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  • First Installment Wins: It is rather more popular than Spartacus, Jeff Wayne's second Rock Opera.
  • Fridge Logic: The second part of the epilogue is pretty spooky until it dawns on you that it doesn't make much sense. Why would NASA send a mission to Mars despite knowing that the Martians are a threat to human civilisation? Are we to assume NASA think the apocalypse that befell England in the 1890s simply didn't happen? Surely humanity would be wary of space and would have possibly armed itself against another Martian invasion by then!
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  • Memetic Mutation: Would it be safe to say that "UUUUUUUUULLLLLLAAAAAAAAAA" has reached memetic status?
  • Narm: In the stage show, as shown in the 2006 live DVD. Most of the background film being synchronised with the music works really well, but the "dancing heatray" during Horsell Common looks a bit silly.
    • This is taken Up to Eleven in the New Generation stage show where not only is the heat ray seen "dancing" multiple times, but there are also two occasions where it thrashes around as if it was having an epileptic seizure. Luckily, they appear to have toned it back down a bit when they updated the film (again) for the Final Arena Tour.
    • During an emotional moment in the "Thunderchild" song ("flashing heat-rays pierced the deck"), the word "pierced" can unfortunately be misheard as "pissed".
    • If you don't find the cry of Ulla scary, it's going to sound awfully silly.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The bass guitar intro of Horsell Common.
    • On The New Generation just before that track starts, there is a series of eerie whispering as the bassline fades in.
    • "Epilogue Pt. 2" can be this, especially on the New Generation album.
    Martians: The problem is, of course, the humans...
  • Tear Jerker: The brave, outnumbered, outgunned, glorious charge of the HMS Thunderchild desperately fighting off three tripods to save some escaping civilian ships.
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    • "Forever Autumn":
    Like the sun through the trees you came to love me,/ Like a leaf on the breeze you blew away...
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Some fans react this way to the New Generation re-release. And also to the Movie Bonus Song "Life Begins Again" which was added to the Final Arena Tour.
  • The Woobie: Parson Nathaniel in the cut song of the same name, in which he despairs over the loss of his church to the Martian invasion and wonders what sins he and his fallen followers have committed to deserve this punishment.
  • Uncanny Valley: The first version of the Journalist from the 2006 tour, which had Richard Burton's face projected onto an egg-shaped surface in similar fashion to the singing busts from Disney's Haunted Mansion.


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