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YMMV: War of the Worlds

The TV series has examples of:

  • Creator's Pet - Debbie, who goes on to dominate many of the second season episodes, and is eventually the one who kills the lead Morthren in the season finale.
  • Fridge Logic - It's discovered in the first episode that the bacteria that put the aliens into hibernation is killed off by radiation. It looks the creators forgot that each one of the war machines had an UNSHIELDED nuclear reactor powering it.
  • Seasonal Rot: Most diehard fans tend to hold the opinion that the changes from the first to second season (which included the deaths of several major and supporting characters - including the villains of the first season, the world flipping over Twenty Minutes into the Future and most of the first-season plot threads dropped in favor of standalone episodes) caused the show's death.

The 2005 movie:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Robbie an idiotic Leeroy Jenkins for obsessing over fighting the aliens instead of escaping, or is he a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass who simply refuses to run and will rather be Defiant to the End?
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: When Tom Cruise's character sends a FUCKING HAND GRENADE into the alien's tripod after being captured, by exploiting their method of selecting humans for draining.
  • Base Breaker: Rachel is either an adorable woobie you can't help but feel sorry for, or just an annoying brat who screams too much.
    • Others feel that the character as written might have been annoying, but Dakota Fanning's performance was good enough to redeem her.
    • Robbie is viewed as either impressively brave or just plain stupid.
  • Designated Hero: Robbie especially is seen as this. Ray starts out as this, but he gets better.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: During the course of the film, the implication is that a very sizeable proportion of the human race has been exterminated and much of the planet has been laid to waste by the invaders. Yet with possibly millions/billions of people dead in the most gruesome ways and the earth in ruins, one gets the impression we're supposed to find the ending in which the family we've been following all somehow survive and reunite with the mother to be a happy one.
  • Faux Symbolism: When Ray and Rachel arrive in Boston, one of the first things they see there is a statue of a Minuteman covered in dying alien weeds.
  • Hate Dumb: Quite a lot of people were annoyed and frustrated by the ending, not knowing it was lifted directly from the novel. That said Robbie's unexplained survival is the most criticised aspect of the finale.
    • Taken all together, Rachel screaming takes up less than a minute of screen time in a 2-hour movie. It doesn't stop people from exaggerating.
    • Robbie's survival also has an anologue from the book. The main characters returns to his home with absolutely no hope of his wife surviving the martian invasion, and yet finds her alive and unharmed.
  • HSQ: Spielberg keeps this as high as possible. One scene, a clever nod to the original story, involves a crowd of people, including our protagonists, walking through town, when a railroad crossing signal sounds. Everybody clears the tracks as the gate comes down. Then the train passes. It is on fire. It leaves, the gates go up, and it is not commented on by anyone. Roger Ebert, who gave the film a mixed but mostly negative review, called this scene "unforgettable".
  • Tear Jerker: When Rachel sings "Hushabye Mountain."
  • The Scrappy: Robbie. His detractors point out he spends a lot of the movie being an asshole whilst seemingly wanting to get himself killed charging off into harms way. The fact his suicidal actions don't get him killed, and his survival is never explained, only annoyed his critics more.
    • Fans are often irritated by Rachael too, largely for being The Load.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: When people think "blue-collar New Jersey single father", Tom Cruise is probably not the first name that comes to mind.


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