Inside they meet the man who is in charge. His name is Beadley. The first thing Bill and Jo do is go out with a truck and get a ton of supplies. The idea would be that they would go with whatever group Beadley was leading. When Bill and Jo return from getting supplies, Beadley comments about the anti-Triffid weapons he sees Bill went out of his way to get. He doesn’t think the Triffids are a threat. In fact, he may have a valid point. There had been no sightings of Triffids in this episode apart from one scene where an older blind man named Tom is roped to his wife as he tries to make his way out to his garden to get some food during the night. A Triffid attacks and kills him. Another victim of the Triffid but the scene is a little out of place as these characters have nothing to do with the action with the main characters.
That night, Beadley lays out the plan for those who want to go with his community. Basically, they need to leave London. As Bill said earlier in the episode, all sorts of disease will circulate through London due to the sewers and corpses all over the place. London will very soon be uninhabitable. Beadley had formed a group with Major Anderson and Dr. Vorless. They have it all figured out up to the point of how to repopulate the Earth. This includes men taking on many wives. They seem to have it all figured out considering it is really only day two of the disaster. I have not read the book but it seems to me that Beadley was probably friends to Major Anderson in the military and they were able to get something set up pretty quick. The idea of a group of civilians deciding on what is good for every one by forming their own government fascinates me. It is a concept that is seen in a lot of places not to mention Doomwatch and Survivors. As society breaks down, there are always people who pop up out of nowhere who always wanted to be a “leader” and take their chance while everyone else is recovering from the shock. Whether what they do is right is hard to know for sure. In Survivors, the militia that was set up was a crooked group of bullies. They didn’t want a government that would help people, they wanted to rule. They wanted the power. At least the leadership of Beadley/Anderson/Vorless was upfront with the rules. If people didn’t like it, they didn’t need to join. Basically, Jo and Bill were OK with the rules as long as Jo got to pick Bill’s other wives. There was love forming between the two of them.
During that night, a fire broke out in the University of London and Bill runs down the stairs to help but trips on the stairs. Next thing he knows when he wakes up is that he is bound and gagged.
Part Four TX: 01/10/81
Bill is out trying to find Jo. He is looking at the area he was told she was controlling. She is not there. Bill goes back to the University of London where someone is waiting for him….
|Would the real Triffid please stand up?|
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