BBC War of the Worlds

BBC War of the Worlds

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james_TW

15,685 posts

158 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Bullett said:
Speaking of shonky, when the scientist guy touched it and got the gloop on his hands, was the image reversed, it struck me as the wrong way round.
I'm going to have to watch it back - Didn't he touch it with his right hand and then the reflection was actually his left?

Bullett

9,730 posts

145 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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That's what I remember, it looked odd last night.
But a quick check on iplayer this morning and it all looks ok.

Thesprucegoose

26,283 posts

156 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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james_TW said:
I'm going to have to watch it back - Didn't he touch it with his right hand and then the reflection was actually his left?
no it was correct.

I don't get watching something and trying to pick apart every detail, it's not Top Gear.

james_TW

15,685 posts

158 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Thesprucegoose said:
james_TW said:
I'm going to have to watch it back - Didn't he touch it with his right hand and then the reflection was actually his left?
no it was correct.

I don't get watching something and trying to pick apart every detail, it's not Top Gear.
I hadn't even thought about it until it was mentioned, but my brain picks these things out sometimes...

Halb

51,731 posts

144 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Thesprucegoose said:
no it was correct.

I don't get watching something and trying to pick apart every detail, it's not Top Gear.
Continuity is basic quality control, it is the very basic level that should be hit. Shows a lack of quality and it helps break one out of the suspension of disbelief, also shows how bothered a production is about the product. It depends how egregious the break is I suppose, and one's tolerance for such things.

Fundoreen

1,960 posts

44 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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wouldn't go quite as far as to say everyone involved in this should be executed but im not far off.
Someone at the BBC has a lot of influence and deserves the sack.
For a more reasoned response IMDB is full of well crafted reviews that open you eyes further on how useless it really is.

Blackpuddin

11,203 posts

166 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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I suggest watching it as harmless Sunday night entertainment rather than a chance to showcase forensic mistake-spotting talents. I enjoyed it. Some here seem to be wanting a superior version of the Cruise movie rather than a more accurate screenplay of the book.

Edited by Blackpuddin on Monday 18th November 09:55

Johnnytheboy

21,367 posts

147 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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james_TW said:
  • The Russia/trawler story just didn't make sense and seemed pointless
That bit actually happened!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogger_Bank_incident

james_TW said:
  • The heat ray. I mean, come on, where was it?
Without driving home and finding my copy of the novel, the original heat ray is described as something like 'an invisible fire which leapt from man to man'.

Thesprucegoose

26,283 posts

156 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Halb said:
Continuity is basic quality control, it is the very basic level that should be hit. Shows a lack of quality and it helps break one out of the suspension of disbelief, also shows how bothered a production is about the product. It depends how egregious the break is I suppose, and one's tolerance for such things.
Yes but people erroneously equate picking faults with the quality of a TV show. It a fantasy sci-fi written over a century ago, i can hazard a guess there is no one on PH that is an expert in this area, and therefore not able to pick it apart correctly, just pick up on minor faults.

Anyway I thought it was good.

Fundoreen

1,960 posts

44 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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haha it hasn't even got to the worst bits yet .

Crossflow Kid

12,485 posts

152 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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kowalski655 said:
Did it have/ will it have HMS Thunder Child?
Probably not,too militaristic for today frown
BAe Systems were the main contractor so the warship, which was actually a converted car ferry, got delayed until at least Season 3 by which time it was so over-budget the series was cancelled.
2nd Unit Director got a knighthood though.

Leylandeye

550 posts

16 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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I was at Croxteth Hall when they were filming it.

Concidering this is a BBC production it is suprisingly disappointing that so many are not happy with it.

It also shows what a good job the original film producers did.

This to me is a bit too much like Dr Who.

Edited by Leylandeye on Monday 18th November 11:44

james_TW

15,685 posts

158 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Johnnytheboy said:
james_TW said:
  • The Russia/trawler story just didn't make sense and seemed pointless
That bit actually happened!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogger_Bank_incident

james_TW said:
  • The heat ray. I mean, come on, where was it?
Without driving home and finding my copy of the novel, the original heat ray is described as something like 'an invisible fire which leapt from man to man'.
I stand corrected on both points smile

Celtic Dragon

2,654 posts

196 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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I'll admit I was flicking between this and Guy Martin so didn't see it all, but I wasn't very impressed. A lot of what I thought has been said already so I won't cover ground that's already been covered. The one thing that grated on me was the whole marriage / divorce thing, this was supposed to be set in Edwardian England, divorce was practically unheard of then!

For me growing up, I listened to the Jeff Wayne version, and it wasn't the story that scared me, but the music, to this day I still can't really listed to Forever Autumn.

I can appreciate that the radio version on first transmission would have scared the bejesus out of the listeners.

Blackpuddin

11,203 posts

166 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Celtic Dragon said:
The one thing that grated on me was the whole marriage / divorce thing, this was supposed to be set in Edwardian England, divorce was practically unheard of then!
That's exactly why his brother was so shocked/outraged by it all, maybe you missed the bits that put that across.

Johnnytheboy

21,367 posts

147 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Blackpuddin said:
Celtic Dragon said:
The one thing that grated on me was the whole marriage / divorce thing, this was supposed to be set in Edwardian England, divorce was practically unheard of then!
That's exactly why his brother was so shocked/outraged by it all, maybe you missed the bits that put that across.
That's probably WHY he was channel hopping. The first twenty minutes were deathly.

speedking31

2,913 posts

97 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Why were they all digging up those small piles of sand near the 'meteorite'? Looked so contrived.

Another disappointed fan of the original.

warch

2,645 posts

115 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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I sort of enjoyed it, but it was a bit too BBC for me, they seem obsessed with shoehorning plot points and issues in which have contemporary resonance but which are a distraction from the storyline.

They will have to lamp shade Edwardian attitudes to equal rights, morals, homosexuality, race and the Empire which just ends up taking time and emphasis away from sodding great tripodal aliens laying waste to the Home Counties. Which is a shame really because I quite enjoyed those bits. Next week’s episode looks much more promising.

Modern script writers need to watch classic series to see how this should be done.

Halb

51,731 posts

144 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Thesprucegoose said:
It a fantasy sci-fi written over a century ago, i can hazard a guess there is no one on PH that is an expert in this area, and therefore not able to pick it apart correctly, just pick up on minor faults.
Sadly not, no matter how much I wish it was true

Blackpuddin

11,203 posts

166 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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speedking31 said:
Why were they all digging up those small piles of sand near the 'meteorite'? Looked so contrived.
Yes, that was a bit poor I will admit.