He’s needed to save us from the Super Comet, both the meteor, and very arguably the docudrama too.
Docudramas are always tricky beasts. Trying to combine both factual info with re-enactments is no fun, and this hypothetical made by Discovery Channel isn’t exactly top of the heap.
The acting is pretty shoddy, the cliches abound -but the subject matter is just so darn spellbinding it’s likely to keep you watching ’til the end anyway. And frankly there have been Hallmark telemovies achingly worse.
The future story proposed by this doco is that a gigantic meteor is hurdling towards Earth, in the same way as the one that obliterated our dinosaurs centuries before. That’s big trouble everywhere from little China to Paris. Actors enact domestic situations that respond to doomsday news services. Families panic-buy groceries, they clog the freeways trying to run (where to?) and continually look to the skies. In rainforest jungles tribesmen (complete with grass skirts!) have no idea of what’s coming.
Intercut are scientists, presumably real ones, trying to shoot the meteorite with an Armageddon-like bullet, to no avail. Their acting is lousy, but it’s interesting hearing them detail how we would slowly disintegrate from the effects of a deep impact. Mexico disappears, Paris burns, New York is flooded. There are earthquakes, tidal waves, the earth burning under 400 degree celsius temperatures, an electromagnetic wave, it’s CGI chaos!
In much the same way as SuperVolcano was a cheap thrill ride, you will need to check your brain at the door to enjoy this disaster doco too. Pack some baked beans and start getting very, very frightened!
Super Comet airs 8:35 pm Sunday on SBS. Part 2 airs Monday night.
Photo: Deep Impact.