(David James Elliott, Natasha Henstridge, et al / DVD / NR / 2009 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: A rogue asteroid smashes into the moon in a tremendous explosion of rock and debris. Within days, disastrous abnormalities start happening on Earth. What started as the most beautiful and the largest meteor shower in 10,000 years unexpectedly becomes the catalyst for a potential collison between the moon and planet Earth. The world's leading scientists, Alex Kittner (David James Elliott, TV's JAG) and Maddie Rhodes (Natasha Henstridge, Species) have 39 days to stop the moon's course or the Earth - - and all of mankind - - will perish.
DVD Verdict: For the record, I am a true lover of all things sci-fi. And so when watching a sci-fi flick I love believable characters and the actors who act them out well. I also love good scripts. In my opinion, this mini-series has everything one could want in a sci-fi presentation.
Sure the premise is not plausible, but then who truly wants plausibility in sci-fi? If you want a show to be plausible stay away from Science Fiction stuff because sci-fi is not meant to be plausible; just entertaining!
On the more humanistic side of the story it is unbearably sappy with lots of scenes like a little girl who is constantly saying things like "Is the man in the moon going to be all right?".
But, and with that all said, I agree: There is a large assortment of bad or poorly written sci-fi shows out there, but this is not one of them. If you want a great non-plausible story with excellent characterizations and drama, watch this mini-series now out on DVD from Sony [DFM] This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
All-New Featurette: Making of Impact - A behind the scenes peek into the making of the miniseries
All-New Featurette: Creating Zero Gravity - Witness the creation of the visual effects that send a passenger train hurtling weightless through the air