War of the Worlds has premiered on Fox in the UK now, so welcome to the Alien End Times, UK Gabriel Byrne Fans!
In Episode 3, things got scarier. And sadder.
Life carries on, though. Yes, but it is not easy. Or pretty. Or normal. Or any of the other things most of us have come to expect in our everyday existence: busy, rushed, full of people, full of phones…This new life is full of uncertainty, danger, death.
Music plays an unexpected part in this story. I’m trying to avoid spoilers for you, though, so I will only say that Nick Cave offered a welcome, if ironic, respite from the suspense.
Suspense which becomes more and more intense as the story develops. So many questions. So much fear and uncertainty. As often happens during a crisis, the true nature of each person begins to crystallize–we can see characters becoming themselves, or sometimes a new version of themselves, as pressure is applied. I think this process of becoming is one of the great aspects of the series.
Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern are both so memorable in this episode and they play off of each other’s strengths beautifully. I do short shrift to the other actors and the rest of the story, and I am sorry. It is a well-crafted collection of human experiences on display here and I’m only talking about one. I’m entranced and fascinated by the whole thing.
So. Here we are. Aliens attack. Then what?
We are in the Then What Times now.