The classic 80's science fiction series "The Tripods" arrives on DVD
that is set in the distant future of 2089 A.D. but ironically looks
more like 18th century England. This tranquel setting
is soon crushed in the opening episode when the Tripods make their entrance.
revolves around a 14-year old boy named Will Parker whose best
friend has been "capped" by the Tripods in order to make him a human
slave for these stranger creatures. Will decides to join a gang of other
teenagers whose cappings have failed and they have been labelled as
The 13 episodes of the Tripods features Will recruiting
and joining other "free" people as they journey across Europe.
Unlike traditional science fiction series that revolve around space
exploration, this series was actually quite unique and has a feel
reminiscent like the Planet of the Apes.
The timeless appeal of the story can certainly be explained
therefore, but can a low-budget BBC serial of such an epic stand up
to a modern-day viewing? The answer is surprisingly well, and many
sequences transcend their origins both in a visual sense and as