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Smallpox 2002: Silent Weapon - your views?

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by bh, Feb 6, 2002.

  1. bh

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    Although I missed the first 15 minutes of this much trailed docu-drama, I thought it was better than I had expected (though not brilliant).

    Although there was little of novelty in the programme, and tying in to people's fears, it had some good production values such as:

    - The use of library footage of various riots (pretty seamess)
    - The dialogue of the experts (epecially the US ones - the UK actors were a touch wooden)
    - The small device of stating experts' role and tenure (e.g. "Expert in Biowarfare 1998 - 2004" to position the mockumentary sometime in the future).

    I wonder how many people were 'taken in' by the programme????

    All in all, 8 out of ten.

    Your views??


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    You mean how many people now believe they are living post 2004?

    Can't see there being that many to be honest... ;)
     
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    It's the 'progression therapy' that came over from the states in 2003!

    :D
     
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    I thought it was just the "Threads" of the new millennium.

    That programme was equally depressing, negative and fear-inducing.

    Oh well, somebody had to make something like this sooner or later.

    BTW - does anyone actually remember "Threads"?
     
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    Gotta say, I thought that the Smallpox docu-drama sucked big time. It actually managed to put me to sleep.
    For sure there were plenty of talking heads on display and footage nicked from the L.A. riots, but where on Earth was the really nasty stuff? Give me a series like Threads any day of the week. Morbid, depressing and full of really 'icky' stuff (and it featured a better array of actors).

    By the way, the superb Threads is available (presuming it hasn't been deleted) on a rather dismal Region 2 DVD released by Revelation.
     
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    Missed it, but I hear President Bush has requested a copy.

    Bush requests BBC smallpox drama
    Wonder how they will get it to him?

    VHS PAL mono or NTSC DVD with DD/DTS?

    :)
     
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    Can anyone remember the hoax documentary about alien abductions, and sinister goings on, I think it could have said it was live and a space capsule was on its way to the moon, at the vary end they said the capsule had found an alien base in the far side of the moon, it ended there.
    A bloke I knew thought it was real and had not slept that night worrying about it.
    Mind you when you have some one like Shane Rimmer(or some one very similar, British based American/Canadian actor) in it as an American General it does tend to give thing away.

    :cool: Ruby quartz shades.
     
  8. pointon

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    I remember that mockumentary the BBC did donkeys ago, when I was just a kid, at Halloween. I think it was called Ghostwatch, hosted in a studio by David Frost, with Sarah Greene at this house that was supposedly haunted, with this twisted up family.

    At the end, the ghost had broken loose, and was tearing up the studio. Was quite scary looking back, but not as terrifying as some of my school chums thought... seems I was one of the few who slept at all that weekend...
     
  9. Juzminator

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    It seems this whole "scary mockumentary" thing is generational doesn't it?

    I suppose it all started with Orson Welles doing "War of the Worlds" on radio as if the whole thing was real.

    Smallpox 2002 is just the latest in a long line of 'em....not terribly original IMO.

    They are all products of their time and hook into whatever the public's consciousness is most preoccupied with at the time of writing....in this case, September 11th.
     
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    Chaps

    Doh - missed it due to wining and dining my missus lst week. Anybody know of a repeat date / time (BBC Choice etc...)


    Also in reality documentary film like mode - anybody remember a file called 'Special Bulletin' about a group of terrorists thretening to explode a nuclear device in Charlestown (I think) USA, and the film cuts straight in, interupting the preceding show as if a real life news bulletin. The viewer is left watching newscasts and interviews in real time as if the drama is unfolding with no sub-plots or anything.

    Quite cheesy but left a lasting impression on me.

    Cheers
     

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