A Good Day
I saw this version of "The Day Of The Triffids" years ago on A&E. Since then, I've been looking for it to be repeated on A&E & BBC America to no avail. Finally a DVD was released of it. The story is a great updating & adaption of John Wyndham's classic novel - far superior to the 1960s Howard Keel vehicle. The basics of the story are that the population of England, and likely the entire world, was blinded one night as a result of a spectacular meteor shower. While this is going on, Bill Masen, an employee at a triffid farm, lies in a hospital with his eyes bandaged due to an earlier triffid sting. While waiting for someone to come to remove the bandages, he tapes a record of what happened & how the triffids suddenly appeared & became a vital source of a new oil with medicinal & industrial applications. This record, using flashbacks, includes going over the argument that triffids are only below us in the food chain due to their lack of eyes. This proves to be true as the triffids slowly increase in population while humankind dwindles. In the 1st days of civilization's collapse, Bill finds Jo Payton, also sighted, and join up with a remnant of the Royal Army with plans to leave London & set up camp on an estate in the country. Before they can leave, they get separated & Bill spends much of his time trying to survive while searching for Jo. The story progresses from there and ends much like Wyndham's novel did - fair more believably than the earlier movie where sea water melted the triffids. The triffids are only a part of the story, almost more of a plot device. The bulk of the story revolves around survival and love as the world literally goes to seed. The few visual effects are what I would expect from a BBC production from the '80s. The acting is what I've come to expect as well. The cast, mostly unknown to me in America, do a first-rate job in their roles. Some could say it's a cautionary tale about taking nature for granted and there is some truth there. But, in the end, it's also a tribute to the human spirit.
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