War of the Worlds (1989) – Choirs of Angels, and Dust to Dust

The morthren have a new plan to immunize themselves against Earth’s bacteria that still proves a threat to them, and they are implanting a message in music to brainwash anyone who listens to it.

Choirs of Angels was written by Durnford King, and first aired on 16 January, 1989. The focus of their musical plot (in addition to how many other people they can infect) is a friend of Suzanne’s (Lynda Mason Green), Dr. Von Deer (Jan Rubes).

We get a peek at the recording session that the aliens create, and the guitarist at the beginning of the episode is in fact the composer of the show’s theme, Billy Thorpe. In fact the recurring musical song sounds a lot like a variation on the show’s theme.

Of course, the Blackwood team gets caught up in everything, Blackwood (Jared Martin) tags along, and while he clicks with Von Deer, he too becomes subjected to the aural invasion.

So who will find the key to the audio attack, and will they be able to stop this angle of the morthren assault.

It’s a little goofy, and it’s obvious that Blackwood has come under their influence pretty quickly as he behaves like a schmuck through most of the episode.

Perhaps Norton (Philip Akin) and Ironhorse (Richard Chaves) will be able to save Blackwood while Suzanne fights to save her old friend, and perhaps fool the aliens into believing she’s helped create a cure.

It’s filled with the goofy stilted acting that have become a trademark of the first season. Everyone seems to render a bit of a cardboard performance, even as they effuse some horrible dialogue.

Maybe it would be better if the morthren do take over…

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Dust to Dust was written by Richard Krzemien and it first hit television screens on 23 January, 1989. We know that the 1953 invasion wasn’t the first, because there was the Grover’s Mill incident, and now we learn that a few decades (centuries?) before that, a morthren ship crashed in North America.

Those aliens were defeated by the local Native Americans, but the ship was not completely destroyed. Now in 1989, the aliens are seeking that ship to use it and its technology to aid in their assault.

Things get underway when a gravedigger posing as a scientist, Newport (R.D. Reid), uncovers some Native American artifacts that incorporate pieces of alien technology, Team Blackwood, working with a tribe elder, Joseph (Ivan Naranjo) learn the truth about what is going on.

The episode resonates nicely for Ironhorse, as he attempts to connect with Joseph over their shared ancestry, and there’s a bit of a romantic moment when he meets Joseph’s daughter, Grace (Robin Sewell)

There’s some nice gore in these episodes, so if you don’t like the story or the acting, some of the makeup and visual effects are nice. And if you’re keeping score, these two episodes seem to count as a bit a win for our side.

But the war continues next week as I explore The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Pictures.

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