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Megastorm Aftermath

PBS // 2013 // 60 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // January 23rd, 2014

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All Rise...

Please excuse Judge Patrick Naugle as he boards up t the windows of his home.

The Charge

What can be done?

The Case

On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast with an enormous amount of force. It's destructive nature ended in 286 casualties and $68 billion dollars in damages. Megastorm Aftermath: Investigating Hurricane Sandy, questions if anything can be done to prevent the destruction caused by a storm as powerful as Hurricane Sandy. Experts discuss various ideas and theories on how coastal towns and residences could be saved, as well as ask a question everyone seems to avoid: with the erosion of the icecap and global warming, is it even worth putting the energy into saving a mass of land that is doomed either way?

This is essentially an hour long look various factors that go into mega storms like Hurricane Sandy including global warming, the melting of the icecaps (especially in Greenland), and manmade toxins that we spew into the atmosphere. It's a mildly interesting 60 minutes of information, although I can't say it was riveting entertainment.

Those interested in disastrous storms will certainly find this short television program somewhat interesting. Nova brings in a fair amount of experts and scientists to discuss what can be done to prevent the disaster that happens when a storm of large proportions hit the coasts. There's a fair amount of footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy—as well as scientists doing their experiments in the ocean and in their labs—which makes Megastorm Aftermath a frustratingly dry experience. Some of the footage is fascinating, including a video of a power outage in New York that looks like an atomic bomb going off. Another sequence shows how badly cell phone provider Verizon's copper phone cables were damaged underground by the salty floodwaters; because of this, the company spent billions upgrading to fiber-optic cables which was to take years (they did it in only six months).

This feels like you're watching one of those movies in geography class that fills time so your teacher can have a break. It's not terrible, but it's also not terribly enticing either.

Megastorm Aftermath is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The transfer looks about as good as you'd expect for a standard definition DVD. Some of the video footage is grainy and fuzzy while other segments appear brighter and crisper. Overall it's a passable if unremarkable transfer. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby 2.0 Stereo in English. This is a mostly front heavy mix that doesn't sport much in the way or surround sounds or directional effects. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. There are no bonus features.

The Verdict

It'll kill an hour, and that's about all.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 68

Perp Profile

Studio: PBS
Video Formats:
• 1.85:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Documentary
• Historical
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None


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