War of the Worlds

Season 1 Episode 7

Goliath is My Name

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Aired Unknown Nov 14, 1988 on
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Goliath is My Name
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"Did you see that Parkins boy's body in the tunnel?"
"Just the photos; worst thing I've ever seen. Kid had no face. What kind of monster would do that?"
When a friend of Suzanne's is murdered, the team investigates and inevitably find the aliens involved. However, their goal is even more sinister as the aliens have infiltrated a college campus to steal a dreaded virus known as Y-Fever, a toxin that can literally melt the human brain in seconds. But while traveling underground, the aliens come across fantasy game players, one of which is a jock with butterfingers. After possessing the one called Jefferson, the alien obtains the three vials... only to drop one, breaking it and becomes exposed to the virus. But instead of killing him, the virus reacts differently to the alien chemically, mutating it, and creating a highly unstable alien who continues to play the game - all while carrying the two remaining vials of the Y-Fever in his hands.moreless

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    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

    Jeremy Ratchford

    Jeremy Ratchford

    Student

    Guest Star

    Eric Bruskotter

    Eric Bruskotter

    Jefferson

    Guest Star

    Jill Hennessy

    Jill Hennessy

    Patty

    Guest Star

    Ilse von Glatz

    Ilse von Glatz

    Advocate (#2)

    Recurring Role

    Richard Comar

    Richard Comar

    Advocate #1 (uncredited)

    Recurring Role

    Michael Rudder

    Michael Rudder

    Advocate #3 (uncredited)

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • In the teaser act, the Blues Brother aliens are being instructed by an Advocate. While not visible, it's clearly insinuated that they are looking off-camera at the Advocate. But in the foreground is a bare alien leg, which would be otherwise covered by the contamination suit.

      • Ironhorse opens fire on five of the aliens (the sixth being "the one called Jefferson"), but by episode's end, one of these aliens appears to have been brought back just long enough to be chastised by the Advocacy and then sent to his death. It doesn't look as though he had the opportunity to escape as he was visibly in sight when they were all being shot down and certainly of the three (Harrison, Suzanne, and especially Paul), one of them would notice if someone had slipped out. [see the Notes]

      • What was the importance of the alien carrying a briefcase? When he takes over the body of Jefferson, he leaves it behind.

      • When Jefferson tackles down the alien, he knocks his hat off, but when he stands up, his hat is on.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Advocate #2: We can rely on the self-destructive nature of the primitives.
        Advocate #3: It is our greatest ally.
        Advocate #1: And our greatest enemy. This is truly a filthy place.

      • Harrison: I can see the light at the end of the tunnel - pardon the pun.

      • Norton: Your mom says hi, and she's okay, and you have to leave now, sweetheart.
        Debi: Okay, but someday I'll be old enough to work with you.
        Norton: I can't wait.

      • Debi: Have you heard from my mother?
        Norton: Have I heard from your mother? Has Harrison called in from the field like he was supposed to? Have they forgotten my important contributions to this team? Has your mother completely discounted my value to this unit? Have they undermined my investigation? As a matter of fact, no. No, I have not heard from your mother.
        Debi: No big deal.
        Norton: My opinion exactly.

      • Ironhorse: Here we go again. It's ooga-booga time.

      • Harrison: Did you know Robert Parkins was a Fantasy Game player?
        Ironhorse: What the hell is that, some sort of swinger or something?

    • NOTES (4)

      • Interestingly enough, the episode's writer Tom Lazarus also wrote the 1981 TV-movie Mazes and Monsters, a film about a student who gets lost in the blur between reality and in a role-playing game.

      • Ternary traits: There are three vials of the Y-Fever to be stolen.

      • Only Ilse von Glatz gets credited as an Advocate while the names of Michael Rudder and Richard Comar are absent despite the fact that their characters have just about as much time on-camera. Their parts may have been inserted at a different time either to fill in time, replace alternative material, or perhaps just to include all three of the Advocates in the episode. For whatever reason, this action becomes most evident as the final scene screws up a piece of the continuity based on an earlier scene. [see the Goofs and Nitpicks]

      • Despite how many times it's been done in the series, this is the first time that we actually get an inkling of the sight of an alien merging with a human body.

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