Post by EvilNerfherder on Mar 24, 2006 12:45:23 GMT
No idea. It was quite a departure. I gather that Paramount had pretty much lost interest in the show (as had the creators) by the end of the first season due to in-fighting and creative differences and it just turned into a mess that no-one involved in the making of it cared about. If that's the case, the fact that Season 2 got made at all is probably due to some sort of contractual thing.
''There's this fella.. he goes into this pub and he goes.. you know.. AAAAAAAAAAHHH!!'' Phil Lynott's first (and last) stand up gig.
sorry guys, i live in canada, i dont know what your talking about, is this recent series of wotw, or is it old, can I have it on dvd. Cause i dont think that we have that here unless it on a sci fi channel,witch i dont have.
The two series were made by Paramount in the 80's and followed a bunch of people who were tasked with foiling the invaders plans after some of the invaders from the 1953 film come out of hibernation. The first episode is pretty nifty as the aliens reactivate a mothballed war machine. It kind of goes downhill from there, but the first season has it's moments. Info about the show here... www.tv.com/war-of-the-worlds/show/4495/summary.html The first season is now available on DVD.
Post by obiwanbeeohbee on Apr 20, 2006 2:50:20 GMT
The show was taken away from Greg and Sam Strangis, who had been trying to get the series made since the early 1970's, due to budget overuns and poor ratings. The decision to give it to Daniel Mancuso was a safe one considering his track record with low budget sci-fi and horror as well as more mainstream serial television. I have the DVD collection of Season One and I'm finding that except for the Ressurection, I've not been able to watch any other episode without fast forwarding at some point. Not quite the series I remember, but still pretty good. I won't buy Season Two because it was annoying to me to see Mancuso turn it into a tired remake of The Invaders.
I rented the S1 DVD to relive my youth, and went ahead and ordered it once I went through it. Yes, it had no budget, and the acting could be lousy (although it was fun to watch the fellow who played Drake go from cringeworthy to not bad at all in less than a season). But the ideas were fun, and I liked the constant back-and-forth of the technology-bereft aliens and the human team. And the aliens were just the right creepy level; I really liked the way that the human hosts presented increasingly worse sores as they were occupied by radioactive aliens.
There were a few bits I hadn't remembered. I'm a molecular biologist, and when Norton told McCullough that "You're too pretty to be a molecular biologist!", I almost fell off of the couch laughing.
I didn't like S2 for a number of reasons. The loss of Norton and Ironhorse was a biggie. I thought the interaction between Blackwood and Ironhorse was lovely. I didn't like the pristine new wave of aliens. I didn't like how, in the space of months, the world went from a normal world to a post-apocalyptic wasteland. I don't like that Harrison went from a pacifistic vegetarian new-ager to a gun-totin' badarse with as little explanation.