Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Miniseries: Impact (Part 1)

I’ve always wanted to watch all the miniseries and TV movies that air during the summer. Coming through the programming slate for this summer, I encountered several weather-themed TV movies airing on NBC in July, but somehow neglected to discover this one until the very last minute. I can’t say that I’m thrilled I did, since it isn’t terribly exciting or intriguing. There’s little to keep audiences on the edge of their seat, because this is a meteor-themed movie, and it’s highly unlikely that it will culminate in the complete destruction of Earth and all its inhabitants. That just strikes me as a bit too depressing for ABC. Therefore, it’s only a matter of time until someone figures out that there’s a way to take out the rapidly approaching moon (that’s right!) and stop the meteor from destroying the Earth. The cast is one-note and flat, led by the evocative personality of David James Elliott of “JAG” fame and featuring, as the only character with any distinct personality, James Cromwell as a stubborn grandfather who won’t leave his house. The drama isn’t remotely interesting, and having an (in)animate object as the villain doesn’t make for a story worth following. I don’t think I’ll be checking in for the second part, airing Sunday, June 28th from 9-11pm on ABC. Check out “Meteor” on NBC in July instead. It’s worse quality-wise, but infinitely more entertaining, from what I’ve seen of it so far.

Impact: F

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