Thursday, September 21, 2006
Creepy new CBS show. There’s a bomb blast. Mushroom cloud. Small Kansas town is thrown into chaos. Wayward son does an emergency tracheotomy on a little girl and drives a school bus full of kids safely back to town. Mayor “Major Dad” gives sappy patriotic speech about how we are all in this together and we’ll fight if we have to. Yada, yada, yada. I might watch it one more time but thinking about a nuclear holocaust is not something I want to do on Wednesday nights. 1983’s Testament with Jane Alexander was the quintessential television show on the topic, and the 1959 movie, On the Beach with Gregory Peck was best serious movie made on the subject.