Perfect Disaster

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Compelling docudrama cuts to the heart of a storm.

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In each episode, people must do their best to think on their feet and put others' well-being first.

Violence

Destruction, rather than violence, but there's a fair amount of it. Whatever occurs is the result of weather patterns. For example, a super tornado may upturn cars along a highway, or a super flood might wash away unsecured belongings.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that each episode of this fascinating series features enactments of what could happen should the weather disaster being examined that week -- mega flood, super typhoon, etc. -- come to pass. Although the weather patterns depicted are purely theoretical, they're quite graphic, and some children (particularly those with overactive imaginations) might be frightened by the fury of the storms and the destruction they cause.

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What's the story?

In the compelling docudrama series PERFECT DISASTER, scientists narrate dramatic enactments of what could happen if a dangerous, never-before-seen \"super storm\" crashed into some of the world's largest cities. In each episode, a hypothetical situation is presented and acted out, accompanied by commentary from some of the world's leading scientists. For example, in the super tornado episode, a Dallas city manager is confronted with a massive whirlwind hurtling toward his city at speeds of more than 350 miles per hour. As scientists describe the development of the storm and the destruction it could cause, the official must decide between making sure his family is safe and protecting the lives of millions of city residents. In another, viewers see what could happen should a monster blackout threaten New York City with only hours for officials to prepare.

Is it any good?

Perfect Disaster stands out from the TV crowd in that it not only educates viewers on some of science's most misunderstood phenomena, but it also entertains them by showing how these storms could affect their lives. This is high-quality, action-packed television that's both engrossing and instructive.

The downside? Not much, although some episodes veer too far into the sci-fi realm, and viewers used to fluffier "reality" fare might find it falls flat. The only real drawback is that these hypothetical storms (and the havoc they wreak) might scare some kids -- especially in a world in which real tsunamis and hurricanes have killed thousands. Parents might want to preview an episode or two before letting younger viewers watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the effect people and their habits have on the environment. What is global warming, and how does it affect the atmosphere? How can humans alter our living habits to help protect the Earth and its ecosystems?

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