War of the Worlds

Season 1 Episode 23

The Angel of Death

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Aired Unknown May 15, 1989 on
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The Angel of Death
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"Paul is dead." A humanoid figure arrives on Earth and begins to murder aliens, requesting each time to know the location and whereabouts of the Advocacy. The Blackwood team is baffled as to the origin of the sudden alien mass murder. In an effort to find some information about what's been going on, they set up a trap. The aliens know it's bait of some kind, but go in anyway since they, too, are unaware as to the identity of their assassin(s). The plan works of sorts when this single identity – a Synth from Qar'To – shows up again and captures Ironhorse. It reveals its purpose to the Colonel and it appears to be a new ally in the war, as even the Advocacy risk putting itself in the battle to eliminate this threat. However, things may not be what they seem...moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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

    Elaine Giftos

    Elaine Giftos

    Q'Tara

    Guest Star

    John Evans

    John Evans

    Jake

    Guest Star

    Vito Rezza

    Vito Rezza

    Stavrakos

    Guest Star

    Ilse von Glatz

    Ilse von Glatz

    Advocate #1

    Recurring Role

    Ric Sarabia

    Ric Sarabia

    Advocate #2

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Jake snaps one shot of Suzanne, but he shows two pictures of her to the Advocacy (and neither one looks like it really matches up exactly with how she looked at that moment).

      • When the alien Jake stands outside the Fairgrounds, in one shot, his headphones are suddenly gone. He could have taken them off between shots, but when we cut back to the scene later, they are still gone, but then they suddenly reappear followed by him taking them off.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Ironhorse: Where's the rest of your team?
        Q'Tara: I am the only one.
        Ironhorse: You're it, against thousands of hostile aliens?
        Q'Tara: Only one is needed to accomplish this simple task.

      • Ironhorse: Where am I?
        Q'Tara: Earth.

      • Harrison: Know your enemy.
        Ironhorse: "And know yourself, and victory will be yours."
        Harrison: Well, I'm glad they're still teaching some Tzu at WestPoint, colonel.
        Ironhorse: Little did an old Chinese general ever imagine that one day his advice would apply to aliens from outer space.
        Harrison: Only the face of the enemy has changed.

      • Harrison: I think we're dealing with the same phenomena here. Whatever's out there killing aliens did that too.
        Ironhorse: We're talking a different M.O. here, Harrison.
        Harrison: No signs of a struggle.
        Ironhorse: Now wait a minute, are you suggesting that he let himself be pushed into this shaft?
        Harrison: No, I think he jumped.
        Ironhorse: 23 floors? Now, why the hell would he do that?
        Harrison: Because whatever he was afraid of is worse than 23 floors, without a parachute.
        Ironhorse: What could be worse than that?

      • Ironhorse: My own theory is that it's an armed mutiny against the alien leaders.
        Suzanne: But why?
        Ironhorse: Maybe they promised their people an easy victory they did not deliver.
        Norton: Bad policy.

      • (Repeated line)
        Q'Tara: Remember nothing!

    • NOTES (5)

      • Harrison's quote in the teaser line is a nod to the infamous hoax concerning the supposed death of Paul McCarthy. The actual quote in the episode is "Ironhorse is dead." (For more information see Choirs of Angels).

      • When Q'Tara is approaching Earth, the image of the planet appears to be the exact same taken from the season's opening animation.

      • Q'Tara wraps the team in a protective bubble that resembles the shield that protected the Mor-Taxan war machines of the 1953 invasion.

      • Guest star Elaine Giftos is married to none other than Herb Wright, who was the show's producer for the first season and who often wrote and directed episodes including this one in which he took both tasks.

      • Sadly, the Qar'To set-up was never resolved as Paramount changed producers and the next (and last) season introduced massive changes from the first new episode on out, ignoring pretty much everything from this season.

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