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War of the Worlds: The Meek Shall Inherit

The aliens have constructed a way to paralyse humanity's means of communication, but to enable it to full scale they need a proper generator, sending three operatives to retrieve it by possessing the bodies of unvalued homeless people.

Meanwhile, Sylvia Van Buren has befriended and escapes the Whitewood Sanitarium with a homeless girl who is the only one who believes her talk of the aliens.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x16
Airdate: Monday February 13th, 1989

Director: William Fruet
Writer: D.C. Fontana


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Special Guest Stars
Diana Reis
As Molly Stone
Recurring
Ann Robinson (1)
As Sylvia Van Buren
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Copeman
As Dayton
Recurring
John Gilbert (1)
As Sensky
Recurring
Sam Malkin
As Pollito
Recurring
Norah Grant
As Sgt. Coleman
Recurring
Vito Rezza
As Stavrakos
Recurring
Gene Mack
As Bull
Recurring
Steve Pernie
As Derriman

Featuring
Diane Douglass
As Nurse
Recurring
David Calderisi
As Advocate #1
Recurring
Michael Eric Kramer (1)
As Advocate #2 (credited as Michael Kramer)
Recurring
Martin Neufeld
As Advocate #3
Recurring
Steve Makaj
As Lineman
Recurring
Kim Cayer
As Hooker
Susan Lowry
As Daughter
Jed Dixon
As Stan
Main Cast
Jared Martin
As Dr. Harrison Blackwood
Lynda Mason Green
As Dr. Suzanne McCullough
Philip Akin
As Norton Drake
Richard Chaves
As Lt. Col. Paul Ironhorse
Episode Notes
Ironhorse's Omega Squad is introduced in this episode. Between the three main soldiers, Derriman is the only one not to be seen later.



Episode Quotes
Suzanne: The psychological profile I designed is absolutely perfect for the job you've described.
Ironhorse: How can you say that? I mean, who'd you model this profile on? Rambo?
Suzanne: Why, no, Paul. I modeled it on you.

Stavrakos: Don't you believe that life on other planets is possible, sir?
Ironhorse: Don't you believe in the swamp-gas theory, corporal? Project Bluebook - it wasn't good enough for you? I suppose if aliens were to invade this planet you'd be the first one to pick up a weapon and start shooting.
Stavrakos: Don't think I'd be the first, Colonel, but I'm sure I wouldn't be the last. Last time I checked, this planet was ours.

Harrison: We're looking for a woman.
Hooker: Gonna cost you extra.
Suzanne: I don't think you phrased that quite right.
Hooker: Hey, no problem, doll. I deal with all kinds of phrases.



Episode Goofs
When Norton tastes the coffee Harrison rejects, the cup inexplicably jumps from his right hand to his left.



Cultural References
Ironhorse: It says here you're quite a reader, Stavrakos. All the Keyhoe books, Von Däniken, Ruppelt's Report on Unidentified Flying Objects.

Donald Keyhoe was a Marine Corps officer and author who became a well-known UFO researcher in the 1950s.

Erich von Däniken was a Swiss author known for helping to popularise the "ancient astronaut" theory, that extraterrestrials had visited and influenced life on Earth.

The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects was published by Edward J. Ruppelt in 1956, detailing some of his time in Project Grudge and Project Blue Book.

Ironhorse: Don't you believe in the swamp-gas theory, corporal? Project Blue Book - it wasn't good enough for you?

One of the popular attempts to debunk UFO sightings is attributing the lights to that of swamp gas.

Project Blue Book was a study started by the United States Air Force in 1952 to determine if any of the reported UFOs were of threat to national security.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorGreg Strangis
Executive ProducerSam Strangis  |  Greg Strangis
ProducerJonathan Hackett (1)
Production DesignerGavin Mitchell (2)
EditorSteve Weslak
CastingBrian Levy  |  Caro Jones
First Assistant DirectorTerry Ingram
Second Assistant DirectorMike Crain
MusicBilly Thorpe
Costume DesignerLeonie Reid
HairstylistMaxine Rennes
Key GripMark Manchester
Set DecoratorGareth Wilson
Location ManagerDavid Coombs
Transportation CoordinatorEddie Bowman
Property MasterDan Bezaire
Production CoordinatorNan Skiba
Assistant EditorStewart Dowds
Post Production SupervisorE.A. Jemison-Ball
GafferIra Cohen
Director of PhotographyRon Stannett, C.S.C.
Production SecretaryJanet Gayford
Art DirectorRolf Harvey
Post Production CoordinatorMary Jane Patterson
Creative ConsultantHerbert Wright
Production ManagerSusan Murdoch
Sound EditorBrad Stephenson
Sound MixerRoss Redfern
Dubbing MixerDavid Appleby
Third Assistant DirectorLinda Fox  |  Megan Banning
Extras CastingGabrielle Iviney
Sound SupervisorJanis Gabbert
Executive In Charge Of ProductionRobert Wertheimer
Executive Script ConsultantTom Lazarus
Second Unit DirectorDavid Warry-Smith
Special Effects CoordinatorMarianne Klein
Additional MusicLarry Brown (3)
Makeup ArtistJane Meade
Wardrobe MistressIsabel De Biasio
Dialogue EditorGeorge Solakofski
Computer GraphicsSide Effects
Second Unit Director Of PhotographyGord Langevin
Producers AssistantSusan Perry (2)
Post Production ConsultantBernie Laramie
Production AuditorHeather McIntosh
Continuity SupervisorAlexandra La Roche
Action CoordinatorR.L. (Bobby) Hannah
Special Effects EditorJeff Morgan (2)
 
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