EPIX ‘War of the Worlds’ Season Two Drops Chilling New Trailer

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The trailer dropped today for season two of the anxiety-producing War of the Worlds on EPIX, starring Gabriel Byrne.  An alien invasion meets a horror movie white knuckle thriller coming just in time for summer.

Imagine we survive something like COVID only to get a UFO visitation that was unwanted? Enter War of the Worlds, written and created by Howard Overman, will premiere its eight-episode second season on EPIX on June 6.

This H.G. Wells adaptation has a twist, perhaps we humans have invited this trouble to begin with, and the aliens address unfinished business.

The series War of the Worlds is a perennial favorite sci-fi title

The original H.G. Wells’ alien invasion novel War of the Worlds inspired the film that freaked out an already anxietal nation in a Cold War with the USSR (Russia).

 

The 1938 radio rendition of this novel created havoc as people really believed we were under attack.

Steven Spielberg’s 2005 version saw Tom Cruise as the star saving us all from the alien apocalypse.

The premise is boiled down to an us-versus-them situation. Extraterrestrial life shows up on Earth in a huge ship, and it releases machines that destroy everything.

Our lovely bacteria and viruses are our salvation as the aliens curl up and die, and we live happily ever after.

In the EPIX series, season one introduced us to astronomer Catherine Durand (Léa Drucker) of the I.R.A.M. Observatory in the French Alps. She discovers a distinctly extraterrestrial wavelength coming through the airwaves.

Neuroscientist Bill Ward (Gabriel Byrne) deciphers the true malevolent purpose.

The aliens picked up some beamed music in the cosmos, a Nick Cave tune they had umbrage with, apparently. In the first season, we also met Emily (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who discovered she might have her own personal connection to the aliens.

The aliens wipe out people left and right as the terrifying four-legged metal robots hunt the ones who did not die yet.

The new season

According to EPIX, the season is set in France and the UK, as the ensemble cast with Byrne includes Daisy Edgar-Jones along with returning cast members, Léa Drucker, Natasha Little, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif, Ty Tennant, Stephen Campbell Moore, Bayo Gbadamosi, Aaron Heffernan and Emilie de Preissac.

EPIX says:

Season two of War of the Worlds sees our characters left reeling by the possibility that the invaders could be human. A tense fight to take back the planet awaits them. For some, the sheer desperation to survive will lead them to contemplate sacrificing one of their own…

The second season of the adaptation sees Richard Clark return to direct episodes 1-4; Ben A. Williams directs episodes 5-8.

War of the Worlds Season 2 premieres Sunday, June 6th at 9 PM on EPIX

April Neale

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1 Comment

  1. First let me say I am an avid Sci-Fi fan.. beginning with my sitting in a theater in the early 50’s watching Klaatu and Gort entertain us… I’ve been around… I’m most assuredly a Trekker, Star Wars fan, and about any other Sci-Fi to come down the pike…

    Further I spent a good part of my professional carrier in Television Production, thus, I’m familiar with the world as viewed through a Viewfinder.

    I can only hope season two has more sci fi fans involved at the higher levels of production, most importantly at the decision making level.

    Season one, while OK. was excruciatingly drawn out… insufferably long scenes where nothing relative to anything germane constantly tested your ability to keep the upper eyelids from covering the eyeballs… I found myself zipping through the “filler” scenes to get to the “meat”.. Thus it took about 10 minutes to watch an episode supposedly 52 minutes long.

    This is a chronic infection caused by the various streaming services scrambling to find program material to entice us to fork over a few bux a month in the hopes something will be made available that’s the quality of The Medicis, Rome, The Mandalorian, Ted Lasso, etc.. The point being … there are quality productions available.

    Apparently, some production companies feel the need to take a Screen Play written for the typical 1hr 30-minute production,then weave through it meaningless views of whatever, punctuated by equally meaningless dribble dialogue about absolutely nothing, any more entertaining than listening to a couple of High School Cheerleaders discussing the upcoming Prom…Good Gawd!

    And “War of the Worlds”??? That title kinda of suggests H G Wells.. I’m approaching the end of season one and to date nothing seen so far seems to be spawned by H. G.’s work..

    C’mon.. let’s get some Sci-Fi fans involved… What’s George Lucas doing in Retirement?

    Ron Kirn

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