Forget Apple vs Mac, Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD, VHS vs Betamax this is the granddaddy of all format wars. In it’s time it was refereed to as The War of the Currents. A format war that saw competing electric power transmission systems in the late 1880s and early 1890s. It grew out of two lighting systems developed in the late 1870s and early 1880s; arc lamp street lighting running on high voltage alternating current (AC), and large scale low voltage direct current (DC) indoor lighting being pushed by Thomas Edison’s company. But in 1886, the Edison system was faced with a new challenger, an alternating current system developed by George Westinghouse’s company that used transformers to step down from a high voltage so AC could be used for indoor lighting. This was a major break through as it allowed AC to transmit power over longer distances and more efficiently. In a desperate bid to prove that DC was better the Edison Electric Light Company would start to play dirty.
Of course this war would also introduce the wider world of Nikola Tesla and that in part has kept it alive in the minds of geeks everywhere.
If any of you have been following this film you will know that it was supposed to be out in 2017 but due to certain allegations made against certain person, that turned out to be true, it all came to a crashing halt. Now it’s 2019 and we finally get to see it. Which is great because it has a such a strong cast it would be a waste for no one to see it. Especially with Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, Katherine Waterston as Marguerite Erskine and Tom Holland as Samuel Insull who wouldn’t want to see this?
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