War of the Worlds

Season 1 Episode 3

Thy Kingdom Come

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Aired Unknown Oct 17, 1988 on
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Thy Kingdom Come
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"You haven't got a prayer." Harrison Blackwood contacts Sylvia Van Buren, a close associate of his adoptive father Clayton Forrester. But Sylvia's invaluable psychic insights come at a high cost: she's currently a patient at the Whitewood Mental Health Care Center. With her help the team is able to track aliens into Montana and then into Canada, where the aliens are attempting to recover more of their sleeping brethren.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

    Ann Robinson

    Ann Robinson

    Sylvia Van Buren

    Guest Star

    Walker Boone

    Walker Boone

    Prison Guard

    Guest Star

    Michael Fletcher

    Michael Fletcher

    Beckwith

    Guest Star

    Richard Comar

    Richard Comar

    Advocate #1

    Recurring Role

    Ilse von Glatz

    Ilse von Glatz

    Advocate #2

    Recurring Role

    Michael Rudder

    Michael Rudder

    Advocate #3

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • The alien hand that can be seen reaching out of the lake has visibly rubber fingers. It's embarrassingly obvious when it and its comrades are being electrocuted in the lake as it shakes all about.

      • When Harrison and Ironhorse are watching the news coverage of the hockey team, Harrison is at first captivated and is leaning on the table, but in the next shot his reaction seems to be at first normal and then caught by the story and his arms are off the table. It's like that as the camera cuts back and forth. Also, Suzanne looks back to Harrison (re: the news story) and then as the camera cuts to a different angle, her left arm suddenly jumps from the table to touching her face.

      • When the prison bus passes by after the four alien/hunters get aboard, the cameraman's reflection can be seen in the window of the door.

      • Wouldn't the appearance of a prisoner suddenly carrying a briefcase catch the attention of the guards?

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Harrison: Excuse me, sir. How long have you been a smoker?
        [The guard gets up out of his chair, walks up to the cell, and blows smoke in Harrison's face.]
        Guard: Blow it out, slime ball.
        Norton: People are just drawn to him, aren't they?
        Suzanne: It's a gift.

      • [The team is held in a small jail.]
        Suzanne: Why do I get the feeling this is completely out of control?
        Norton: Could it be the iron bars?

      • Old Man: Anybody know you're here?
        Harrison: Yes, thank you.
        Old Man: I'd leave right now if I were you. It's not safe here.
        Harrison: Trust me, it's not safe out there either.
        Old Man: Oh, Hell. I forgot that.

      • Syliva: I told them the aliens would be back and they didn't believe me. They said I was insane. So they hooked electrodes up to my brain until I couldn't even remember my name. Bzz! Bzz! Bzz!

      • [Ironhorse tries to give Harrison a gun, but Harrison refuses.]
        Harrison: Think of me as your spiritual adviser.
        Ironhorse: You're just weird, Blackwood.
        Harrison: Maybe, but I when I grow up, I want to be just like you.

      • Police Captain: So it takes someone exploding to get you Yanks to believe us about pollution, eh?
        Harrison: Yeah, that's always an attention grabber, Captain.

      • Suzanne: "Exploded"?
        Harrison: That sounds suspiciously like our people.
        Norton: Or one hell of a hockey game!

      • Ironhorse: Wolfjaw, Montana. That's Indian Territory.
        Harrison: It looks like we got aliens moving into the neighbourhood. Let's go.
        Ironhorse: Great. First the white man, now aliens.

    • NOTES (4)

      • This episode features the first appearance of Ann Robinson as the character of Sylvia Van Buren, who was one of the two leads in the original 1953 feature film.

      • The character of Bobby was intended to be a recurring gag, popping up throughout the show. There was also an attempt by the writers for a "Save Little Bobby" fan campaign to help garner more of an audience for the show. Both ideas were rejected by Paramount.

      • An omitted ending involved little Bobby on a bus full of tourists crossing the Canada/U.S. border who are all possessed by aliens. Bobby now holds up a sign that reads "save me."

      • Ironhorse's line about having enough explosives to blow up the Eiffel Tower is an obvious nod to the feature film in which we see a couple of images of the destroyed French monument during the alien invasion.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Visual: Alien goalie
        Hmm. A large figure in a hockey mask going on a murderous rampage who has to be shot more than once to be taken down - the image seems affectionately familiar to slasher icon Jason Voorhees. In fact, there was a scene in the sixth film (1986) in which we see Jason ripping off someone's arm and holding it. It's also interesting that a key site in the episode is also a lake. This was quite possibly intentional as, aside from the aforementioned similarities, the film series was very popular at the time, and the first eight films (1980-1989) and the show are both owned by Paramount. So this was possibly an inside joke. It should also be noted that the next season was produced by Frank Mancuso Jr. who also produced a few of the films as well as the TV series (which had no relation other than the title), so one can't but notice some eerie foreshadowing.

      • Bobby: What about the Ferengi?
        The action figures Bobby is seen playing with are of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
        This is also an inside joke as the show's creative consultant, Herbert Wright, was also a consultant for The Next Generation and created the Ferengi.

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