BBC War of the Worlds

BBC War of the Worlds

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Matt_N

8,168 posts

150 months

Tuesday 19th November
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croyde said:
I too thought, why are they digging for no purpose around the sphere.
Worst digging something out effect ever!



Clockwork Cupcake

62,169 posts

220 months

Tuesday 19th November
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What I can't understand is how something that felt so rushed could also at the same time feel like it was dragging interminably.

I guess it's wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff.

El stovey

29,063 posts

211 months

Tuesday 19th November
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IMDb reviews pretty much reflecting this thread. hehe


Clockwork Cupcake

62,169 posts

220 months

Tuesday 19th November
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One thing that really jarred with me, oddly, is why if being unmarried and living in sin was so scandalous and shocking, was it perfectly ok for them to be showing public displays of affection, kissing and smooching in public, etc. Or had attitudes towards this relaxed somewhat in Edwardian times compared to the more up-tight Victorian times?

Zirconia

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33,441 posts

232 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Clockwork Cupcake said:
One thing that really jarred with me, oddly, is why if being unmarried and living in sin was so scandalous and shocking, was it perfectly ok for them to be showing public displays of affection, kissing and smooching in public, etc. Or had attitudes towards this relaxed somewhat in Edwardian times compared to the more up-tight Victorian times?
Some searching of family history has shown that it was probably not the heinous crime that we today think it was.

I mean, ones monocle nearly fell out when she rode the horse. On her own even.


(anyone clock the teas maid?)

RemyMartin81D

5,196 posts

153 months

Tuesday 19th November
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CrutyRammers said:
I could probably ignore the usual BBC sledgehammering their political views home. The gay astronomer, the progressive socialist leading man, the intelligent leading lady held back by an evil patriarchy, every man in a position of power being a bad'un. But the comical piles of rubber rubble next to pristine houses, the actors supposedly running for their lives at the pace of a gentle Sunday morning jog, the supposed labourers who have clearly never handled a spade or pickaxe in their lives, the alien scenes with zero sense of threat or danger...abysmal. Too much effort making a backstory which nobody needed and not enough on doing the basics right.
Credit for at least trying to make the heat ray true to the book, and looks like the black smoke makes an appearance in E2.
This in spades.

It's so so bad. I do love the book and Jeff Wayne's version so I'm probably the worse person for this version. Series link cancelled. Awful.

S6PNJ

3,401 posts

229 months

Tuesday 19th November
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El stovey said:


IMDb reviews pretty much reflecting this thread. hehe
The last paragraph sounds like the last part of a Dangermouse episode! Was this maybe a Cosgrove Hall production?

CrutyRammers

9,583 posts

146 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Zirconia said:
Some searching of family history has shown that it was probably not the heinous crime that we today think it was.

I mean, ones monocle nearly fell out when she rode the horse. On her own even.


(anyone clock the teas maid?)
yes We've done a little bit of family tree stuff across a couple of families, and it seems to crop up with surprising regularity.

ash73

16,822 posts

169 months

Tuesday 19th November
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S6PNJ said:
The last paragraph sounds like the last part of a Dangermouse episode! Was this maybe a Cosgrove Hall production?
Ah Danger Mouse... the best theme tune of all time!

warch

1,825 posts

102 months

Tuesday 19th November
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S6PNJ said:
The last paragraph sounds like the last part of a Dangermouse episode! Was this maybe a Cosgrove Hall production?
biggrin I rofled.

That review is pretty much bang on though, you've got three hours to do the story, so don't piss it up the wall on subplots or character development, it pales utterly into insignificance compared to the terrifying existential threat of Martian killing machines on our turf.

croyde

15,919 posts

178 months

Tuesday 19th November
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warch said:
S6PNJ said:
The last paragraph sounds like the last part of a Dangermouse episode! Was this maybe a Cosgrove Hall production?
biggrin I rofled.

That review is pretty much bang on though, you've got three hours to do the story, so don't piss it up the wall on subplots or character development, it pales utterly into insignificance compared to the terrifying existential threat of Martian killing machines on our turf.
I was more mortified about that woman refusing him a divorce hehe

marksx

3,660 posts

138 months

Tuesday 19th November
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'contains some scenes viewers may find upsetting'

Yeah. All that waffle with George and Mildred. Nobody cares.

Clockwork Cupcake

62,169 posts

220 months

Tuesday 19th November
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marksx said:
'contains some scenes viewers may find upsetting'

Yeah. All that waffle with George and Mildred. Nobody cares.
I'm more interested than many PHers in the subject of womens' empowerment and comment on the patriarchy etc., but even I found this subplot to be somewhat shoehorned in and superfluous. For such a short mini-series, it felt unnecessary.

If this was a full-on series then yes, fine, go for it. But for a short 3-part mini-series, with the Martians about to destroy the very fabric of society, and the flash-forwards implying that the Earth is going to be left in a post-apocalyptic state, it seems rather pointless.


Fundoreen

1,009 posts

31 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Its some bbc twonk trying to be really clever clever with the script and weaving bits of HG Wells own life into the WOTW story.
Trouble is HG Wells life was pretty much thundorously boring in his early days and its amazing he wrote so much of interest later.

slipstream 1985

6,686 posts

127 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Genuinely had to press info after 20 mins to see if i was actually watching an alien invasion movie or downtown abbey. won't be watching the second part.

Halmyre

7,622 posts

87 months

Tuesday 19th November
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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
Slightly OT but I followed up on this - the Russians were heading off on an 18,000 mile trip to the Pacific to try and quash Japanese intentions in Manchuria. They got an absolute shoeing instead:

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

warch

1,825 posts

102 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Halmyre said:
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
Slightly OT but I followed up on this - the Russians were heading off on an 18,000 mile trip to the Pacific to try and quash Japanese intentions in Manchuria. They got an absolute shoeing instead:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tsushima
It is always amazing to me that the Russians thought they were being ambushed by Japanese gunboats in the English channel. Also the British and Japanese were in alliance during the early 20th century, many capital ships used by Japan in WW2 were British built or designed. I liked the inclusion of the Dogger Bank Incident, it worked in context, any surprise incident that occurred in the lead up to WW1 was liable to be blamed on a foreign power.

Zirconia

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33,441 posts

232 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Halmyre said:
Slightly OT but I followed up on this - the Russians were heading off on an 18,000 mile trip to the Pacific to try and quash Japanese intentions in Manchuria. They got an absolute shoeing instead:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tsushima
It is in one of my great ship battles type of book I had as a kid (1974). Amazingly I remembered that bit.

kowalski655

9,086 posts

91 months

Tuesday 19th November
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warch said:
It is always amazing to me that the Russians thought they were being ambushed by Japanese gunboats in the English channel. .....
The Russian fleet went all the way around the world to Japan(just in time to get sent to the bottom of the sea smile) so they probably thought the Japanese had done the same. They also attacked innocent ships off the coast of Morocco...I suspect they were not very good at looking at stuff smile

Halb

50,296 posts

131 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Fundoreen said:
Its some bbc twonk trying to be really clever clever with the script and weaving bits of HG Wells own life into the WOTW story.
Trouble is HG Wells life was pretty much thundorously boring in his early days and its amazing he wrote so much of interest later.
Yeah, he looks like a bank clerk but went on to be one of the most influential and successful English writers in history, pretty darn amazing really. Then you get this doctor who twaddle from his vision.