TV Show Review

TV Review: The Day of the Triffids (2009): Part 1 and Part 2

Not bad. The Day of the Triffids (2009) was better than I thought it would be, like Impact (2009). Actually Impact was far heavier on the science than The Day of the Triffids (2009), which I did not like but which others might. Killer plants is nothing new, the last foray being The Ruins (looking forward to reading that book). Now we have The Triffids, also based on a book. We have all seen apocalypse films. The Day of the Triffids (2009) is about an two separate events that cause an apocalypse. The second being The Triffids, mobile, meat eating plants. Triffid oil saved the world from global warming but what will save the world from The Triffids once they have been released and most of the population has been incapacitated by blindness. One of the best parts of Part 1 was how Torrence (Eddie Izzard) survives a the plane crash he is involved in. It was brilliant. I do not know how plausible it was but it was brilliant how he quickly improvised.

Part 2 was when what was left of the world falls apart. I thought the spore solution would work. Too bad. Torrence’s obsession with Jo Playton (Joely Richardson) is something the viewer has seen before. An obsession that over powers reason and logic to the detriment of all that are around. Cough*Moby Dick*End cough.

I thought they would slap on a happy ending and tie it off but they did not. The Day of the Triffids (2009) has a bleak ending. Bye, bye world as we knew it.

There is one logic flaw in the two parter and probably in the book its based on as well: Why grow and maintain Triffids in populated area? Why not have the Triffid farms on islands and in barren areas like deserts? That way, if they ever escaped, the island would keep them secluded, away from people and the barren desert would kill them (the heat plus the lack of food and water). If these precautions had been taken, the book and the two parter would not have been very interesting though.

What did you think of The Day of the Triffids (2009)?

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