Thursday, October 8, 2020

Cathode Ray Mission 08 - War of the Worlds - The Ressurection

Special guest appearance by Warning.

War of the Worlds
S01E01/E02 The Resurrection

A group of terrorist plans an attack at an army base that just happens to have a toxic waste dumpsite. The battle accidentally releases a bunch of Martians in stasis. The Martians are hot to get their hands on some old war machines that the army has in storage. 

War of the Worlds goes out of its way to be a big action spectacular in the pilot. There are terrorists on ATVs with mounted machine guns, macho army guys trying to act cool about everything, there are chases and big explosions. It’s all done on a television budget so it isn’t quite as impressive as it could be but it works well enough on the small screen. Through it all, we get that ultimate 1980s element, slime.

The Martians can steal bodies, something they neglected to do in the 1953 film, and begin to assemble their plans to begin the invasion anew. A (very tiny) team is assembled to stop them, Dr. Harrison Blackwood (Jared Martin), Dr. Suzanne McCullough (Lynda Mason Green), Norton Drake (Phillip Akin), and Lt. Lt. Col. Paul Ironhorse (Richard Chaves). Blackwood is another link back to the original film, claiming that he was raised by Dr. Clayton Forrester (no, not that one).

A double-length intro benefits the story quite a bit since there is a lot to establish. The Martians are creepy and ruthless in a way that is refreshing and there is a cobbled-together organic sense to their technology that feels like a blueprint for the visuals of another Canadian SF show, Lexx.

The Resurrection is a fun start to the series, but where do we go from here? The quickly figures out that it works better as horror rather than science-fiction.

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