BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

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Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Australian Dawn » Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:55 pm

Guest wrote:
Australian Dawn wrote:I'm sure the Yanks wouldn't have mucked it up...


Have you not seen the Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise version?

Yeah, The worst thing was the Martians. Fucking Independence Day aliens!
Why does no one ever make the Martians look like the ones in the book? What is wrong with the physical description H.G. Wells gave that they think won't work on film? It says so much about where they came from and why they behave as they do, it clues the reader in on why germs are so effective, how they look is important! But the movies all think it's just meaningless details that they can switch out for whatever random BS they decide to pull out of their arse!
They're Iconic and we never get to see them! It defies all logic! Some studio exec says lets pay for the rights to make a movie about a classic, iconic and instantly recognisable alien species invading, and then lets not portray them anything like how everyone knows they look, we'll just pull a design out of our arse!
Would they do that to Giger's Xenomorphs?
Meanwhile on Dr Who cheap knockoff brand Wellsian horrors in saltshakers rake in millions... :argue: :evil:

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Guest » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:57 am

Australian Dawn wrote:I'm sure the Yanks wouldn't have mucked it up...


Have you not seen the Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise version?

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Australian Dawn » Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:55 pm

I suppose you could work sexual liberation into the story if you made promiscuity the reason humanity is immune to the germs that take out the Martians, but I think the anti-imperialism message fits more naturally.

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Bronshtein » Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:23 pm

Given the whole thing is an allegory of the horrors of Imperialism and the decadence of English society, I suspect it could clunk along with a few more strapped to it - after all Wells was a (sort of) feminist and a rather active advocate of free love and strong opponent of sexual repression. (His own expecially).

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Australian Dawn » Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:14 pm

The Watcher wrote:Did not enjoy the series, found it boring.

It was obvious from the start, it was about the main female character, being the heroine, discovering the cure, and it just became predictable.

I wondered what the new female character meant, it came up over and over in the articles I was reading about the show, and that there was a potentially gay character (whatever that means). It sounded like a lot of agendas were being added and I wondered how much social commentary one alien invasion could possibly support.

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Australian Dawn » Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:04 pm

Voice From Limbo wrote:In a Brexit world, I'd think something like AVBCW might be in order -- more Alt-History than SF, but you could introduce some Steam (if not necessarily Punk) elements.

From a perfunctory Google, it looks like the closest thing, Ian McKellen's Richard III, lost money, but that was a quarter century ago now. Ahead of its time?

AVBCW might be a bit on the nose, with tentacled aliens you can at least pretend the catastrophe on the screen is fictional.

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by The Watcher » Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:59 pm

Did not enjoy the series, found it boring.

It was obvious from the start, it was about the main female character, being the heroine, discovering the cure, and it just became predictable.

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Voice From Limbo » Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:22 pm

In a Brexit world, I'd think something like AVBCW might be in order -- more Alt-History than SF, but you could introduce some Steam (if not necessarily Punk) elements.

From a perfunctory Google, it looks like the closest thing, Ian McKellen's Richard III, lost money, but that was a quarter century ago now. Ahead of its time?

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Australian Dawn » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:07 am

Just googled to see what people have been saying about this miniseries.
:shock:

Peoples opinions have really turned negative since the final episode!
I'm guessing this show won't spark the golden age of VSF television I was hoping for (well I at least thought we might get more Wells, The First Men In The Moon maybe?) Most of the books from the links Voice From Limbo posted would be too much to hope for. :(

I thought patriotism in a Brexit world might inspire some interest in Britain's Science Fiction heritage. It'd be nice to see something good come out of Britain disappearing up it's own arsehole. God knows Australia would never invest in our old science fiction writers, I'd love for someone to have a go at something like Out Of The Silence, but with this government in Aus I think the Arts are a low priority. :(

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Australian Dawn » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:08 am

No matter how many times I'm told I usually forget I can simply Google anything I want to know about. :oops:

Glad to hear you moderately enjoyed the show HongKongPhooey.

I was going to buy it on DVD as soon as it came out but I think I'll wait a while until it comes down in price.
Since it's getting mixed reviews (and since I blew the money I was going to use on Tinman Figs :oops: )

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