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Post by halfwise on Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:50 am

Realized there are episodes of Peter Gunn online. If you enjoy noirish stuff this is not high art but very entertaining.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:47 am

{{ So I braved episode 2 of the BBC's War of the Worlds. Remember how I said it would be interesting to see how much they fucked it up? Well the answer is a lot, but in surprising ways.

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The first thing of note is the structure and where the emphasis of the story is. You see George's story, which in the book is the main story and tells of all that befalls him in his attempts to find his wife, is here not even the secondary story but the third.
Rather the story jumps between George, his wife Amy and Georges brother in London as they attempt to escape for the coast, and future Amy with her and Georges child in a post-apocalyptic earth after the Martian war.

The upshot of this is that Georges story is lucky if it gets a third of the screen time as most of the focus goes on either current or future Amy.

Future Amy is looking for George who is missing presumed dead, so in a reversal of the book its now the fate of the man we no longer know (I see what you did there BBC, how progressive of you!). Future Amy lives in a world where though the Martians were defeated they have destroyed earth's environment with the Black Smoke and the red weed (which inexplicably now turns into red crystals for some reason). Amy and her child live in a sort of refugee camp somewhere outside London, everyone is slowly starving to death and humans are becoming infertile. Amy hears of a survivor from Horsell Common, but rather than George it turns out to be Ogilvy, who reveals he believes the Martians never planned on military victory in the first place, but rather on converting the planet to be like Mars ready for colonization, whilst Amy reveals that the she does not believe the official reason of how the Martians were defeated- in battle, but the reveal of what she thinks really killed them is the episode cliffhanger.

Besides future Amy we have the Amy that's contemporary with George as the Martian invasion is underway. She is in London trying to persuade the government that the threat is real. And as the government are all men they are of course unbelievably stupid, and despite probably being among the best educated men of their era none of them can do basic arithmetic and need the woman to prove herself by doing all the sums while they dismiss her for being a woman. Having persuaded the evil men of government she and George' brother then escape a rather sudden attack on London (none of the attacks have any build up, everyone is just chatting away then BANG! tripods attack!!). It avoids the usual things you might expect of Martians destroying classic and famous buildings, Houses of parliament, St Pauls, Tower Bridge, but alas we get none of that, and though alien invasion that destroys landmarks has been done plenty this is the book it happened first in! of all alien invasion stories this one has a right to it. Plus it really needs the spectacle to make up for the lacklustre characters at story lines. Where the book shows a sort of macabre delight in destroying landmarks (Orwell cycled about having fun in his head imagining which landmarks to explode!) this keeps the alien attacks to far shots or looming tripods over  buildings.

Anyhow Amy and brother escape London through some underground tunnels as the black smoke wipes everyone above ground out (and for some reason if you get got by the smoke you then die and turn into a cloud of smoke?). They eventually escape to the coast meeting an older lady and her near dead husband on a cart on their way to the coast and the whole band arrive on the beach with thousands of others spread along it, looking like a D-Day landing film.
Visually the beach stuff, with its masses of people and sheer scale of the disaster is the first time it really captures the book sense of the scale of the human refugees- but its almost instantly ruined by Georges brother putting Amy on a boat against her will before George somehow wanders onto the beach among thousands and bumps right into them. She jumps from the boat, the martians attack , they rescue a child, and then in a big bunch flee the beach as the navy take down a couple of martians.

Whilst there is a tripod or two taken down there is no Thunder Child scene as such, there are just a flotilla of warships sitting off shore barraging the beach. This is a huge shame, another issue is that the tripods get shot down way to easy. Whilst I'm all in favour of the Martians not being invincible the victories in the book are rare and usually short-lived. Here the army and navy seem pretty capable of taking down the tripods.  To compensate for that there seems to be a lot more cylinders landing all over earth than there ever was in the book. But it makes the Martians seem less formidable and it makes the British Army seem to capable when the point in the book was that the greatest military on earth could only put up a brief and ineffectual resistance to the Martian war machines.
So  George turns up on the beach, more on that in a moment, and everyone escapes the beach and then they go hide somewhere in a big government building only for a firefight between army and martians to happen offscreen and then a martian to crash onto the building.


