Creator: John Christopher
Three Feet and a Giant Step Forward
Without a doubt I would highly recommend The Tripods. Originally aimed at a teenage audience, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The first series combines a very rustic feel, beautiful scenery, likeable characters and the occasional encounter with some very 'other-worldly' giant machines.
When I first encountered The Tripods I was still a teenager living at home with my Mother in Twickenham. I had seen the trailers that the BBC were regularly screening and, being a Science Fiction fan, decided that this was a must-see. I saw every episode of both series 1 and 2.
I was totally inspired by the show from the off. I designed a t-shirt to compliment the show which, alas was not licenced by BBC Enterprises, and later was granted "Official" status by series Producer Richard Bates to run the fan club.
From that point on I made great strides towards changing many aspects of my life. Due to my friendship with the cast I became a Buddhist, accepted my sexuality which I had battled with for a considerable amount of time and forefilled a boyhood dream and trained as an Actor.
Today, I am still as deeply involved with the show as I was 20-odd years ago, though I have moved with the times and the club has become internet based.
Since The Tripods I have worked on and off in the television industry and become familiar with many techniques in visual effects and writing processes. For me The X-Files still enables me to suspend belief and enjoy a damned good Sci-Fi romp without sitting back and thinking to myself "I know how that's done" or being over critical about plot or dialogue. Unfortunately this cannot be said about ALL productions and I am still trying to find a horror movie which does exactly the same as X-Files and scares me witless!