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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 43 episodes, 1988-1990
Lynda Mason Green Lynda Mason Green ...  Suzanne McCullough 43 episodes, 1988-1990
Philip Akin Philip Akin ...  Norton Drake 24 episodes, 1988-1989
Richard Chaves ...  Colonel Paul Ironhorse 24 episodes, 1988-1989
Rachel Blanchard ...  Debi McCullough 24 episodes, 1988-1990
Denis Forest ...  Malzor / ... 21 episodes, 1989-1990
Adrian Paul ...  John Kincaid 20 episodes, 1989-1990
Catherine Disher ...  Mana 20 episodes, 1989-1990
Ilse von Glatz Ilse von Glatz ...  Advocate #2 / ... 20 episodes, 1988-1989
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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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Runtime:

(43 episodes )

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally, Paramount had conceived the series not as a sequel or for television, but a feature remake of The War of the Worlds (1953) with George A. Romero slated to direct. 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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Alternate Versions

The 2005 American DVD release by PARAMOUNT has poor picture clarity and low color contrast See more »

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User Reviews

Great premise, cut short too early
27 December 2000 | by mercuryixSee all my reviews

The idea of bringing back the aliens from War of the Worlds is simply great, especially for those who wonder "what if the aliens had attacked us with our technology today, instead of back in the '50s?" The answer is clear; they would STILL kick ass! The heat rays they used are just as unbeatable in the 80s as they were in the 50s, and the idea of the aliens going into hibernation to survive rather than just dying was a great plot device to bring them into the present. The spaceships, sound effects and sfx are lovingly recreated in the series. The show reminds me of Star Trek, in one respect only - both shows had great premise, but given too little backing by the studios that created them. Networks will never learn - if you're going to do a risky new sci-fi series, either back it all the way or don't bother. If the series had been given full support with and heavy advertising, and maintained the intelligence of the stories, this might have gone on for years. As it is, it's definitely worth checking out on the sci-fi channel. Now if there is ever a War of the Worlds/Star Trek crossover, that would definitely be worth seeing...(no matter how silly the idea is.)

Eight stars for effort on this series.


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