War of the Worlds The Series

Finally home from Arisia, the sci-fi convention I go to every year.
I thought the first post should be something related along those lines. What better show that I hardly see any coverage on.
War of the Worlds was in response to the growing amount of sci-fi on TV in the 80s after the return of Star Trek with the Next Generation, Friday the 13th the series and more.  (One episode a kid is playing with TNG toys). It seemed the networks needed more and more shows.
The show was developed for syndication with two seasons and 43 episodes from 1988-1990. 
Its picks up 35 years later after the events of the famous movie from 1953 directed by George Pal, based in the novel by H.G. Wells.
The broadcast of Orsen Wells was 1938. Weird thing is you would think an Alien Invasion that nearly destroyed the planet but it never seems like any one really remembers what happened. Its explained there was a world wide amnesia of some kind. Ann Robinson from the film reprises her role as Sylvia Van Buren a colleague of Dr. Forester.
The first season is about the Black wood team let by the professor of the same name to investigate the return of the Aliens.  Blackwood as a child witnessed the original invasion as a child. The second season they kill off two main characters two secondary characters Highlander Adrian Paul joins them and its some how a screwed up America with no explanation.
It really seems like when they brought Frank Mancuso Jr on to the show things went wacky shit crazy. He might have been too busy trying to jungle Friday the 13th the series and the movie franchise as well as this show.
In very few episodes do we get the original Alien ships and those classic 50s sound effects. The aliens look somewhat similar to the film. This time, to avoid the sickness from Earths bacteria (also mixed with radiation from some barrels their bodies were kept in)
They jump into peoples bodies in very gross ways. There was a lot of really violent deaths on this show. It freaked me out as a kid but I had to keep watching. It had decent effects and it seems like their were too many writers for them to reference the film and then not. Its the biggest aggravation with this show.
Season 1 and 2 are on DVD if you can find them.



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