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War of the Worlds

Season 1 Episode 5

Eye for an Eye

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Aired Unknown Oct 31, 1988 on
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Eye for an Eye
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"Martians on motorcycles." In 1938, Orson Welles made the town of Grover's Mill famous as the setting of The War of the Worlds radio broadcast. Now on the 50th anniversary, the locals bask in the gimmick of being the first stop in a faux Martian invasion - unaware that the "Martians" were real, and now their comrades have returned to retrieve a buried war machine left behind. The Blackwood Team bands to fight them with the only residents aware of the reality of 1938: the remaining veterans of the militia that fought them the first time around.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Philip Akin

    Philip Akin

    Norton Drake (Season 1)

    Richard Chaves

    Richard Chaves

    Lt. Col. Paul Ironhorse (Season 1)

    Jared Martin

    Jared Martin

    Dr. Harrison Blackwood

    Lynda Mason Green

    Lynda Mason Green

    Dr. Suzanne McCullough

    Jeff Corey

    Jeff Corey

    Flannery

    Guest Star

    John Ireland

    John Ireland

    Harv

    Guest Star

    Mary Beth Rubens

    Mary Beth Rubens

    Marla

    Guest Star

    Rachel Blanchard

    Rachel Blanchard

    Debi McCullough

    Recurring Role

    Richard Comar

    Richard Comar

    Advocate #1 (uncredited)

    Recurring Role

    Ilse von Glatz

    Ilse von Glatz

    Advocate #2 (uncredited)

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • At the lunch table, Ironhorse's (green) hotdog changes between shots.

      • This is a major goof: According to this episode, the alien reconnaissance mission took place on Halloween, 1938. However, Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio programme (used to cover up the event) actually aired October 30th, 1938, the night before Halloween.

      • When Ironhorse ducks into the barn to dodge the heat ray, it's to the left side of the opening, but after the bikers vanish, he walks out from the right side with the others.

      • Yes, this is the result of recycled footage, but one can't help but notice that during the scene when the Advocacy are being contacted by their soldiers at Grover's Mill who say they've been discovered by humans, the position of the Advocates change between each camera shot.

      • At one point, when the Advocacy are talking to one another, it's quite clear that the audio and picture are out of sync as one of them continues to move their head as if they're still talking though no dialogue is heard.

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Newsreel Announcer: But many in New York and New Jersey were not amused. Near Grover's Mill, farmers blasted water towers with shotguns, taking them for giant, Martian assault craft. The next day, Orson Welles told newspapers he was "deeply shocked" this radio show had been taken seriously. Happy Halloween from Orson Welles.

      • Harv/alien: You have enough dynamite?
        Flannery: Enough to blow your head off. How did you like my roses...Martian?
        Harv/alien: What are you talking about?
        Bill: Are you out of your mind? That's Harv.
        Flannery: Let's go, Martian! Walk!
        Harv/alien: So you've finally rounded the bend.
        Flannery: I think it's time you two better start believing me. Let's go!

      • Debi: This place is great. They've got pony rides and everything.
        Harrison: Good news, colonel.
        Ironhorse: What?
        Harrison: Pony rides.

      • Adocate Oshar: Our warship is in surprisingly good condition.
        Advocate Xana: I've ordered them to check out all the weapons and flight systems, and report back to us before they start their return flight.
        Advocate Horek: I wish we had decided to go with them. I'm worried they will not do all that is necessary.
        Advocate Xana: They'll do exactly what we ask of them. They know nothing else.
        Advocate Oshar: In a matter of hours the most powerful weapon this planet has ever seen will be again in our hands, and functional.
        Advocate Horek: Those who come will be pleased.

      • Norton: Harrison, what happens if the energy beam zaps the gizmo?
        Harrison: Let's try and be positive, Norton!
        Norton: I hate those kinds of answers, Harrison.

      • Harv/Alien: It's useless for you to resist.
        Norton: Oh, is it?
        Harv/Alien: You can never win.
        Flannery: You were beaten at Grover's Mill once. It'll happen again.

      • Adovate Horek: Recovery of the machine wil go a long way toward guaranteeing our victory.
        Advocate Xana: True. Assuming the machine is still operational.
        Advocate Oshar: Is it just me, comrades, or do the complexities of our invasion grow more and more tangled at every step?
        Advocate Horek: No one ever said war was easy.

      • Advocate Xana: We have a communique from the field. They've experienced problems and await further guidance.
        Advocate Horek: Why is it the lower classes cannot think for themselves?
        Advocate Oshar: Our job is to think; their job is to do. We must never confuse the two.
        Advocate Horek: What is the nature of their problem?
        Advocate Xana: There's been extensive damage. So far they haven't been able to make the warship function.
        Advocate Oshar: A situation we anticipated with dread, but without clear solutions.

      • Ironhorse: (re: green food) I don't think I can eat this slop.
        Debi: What's slop?
        Ironhorse: You're looking at it.

      • Harv/alien: You are but fungus before us.
        Harrison: If we can just open up a dialogue -
        Harv/alien: There can be no dialogue with fungus. Only death.
        Harrison: Get him out of here. And keep him under guard!

    • NOTES (5)

      • As a part of the inevitably defunct campaign, the script contains a scene with Little Bobby. Taking place while Suzanne is spending time with Debi at the festivities, the scene then focuses on Little Bobby and his "family." He sneaks away to tell a policeman that his parents were taken over by aliens, but, of course, he doesn't believe him.

      • The script gives insight into why Comar, Glatz, and Rudder aren't credited - every scene with the Advocacy in the episode does not exist in any form in the teleplay. In fact, the Advocacy only appear once. They are introduced as being absorbed watching nine TVs (the beginning of a running joke seen in a couple of later episodes) when a business woman/alien asks them what the field unit should do with the beam. One of them responses, in 'alienspeak' so even then the actor's actual voice is not required, "We said bring it here... bring it here!"

      • Ternary Traits: The alien-possessed officer claims that the road is going to be closed for six hours.

      • The veterans of '38 constantly refer to the aliens as Martians. This is the first time since the film and is never brought up through the series (sans a curt line in "The True Believer"). They are later revealed to be from Mor-Tax, but the show never explained the Mars connection.

      • Adverts for this episode included a clip of Dog (the bald biker) claiming, "Our mission is to kill the produce!" It, and a brief shot of Harv and the bikers in the same frame, weren't included in the aired episode. This suggests that the scene with Harv informing his comrades of the oncoming resistance was played out a little longer.

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