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  • by ziggy (25) on 2006.05.15 11:38 (#47700) Journal
    Yeah, that was a pretty bad howler.

    Not as bad as ABC's Oh-my-God-Avian-Flu-is-going-to-kill-us-ALL! sweeps-movie last week. I expected it to be horribly bad. But just for kicks, I flipped it on a few seconds early in the first fifteen minutes.

    The high drama ultra magnification of virus particles being transmitted from patient zero, to a cocktail napkin, to a bartender, to an olive, to a martini, to patient three was a little too much to bear. Even if the overdramatized transmission wasn't over the top, the representation of a flu virus as a big blue spiky sphere was just laughable. (Yes, it looked like a pollen grain deeply embedded in fibers and whatnot. No, viruses do not look like some stock OpenGL shape.) Times like this make me happy that South Park is on DVD. :-)

    If this "movie" ended with the Lone Ranger singlehandedly saving the world from pandemic flu with a couple of his silver bullets, while Kermet, Ms. Piggy, Tonto and Trigger sing "Life is a Cabaret" in some a broadway number, it wouldn't have lost too much of its authority or gravitas.