- Blackout – All it takes is a glitch in the system of our lives to expose our deepest fears. What happens then? The answer comes in shock waves when an unprecedented conspiracy pitches the West Coast into total darkness. After being charged with hacking into the Pentagon security system, computer-whiz Josh Martin is kidnapped during house arrest and delivered to a shadowy criminal known as Charles Keller. Requested to hack into the state’s highly advanced electrical system and shut it down, it’s clear what Keller wants—total chaos. When California goes dark, he gets what he wants. And tonight, no one will be prepared for what’s about to happen. Agent Strickland of Homeland Security’s Cyber Terrorism Division fears the worst. So does Beth, a news director sticking dangerously close to the largest disaster the country has ever faced. City by city, the West Coast is blacking out as looting escalates and the worst impulses of man are unleashed. As bedlam reigns, an expert squadron must determine the conspiratorial source of the blackout while civilization fights to survive the night.
- Meteor- Two massive rocks, tumbling debris older than the solar system itself, collide in space. The course has been altered. The target is Earth. In a remote observatory, Dr. Lehman (Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd, Back to the Future), discovers a meteor approximately three times the size of Mount Everest barreling its way towards Earth. His devoted young assistant Imogene O’Neill (Marla Sokoloff, The Practice) feverishly types in the coordinates only to find the previously identified meteor named Kassandra is headed their way. It’s only the beginning of their troubles as showers of smaller meteorites begin to lay waste to major cities around the globe. The impending disaster brings out the best and the worst sides in people as they cope by either lending a helping hand or taking advantage of the situation. In a small California town, a Police Chief (Golden Globe Nominee Stacy Keach, Prison Break) struggles to calm a panicky group of citizens. Miles away, his son Jack, a Detective (Golden Globe nominee Billy Campbell, Once and Again), finds himself caught in the middle of the most difficult arrest of his career with the ill-timed transfer of a very dangerous psychopath named Stark (Michael Rooker, Guardians of the Galaxy). Then there’s the skeptical Dr. Chetwyn (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Jason Alexander, Seinfeld) who may be the only chance Lehman and O’Neill have to get their findings to the proper authorities in time to deflect Kassandra.
- Pandemic – What happens when the deadly strain of an unknown virus multiplies second by second, person by person? What happens when an entire city is put under a government sanctioned quarantine? What happens when the source of the virus is as elusive as the cure? What happens is a Pandemic. At the Center for Disease Control, epidemiologist Dr. Kayla Martin (Tiffani Thiessen, Beverly Hills 90210) and her partner Carl Ratner (French Stewart, 3rd Rock from the Sun) receive a frantic call from a flight attendant high above the Pacific. A nineteen-year-old male passenger, en route to Los Angeles from Australia, has died following a raging fever and violent convulsions. Vehemently concerned about the symptoms, Kayla orders all passengers quarantined upon their arrival at LAX—a decision at odds with Mayor Richard Delasandro (Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Eric Roberts, Runaway Train) who suggests the only outbreak will be one of panic. The CDC considers the frightening possibilities—the reality of the bird flu, the probability of a biological attack, or worse, a new virus they can’t control. By the time the passengers of Flight 182 are filtered into the ward of a local hospital, the infection is already poisoning sections of the city, unbeknownst to each victim who passes it on. While Ratner and FBI Agent Troy Whitlock (Vincent Spano, Alive) work with Australian officials to find the source of the virus now dubbed “Riptide,” a media manipulation of the human interest angle fires up an ACLU attorney who exploits the “unlawful quarantine” to satisfy her own divisive political agenda. Only Kayla and her team know the unavoidable facts. The virus is spreading, and so is the panic and the fear that it can’t be stopped. From a Los Angeles morgue to a foul, death-ridden apartment complex in Australia to a beach shack in El Salvador, the hunt is on for Patient Zero. Time is running out.
What We Thought:
- I had never seen any of the 3 miniseries in the Doomsday – 3 Catastrophic Mini-Series Collection. I’m surprised at that because these movies are right up my alley.
- Don’t be mistaken, these are FAR from great films/mini-series. They are pretty laughable, but it’s because of that, they are enjoyable. It’s the “So Bad They’re Good” effect and I tend to love that.
- Add in the fact that I usually love disaster films and I’m happy this collection came my way. They are over the top, but packed with the stars. Seriously, as I watched them, more and more good sized names kept popping up.
- Blackout is your classic “What do we do with no power?” disaster film. A madmen shuts down the power in California and chaos instantly happens. I lived in California for a couple of years, yeah, chaos would instantly happen. Of course Homeland Security has to save the day! Sean Patrick Flanery and Eriq La Salle star.
- Next is Meteor. Since the start of cinema, movie makers have used space to scare the crap out of viewers. This is your classic “A meteor/asteroid is heading right for us, what do we do?” disaster film and to me has the most CGI/Special Effects of the three. This isn’t like Deep Impact or Armageddon, it’s more a government conspiracy film that tackles who would survive and why in this situation. Christopher Lloyd, Jason Alexander, Michael Rooker and Marla Sokoloff star.
- Last we have Pandemic. This one is the classic “A virus/outbreak has occurred, what do we do?” disaster film. What type of virus is it? Who’s patient zero? How do we survive? And of course Eric Roberts has to make an appearance! Tiffani Thiessen, French Stewart and Faye Dunaway star.
- If you can watch stuff for pure entertainment value, you should like Doomsday. I had a lot of fun with it. I think I liked Meteor the best because Christopher Lloyd is always awesome. If you like Made for TV films, disaster films, SyFy type stuff, you’ll like this. Mill Creek Entertainment put together a nice collection at a great price.
Cast & Crew:
- Sean Patrick Flanery
- Billy Zane
- James Brolin
- Jason Alexander
- Michael Rooker
- Christopher Lloyd
- Tiffani Thiessen
- Eric Roberts
- Faye Dunaway
- French Stewart
Recommended If You Like:
- Disaster Films
- SyFy Films
- Over the Top Movies with tons of Stars!