War of the Worlds

Season 1 Episode 4

A Multitude of Idols

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Aired Unknown Oct 24, 1988 on
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A Multitude of Idols
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"Don't be scared. This won't hurt you." The aliens' newest plot is to begin integrating their kind into human society. They initiate this plan by carrying nuclear material and busloads of churchgoers to the abandoned town of Beeton. When a local reporter manages to get caught up in it via a story on hazardous material, footage she captures of an alien possession catches the attention of the Blackwood Team where they find the aliens using the town as a set up shop for appropriating human hosts.moreless

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Jared Martin

Jared Martin

Dr. Harrison Blackwood

Lynda Mason Green

Lynda Mason Green

Dr. Suzanne McCullough

Philip Akin

Philip Akin

Norton Drake

Richard Chaves

Richard Chaves

Lt. Col. Paul Ironhorse

Michele Scarabelli

Michele Scarabelli

Elyse Conway

Guest Star

Neil Vipond

Neil Vipond

Reverend

Guest Star

Von Flores

Von Flores

Alex

Guest Star

Richard Comar

Richard Comar

Advocate #1 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Ilse von Glatz

Ilse von Glatz

Advocate #2 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Michael Rudder

Michael Rudder

Advocate #3 (uncredited)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Not only is the team's health in serious danger by being in a town filled with irradiated aliens, but it seems especially dangerous to eat food being served in the town itself (even after they became aware of the aliens' presence).

    • Ironhorse seems to have no problem going between the truck and the adjacent building wall, but a previous shot showed that there seemed to be barely enough room for him to even fit back there, much less have enough free room to crouch.

    • When the team are being chased through the streets of Beeton, you can see someone peek their head out of an alley.

    • The alien Fed melting is a misshapen effect. Not only does the dissolving process seem to occur in gaping lapse time, but when it goes from one frame of the melting body to the other, the position of the clothing doesn't match up too well.

    • During the scene in which Ironhorse throws a tomahawk at the alien/Fed, they are on the very opposite ends of the big-rig truck. But not only does some green alien blood manage to splatter on the trailer door near Ironhorse, but he also only has to walk a mere couple of feet to the dead alien.

    • When the alien hand gouges Simon at the Department of Transportation, you can see the end of the alien prosthetic hand.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Suzanne: How do you expect anyone to sleep with you buzzing around all night long?
      Norton: Buzzing? I don't buzz, I pace. Pacing helps me think. Always has; always will.
      Suzanne: But my bedroom is right over your pace-track.
      Norton: An accident of architectural karma.
      Suzanne: Huh. It's like living in a mental ward.
      Harrison: I choose to take that as a compliment.
      Norton: As do I.

    • Suzanne: Why do they have to mutilate people?
      Harrison: Because it's war, Suzanne.
      Ironhorse: And we're the enemy.

    • Advocate Oshar: These pathetic earthlings have even less intelligence than our home planet's vegetation.

    • Norton: Do you think of me any less because I don't have a tomahawk, colonel?
      Ironhorse: Do you think of me any less because I'm not a bleeding-heart Liberal like yourself, Mr. Drake?
      Norton: A little.

    • Harrison: Gone. They're all gone.
      Suzanne: We did everything we could.
      Harrison: That's not good enough, Suzanne.
      Ironhorse: He's right. We keep loosing like this, we're dead meat on this planet.

    • Harrison: Beeton. Where have I heard of Beeton before?
      Suzanne: Kind of off the "Beeton" track, isn't it?

    • Harrison: Can you enhance this image digitally?
      Norton: Does a computer download in the woods?

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Harrison's tuning fork, the sound of which he uses as a memory retrieval technique.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Harrison: It's like an alien Bates motel.
      The warehouse where the aliens are taking in human bodies for hosting purposes is much like the Bates motel in Psycho in the way that those who check in, don't check out.

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