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November 18, 2004

Review: Category 6 Off The Charts … Of Reason

‘Category 6’ Off The Charts … Of Reason: Sure, there was plenty of action, and at times I found it as entertaining as “The Day After Tomorrow,” but it didn’t take very long to see why The Weather Channel reportedly refused to air promos for the CBS natural disaster miniseries “Category 6: Day Of Destruction.”

The two-parter meandered between electric power grid issues and, in a perfect example of furthest-from-reality television, a catastrophic hurricane hitting Chicago just as F-5 tornadoes approached from the southwest.

Here’s what I learned from the miniseries: 1) Getting out of downtown Chicago can be accomplished in less time when debris is flying through the air at unheard-of speeds. 2) Based on the footage coming out of a commercial break, palm trees are plentiful along the shore of Lake Michigan. 3) If someone messes up the electrical grid in the Midwest to make a point about large companies’ cost-cutting, I’ll be able to watch the news unfold uninterrupted since I’m on the Texas grid; and 4) I think the bigger story for Nancy McKeon‘s character is how the Bank One building that was hit by a tornado in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, nearly five years ago ended up in Chicago. So much for the building’s renovation into luxury condos — and to think construction was nearly complete. (Seriously, the building shown near the end of the finale — now named “The Tower” — can be seen in this live webcam image, (thanks to one of our visitors, Jeff, for a right-side-up version of this).

What now? Maybe I’ll dust off my “Twister” DVD and give it a spin before the year is out. Ending on a positive note, the miniseries made some waves in the stormy world of ratings. Oh, and the special effects blew away those found in 1974’s “Earthquake,” which has had an incredible life on cable TV.

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