History Literature / TheTripods

15th Jan '17 11:30:50 PM FordPrefect
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* PeopleJars: In the second novel, Will wonders why no women are seen in the Tripod city. [[spoiler: Then his Master takes him to a place were human females are kept preserved like butterflies.]]

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* PeopleJars: In the second novel, Will wonders why no women are seen in the Tripod city. [[spoiler: Then his Master takes him to a place were where human females are kept preserved like butterflies.]]
15th Jan '17 11:29:01 PM FordPrefect
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* EvenEvilHasStandards : Will is exploring other VichyEarth states besides England. When he arrives in one he comments that English hang murderers because they can't think of what else to do and nobody likes it much. In one German state they have them [[BloodSport hunted]] by tripods. In other words English capped may be LesCollaborateurs but they are not sadistic.
** The Masters in the newly-arrived terraforming ship destroy their former cities when they realize the humans have won and depart. This is likely due to their BlueAndOrangeMorality -- revenge is not as important to them.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards : EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Will is exploring other VichyEarth states besides England. When he arrives in one he comments that English hang murderers because they can't think of what else to do and nobody likes it much. In one German state they have them [[BloodSport hunted]] by tripods. In other words English capped may be LesCollaborateurs but they are not sadistic.
** The When the Masters in the newly-arrived terraforming ship realize the humans have won, they destroy their former cities when they realize the humans have won and depart. This is likely due to their BlueAndOrangeMorality -- revenge is not as important to them.
24th Nov '16 1:58:14 AM LondonKdS
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* CutShort: As mentioned in the write-up above, the BBC adaptation was cancelled after the second season. This was due to the general hostility to SF/fantasy among the BBC's leadership at the time that also saw the original ''Series/DoctorWho'' gradually smothered and the organisation not making any high-profile SF TV series (apart from the comic ''Series/RedDwarf'') until the mid-2000s.
15th Nov '16 6:58:55 PM epoxy
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** During his enslavement, Will learns that using human slaves is a thorny political issue among the Tripods and and that some of his master's friends disapprove. However, this is not because of a moral objection to slavery or any concern for the dignity of the enslaved (they have neither). Instead it's merely an economic concern about over-dependence on cheap alien labor. EvilIsPetty.
8th Aug '16 2:45:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* SwissWithArmyKnives: Had a LastStand in ''When the Tripods Came''.
8th Jul '16 2:21:44 PM butterflygrrl
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* CliffHanger: Season One -- the boys are told they'll be sent as spies into the Master's city. Season Two -- Will and Beanpole return from their successful mission to find the Freeman base has been destroyed by the Tripods.

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* CliffHanger: Season One -- the boys are told they'll be sent as spies into the Master's city. Season Two -- Will and Beanpole return from their successful mission [[spoiler: to find the Freeman base has been destroyed by the Tripods.Tripods]].



* FalseFlagOperation: The boys reach the White Mountains, escaping a Tripod hunter-killer team, only to be captured by Black Guards. They're [[PerpSweating held without food for days and interrogated]] on their journey before they eventually crack and admit why they've come. Turns out it's just a test by the Resistance to stop {{Fake Defector}}s sent to infiltrate them.

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* FalseFlagOperation: The boys reach the White Mountains, escaping a Tripod hunter-killer team, only to be captured by Black Guards. They're [[PerpSweating held without food for days and interrogated]] on their journey before they eventually crack and admit why they've come. [[spoiler: Turns out it's just a test by the Resistance to stop {{Fake Defector}}s sent to infiltrate them.]]



* FrickinLaserBeams: Not in the novels, but in the TV series after the boys destroy the tripod with a grenade, red-painted military tripods are sent out to find them, and shoot up the countryside in an effort to flush them out. This happens again at the end of Season 2, after our heroes and the circus children flee into the woods to escape capping. Which leads to a FridgeLogic moment; if Season 3 had been made, what was to stop the Tripods from simply shooting down the balloons?

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* FrickinLaserBeams: Not in the novels, but in the TV series after the boys destroy the tripod with a grenade, red-painted military tripods are sent out to find them, and shoot up the countryside in an effort to flush them out. This happens again at the end of Season 2, after our heroes and the circus children flee into the woods to escape capping. Which leads to a FridgeLogic moment; if Season 3 had been made, [[spoiler: what was to stop the Tripods from simply shooting down the balloons?balloons?]]
8th May '16 8:13:07 PM JackG
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* CutShort: Season Three was never made, so the series ends on the above CliffHanger.
1st May '16 7:11:51 PM Ulkomaalainen
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1st May '16 7:04:43 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* YouFailLinguisticsForever: In early editions of ''When the Tripods Came'', the phrase "Hail the Tripod!" is translated as "''Heilen dem Dreibeiner!'', which, not conjugated, simply means "To hail the Tripod". Averted in subsequent editions. A bit curious, since "Heil" is a rather famous German word.

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* YouFailLinguisticsForever: In early editions of ''When the Tripods Came'', the phrase "Hail the Tripod!" is translated as "''Heilen dem Dreibeiner!'', which, not conjugated, simply means "To hail heal the Tripod". Averted in subsequent editions. A bit curious, since "Heil" is a rather famous German word.
1st May '16 7:03:35 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* ApocalypseHow: Ultimately proves to be a Class 1. In ''The Pool of Fire'', the resistance tries to avert a Class 5.
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