War of the Worlds viewers dub BBC series "truly dreadful" as finale airs

Louise McCreesh
Photo credit: Mammoth Screen - BBC

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The BBC adaptation of The War of the Worlds aired its finale on Sunday night (December 1) and it seems viewers were terribly unimpressed.

The three-part adaptation of HG Wells' classic sci-fi novel starring Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall and Robert Carlyle drew to a close, with the fate of Spall's character finally revealed – George sacrificed himself in order to allow Amy (Tomlinson) to flee the aliens.

There was hope for humanity, however, as Amy and "potentially gay" scientist Ogilvy (Carlyle) made a culture from human disease in order to destroy the alien matter and grow new life (a tiny plant) on the earth's surface.

But, after a promising start, most viewers were unanimous that the series came completely off the tracks in its final episode and ended "dreadfully".

Yikes.

Related: BBC's War of the Worlds is praised by viewers as first episode airs

"So much potential but so boring," said one viewer. "What a disappointment."

Photo credit: Mammoth Screen - BBC

"Well it started so well and just fizzled out," said another. "The last episode was meh."

"It started so well and showed such promise," added another.

Below are a few more of their reactions:

Prior to the finale, Tomlinson explained how the series would surprise people. Judging by the reactions, we doubt it was in the way she was hoping...

The War of the Worlds is available on BBC iPlayer.

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