Unknown to most viewers, this 4+ hour long show was made by Hallmark. Unlike Hallmark's more famous works such as Merlin, Helen of Troy, Gulliver's Travels, and the 10th Kingdom, this one was not an adaptation of a fairy tale, myth, children's book, or a remake of some other movie. Instead, this is a highly original synthesis of multiple works by H.G. Wells, such as The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.
The story is told in flashback. An old H.G. Wells in retirement is approached by a lady working for the English government but posing as a journalist. She proceeds to ask him questions about his past. Each question is answered in a flashback by Wells. These flashback periods occur around the end of the 19th century, and each one involves something paranormal, fantastical or extraterrestrial. It is these components of the flashbacks that make the show part fantasy, and part science fiction. Each flashback also alludes to one of the books authored by the real H.G. Wells, many of which are mentioned in this movie.
The overall pace of the movie is slow and deliberate, such that the fantasy / sci-fi parts of the story are not the central theme. Instead, it is the romance between Wells and his fictional love interest played by the beautiful Katy Carmichael. The theme music, and the realistic dialogue adds to the slow pace. My only complaint about the movie was the lack of English subtitles. The movie is set in England, so the accents are very thick, which makes it somewhat difficult for an American to understand some of the dialogue.
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