The oversimplified plot:
A MIT student discovers an ‘extinction level’ event (in the form of an asteroid) that is on-course to strike Earth in 160 days or so. Naturally, he takes this discovery to his professor… who disappears shortly after. This marks the beginning of a roller-coaster ride that twists and turns its way around terrorism, war, deceit, murder, grave robbing dead presidents and a number of other unexpected delights.
Before you write-off this show as just another apocalyptic drama, give me a hot min to explain why you shouldn’t. Salvation has three main strengths that make it an easy-to-watch, well-acted delight.
1) Pace – From the first episode, the director sets the pace of Salvation at just shy of warp speed. This can often be a hindrance but in this scenario it’s a welcomed changed from the slow, drawn-out TV that we are used to. After the first few episodes, I came to expect significant progression of both the plot and the characters and I was rarely disappointed.
2) Relatability – Once we are engulfed in the story-line, we are presented with an ethical dilemma – tell the public that the world is (most likely) about to end and watch chaos ensue OR keep the public in the dark and continue grasping at straws. What makes this decision a hard one is the context in which it must be made – public office. What would you do?
3) Accuracy– Asteroids are a real, potential threat to our existence. This fact, coupled with next-gen technology used and (heavily dumbed-down) astro-physics make the fictional scenario all the more possible.
The critics are off their rocker on this one. Rotten Tomatoes critics gave Salvation a meesly 50% vs the (more accurate) 86% for the audience score, this is more inline with IMDB user reviews which currently stands at 7.0. Binge it and make up your own mind.