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By Jim Jones
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Charles Hunt wrote:Can't recall reading the original. Did the PC diatribe that the Martians were only behaving like colonising Englishmen exist in the original?


“And before we judge them [the Martians] too harshly, we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished Bison and the Dodo, but upon its own inferior races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years. Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?

— Chapter I, "The Eve of the War"

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By nallen
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Perhaps not a surprising sentiment from Wells given that he was a progressive socialist.
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By Charles Hunt
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Fair enough, but the difference is Wells has targeted the whole human race, whereas the latest interpretation changed that to Englishmen only.

Why you can trust the BBC?

Hmm. ABBC - Anti-British Broadcasting Corporation or perhaps AEBC. Anti-English.......
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By CloudHound
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I struggled to the end. Dreadful, slow, boring, only 2 Martians. What a waste.
I’d love to hear what went wrong with the production.

I think they ran out of budget.

The strong start gripped but I too bored by the end.
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By flybymike
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The Times TV Review;

“It’s not all doom and gloom,” said Frederick (Rupert Graves) as they holed themselves up in a house while a giant scrotum on bendy stilts popped in to skewer and eat Mrs Elphinstone. But that’s just it: it was all doom and gloom. As Frederick discovered when he was also lanced and eaten by Mr Scrotum.”
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By Genghis the Engineer
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Having got around watching the last episode, I'm going against the general view.

I think it was good. Not very good, but good. George in the book is a wet blanket who drifts through just about surviving, but being passionate about his Amy; that is pretty much how he comes across. I don't mind the more deliberate germ warfare subplot, which is in keeping with the general plot and some aspects of fan fiction. The air of industrial extermination of mankind, and banality of the extinction experience were very in keeping with the book.

Killing George off wasn't out of keeping, albeit I don't think it added much. The martians were dying as per the book, just people sped them on their way a bit, the world was in post apocalyptic chaos - exactly as you might expect.

I did find the martians scuttling around catching and killing people individually completely opposite to the "industrialised slaughter" aspect of the book. That was just pointless.

G