This is not a recap. I will list a few recaps at the end of this posting. What I want to do here is share something else.
Dread. Existential Fear. Anxiety. Revulsion. Fear.
Did I say fear?
Why in the world would I want to watch a series that evokes these responses? I never (okay, rarely) allow these emotions to enter my “entertainment sphere” these days. I watched enough horror/suspense/thriller stuff in my younger days, when my heart could take a jump shock.
But here I am, glued to my seat, coffee forgotten on the coffee table, phone buzzing but ignored, eyes riveted on the screen, following the small figures roaming about in the “new” world that is left for them: the few, the lucky few, who survived. This is survival horror, but on a low, slow burner. This is the jump shock, but it’s really only the high-pitched awful scream of a child. This is the new world, and it is NOT the same as it ever was.
Edge-of-your-seat action. Intense and realistic drama. Music and sound effects that raise the tension level to insane. Absolutely gripping television.
Still, do we really want to watch the end of the world as we know it?
Apparently I do.
I blame it all on Gabriel Byrne.
california hype: the good kind
location shooting: the good places
You may recall mention of a special War of the Worlds location shoot in Wales. Some place political? Yes.
The Senedd, home of the Welsh Assembly, is a new building that opened in 2006, in Cardiff. It is an imposing setting for political debate and government activities.
In War of the Worlds, it looks like this, with scientist Catherine Durand (Léa Drucker) presenting the bad news to a gathering of world leaders:
I only mention it because apparently they do not allow filming there AT ALL. So we are lucky indeed! heart
Uh oh. I only found one.
MEAWW (Media, Entertainment, Arts World Wide) : ‘War of the Worlds’ Episode 2 Review: An impressive attempt to show grim horror in the aftermath of an invasion
Horrifying and hair-raising, the second episode is a deliberate slow burner but it does get the horror levels a notch higher while explaining the survivors’ psyche…
See? I wasn’t joking!
If you know of other websites that are providing weekly recaps for this series, please let me know!
Stay tuned for more dread, existential fear, and anxiety next week, as War of the Worlds continues. If anyone I care about ceases to exist, however, I can’t promise I will continue to do screencaps. wink