War of the Worlds

Season 1 Episode 2

The Walls of Jericho

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Aired Unknown Oct 10, 1988 on
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The Walls of Jericho
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"They sure don't die very pretty, do they?"

The team struggles to convince Ironhorse and General Wilson that the aliens are still a threat, even after the destruction seen last episode. The aliens are, in fact, still alive, but may not be so for long; the radiation that killed the deadly bacteria is slowly destroying their human host bodies.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

    John Vernon

    John Vernon

    General Wilson

    Guest Star

    Mark Humphrey

    Mark Humphrey

    Milkman #1

    Guest Star

    Larry Reynolds

    Larry Reynolds

    Tom Kensington

    Guest Star

    Rachel Blanchard

    Rachel Blanchard

    Debi McCullough

    Recurring Role

    Richard Comar

    Richard Comar

    Advocate #1

    Recurring Role

    Michael Rudder

    Michael Rudder

    Advocate #3

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Has anyone noticed that throughout the first season, the suits used by the aliens to lower their bodies' rising temperature uses two-eyed goggles even though the aliens in their natural form are cyclops?

        Note: A theory that was circulated in some fanzines was that when the Advocacy first used the suits, they were still in their hosts' bodies. Though, why they were not later altered and why those other aliens wore were also fashioned with binary goggles is unknown.

      • It's not made clear why Ironhorse and Harrison go in the factory and climb up to the top of the building.

      • When Ironhorse shoots Ralph, you can hear the gunshot just before you see him pull the trigger.

      • At the hotel, General Wilson has his hands on the arms of the chair, but during the very next cut, his hands are again (as they were before) clasped together in front of his face.

      • In the previous episode, the bodies the Advocates take decay quite an amount in a short period of time. But this episode takes place six weeks later and their bodies don't seem to have deteriorated that much more given the amount of time since we last saw them.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Harrison: "General, if you shut us down now, you're going to be repeating the same mistake that was made 35 years ago."
        Gen. Wilson: "On the contrary, the aliens are finished. And now, I suggest that you all get on with the rest of your lives."

      • Ralph: You don't belong here.
        Ironhorse: You're telling me.
        Ralph: We cannot allow you to interfere.
        Ironhorse: Look, buddy, whatever your peop - things are doing, you won't get away with it.
        Ralph: We have a mission. Your guns cannot stop us.
        Ironhorse: You wanna bet?

      • Harrison: You could bring this list to General Wilson, Colonel, and you could ask him to give us more time.
        Ironhorse: Oh, really. And just what am I supposed to say to the General, that the aliens are trying to take over the world by cornering the market on plastic tubing? Give me a break, Doctor!!

      • Ironhorse: All right, you've worn me down. I'll go with you. But you've got to promise me one thing: if you're wrong, you're going to get the hell out of my life and stay out.
        Harrison: I won't even send you a Christmas card.

      • Suzanne: Excuse me, but isn't tapping into that computer just the tiniest bit against the law?
        Norton: I don't know, I never asked.

      • Wife: This has gone on long enough, Ralph. Three days and you haven't been home. You don't call. You don't return my calls.
        Ralph: I've been working.
        Wife: You really expect me to believe that? This is a factory, not a hospital. I mean, how important could this be?
        Ralph: I've been working.
        Wife: What's her name, Ralph? You owe me that much! Who is she?
        (another worker walks up to them)
        Wife: Why is he treating me like this?
        Milkman #2: He's been working.
        Wife: Good, then he'll have plenty money for a divorce lawyer. Did you hear me, Ralph?
        (all the workers stop and stare at her. She leaves and they all casually resume their work)
        Ironhorse: I don't know whether or not these guys are aliens, doctor...but they are definitely weird.

      • Suzanne: Uncle Hank, are you sure about this?
        Gen. Wilson: If I'm wrong, I'll apologize in the morning.

      • Scientist: As you wish, Advocate.
        Advocacy: As we order, scientist!

      • Norton: My daddy always used to tell me: never get so comfortable with a place – or a woman – that you can't leave in five minutes flat.
        Suzanne: That must have been a great comfort to your mother.
        Norton: Well, my folks were married forty-two years, had six kids – must have been doing something right.

    • NOTES (7)

      • As of this episode, Debi is 11. She tells Wilson that she'll be 12 next month. Since she's still 11 in "Eye for an Eye", this makes her birthday somewhere in November, and that this episode takes place in October. And since the events of this episode occur six weeks following "The Resurrection", this would most likely put the aliens' Awakening in September.

      • Notice that the image of the alien dissolved body (electrocuted on the fence) they show just before it cuts to Norton is actually the same shot of alien remains from "The Resurrection", only with the light darkened to make it appear as if it were night. This is the first time (of many) in the season in which footage is recycled from a previous episode.

      • This is 1 of 3 scripts written under a pen-name. The writer's name is an amaglam of Sylvia Van Buren and Clayton Forrester.

      • This is the last appearance of General Wilson in the series, though he is constantly referred to throughout, even into the second season (where at which point he has gone missing).

      • According to Norton's comment (and assuming he isn't just making a joke), he has five siblings.

      • The title of this episode refers either in part to the town of Jericho where the aliens obtain the liquid nitrogen they need or the Fort Jericho dumpsite where the aliens were first revived.

      • This episode marks the debut of three (how appropriate!) reaccuring elements for the series:
        –The Advocacy begin wearing their radiation-protective suits which mask them and leave them virtually facless through out the season.
        –Although said in another incarnation before, this is the first true utterance of the aliens' motto "To Life Immortal."
        –We also hear the controversial "selective-amnesia" theory which is used to explain the world's apparent loss of memory of the original invasion.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Norton: We're talking Night of the Living Dead here, folks.
        In the classic 1968, black-and-white George A. Romero film, the dead begin to come back to life and walk about the Earth, but appear to be drained of all humane characteristics. There are obvious parallels to that and the way the aliens kill and take over human bodies, as Norton points out. The film was followed by two sequels, a remake, and a mass of imitators and inspirations.

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