War of the Worlds

Season 1 Episode 14

The Prodigal Son

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Aired Unknown Feb 06, 1989 on
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The Prodigal Son
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"I have nothing really against humans, but as a group, they stink. I say kill them all." Just before he and the rest of the team are to attend a United Nations meeting on their progress, Harrison is invited to meet hermit artist Quinn, who is actually an alien left over from the 1953 invasion trapped in a body bacteria-free ever since. As the aliens are tracking Quinn down in order to learn the secret of his immunity, he kidnaps Blackwood with plans to have him deliver his personal ultimatum to the U.N. as a means for his own conquest over the Earth.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

    John Colicos

    John Colicos

    Quinn

    Guest Star

    James Purcell

    James Purcell

    McGinnis

    Guest Star

    Jim Yip

    Jim Yip

    Hwang

    Guest Star

    Ilse von Glatz

    Ilse von Glatz

    Advocate #2

    Recurring Role

    Michael Rudder

    Michael Rudder

    Advocate #3

    Recurring Role

    David Calderisi

    David Calderisi

    Advocate #1

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    • TRIVIA (7)

      • Trivia: It is also revealed that three million colonists, which would include the oft-referred to Council, are expected to arrive on Earth in less than five years.

      • Trivia: We find out that the aliens' homeworld, Mor-Tax, is located 40 light-years away in the Taurus constellation. It is a garden planet and the reason for abandoning it is due to its dying sun.

      • Trivia: When Harrison asks Quinn why he travels underground, he replies that the sun hurts his eyes. This would explain why most of the alien-possessed people can be seen wearing sunglasses.

      • Quinn claims his laser-lock will hold for thirty minutes. Then he later says it will disengage in 10 seconds. Given the circumstances, it seems unlikely that that much time had passed off-camera.

      • When the aliens find Quinn at the end of the episode, it seems rather odd that they would bother checking his hat. It's understandable why they did it before because this was the only evidence of him they had at that time, but why bother with it when his body is laying right there in front of them?

      • When Ironhorse and Suzanne are in the police station with Fitzpatrick, Paul rolls up his sleeve to check his watch for a meeting time. Maybe I've missed something (like better picture quality), but it doesn't appear that he's wearing a watch.

      • When the alien cop jumps on the roof after Quinn, the edge he grabs onto wobbles, making it clear that it is fake and part of a set.

    • QUOTES (12)

      • Quinn: My laser-lock. It'll hold for thirty minutes. A simple principle of physics, but nothing can break that door down now.
        Harrison: Is it some kind of force field?
        Quinn: It's all the same thing, Harry, if you understand the universe.
        Harrison: Light and energy, Quinn. I understand the principles; it's the mechanics I'm after.

      • Harrison: Why do you use New York's tunnels, Quinn?
        Quinn: Believe it or not, the light above hurts my eyes.
        Harrison: How ironic. That's what you came here for.

      • Quinn: Earth is by far the closest planet to live our eternity under a new sun in a new world, a world you don't deserve, a paradise your kind treats like a toilet. You're all vermin, a plague this planet can well do without.
        Harrison: We belong here, Quinn. You don't!
        Quinn: We are the future, Harry.

      • Harrison: Why are we running from your own kind, Quinn?
        Quinn: Because I want to live. I've gotten rather used to the idea in a very human way.
        Harrison: Half alien, half human?
        Quinn: Yes, and half crazy from living in this zoo you call society. Inside this primitive host's body is the secret of alien immunity to bacteria on this filthy planet.
        Harrison: You're the exception to the rule.
        Quinn: Exactly, and if the Advocacy captures me, they will take a vital organ out of me to get the secret for themselves. And I die.
        Harrison: And our world dies with you.

      • Harrison: What's that explosion?
        Quinn: Why do you think they call them trap doors?

      • Harrison: I'm not that brave, Quinn, but I'm not afraid of death.
        Quinn: Death on what scale, Dr. Blackwood yours, your country, or total planetary annihilation? Because that's what's coming -
        (He grabs Harrison by the throat.)
        Quinn: Unless someone stops this war!
        Harrison: If this is a peace offering, you have a strange way of showing it.
        Quinn: Just call it a hard sell.

      • Quinn: In '53 our army came to conquer this small planet and to purge its surface of all parasites.
        Harrison: Including humanity.
        Quinn: Especially humanity, Harry.

      • Harrison: Quinn, if you have any information about aliens, tell me.
        Quinn: Oh, I'll tell you, Harry, but just about one. I'll tell you all about one who did not fall to the bacteria in the great invasion, one who was stranded alone 35 long, lonely years on a hostile alien planet... called Earth.
        Harrison: You're an alien.
        Quinn: Oh, no, Harry. You're the alien.

      • (Quinn is showing an art piece to Harrison.)
        Harrison: Oh my God. It's a masterpiece.
        Quinn: Is it? Do you not find it sterile, cold, and a bit lonely?
        Harrison: Not at all, no. It is alive as you and I. What do you call this?
        Quinn: "The Universal Truth."
        Harrison: And the cost?
        Quinn: What cost is truth?
        Harrison: It sounds like I won't be able to afford this.

      • Norton: You've been invited to meet Quinn.
        Ironhorse: Really. The hermit artist.
        Harrison: Yes, Quinn himself: the master of light, the sculptor of celestial harmony...
        Ironhorse: The phony who sells art that disappears when the lights are turned on.
        Harrison: I'll ignore that.

      • Quinn: Tell me, Harrison, do you believe there's life in outer space?
        Harrison: How could I not?
        Quinn: That answer reminds of the little old Irish lady who, when asked if she believed in ghosts replied, "no, but they're there."
        Harrison: Is that where you derive your inspiration from, Quinn, from the stars?
        Quinn: It is the source of all invention, of imagination itself, and of Life Immortal.

      • Quinn: To Life Immortal... sucker.

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