BBC War of the Worlds

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james_TW

15,724 posts

160 months

Monday 9th December 2019
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Seriously though. What's with the ants though?

motco

13,744 posts

209 months

Friday 13th December 2019
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Starfighter said:
Very disappointed.
As am I, It was twaddle and disjointed twaddle at that.

Narcisus

5,957 posts

243 months

Friday 13th December 2019
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I picked this up a few months ago. It's very, very well done.

https://www.sherwoodsoundstudios.com/2017/04/02/th...

Clockwork Cupcake

65,436 posts

235 months

Friday 13th December 2019
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james_TW said:
Seriously though. What's with the ants though?
It might have been a reference to The Selenites who appeared in the book The First Men in the Moon, also by H.G. Wells, who "appear in the crossover novel The Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson, where it is revealed that they have been captured by the Martians and are been used both as slave labour and as food"
[source: https://waroftheworlds.fandom.com/wiki/Selenites ]

Or it could simply have been a clumsy metaphor for how busy and industrious we as humans are, but are as insignificant as ants to the Martians.


Edited by Clockwork Cupcake on Friday 13th December 17:36

timbo999

897 posts

218 months

Friday 13th December 2019
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james_TW said:
Seriously though. What's with the ants though?
Again, it is a theme in HG's novel; in chapter 7 there is a discussion between the artillery man and the journalist about the war being like that between man and ants.

rich350z

218 posts

125 months

Friday 13th December 2019
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motco said:
As am I, It was twaddle and disjointed twaddle at that.
Having just wasted 3 hours of my life, that's a better review than I'd have given it.


Ladders

180 posts

187 months

Saturday 14th December 2019
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Halmyre said:
AFAIK, three-legged creatures didn't even get a toe-hold in the evolutionary scheme of things on earth. Maybe there's a good reason.
I remember reading somewhere that most life in nature is symmetrical, hence why most life has two, four or six legs etc. Same with plants and leaves etc.

Fundoreen

2,061 posts

46 months

Sunday 15th December 2019
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If you are lost in the jungle and think you know where to go you will probably walk in a circle due to the tiny difference in one leg over the other.
Imagine the crazy path 3 legs would send you on .Haha BBC bozos and haberdashery shop worker hg wells...

SpudLink

3,300 posts

155 months

Tuesday 17th December 2019
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Talking of tripod aliens, the original 6 part Quatermass and the Pit is available on iPlayer.

motco

13,744 posts

209 months

Tuesday 17th December 2019
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SpudLink said:
Talking of tripod aliens, the original 6 part Quatermass and the Pit is available on iPlayer.
Thanks for that Spudlink, I enjoy the cinema film of it, and I assume that the 6 parter has different casting. I have DVDs of the last Qutermass - the one with John Mills and Barbara Kellerman.

Johnnytheboy

21,605 posts

149 months

Tuesday 17th December 2019
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motco said:
Thanks for that Spudlink, I enjoy the cinema film of it, and I assume that the 6 parter has different casting. I have DVDs of the last Qutermass - the one with John Mills and Barbara Kellerman.
It's very good and yes, completely differently cast.

Quatermass is Andre Morell.

CrutyRammers

10,750 posts

161 months

Tuesday 17th December 2019
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Ladders said:
Halmyre said:
AFAIK, three-legged creatures didn't even get a toe-hold in the evolutionary scheme of things on earth. Maybe there's a good reason.
I remember reading somewhere that most life in nature is symmetrical, hence why most life has two, four or six legs etc. Same with plants and leaves etc.
Yes, that's the reason we don't see 3 legged things. Going right back to the lowest level, cells split in two in order to reproduce, so everything will tend to be divided that way.

g3org3y

16,165 posts

154 months

Sunday 22nd December 2019
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Despite the crap reviews, thought I'd watch it (as a fan of the book and the Musical).

I am disappoint.

I actually said to my wife after Ep1 that I was surprised the BBC didn't manage to get any 'individuals of colour' into the show. Cue the rescued child in Ep2.

Killer2005 said:
rofl

snuffy

6,756 posts

247 months

Sunday 22nd December 2019
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According to this week's Private Eye, the new versions of A Christmas Carol and Worzel Gummage are even more woke than WOTW was.