History Music / JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds

20th Nov '16 8:30:49 AM SpiritStoner
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** Funnily enough this comes back to bite them, as the machine that gets blown apart in ''The Fighting Machine'' actually crashes '''on top''' of one of the gun teams.


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* RammingAlwaysWorks: The ''Thunderchild'' is shown mowing down one of the fighting machines in its eponymous song (as well as destroying another with gunfire in the second verse).
* RuleOfCool: When "the ghostly, terrible heat-ray (strikes) the town", the background film shows it doing so with the force of ''a small nuke''. The background film also adds extra drama to the battle scenes in both ''The Fighting Machine'' and ''Thunderchild'' with flying machines, additional human RedShirts and ([[OffscreenTeleportation occasionally]]) whole ''ranks'' of fighting machines.
20th Nov '16 7:35:15 AM SpiritStoner
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** Arc Words: He ends each narration with "Listen! Can you hear it drawing near?"

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** Arc Words: ArcWords: He ends each narration with "Listen! Can you hear it drawing near?"near?"
* BadassMoustache: The artillery commander in ''The Fighting Machine'' has a rather impressive one, though ultimately it doesn't do him any good.



* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: The captain of the ''Thunderchild'' in its eponymous song does this to mark his targets, which is probably [[LargeHam more dramatic than technically necessary]], but fits the heroic tone of the song.



** H.G. Wells also briefly references the Constrictor, Bombarding Machine and Xeno Telepath (also from the PC game)

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** H.G. Wells also briefly references the Constrictor, Bombarding Machine and Xeno Telepath (also from the PC game)game) in one of the interludes.



* RuleOfSymbolism: In ''The Red Weed'', with the titular weed slowly enveloping dead bodies, and growing over a church window so that the stained glass figure appears to be CryingBlood.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: In ''The Red Weed'', with the titular weed slowly enveloping dead bodies, and growing over a church window so that the stained glass figure appears to be CryingBlood.crying TearsOfBlood.


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* SwordPointing: The artillery officer (complete with dramatic zoom in) when shouting at his men to open fire during ''The Fighting Machine''.
22nd Sep '16 11:24:10 AM passivesmoking
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---> '''The Journalist''': Abruptly, the sound ceased. Suddenly the desolation, the solitude, became unendurable. While that voice sounded London still seemed alive. now suddenly there was a change, the passing of something, and all that remained was this gaunt

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---> '''The Journalist''': Abruptly, the sound ceased. Suddenly the desolation, the solitude, became unendurable. While that voice sounded London still seemed alive. now suddenly there was a change, the passing of something, and all that remained was this gauntgaunt quiet.
22nd Sep '16 11:22:12 AM passivesmoking
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** The Journalist finds the sudden silence that descends [[spoiler: when the Martians start to die off]] so unsettling that it's the thing that pushes him over the brink of insanity.
---> '''The Journalist''': Abruptly, the sound ceased. Suddenly the desolation, the solitude, became unendurable. While that voice sounded London still seemed alive. now suddenly there was a change, the passing of something, and all that remained was this gaunt
22nd Sep '16 11:10:49 AM passivesmoking
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* BizzareAlienBiology: The narrator describes the creatures as being composed entirely of brain without any actual body. They'd build mechanical bodies according to the needs of the moment instead. This doesn't gel with his earlier description of them when they first emerge from the Horsall Common cylinder, which includes luminous eyes and tentacles.

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* BizzareAlienBiology: BizarreAlienBiology: The narrator describes the creatures Martians as being composed entirely of brain without any actual body. They'd build mechanical bodies according to the needs of the moment instead. This doesn't gel with his earlier description of them when they first emerge from the Horsall Common cylinder, which includes luminous eyes and tentacles.
22nd Sep '16 11:09:17 AM passivesmoking
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* BizzareAlienBiology: The narrator describes the creatures as being composed entirely of brain without any actual body. They'd build mechanical bodies according to the needs of the moment instead. This doesn't gel with his earlier description of them when they first emerge from the Horsall Common cylinder, which includes luminous eyes and tentacles.
30th Apr '16 4:48:13 PM Yoshiman400
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** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Z6Sf_CMR4The Fighting Machine]]" for when the Tripods attack.

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** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7Z6Sf_CMR4The com/watch?v=T7Z6Sf_CMR4 The Fighting Machine]]" for when the Tripods attack.



** And the motif comes back at the end of "Dead London" once the journalist realizes that the Martians have been killed. While this reprise is without vocal accompaniment, it can represent the million to one chance that the Martians ''lost''.



* OrphanedReference: The Black Smoke is only ever mentioned as not working against the Thunderchild.

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* OrphanedReference: The Black Smoke is only ever mentioned as not working against the Thunderchild.Thunder Child. It is also briefly mentioned during the scene at the Parson's house.



* SpokenWordInMusic: The album has narration read by actor Richard Burton.

