Synopsis: Amy and George search desperately for each other as the Martian invasion spreads.
Review: The second episodes show us the struggle to keep together in the face of overwhelming odds, but the flashes of the future do not look overly hopeful either.
Having been separated last week. George and his girlfriend Amy frantically search for each other amid the ruins of martian occupied England. George travels with a group of survivors and some soldiers while his wife and brother Frederic get out of London in an attempt to escape the tyranny. Instead of reconnecting with Amy George winds up back with his wife and brother and an older lady and they struggle to find shelter away from the Martians.
In the future, we see Amy has survived and had a little boy. This future is shortly after the Martians have died. She gets a visit from Ogilvy who is looking the worst for wear having survived a few close shaves with death, which include a deadly virus. Amy tells Ogilvy that she things the Martians were not defeated by humanity, but just died. Whereas Ogilvy is concerned that Earth will never be the same again given that the Martians released a virus, which turned all plan life and the skies red.
Rafe Spall puts in another solid performance as he shows the fear and terror of the invasion as he both documents his experiences and lives through them. There is a scene later in the episode where he literally breaks down in front of his wife, who is also very traumatized to a point where she does not particularly mention his girlfriend or show any animosity about it. As she rightly points out. They have got to survive.
This mini-series seems to be deviating a great deal from most versions of the story that I have seen and read. I was a little disappointed by how short-lived the priest’s rant was before he died. It goes to show you how much Jeff Wayne’s musical version of the story fleshed out his role given that he has a massive role in that. Either way. It was fun to see Jonathan Aris go on an overly delusional optimistic rant as the priest before puking black stuff out his mouth and dying. The Klingons would be proud of him. He died well.
- CGI & Stunts9.8
- Incidental Music8.5