Wednesday, May 13, 2009

An Addition to My List of Favorite Shows ...

A new series that began ariring late last month on the History Channel, has quicly become a weekly favorite for our family, and an addition to our 'must-see TV' list.

Life After People: The Series" begins in the moments after people disappear. As each day, month, and year passes, the fate of a particular environment, city or theme is disclosed. Special effects, combined with interviews from top experts in the fields of engineering, botany, biology, geology, and archeology provide an unforgettable visual journey through the ultimately hypothetical.

The series is now about how
or why the people are gone ... they're just gone, and it's almost as if they left suddenly and quietly, leaving behind their cities in a near-pristine state ... a lot like some of those 'empty city' shots from "On the Beach" and films like that. And while, the series relies on speculation aboput what direction 'life after people' might take, it is very informed speculation, and relies a great deal on our archaeological and historical record. And some of that record is pretty recent ... sure, you look at what happened to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 600 years after abandonment. But you also look at what happened to the High Line in New York City, USA, 50 years after abandonment, and the city of Chernobyl, Ukraines, just 20 years after abandonment.

Not all the time is devoted to our grandest buildings and monuments. You also learn what might happen to the dinosaur skeletons at the Smithsonian, the ivy at Chicago's Wrigley Field, and all those giant vats of beer at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Saint Louis.

The show is interesting and informative - even provocative ... it gets you talking and wondering, "what if?" And the special effects are really very good. They complement the story, but they don't overwhelm it ... though they do provide some memorable images.

I recommend it. "Life After People" airs Tuesday nights at nine o'clock (central) on the the History Channel (channel 62 on Midland's Suddenlink cable system). If you gave high-def History Channel on your cable system, it's even more fun to watch!


Cowtown Pattie said...

We watched the series when it first aired - kind of creeped me out. You're right - the special effects are memorable.

It sort of reminded me of the original Omega of it.

Jeff said...

Thanks for stopping in, Miss Pattie. In some ways, it is like "Omega Man" ... except without the zombies.

And you are NOT the first person to say "kind of creeped me out" when discussing the show with me ... a tribute, I suggest, to just how well this show is made.

Geo said...

I saw the stand-alone version which I guess was so popular it inspired the series.

There is a built in creepiness when the premise is, "everyone just died." But at least we didn't have to watch that happen.

Jeff, maybe they have already explained this, and if so, how is it that only the humans are dead but every other creature remains alive?

Jeff said...

George, as far as I know, they don't go into it. The premise, though, allows for comparison to historical situations such as Chernobyl, where the hums a are gone and only the animals remain.

Geo said...

Oh, I get it. Everyone just left. Went to Mars, maybe, or beyond.