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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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2   1  
1990   1989   1988  
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Complete series cast summary:
Jared Martin ...  Harrison Blackwood 44 episodes, 1988-1990
Lynda Mason Green Lynda Mason Green ...  Suzanne McCullough 44 episodes, 1988-1990
Philip Akin Philip Akin ...  Norton Drake 25 episodes, 1988-1989
Richard Chaves ...  Colonel Paul Ironhorse 25 episodes, 1988-1989
Rachel Blanchard ...  Debi McCullough 25 episodes, 1988-1990
Denis Forest ...  Malzor / ... 21 episodes, 1989-1990
Ilse von Glatz Ilse von Glatz ...  Advocate #2 / ... 21 episodes, 1988-1989
Adrian Paul ...  John Kincaid 20 episodes, 1989-1990
Catherine Disher ...  Mana 20 episodes, 1989-1990
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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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Trivia

Originally, the Morthren deity, the Eternal, was to be called the Immortal (presumably to tie in with the "To Life Immortal" exchange of the Mor-Tax in the first season) and was going to speak in English. 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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Crazy Credits

In "The Walls of Jericho", an actress is credited simply as Mrs. Lau. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2016 Australian Region 0 DVD release by SHOCK had good picture and sound clarity. See more »

Connections

References Cheers (1982) See more »

User Reviews

A brilliant first season only to be marred by idiot studio execs in season 2...
30 June 2003 | by mistermimeSee all my reviews

The first season of War of the Worlds was groundbreaking and refreshingly innovative. In many ways, it was the predecessor of shows like "The X-Files". The first season was very much like a game of chess between the Blackwood Project and the aliens- led the triumvirate Advocacy (featuring the underrated actress, Ilse Von Glatz- who was chilling as an Advocate). Towards the end of the season, there was a mythology carefully being built with the introductions of new characters such as the renegade alien/human hybrid- Quinn and the Qar'To Synth, Katara. Also, the show was blessed with creative writing, excellent direction- and casting Ann Robinson as Sylvia Van Buren was a nice coup for the producers.

However, Paramount had plans to assassinate the show and installed Frank Mancuso Jr. as the new executive producer. He obliterated the first season storyline, continuity, most of the characters and killed the show in the process. But to many fans, the only real season of WOTW was 1988-1989.


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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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