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War of the Worlds 

Humanity must resume its war against the Martians when they revive after decades of hibernation following their defeat in the 1950s.

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Greg Strangis
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jared Martin ...  Harrison Blackwood 43 episodes, 1988-1990
Lynda Mason Green Lynda Mason Green ...  Suzanne McCullough 43 episodes, 1988-1990
Philip Akin Philip Akin ...  Norton Drake 24 episodes, 1988-1989
Richard Chaves ...  Colonel Paul Ironhorse 24 episodes, 1988-1989
Rachel Blanchard ...  Debi McCullough 24 episodes, 1988-1990
Denis Forest ...  Malzor / ... 21 episodes, 1989-1990
Adrian Paul ...  John Kincaid 20 episodes, 1989-1990
Catherine Disher ...  Mana 20 episodes, 1989-1990
Ilse von Glatz Ilse von Glatz ...  Advocate #2 / ... 20 episodes, 1988-1989
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Storyline

At the end of the 1953 film "War of the World", earth is saved from alien invaders when they are apparently killed by common bacteria. However, what if the aliens weren't really dead? In "War of the Worlds" the aliens from the 1953 invasion are brought out of suspended animation when radiation kills the infecting bacteria. Now the aliens launch a genocidal war against an unsuspecting Earth, using their ability to take over human bodies to allow them to move freely. Dr. Harrison Blackwood teams up with microbiologist Suzanne McCullough, computer programmer Norton Drake, and army Lt. Colonel Paul Ironhorse to save the world from this alien menace. In the second season, Harrison and Suzanne are joined by mercenary John Kincaid, who help them fight in a post-apocalyptic urban wasteland against a second wave of invaders dedicated to the death of all life on earth. Written by L. Ross Raszewski <rraszews@skipjack.bluecrab.org>

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

War of the Worlds: The Second Invasion See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Runtime:

(43 episodes )

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the first airing of the first episode there was a brief sequence of clips from the 1953 movie with narration over it. The very last shot is a black and white image of a small boy standing in the wrecked Los Angeles from the end of the movie: the young Harrison Blackwood. This sequence was never shown again. See more »

Goofs

In one episode, an actor dressed as an alien jumps down from an air duct onto a human. As he jumps, you can see his socks. See more »

Quotes

Advocate #3: Why is it the lower classes cannot think for themselves?
Advocate #1: Our job is to think; their job is to do. We must never confuse the two.
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Crazy Credits

A mysterious credit that appears at the end of all episodes from Season One is for "The Far Side" cartoons by Gary Larson, courtesy of Chronicle Features. It's unclear why this credit appears since there is no evidence of the cartoon's use or even a reference throughout the show. It is because in an early episode, a Larson cartoon appears on a bulletin board in a shot and the credits were not changed after that episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

The animation of the alien hand taking a hold of Earth that opens every episode in the first season is omitted on the DVDs. See more »

Connections

References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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Painfully awesome
9 October 2011 | by alex_i-0See all my reviews

First of all. Season 1: 10/10 Season 2: 1/10

This must be the creepiest sci-fi horror show/movie ever. I was 10 years old when I first saw it. Now, 21 years later, I still have nightmares.

The reason may be the complete lack of human emotions within the aliens. No empathy whatsoever for human life. The aliens are portrayed as total different from us - not "almost human/American" like in other sci-fi shows. These ones cannot be reasoned with. You cannot negotiate with them.

Three episodes moved me deeply.

1.Quinn. "no Harrison...you are the alien".

2.The abducted woman. The end scene when Harrison just being to late to rescue her. It gave me an incredible parallel with my own life. Being to late to save the most loved one person in my life.

3.The strong drug. The scene with humans collecting drugs from the floor. Acting as animals.

The only flaw with the show is its low budget. Imagine what it could have been with a modern show's budget.

And one more thing. WOW is no predecessor to "X-files". X-files is a cheesy, unrealistic show with vampires, werewolves, and baseball-loving aliens. YES! Baseball-loving aliens. Give me a break...

WOW is the real deal. With real human emotions. With real characters. With a real nightmare-plot. Great job! GREAT!


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