War of the Worlds (1990) – The True Believer, and The Obelisk

We come to the end of War of the Worlds this week with these final two episodes. While never as completely realized as it could have been, there was a solid idea at the heart of the show, and I would love to see something of its kind produced again… or if the BBC would finally give us their version.

The True Believer was written by Jim Henshaw and debuted on 7 May, 1990. In it, the morthren finally learn the identities of Team Blackwood, and create clones of Harrison (Jared Martin), Suzanne (Lynda Mason Green) and Kincaid (Adrian Paul) and have them framed for robbery and murder.

Malzor (Denis Forest) takes a personal interest in the hunt, impersonating a police officer so he can track them down himself. But the morthren are in trouble, their food supply is dwindling, and they are running out of soldiers and workers.

Watch for Micheal Hogan as a police captain and Timothy Webber as a hotshot cop, who partners with Malzor’s officer.

The series is well aware that it’s ending, and won’t have a third season, so they are ramping things up (as best they can within their budget) and working to make sure the series has a fairly satisfactory ending.

They could have done some really bold things with this episode, considering the series was coming to a conclusion, including some character deaths and introducing a new hero, but the series didn’t take that risk, even though it puts our heroes in some pretty dire situations.

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The Obelisk is the series final episode. Written by Rick Schwartz and Nancy Ann Miller it first aired on 14 May, 1990.

The morthren are aware that they are on their way out, they are dying, their food supply is running out, and in the long run that means they are going to lose. To prevent that, they plan to release a deadly spore to wipe out all life on the planet.

No one wins. But Ceeto (Keram Malicki-Sanchez) who has had previous contact with Debi (Rachel Blanchard)  is worried about the turn his fellow morthren have taken, and wants to find a way to warn her, even as Harrison and company investigate the spores.

The episode has some callbacks to the original 1953 film, and tries to wrap everything up in a cohesive whole. I have an issue with the flashback to the morthren home planet when all of them appear humanoid and not like the previously established aliens.

Ceeto is the catalyst that reveals a lot of backstory for the morthren, and apparently a history between Malzor and Mana (Catherine Disher) that we didn’t expect. In the end, however, we get a fairly hopeful ending, as our heroes stroll into the sunrise…

It’s been a fun adventure revisiting this show, and you can do that as well with War of the Worlds: The Complete Series on DVD from Paramount Canada. Join the fight today!

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