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The Power of Three,
This review is from: The Tripods: Series 1 [DVD]  (DVD)
This 1984 adaptation of John Cristopher's inspired sci-fi fantasy trilogy is great fun, and despite failing to knock Doctor Who from its perch as The BBC's flagship drama, it stands up as well today as it did 25 years ago.
Will, a young boy on an occupied Earth, yearns for feedom and is disturbed by the 'capping' ceremony that all children have to go through once they reach a certain age. This involves becoming controlled by the invaders - a race of aliens who stalk the land in giant tripedal craft - and losing free will forever. Will is contacted by a wandering vagrant - Ozymandias - who urges him to escape and join the resistance before he is capped. Will's mind is made up when his cousin is capped and he sees the future that The Tripods have mapped out for him. A quest ensues, as Will heads for the White Mountains, in order to join the resistance and save the Earth.
With decent special effects for its day, (it obviously had a bigger budget than Doctor Who which was at the time busily shooting itself in the foot with the abysmal 'Warriors of the Deep'), Series One is never less than entertaining, and it's just a shame that the unbalanced production turned viewers off before it had a chance to become rooted in the public's consciousness.
Worth getting hold of if you can, although it has been re-released with Series 2 as a box set, and I would recommend going for that instead, especially as it has some good DVD extras.