June 14, 2006
Sci-Fi Channel ponders “Doomsday” scenarios
By Marilyn Moss
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - There might be a bit of
the panic button pushed on this thrilling two-hour telecast,
but the threats it recounts are no less frightening for it, no
less doomsday material.
Matt Lauer hosts "Countdown to Doomsday," a telecast from
Sci Fi Channel that should make every one of us sit up and take
Nevermind the Wellesian-"War of the Worlds" feel of the
telecast, Lauer hosts a look at some very real threats that
face us and our planet.
The question is begged time and again: Would we survive?
These are natural disasters for the most part, though here
they're given a bit of the melodramatic to help the message
With a team of scientific experts behind them, the
producers of "Doomsday" look closely (and graphically) at such
possible horrors as volcanoes, asteroid impacts, gamma ray
bursts, solar flames, pandemics and the like.
The disasters we should specifically notice are the
possibilities of terrorism and -- are we paying attention? --
indications of global warming. The images are mesmerizing as is
the subject itself.