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Post by Pettytyrant101 Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:37 pm

{{ I can certainly see the appeal of 'what if' or even 'what was happening elsewhere' stories. Wells at points leaves it tantilising open to how wide spread the aliens cylinder landing area is and where else might be targeted.
One assumes, having singled out the British Empire as the thing to defeat first, which makes sense in the time period, that the Empires industrial heart would also have been a target.
I'd love to see what happens when they crash down in the middle of a Clyde shipyard surrounded by angry Sctosmen with a lot of heavy things at hand!
I may even have a go at one sometime, but you may, or may not be pleased to hear, I have just returned to hopefully finishing the Halfy in Boots story- so that first! }}

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:16 pm

{{{ Putting this up in the hope it might lure Orwell back out his pot-hole Nod

The Mighty Boosh-Live!

If you've never seen the tv show then this will probably come off a bit like Monty Python, on acid, only somehow cooler. And it'll probably not make much sense enjoy! Very Happy }}


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Post by Mrs Figg Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:57 pm

Watching War of the Worlds new series set in modern times. Not the BBC version set in the 19th century, which was crap. This one is on Fox. Its very good. trailer in froglaise but its in English.


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Post by halfwise Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:57 pm

Can't get much from that, but the French are better at subtlety in these modern times than many else.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:29 pm

Not the BBC version set in the 19th century, which was crap- Figg

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Post by Mrs Figg Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:32 pm

I watched it here 2 weeks ago. On LaF channel. it had only 3 episodes. Pretty low budget with wooden acting. Had the girl from Poldark. I could tell you exactly what I didn't like but its probably too spoilery if you intend watching it so I will put it in spoilers.

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Post by halfwise Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:18 pm

Not a strict adaptation, that.

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Post by azriel Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:20 pm



Watched "War of the Worlds" on BBC1 Sunday, couldn't get into it, didn't much like it but, 9PM BBC2 on Monday I watched "Vienna Blood" & was thoroughly engrossed ! IL look forward to watching at least one fecking thing on TV at last.

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Post by Mrs Figg Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:37 pm

yep I didn't like WOTWs very much either.
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Post by Pettytyrant101 Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:31 am

{{ My review of BBC's WoW-

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Post by Forest Shepherd Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:17 pm

Usually I like none of those things, so yeah I won't be watching it!

I've been confusing the Orson Welle's radio adaptation with the original book. I had heard of the former, but kind of forgot I guess that the latter existed.

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Post by halfwise Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:37 pm

I've been confusing the Orson Welle's radio adaptation with the original book. I had heard of the former, but kind of forgot I guess that the latter existed.

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Post by Mrs Figg Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:29 pm

Pettytyrant101 wrote:{{ My review of BBC's WoW-

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well I did warn you it was crap. Laughing  if you look at my original spoiler from last week I mention some of the same problems,

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:04 am

I had heard of the former, but kind of forgot I guess that the latter existed. - Forest

{{ Well you can always check out my own 4 part adaptation right here on Forumshire Forest.  Nod

https://www.hobbitmovieforum.com/t407-h-g-wells-war-of-the-worlds-an-adaptation?highlight=war+of+the+worlds

Its an adaptation so I too made changes for the medium, and its an early draft (Id cut some bits down, speed up others and refine a couple areas of clunkiness were I to redo it and change a few bits to accomodate some good suggestions from Orwell) but its still 100 times closer to being a proper adaptation of the books story, characters and themes than this is! But obviously I'd recommend the original book as the being well worth your time to read. Its the genre setter for alien invasion stories in much the same way Tolkien is for fantasy.


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Post by Mrs Figg Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:22 pm

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Post by halfwise Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:33 pm

Not only did HG Wells set the genre for alien invasion, he did it for the time machine, for invisibility, he invented the absent minded professor. He's sort of the Newton and Einstein of science fiction wrapped together.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:22 pm

{{ Very true- one could also argue that the way sci-fi is used as allegory for current social issues is also down to Wells. No Who, no Star Trek otherwise. }}

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Post by Mrs Figg Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:23 pm

That modern day version on Fox channel isnt that great either. No
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Post by David H Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:33 am

halfwise wrote:Not only did HG Wells set the genre for alien invasion, he did it for the time machine, for invisibility, he invented the absent minded professor.

I have to question this. Not to take away from H G's greatness, but every culture I've ever met has jokes about absentminded scholars. It's like saying somebody invented the stubborn mule of the flighty chicken.

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Post by halfwise Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:36 pm

I'm referring to Food of the Gods.  I don't think the stereotype existed in literature outside science fiction, so Wells was the first.  Whether it percolated into popular culture from his depiction or he was just the first to put the popular culture into print is debatable - especially since Food of the Gods is not well known - but I'd wager he was the first to put it into print. So "invent" is perhaps too strong a word: "capture" would be closer.

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Post by David H Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:43 pm

What about Professor Pangloss in Candide a century and a half earlier? I'd be surprised if Wells hadn't read Voltaire.

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Post by halfwise Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:55 pm

Hmm...a very possible borrowing. Both are sharply satyrical.

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Post by chris63 Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:12 am

Only watched the first episode of War of the worlds. thought it was ok.
Watchmen is very good.
His Dark Materials also looks ok after just watching the first episode.
Mandalorian is quite good.
It only goes for 30 to 35 minutes tho. 2nd episode went for 28mins. 34mins if you add on the credits at the end.

Don't usually watch a lot of tv, but i like sc/fi, fantasy stuff. Cant wait for The Witcher next month.

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