I was perusing Netflix’s streaming tab one day, and noticed a few new shows added to my “you might like this” tab. One show in question was one that I had heard of, but had never seen called “The Day of the Triffids”. Since then I have researched it a bit more, and discovered that a 2009 remake was made, and a few theatrical movies exist of the story, all of which was originally a book by John Wyndham. I hope Netflix keeps this up, as I’d love to see some more stuff that I can review for this site.
The opening credits are creepy
As the episode opens, we see a man named Bill Mason, who is laying in a hospital bed with bandages covering the majority of his face. We learn, through various flashbacks, that Triffids were some sort of plant, whose oil could be used as a new source of energy. It appears that some sort of energy crisis is afoot, and the new Triffid oil is the best around. The problem is that apparently Triffids seem to be either sentient, or at least move around to feed, as Bill knows the best of all. He was the first to officially be “attacked” by a Triffid as a child, as one was able to sting him pretty badly. He gained expertise in the subject, and later went to work on a Triffid farm of all places. His injury, that as of yet was a mystery, seems to come from another Triffid sting, that left him temporarily blind. As Bill lay in bed, the world bears witness to a beautiful meteor shower, one that will change mankind forever.
A Triffid on the attack
The story in itself is a breath of fresh air for a person like me, who has seen just about any science fiction plotline used umpteen times. To be honest, I really can’t say that I’ve seen a show about walking killer plants. The budget for The Day of the Triffids is obviously pretty small, but doesn’t seem to suffer from the budget shortcomings of shows like Doctor Who and Blakes 7, probably having to do with the short duration of the miniseries. The special effects are pretty good, but sparse, and the only real heavy amount of them you see are the Triffids themselves, which look like a huge Amazonian carnivorous pitcher plant, mixed with some kind of houseplant.
I will definitely keep watching this show, and now plan to check out the other versions of this story, as I love post-apocalyptic stories, which I assume is where this goes, and weird stuff in general.
My rating: 4 out of 5
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