The War of the Worlds (2019): Series 1 (2019)


Series 1
The War of the Worlds (2019)

Critics Consensus

Respectful, if not exactly riveting, Craig Viveiros' reimagined The War of the Worlds's wandering narrative undermines its strong performances.

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Critic Ratings: 21

18%

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User Ratings: 60
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Episodes

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Air date: Nov 17, 2019
2
Air date: Nov 24, 2019
3
Air date: Dec 1, 2019

Tv Season Info

Adaptation of H. G. Wells classic sci-fi novel that sees Edwardian London invaded by Martians.

Critic Reviews for The War of the Worlds (2019) Series 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

This version of The War of the Worlds has, as it should, a sincere heart.

Nov 21, 2019 | Full Review…

[Eleanor] Tomlinson's character Amy is the star. Few actors working today are as good at stopping Dad from changing the channel.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This War of the Worlds is thoroughly and entirely respectful. It is also very respectable, which makes it a solid, reliable adaptation rather than an earth-shattering reimagining.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Writer Peter Harness has, understandably, fleshed out the characters; in the novel the narrator is unnamed and barely drawn, which would hardly make for good TV.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Rafe Spall does a good job as George and Eleanor Tomlinson from Poldark does a good job as an Edwardian feminist who is quite un-Edwardian, but still Edwardian enough to be insanely impractically dressed for everything she does.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Unlike the machines, the series is a creaky, rather wobbly piece of work, the chronology alone a cause for the shaking of heads...

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

However it's told, The War Of The Worlds has been a favourite for more than a century.

Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Approach with caution and with an open mind and you'll find this more enjoyable than you might have expected.

Nov 8, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

This adaptation, directed by And Then There Were None and Rillington Place's Craig Viveiros, is less successful. It's mostly down to tone and pace, but also expectations.

Nov 18, 2019 | Full Review…

I've seen all three episodes and they're a massive disappointment.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The production values are shabby. The thing that landed in Surrey looked like a giant coconut constructed from papier-mâché. It was all very Doctor Who, circa 1973.

Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

I became so engrossed in George and Amy's story that I briefly forgot that Martians would soon be arriving in style, which has to be a compliment - and it reliably raises the personal stakes when Woking does come under attack.

Nov 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The War of the Worlds (2019): Series 1

  • Jan 06, 2020
    There were a few occasions, and almost immediately, where the 'robots' didn't seem threatening at all, yet the hype of the music and the acting drama was trying to convince us otherwise, this was enough to lose me. Plus, robots really? I hope in season 2 (if it happens) when we really see the real aliens, they will make up for season 1, as a whole. I did not read, nor know much of the original War of the Worlds, therefore I cannot contribute to a comparison, the only one I know is 2005 movie, which was way more exciting.
  • Dec 31, 2019
    Started off well but went in too many directions by the end. Apart from that, decent acting. CGI is fairly mixed.
  • Dec 30, 2019
    Looked forward to this so much as I'm a massive fan of the original book. When I heard it was to be set in period and not modernised version I was overjoyed. When I watched it all I could do was weep. What's wrong with the original story? Would it have been so hard to do? Why has it now got to have a feminist agenda. Can some things just be left alone? Truly terrible. Just left me feeling empty and let down.
  • Dec 29, 2019
    Different from the book but a great retelling of the story
  • Dec 25, 2019
    Its engaging enough but missing the eerie atmosphere of the original film not the Tom Cruise one
  • Dec 23, 2019
    I finished the last part of the War of the Worlds series by the bbc.... recommend it I do not. The firsts part was ok, nothing wrong it, didn't like the way the tripods were made. The second part was awful in every aspect, the CGI on the tripods looked good only because they already had the models and just copied and pasted it into scenes. There's a scene where a character is on a bridge and everything looked fake. Then there's the beach... oh god the beach... there's a load of ships in the back ground and they stay out of focus even when they start firing at the tripods. Part 3 is where all the flash forwards should have been, they plague the second part and they hinder the third part. I get what they're doing as people complained that Steven Spielberg's War of the World's aliens dying of diseases was underwhelming and the effects of real world colonialism are still being felt to this day, but why make a mystery out of something that wasn't a mystery in any of the media and everyone knows the answer to already? Also I don't know much about terraforming, but I don't think a simple plant can turn an entire planet into mars. I don't think we actually see the Martians in this adaptation: we see creatures that the characters believe are Martians, but can't be. The way they're fare to agile in a gravity that's 3 times greater than their home planet, they don't have the same legs as the tripods and they don't have hands or tentacles to make any tools with. They've got this feeder thing they could probably use to puss buttons on the tripods, but how did they make tools before the tripods? It also seems like they used stock sound effect for their "talking."
  • Dec 23, 2019
    The worst serie of all time
  • Dec 17, 2019
    I loved the book and loved the movie, just because this type of thing is right up my alley, and the show overall is okay, but jesus the first episode was filled with so much wasted screentime. I'm talkin long seemingly 5-minute shots of people doing blank stares. Jesus christ.
  • Dec 11, 2019
    Boring very very boring
  • Dec 10, 2019
    An excellent adaptation of the original title (it contains all the same words, in the same order) any similarity between this and the original novel is purely accidental. Its hard to imagine that this was adapted by anyone who had read (let alone had any affection) for the novel, rather it seems to have been more inspired by the far more faithful "League of extraordinary gentlemen" . The tacked on soap opera plot added nothing, and slowed the whole thing down to the speed of the original lumbering brutes of Wells' novel, this also undermines any period feeling the TV series made such a noise about (not helped by a lack of an knowledge of the period and its technology). Almost all of the major plot elements are missing (the Parson having a breakdown, The Thunderchild's sacrifice (Instead we get a rehash of Dunkirk), The narrators attempt at a final sacrifice (instead we get a real one), the Artilleryman). Instead we get two people running around devastated cities inter cut with some bizarre post apocalyptic sub plot that totally ignores (whilst poorly ripping of Alan Moore) the original ending (In fact it is in effect an attack on it), whilst being wholly predicable due to its utter lack of any real originality. Its derivative (but not of the Novel), predictable, lazy and so heavy handed in it perching tones that it ultimately becomes a cased of "just kill them and put them out of my misery".

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