War of the Worlds

Season 1
England 1905. When a mysterious capsule lands on Earth at Horsell Common, George and Amy are among the first to examine it. However, this is no inanimate object but a transport for a living organism from outer space. As more people gather to study it, its movements kills scores of people. Martians have arrived.
Eleanor TomlinsonRafe SpallRobert Carlyle
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  1. 1. Episode 1
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    November 17, 2019
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    1905. George and Amy are new to Woking and short of friends except for Ogilvy, a scientist and fellow outcast. When a mysterious capsule lands on Horsell Common the trio are the first to examine it. But a terrifying menace lurking in the capsule is unleashed.
  2. 2. Episode 2
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    November 24, 2019
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    George is alive and desperately searching for Amy. But he is conscripted to fight the Martians against his wishes and horrified to discover that there is more than one invader. More and more capsules pour down onto Earth as the invasion takes full flight.
  3. 3. Episode 3
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    December 1, 2019
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    While George, Amy, Frederick and their fellow survivors take shelter in an abandoned orphanage, the initial attack appears to be over. But when the survivors make a very grim discovery in the orphanage it becomes clear that the second phase of the Martian conquest is only just beginning.

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Blue DragonflyReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsTrue to the original story
There are many reviewers who have probably only seen the modern versions of this story & therefore finding it lacking in "action & adventure". It was written by H.G. Wells between 1895 and 1897. It was his commentary " on evolutionary theory, British imperialism, and generally Victorian superstitions, fears, and prejudices." He compared the invasion of the Martians ,in his book, to the attacks, subjugation and eradication of the Tasmanian people during the Victorian era aggressiveness of establishing a British Empire across the world. It was also written as a commentary on arranged marriage and religious dominance. Wells was a Darwinist and a free thinker during his life. This series was quite true to the original book and did an excellent job portraying the settings, dress, and attitudes of his day. Though it was a depressing portrayal it stays true to the original story and is quite well done.
191 people found this helpful
MitchelReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starspeople weren't lying
This series really is woke garbage, the subplot of a taboo divorce during this time period seems to be more important to everyone and not the alien invasion, even at the time they aren't aware its aliens, a bunch of people died, the military came in, the communications wire is down and the brother of the main character-guy is still more pissed off with MCWomen and can't seems to drop it during a crisis

Main guy and girl just watched people get vaporized and that they were looking for their astronomer friend who is mostly likely dead but lets drop that and talk about "i went to see my wife about our divorce papers"

the subplot about the divorce is more front and center than the damn aliens
171 people found this helpful
Gary ChurchReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsEverything very high quality- actors, special effects, story- this is a great show
I read a couple reviews expressing dislike for the subplot as "woke garbage"....what creeps. It is a great story with wonderful actors. It is far more faithful to the book than any other version I have seen and this makes it very different than other productions- but if you are not addicted to the brain candy trash that is being peddled now- it is something truly marvelous.
134 people found this helpful
minnesota readerReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsWoke messaging. There is no resemblance to the Hg Wells novel.
This story is set in Britain, about a century ago. Other than that, there is little resemblance to the famous Hg Wells novel that has inspired so many other creative works. This is all about woke brainwashing and political indoctrination. Like so many other remakes of a classic, this is not worth wasting your time on.
107 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsIgnore the low ratings
I assume the low ratings are by the young and/or the unintelligent who can't handle a show with depth and a moderate pace. If you like period pieces and sci-fi, I think you will like this version of War of the Worlds. I'll need to re-read the H.G.Wells book but my guess is this series stays close to the original intent. There are some similarities to the Tom Cruise version as well. I enjoyed the suspense and subtlety. My only complaint is there were only 3 installments.
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DogcatReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsMissed opportunity
This version of the famous book was a missed opportunity... overly dark, brooding, slow. And disjointed: The form of narrative (switching back and forth for time and character) was an enormous distraction. Part of what makes the original book such a good read is the well-thought clarity of the narrative and the crisp pacing. So much of the wonderful satire and social criticism in the original is hopelessly muddled in this version, and some of that satire in the original was humorous--unfortunately no humor could possibly survive in this heavy version. Some of the changes to the story didn't make sense, and it was a shame they did not do anything really compelling with the added love interest for the main character (in the original he was married, but we did not really see his wife). This could have been a great modern update if it had been done well. As for this being "woke garbage" as some have commented, the original novel was fully 'woke' for its time, and this version is not so different in that respect. Overall, really a very un-fun take on the original novel.
70 people found this helpful
AJReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsMore Faithful to Original
This is a cross between downtown abbey and Independence Day. It’s not an action movie, rather than a sobering tale of apocalyptic annhilation. Sure, there are some plot holes (a government minister should know where all the supplies would be stored), but nothing too obtrusive.
57 people found this helpful
Allen K. ChandlerReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsWaste of time
Bad adaptation of War of the Worlds.
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