BBC War of the Worlds

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Watchman

6,391 posts

208 months

Sunday 24th November 2019
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Very slow and it deviates too far from the source, as many of them do, as though modern writers think they know better. Would be nice to watch a faithful interpretation one day.

The slow pacing is not adding to the drama. It's just slow.

allegro

997 posts

167 months

Sunday 24th November 2019
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Was really looking forward to this and trying my best with it but it's trying my patience. Missus allegro actually had me turn over to check the telly wasn't knackered with the overegged green filter

Clockwork Cupcake

65,454 posts

235 months

Sunday 24th November 2019
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Episode 2 was a significant improvement over the first, although I'm really not convinced about the dual timeline (or flash-forwards, depending on how you think of it).

The sets seemed a little more believable in this episode as well, although I'm sure I spied some uPVC double glazed windows on one house.

The beach scene was fairly well done too.

Overall, it was an improvement although I do think that with the amount of time they're spent world-building it feels like episode 2 of 6 rather than 2 of 3. With next week being the final episode, it'll be over before it's started.

Bullett

9,782 posts

147 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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I agree it was marginally better this week but they have been because I was trying to mentally disconnect this and the original tale.

I like the tripod design but much of the fx are ropey.
It's also pretty inconsistantly approached. One minute no tripod, then in the distance then on the beach. One minute no damage is done, the next they are killing them. And shelling the tripod on the beach and only hitting it and none of the crowd?

And by god it's slow.

rider73

1,216 posts

40 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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can we please just turn licence fee to a subscription to the bbc now - so i can cancel immediatley - IMHO very very very few drama's out of the beeb can match anything with the big streamers.

they should become a provider of 1 channel, plus a news channel, and then independant quality programming that they sell to the big streamers, that would make them tighten up and focus.
all IMHO btw.


PositronicRay

20,924 posts

146 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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peterperkins said:
What a steaming turd of a program.

Give me the 1950's film or the book anyday.
Or the album, this used to accompany me on long drives.

Evangelion

6,120 posts

141 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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Mine still does!

I just hope that when I listen to it in the future, it doesn't trigger mental images of this BBC drivel ...

Davel

8,865 posts

221 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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Only one more episode to go.

It is very slow but will see it through.

Paul Dishman

3,736 posts

200 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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I thought it was dire. Too much 21st BBC box-ticking with Demelza being feisty, unmarried, pregnant and still saving the day

Fundoreen

2,093 posts

46 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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Im impressed that hopeless george pushed that old boy all the way from woking to the coast in his wheelchair contraption.
Seemed to forget all about him when they went indoors. Unless something happened while I nodded off.
rubbish.

Silverage

952 posts

93 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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Paul Dishman said:
I thought it was dire. Too much 21st BBC box-ticking with Demelza being feisty, unmarried, pregnant and still saving the day
I’ve no idea what the black population of England would have been about the turn of the 20th century, but pretty small I would imagine. So of all the children suddenly orphaned after the attack on the beach, what are the chances of George and co. finding a black one to rescue? The shoehorning in of things like this really annoy me.

KrazyIvan

4,341 posts

138 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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LaurasOtherHalf said:
Can’t understand stand anyone not enjoying this-it’s superb!
You wanna get that bang on your head looked, could be serious hehe

LaurasOtherHalf

19,343 posts

159 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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KrazyIvan said:
LaurasOtherHalf said:
Can’t understand stand anyone not enjoying this-it’s superb!
You wanna get that bang on your head looked, could be serious hehe
Honestly, I just don't get the negativity at all-I've thoroughly enjoyed it so far-with the possible exception of;

Silverage said:
I’ve no idea what the black population of England would have been about the turn of the 20th century, but pretty small I would imagine. So of all the children suddenly orphaned after the attack on the beach, what are the chances of George and co. finding a black one to rescue? The shoehorning in of things like this really annoy me.
This stuck out like a saw thumb to me too for exactly the same reasons.

Big-Bo-Beep

884 posts

17 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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ah, penny dropped, just realised that the crazy bagwoman and the small boy is the pregnant woman in the future.

gosh darn them pesky parallel storylines.

TypeR

966 posts

202 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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I don't care if it's a bit rubbish, Eleanor Thompson makes up for it! Flame haired temptress. Yum yum.

gregs656

6,232 posts

144 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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Paul Dishman said:
I thought it was dire. Too much 21st BBC box-ticking with Demelza being feisty, unmarried, pregnant and still saving the day
Wasn't produced by BBC.

Silverage said:
I’ve no idea what the black population of England would have been about the turn of the 20th century, but pretty small I would imagine. So of all the children suddenly orphaned after the attack on the beach, what are the chances of George and co. finding a black one to rescue? The shoehorning in of things like this really annoy me.
I hear aliens were much more common in Victorian England than they are today.

Silverage

952 posts

93 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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gregs656 said:
I hear aliens were much more common in Victorian England than they are today.
I heard chances were a million to one (but stiiiilll they cooooommmme)

DKL

3,868 posts

185 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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TypeR said:
I don't care if it's a bit rubbish, Eleanor Thompson makes up for it! Flame haired temptress. Yum yum.
Except it's Tomlinson and I'm pretty sure she's blonde. It's all dyed I think. Maybe they thought no one would recognise her if she wasn't Demelza.
Not unpleasant to look at mind I grant you.

Morningside

23,675 posts

192 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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well I'm going against a lot on here but I really am enjoying it. I like the bleakness and unknown threat. I don't find the 'forward' thinking (shock horror) unmarred pregnant woman or possible token gay any problem and the story keeps moving on.

Great special effects. OK not £100 million blockbuster stuff but for the small screen it's fine.

Just nice not to see another American import and refreshing to not see singing, dancing, cooking, quiz or antiques crap that is filling the screen these days.


Halb

51,731 posts

146 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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Silverage said:
I’ve no idea what the black population of England would have been about the turn of the 20th century, but pretty small I would imagine. So of all the children suddenly orphaned after the attack on the beach, what are the chances of George and co. finding a black one to rescue? The shoehorning in of things like this really annoy me.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_African_presence_in_London
about 15,000 in mid 19th century