The Day of the Triffids TV series (2009) - A Review


I first heard about this show from my Mum and Dad. They were talking about a very old version of it. I happened to find it at the library once a good few years ago, and we watched it. This is a summary of it:

With the world blinded and the Triffids set loose, it falls upon a band of scattered, sighted survivors to fight this carnivorous plant invasion. With a brave new world of maniacs, warring factions and renegades, the battle on the streets is not only directed at the purple-headed organisms but a battle to survive the sinister street-army headed by megalomaniac Torrence. - 

I didn't think much of it. It was old, rather boring, a plot that - for all its potential - didn't seem to have a goal, and ended on a bizarrely pathetic note that left me with my mouth open exclaiming in exasperation, "Is that it?!" Needless to say, this TV series did not make much of an impression on me.

However, since I am a believer of second chances, when I found a new version of the series that was done in 2009 at the library last week, I checked it out. I knew Dad would at least get a kick out of seeing a newer version of the old one, and since we knew the storyline already, I guessed it would be pretty safe to watch. After all, it could not have been much worse than the old one, could it?

It wasn't.

It was better.

In fact, I loved it.

It was chock full of action, suspense, brilliant effects, great acting, awesome story arc, (heaps better ending!) and - most surprisingly that impressed me most - full of awesome, thought-provoking moral lessons which were put across brilliantly and scattered throughout the film.

Bill Masen, the MC
Just stop and think for a moment: with just about the entire world population gone blind and an army of carnivorous plants unleashed onto the streets, what would you do? There is obviously no way that you can save everyone. Do you choose stick with the minority of sighted people and try to fight off the plants to protect yourselves and save the remains of the world? Or do you attempt the impossible and save as many blind you can? The main characters of this series are faced with this decision, and its consequences.

There is one line in particular that I love. When Bill Masen discovers that someone has been sending the weakest people outside of the safe walls of their sanctuary to be consumed by the Triffids in exchange for their own safety, he stands up in the middle of the monastery and says boldly:

"Nobody has the right to choose who lives, and who dies."

Powerful statement, and very true.

The series promotes caring for the weak, standing strong for what is right - even if you're persecuted for it, and protecting the innocent. I loved it how at every turn, the MC's strove to do, not what was easy, but what was right.

Add to all this awesomeness that there was no swearing whatsoever, and no inappropriate content. I was chuffed I had happened to pick a winner on all levels!

Granted, there is a fair share of violence. There were a couple of places I got the feeling a scene might become too much for me, so I covered my eyes, however though there was death and blood, it was not too gory or graphic. Being an apocalyptic and dystopian movie, I guessed as much. (You can't have a movie about man-eating plants without some violence, unfortunately)

Bill Masen and Jo Playton (MC 2)
So on the whole, I loved this show! (And if you didn't recognize him, he's the guy out of Ever After) I thought it good enough to do a review and rave about it to y'all. If you have seen it, or you end up seeing it, do let me know what you think, I'd love to hear from you!

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  1. LOL! I saw this review in my email this morning and suddenly remembered that I had read the book The Day of the Triffids last year and really enjoyed it. "Why not post a review on ITB?" I thought. So I did. :)

    Great review. I knew there was a cheesy TV adaption from awhile ago, as well as an equally cheesy movie from the '60s (I believe). I avoided both, but I may have to check this newer adaption out. Thanks for the write-up!

    1. Haha! I just saw your review as I was checking blogger this morning before finding your comment!

      Glad you enjoyed the review, thankyou for reading! If you do check it out, do let me know what you thought of it! :D

  2. Good review. It actually sounds interesting. :D

    1. Thank you Jonathan! And yes, it is very interesting. :D

  3. I loved your review and now I think I will have to watch ...

    I am from the states and don't know what chuffed is ... proud?

    1. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment! I hope you enjoy it if you get to see it. :)

      "Chuffed" = proud, or pleased with oneself. :D

  4. That sounds good. It is now on my list of things to check out.

    1. If you do end up checking it out, I'd be most interested to hear your thoughts on it, Patrick! :)


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