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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 44 episodes, 1988-1990
Lynda Mason Green Lynda Mason Green ...  Suzanne McCullough 44 episodes, 1988-1990
Philip Akin Philip Akin ...  Norton Drake 25 episodes, 1988-1989
Richard Chaves ...  Colonel Paul Ironhorse 25 episodes, 1988-1989
Rachel Blanchard ...  Debi McCullough 25 episodes, 1988-1990
Denis Forest ...  Malzor / ... 21 episodes, 1989-1990
Ilse von Glatz Ilse von Glatz ...  Advocate #2 / ... 21 episodes, 1988-1989
Adrian Paul ...  John Kincaid 20 episodes, 1989-1990
Catherine Disher ...  Mana 20 episodes, 1989-1990
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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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(43 episodes )

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Harrison: In 1953 Earth experienced a War of the Worlds. Common bacteria destroyed the aliens but it didn't kill them. The aliens fell into a state of deep hibernation. Now the aliens have been resurrected more terrifying than before. In 1953 aliens started taking over the world. Today they're taking over our bodies.
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Crazy Credits

Sylvia Van Buren is credited for writing the episode "Epiphany". Two other scripts ("The Walls of Jericho" and "The Good Samaritan") are pen-named under amalgams of her name and that of Clayton Forrester. This was because thee was a writers' strike going on at the time and the writers did not want to be credited. 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

Follows The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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User Reviews

A rare gem of a series
24 August 1999 | by Robert-132See all my reviews

This is one of those series that I caught in second run, and had to see all of. Rather than being cliched and boring, War of the Worlds managed to be trendy and dark, attempting to deal with mature themes and violence in an intelligent fashion all too rare today.

Perhaps the best season was the second, when the war becomes a drawn-out war of attrition, culminating in one of the most thought-provoking finales I have seen this side of Babylon 5. It is currently airing on Space in Canada, and is definitely worth seeing if you can.


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