The Day of the Triffids

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 1

Aired Weekdays 9:00 PM Dec 28, 2009 on BBC
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Episode 1
A solar storm blinds most of the world's population, leading to the collapse of society. Triffids, aggressive and mobile plants engineered as a source of bio-fuel, escape from captivity and begin to spread across the country. Possessing a fatal sting and with a new-found taste for human flesh, the Triffids threaten the extinction of mankind. Dr Bill Masen, a sighted survivor, is determined to face down the green menace.moreless

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  • High quality small-screen SF in a contemporary BBC mould.

    I have to admit that I was genuinely surprised by this production. Having only every glimpsed the original show for TV, I came to view this remake on its own to feet. Alas I have not read the book as well.

    A truly fantastic opening to this two-parter sets the apocalytic scene in a perfect way. The opening is helped by two highly dramatic scenes that introduce the main characters at the height of action. The airplane scene in particular was superb.

    The production of this episode for me was excellent. An impressive array of sets take the viewer to a very different looking London, to the one I know. The cast all seem to belong to the situation of helplessness forged by the unfolding events, and they deliver reams of good dialogue in such a way that adds to the sense of realisation that is being lived out on screen. The selection of actors was in my opinion one of the best Ive seen in a BBC show, from the movie level stars of Richardson, Cox, Scott et al. To the perhaps notso or so apt use of Izzard as the villian of the piece.

    I particularly enjoyed watching this episode as there is a real sense that every scene has a purpose, has something to portray to us, in order to prepare us for what is to come.

    An excellent example of how to do it right.

    There were of course a few negative points, such as some plot strands not being fully unravelled, such as what happened to the group of Ministry surviors at Canary Wharf and a few scenes and dialogue that imparted too much information in chunks, without much dramatic drive to them. Ultimately though, a very good start and I couldnt wait to see hope this story unfolded and climaxed.moreless
  • A 'classic' interpretation

    The Day of the Triffids 2009 is pretty good in terms of what it promises and it delivers. it was with some relief that what's contained in the first half of this story isn't massively divergent from what's in the Wyndham original work. That includes the characters of Bill Masen and Jo Playton, and their chance meeting under the most extreme of circumstances. Any adaptation of Triffids needs the eponymous plants to be credible, and these definitely are. Director Nick Copus clearly believes that "less is more", and only elements of their abilities shown during the first part, before they're revealed in all their glory at the end of the episode. The first part was very well done, i am now looking forward to the second part. This is going to be a 'classic' interpretation, no doubth about that.moreless
  • An amazing piece of TV from the Beeb

    The BBC really are improving their output of sci-fi shows and The day of the Triffids feels like a culmination of their growing skill for the genre.

    It is presented beautifully. The CGI is astounding for the BBC and the whole thing has a professional and polished feel to it. The cast choices are great and the quality of acting great. It is well paced keeping you willingly glued to the screen.

    They did an excellent job of creating a sense of disaster and that feel of a post apoliptic world. The charecters reflect well a cariety of ways in which people would respond in such a situation.

    I'm sure some die-hard will not be happy with the plot changes, and political axe grinders upset with the new environmental angle. I don't think they needed to change it, but I don't think it harmed that story at all or that there was really any politics at play.

    i am throughly pleased with this first part and the only complaint I have is that it's only going to be 2 episodes!moreless
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