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"The Day of the Triffids" Part 2 (2009)

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Pretty abysmal

Author: ( from United Kingdom
30 December 2009

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While there are some moments in the BBC miniseries that can be praised, what truly lets this down is the degree to which the plot strays from the book. What the book truly conveyed to the reader (& which the series failed to illustrate) were some truly fundamental points:

• Triffids were everywhere - sometimes even in a person's garden, mostly non-threatening, unless someone tried to uproot them. The result is the TV series truly fails to communicate how blind everyone is to the threat of the Triffids. • Triffids are intelligent - they're not mindless meat-eating machines. In the book, they wait patiently until the meteor storm, before breaking down their fences and attacking. • Morality vs. principles - some really powerful plot developments were completely ignored by the series in their re-write. Like the doctor at the beginning, who jumps out the window, the little girl among the crowd who can see, but it too young to understand people want her to find food - the girl who offers herself to masen in return for him staying to protect their blind group - the starvation, the rampant disease. The series conveys this abysmally. Getting a person to stand off-shot throwing paper from a balcony does not convey London grinding to a halt.

This series makes an underwhelming attempt to paint a world as the book shows, and chooses instead to dedicate a big portion to illogical and imagined scenes fighting triffids with (newly-discovered) tentacles, Bill Mason's father issues (again, invented for the series), and enough Eddie Izzard/Torrence to make you wince.

Why this take on a best-selling book couldn't stay faithful to the plot, flabbergasts me. There's enough action, emotion and content in the book (but not too much...) to make a 3hr adaptation, even with a very modest budget. What they've created instead is a hollow mockery of a much beloved story, and makes zero improvements at the same time. As a minimum, I'd dearly have liked to see the discussion around the man-made weapon satellite accidentally dropping from space and blinding everyone from space. The thought the blinding and everything that followed was possibly self-inflicted was complete missed by this series.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

part two, as with part one very different from book.

Author: vitasearle from United Kingdom
29 December 2009

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Bill goes to a commune run by a mother superior, in the book she is misguided but means well, in this she is a very different kettle of fish. Despite all the rotting bodies littered every where, people seem to take scant notice of the ensuing stench.The book has an lethal epidemic run riot throughout Britain, but here there is no epidemic, instead we see a lot of Torrence, and Jo is with him, believing him to be genuinely trying to help people.In fact Torrence is hell bent on killing Bill Masen.The Triffids in this version come in both male and female forms, and Bills father is trying to find away to use genetic cloning to destroy them.The special effects are pretty good,in part one, the sky in London during the solar activity is very pretty, and looks real. Towards the end I did feel some tension, but the story line is not as good as the book.I can still not see why the changes were made.Little regards has been given to how people are trying to rebuild a sustainable future, with clean water and food after stocks have run out.If you have not read the book, you may well enjoy it, if you do not feel to dragged down by it's negative view. I feel it has been made in a more action genre vein.

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