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Steampunk Triffids

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Thursday, 31 December, 2009

Content I know when I've been out of the UK too long as I begin to fawn over new BBC productions. The latest was the remake of The Day of the Triffids and though end-of-the-world storylines now seem commonplace, I was interested in seeing the BBC's take on the killer plants. Well, I'm going to keep this short - I thought it wasn't very good.

Triffids 1

The biggest gripe I had was in the unbelievability of the characters and how the human reactions and relationships developed. Even spread over two feature length episodes, the evolution seemed rushed.

On the plus side, I loved the change of scene when the action moves out of London and into the countryside. As if the human race is descending back into the past, arriving at the home of Bill Masen's father brings us to steam punk elements and objects reminiscent of the Victorian era. His lab was superb with all manner of bottles and implements.

Triffids 2

Triffids 3

What eventually sealed the deal were the flight goggles that Bill (Dougray Scott) wore to protect his eyes when out triffid hunting. I saw a pair in Tokyo and now wished I bought them.

Triffids 4

And whilst the screenshots are at it, here are the triffids.

Triffids 5

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