An epic tale of mankind's self-annihilation in the wake of a cosmic event leading to global blindness. His legacy in genetic engineering changed the hierarchy of nature, toppling mankind's place atop the world's food chain.
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A terrible catastrophe has struck the population of Earth. Almost everyone on the planet has been rendered blind by the arrival of a bright comet and its debris lighting up the darkened skies, but the brightness has caused permanent eye damage. Bill Masen, who was unable to watch the spectacular but deadly free firework display, finds himself in a nightmarish world where he believes himself to be the only sighted person left. But soon he finds a soul-mate, Jo Pleyton, who can also see. As the days progress, they find more and more sighted people and together they make plans to build a future. But there is a problem. A walking, carnivorous plant called a "Triffid," which up until now was kept safely in paddocks and zoos, has broken free and has discovered a taste for rotting, human flesh. The remaining blind are helpless and many fall prey to the Triffids' lethal whipping sting, but can the sighted keep this fearful plant at bay?Written by
It is possible to protect oneself from the Triffids by wearing helmets made with several layers of net mesh and heavy gauntlets that Triffid stingers can't penetrate. They do know when to quit if their attacks are ineffective but it may take a while and they will increase their number to step up their attacks. Net fences can keep Triffids out but they will try to find a way past it or wait for someone to come out. Masen wore meshed masks and gloves whenever dealing with the Triffids. See more »
At several places in the series, Bill Masen calls out for Emma instead of Jo. Emma Relph was the actress who played Jo Payton. See more »
The Arts & Entertainment network aired The Day Of The Triffids, as 2 separate "movies" of 3 episodes each, in the early 1990's for the United States market. The episode number cards, as well as the past episode recaps, were dropped. A&E added its own Part 1 recap, narrated by its then commercial announcer, before the repeat of the opening titles, which were also used on Part 1. See more »
I'd wanted to see this BBC version of DOTT ever since I read about it in a sci-fi magazine. I first saw it on TV a few years ago. I recently bought the DVD and the series remains as great as ever. The three main performances of John Duttine, Maurice Colbourne and Emma Relph are very good and they are helped by a great supporting cast. Thwe Triffids themselves do look a bit plastic but they were realised brilliantly. The music by Christopher Gunning compliments the story very well.
The Triffids themselves are meant to be a secondary threat as the main problem is the breakdown of society as most of the populace is rendered blind. The hysteria is shown in full detail and the writer adds a nice conspiracy theory in the final episode. I'm glad that the series is now available on DVD for a new audience to see. Having read bits of the book I can tell that the adaptation is very faithful. I strongly recommend DOTT to sci-fi fans everywhere.
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