Title (Year): The Tripods (1984,1985)
GRS Rating: 5 of 5
Notable Cast: None.
Duration: Each episode approximately 25 min
Infractions: None.

Comments: This program opens in a pastoral town that looks more like Medieval England than 2089 England. A three-legged alien machine appears where all the villagers have gathered. They're celebrating the "capping" of a young man. However, there are those who are excluded from the feast. They're called vagrants. Are they on to something? Or have the "tripods" really provided a pastoral existence for the British people, one without war or crime? Two young men don't agree and want to escape "capping".

This BBC program is based on a young adult series of novels. It calls into question the potential for a world that is controlled, where art and poetry are suppressed. Does this ban also ruin the possibility of technology and other forms of human development?


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