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Quick Apocalypse Stories | May 23, 2010

I’ve always been a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, but recently have gotten into the Quick-Apocalypse story.  By Q-A, I mean that the Apocalypse hits and quickly we have a group of survivors in a suddenly-drastically changed world.  Whether they were frozen (or misplaced in time) or in a coma while the apocalypse happened…

Anyhow, the best of the genre (that I’ve come across so far) is, of course, Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later.  A man wakes up in a hospital bed, only to find that a virus has turned most of Great Britain into ravaging maniacs.

Another strong contender, also a British story, is the remake of the old BBC show Survivors; two series (what we in the US call ‘seasons’) of the new show have come out – apparently there will not be a third.  (Though, by no means, do not let that dissuade you from watching it – the end of the second series is tight-knit enough that it stands on its own.)

In BBC’s Survivors, a super-flu wipes out 95% of the world’s population in a matter of weeks; those that are naturally immune are left behind to pick up the pieces.  Other than suffering from the idea that peace can defeat guns, this is a very good show.

A third mention, not quite as good as the first two, BBC’s 1999 miniseries, The Last Train.  A bit of a silly premise, but if you just accept it, it’s an enjoyable story, though a bit weak in the end.

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of many US stories – The Day After, that epic of the Cold War story of a nuclear attack on US soil… and Jericho, a bit of a modern take on that storyline… unless, of course, you count the zombie movie genre (most of which have the word ‘Dead’ in the title, appropriately enough.)


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