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* SpokenWordInMusic: The album has narration read by actor Richard Burton. The re-recording features Liam Neeson in place of the late Burton.



* UncommonTime: The verses to "Thunder Child" are in 7/4, and the motifs spawning from "The Eve of the War" contain some 6/4 and 5/4 (the latter notably on "but still...they come").



* YouCantThwartStageOne: The first [[WhatAreRecords disc]] is "The Coming Of The Martians", the second is "The Earth Under The Martians". The break comes when the Martian domination is complete.

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: The first [[WhatAreRecords disc]] is "The Coming Of The Martians", the second is "The Earth Under The Martians".Martians" (which was also how Wells divided his novel). The break comes when the Martian domination is complete.



* YouShallNotPass: The Thunderchild holding off the fighting machines while the civilian ships escaped. Albeit they do escape safely, and the Thunderchild manages to take down one of the tripods, [[CurbStompBattle the poor ironclad is completely obliterated]], leaving mankind completely defenseless. Cue [[YouCantThwartStageOne "The Earth Under The Martians"]].
** Note that in the novel, the battle goes a bit better in that what is stated in the musical. The heat rays set off the Thunderchild's boilers, [[TakingYouWithMe bringing down a second of the three attacking Martian machines]].

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* YouShallNotPass: The Thunderchild Thunder Child holding off the fighting machines while the civilian ships escaped. Albeit they do escape safely, and the Thunderchild Thunder Child manages to take down one of the tripods, [[CurbStompBattle the poor ironclad is completely obliterated]], leaving mankind completely defenseless. Cue [[YouCantThwartStageOne "The Earth Under The Martians"]].
** Note that in the novel, the battle goes a bit better in that what is stated in the musical. The heat rays set off the Thunderchild's Thunder Child's boilers, [[TakingYouWithMe bringing down a second of the three attacking Martian machines]].



** Yet again for the Final Arena Tour, where they refined some existing scenes such as adding crew to the ''Thunderchild'' and having the ship trade more shots with the Martians (notably it now takes down ''two'' machines, as per the original book). They also added additional scenes for Carrie and "H.G Wells".
* BookEnds: The Final Arena Tour features H.G Wells appearing at the start and end of the piece to expand on the book's anti-war / HumansAreTheRealMonsters theme.

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** Yet again for the Final Arena Tour, where they refined some existing scenes such as adding crew to the ''Thunderchild'' ''Thunder Child'' and having the ship trade more shots with the Martians (notably it now takes down ''two'' machines, as per the original book). They also added additional scenes for Carrie and "H.G G. Wells".
* BookEnds: The Final Arena Tour features H.G G. Wells appearing at the start and end of the piece to expand on the book's anti-war / HumansAreTheRealMonsters theme.



** Naturally, during ''Thunderchild'', there is a shot in the background film that almost perfectly emulates the album cover.

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** Naturally, during ''Thunderchild'', ''Thunder Child'', there is a shot in the background film that almost perfectly emulates the album cover.



** H.G Wells also briefly references the Constrictor, Bombarding Machine and Xeno Telepath (also from the PC game)

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** H.G G. Wells also briefly references the Constrictor, Bombarding Machine and Xeno Telepath (also from the PC game)
18th Apr '16 3:42:20 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Quite a few over the course of the show's run, including Marti Pellow, Jason Donovan, [[TheXFactor Rhydian Roberts]], [[AtomicKitten Liz McClamon]] and Kerry Ellis.
16th Feb '16 5:57:36 AM DoctorNemesis
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* LargeHam: Phil Lynott as Parson Nathaniel spends most of his time eating any scenery which isn't nailed down ("A ''SIGN''! I have been given a ''SIGN''!") and is easily the biggest ham in the entire piece -- impressive, when considering he's up against Creator/RichardBurton (no slouch in the hamminess stakes himself when he felt like it). David Essex as The Artilleryman deserves a mention too; he may be relatively tame in his first appearance, but becomes deliciously unhinged in the SanitySlippageSong "Brave New World" ("YES, AND WE! WILL HAVE TO BE! THE CHOSEN FEEEEEEEEEEW!")

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* LargeHam: Phil Lynott as Parson Nathaniel spends most of his time eating any scenery which isn't nailed down ("A ''SIGN''! I have been given a ''SIGN''!") and is easily the biggest ham in the entire piece -- impressive, when considering he's up against Creator/RichardBurton (no slouch in the hamminess stakes himself when he felt like it).it), and doubly so considering the lack of scenery to begin with. David Essex as The Artilleryman deserves a mention too; he may be relatively tame in his first appearance, but becomes deliciously unhinged in the SanitySlippageSong "Brave New World" ("YES, AND WE! WILL HAVE TO BE! THE CHOSEN FEEEEEEEEEEW!")
31st Jan '16 3:03:47 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* OrphanedReference: The Black Smoke is only ever mentioned as not working against the Thunderchild.
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