss match of science fiction and horror. By today's standards not really horror. Aliens taking over human bodies. Watching it now this show is not as good as I remember when I watch it on TV years ago. The stories are good to fair, special effects are not as you would expect today, but you cannot judge a show just by special effects. Not one of the best of science fiction shows but by no means one of the worst for the time it was made. I am waiting for the price of the second season to drop, before I purchase it. The second season change direction Earth society collapsing and the "team" working underground to fight the "second wave of aliens".
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on 8 April 2006
This was one of those little gems hidden away in the tv schedules as it needed air time but was mostly pants. The acting is wooden, the sfx blue peter like and the storylines shambolic.
So why have I given it a 4 star rating? Because it is hypnotic. In its sheer awfulness you can not help but watch in awe. Someone actually wrote this, someone actually audition for this and someone actually paid for its production.
Ironhorse is a bit of eye candy though, dont by this expecting great television, buy it to be amused and bemused!
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on 10 October 2013
First saw this series late at night back in the 80's and have been waitng to get it on DVD I already had the first 5 volumes on VHS and had recorded it off TV and now all I have to do is get season 2.
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on 18 February 2016
Love the series, good packaging posting pleased!
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