Phil's Quick Capsule Review

War Of The Worlds (Season 1) – A Quick Capsule TV Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I missed War Of The Worlds when it first screened in the UK back in early 2020.  But thanks to Disney Plus and a glut of spare time I caught up with the short, 8 episode first season after reading a few positive notes and the building hype to season 2.  And overall I’m pretty impressed. With a few reservations. Focusing on four different narratives (from France to London) this modern take on the HG Wells classic tale is far more ambiguous about its aliens  and their agenda, with a big reveal saved right until the last seconds of the first season.  That’s no bad thing – the tension is well handled and the story being drip fed feels natural (after all this is very much a boots on the ground story).  The reservations come that, even at 8 episode, season 1 feels a bit drawn out with several repetitive beats and and inconstant logic around its robot dog bad guys.  But a solid cast, good scripts and nice direction make this compelling even though it is one of the most dour and downbeat TV shows I’ve ever seen (Even The Walking Dead!).  Looking forward to how this one develops…

Best Bit: Robot Dogs Attack.

Binge, Watch, Skip: Watch

If You Liked this Try: War of the Worlds (2005), Invasion (TV), Colony (TV), The Walking Dead (TV)

7 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...