So remember George, the guy this story is supposed to be about? Yeah nor the writer, after last week he goes back to his house and hides where he meets an artilleryman escaped from the recently destroyed army, so far so good to the book, save we get two or three book lines of dialogue, then we get a stupid invented section where rejoining another army unit George is forced to help fight the martians on pain of being shot as a coward and they go to where another Martian sphere is, this time in a muddy pool. This scene is complete repetition and therefore devoid of tension as a result. The sphere is destroyed, a tripod turns up kills everyone and George runs off leaving the artilleryman for dead. Its a complete waste of time.
He then bumps into an elderly couple and they decide to head for the coast where he reunites with Amy and his brother and joins them taking shelter in the big house.


So whats changed from the book? Well almost everything. The focus is now on the woman who get 2/3rds of the story present and future versions (and its 99% invention with only the slightest nods in the books direction), the mystery of where George is in the future replaces the not knowing where his wife is in the book. Most of Georges story is completely different the artilleryman is absent most of his personality and all his social commentary, there is no vicar, they don't get trapped in a house when a new cylinder lands on top of it, they don't witness the Martian's feeding or the first deployment of the black smoke. And needless to say there is no religious commentary on events whatsoever and what commentary there is is solely on Amy's story and is of the one note 'men bad/woman good' variety.
But the main issue for Georges story is that there simply isn't time for one, her tale takes up most of the episode and his line only takes a few scenes for him to find her again. George feels like an afterthought in his own story.

I actually found this episode more painful to get through than the first. Mainly thanks to its structuring. All the future flash forward stuff to this post apocalyptic world I could not care less about, it just broke up the telling of the invasion which is the interesting fun bit, with this overwrought melodrama and its tacked on environmental plot line.
Amy's story in the main narrative during the invasion is equally unwatchable in parts punctuated by clumsy 'ain't women so much better than these stupid men' moments. I also don't see what the point of making Georges brother a leading government figure was, it doesn't come into the plot in any useful way, it doesn't offer any new plot advantages and I suspect is solely there so he is another dusty older man who can frown on Amy and her sinful modern female ways, only to be proved wrong in the face of what a strong independent woman she is.

I'm not sure even for the sake of crabbit I can face another episode of this. Its closer to fan fiction than it is the book, its focus completely misses the target- an alien invasion story, and its shoehorned and clumsy social messaging kills characters and dialogue alike far more effectively than the Martians do. }}

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Post by Mrs Figg on Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:50 pm

It makes George look like a dithering idiot most of the time. But fear not, worse is to come.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:40 pm

It makes George look like a dithering idiot most of the time.- Figg

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All of the time! Made me start to wonder if they had delibretly cast for someone who could look mildly bemused and befuddled at everything from a crying child to an alien warmachine without changing expression.
And I really disliked how they used the pregnancy as his motivation with him telling anyone who was standing too close that he had to get to his wife because she was pregnant, as if she was an afterthought to the child. I think I much prefer the idea in the original that they are soul mates, friends, lovers and not that long married and he simply can't bear to think of life without her and holds onto the idea of getting to her and finding her as a means of keeping his own sanity. But then I probably only think that because I'm part of the Patriarchy!
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Post by Mrs Figg on Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:22 pm

Pettytyrant101 wrote:It makes George look like a dithering idiot most of the time.- Figg

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All of the time! Made me start to wonder if they had delibretly cast for someone who could look mildly bemused and befuddled at everything from a crying child to an alien warmachine without changing expression.
And I really disliked how they used the pregnancy as his motivation with him telling anyone who was standing too close that he had to get to his wife because she was pregnant, as if she was an afterthought to the child. I think I much prefer the idea in the original that they are soul mates, friends, lovers and not that long married and he simply can't bear to think of life without her and holds onto the idea of getting to her and finding her as a means of keeping his own sanity. But then I probably only think that because I'm part of the Patriarchy!
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