Zach learns why it is important to get inoculated before visiting a strange planet as he takes a look at the alien invasion classic, War of the Worlds.


H.G. Wells’ chilling novel of a Martian invasion of Earth becomes even more frightening in this 1952 film adaptation that’s widely regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time. An Oscar. winner for Best Special Effects. Also available is the first season of the TV series: The attempted Martian invasion of the Earth in the 1950s was thwarted when the aliens fell foul of the common cold virus. But rather than die the invaders went into hibernation and 30 years later they are revived and a second invasion attempt begins. The Martians can now possess human bodies and are opposed by a small band of resistance fighters.

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  1. It took me a while to listen to this episode because the 1950s version of War of the Worlds is one of my least favorite sci-fi movies from the fifties. My problem with the movie is twofold – first, it’s not a very good movie – the Tom Cruise movie is a much better film in my opinion – and secondly, it varies way too much from the original H. G. Wells story that I cringed whenever I saw it. I can live with it being set in the L. A. Area, instead of England, and in the 1950s instead of the Victorian age – but to stick in flying saucers with tentacle periscopes instead of tripods as in the book was inexcuseable. That would be like remaking Apollo 13 and using space shuttles instead of Saturn 5 rockets because the producer liked them better. Blech!
    I found the after-movie discussion about the future of special effects especially about making digital avatars of famous actors very interesting. Perhaps you know that back in the mid-80s, when Ted Turner was starting to colorize black and white movies, somebody produced a Miller Beer commercial in which they digitally inserted John Wayne using footage lifted from The Sands of Iwo Jima. If memory serves me correct, there was a great fuss about it at the time because a lot of John Wayne fans thought it was irreverant, and they hadn’t gotten permission from John Wayne’s heirs to do it. The theme of replacing a live actor with a digital avatar was one of the undercurrents running through Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg, which you might want to read, if you haven’t, after having this discussion.

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