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#1    Matt Vinyl

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:55 AM

Crikey, I remember watching this as a kid and it was creepy! Interesting plot idea too. Anyone else recall watching this series back in the 80's?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:02 PM

Never saw it. Ofcouse I was not near a TV in the early 80's


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:43 PM

I remember it vaguely.
You have this group of people living like something out of the Middle Ages.
And then you've got these aliens that come in tripods.
So the aliens brainwash these people by capping them with something that comes out of the craft.
The people don't make any moves to stop the process which proves how far they are gone.
While these is going you've got a few rebels running around trying to stop the aliens.
From what little screenshots I've seen of the aliens they are quite hideous.
However it still managed to get overshadowed by Doctor Who.

Edited by Medium Brown, 20 December 2012 - 02:47 PM.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:21 AM

Read the original books. Only caught snippets of the series on public television but was put off by the production values and how they totally changed the creature design.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:34 AM

One just alked into my backyard as the clock ticked over to 12/21.  Oh well, guess i was wrong there too.  :w00t:

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

I loved this show as a child; in fact, I've just bought the DVD for my husband as he is from the US and never saw it over there.


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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:55 PM

IIRC a trilogy that was never completed - didn't the BBC can it after two series?

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:32 PM

View PostOppono Astos, on 25 December 2012 - 08:55 PM, said:

IIRC a trilogy that was never completed - didn't the BBC can it after two series?
They certaintly did.

It looks like they have canned it on YouTube after one series also.

Edited by Medium Brown, 25 December 2012 - 09:33 PM.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:53 AM

Never heard of it .I am intrigued .

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

View PostOppono Astos, on 25 December 2012 - 08:55 PM, said:

IIRC a trilogy that was never completed - didn't the BBC can it after two series?

The DVD has got a booklet containing a synopsis of what should have happened in the final series but yes, they dropped it because the ratings weren't great!


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Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:25 AM

Apparently Toby Maguire is a huge fan of the Tripods and wants to make a movie on it..


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Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:23 AM

I remember it. Not a bad series actually, although I never quite got some parts of it. Underground resistance were training people to be selected to serve the alien masters and be taken inside their walking ships. Then once they were there they were to figure out the best way to usurp the security systems so they could get guns and explosives inside.

Plots and subplots friendships and betrayal, a few star crossed lovers and some scorned lovers.....typical British series. The special effects were hoke, much like the early Dr. Who series but the writing was well done and it was well acted.


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:53 PM

Never heard of it! I was only just born then, but I'm familiar with quite a lot of 80s films and shows. Indeed it's my favourite era for film and TV.

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