Picks and Pans Review: Maybe This Past Winter Was An Unusually Mild One for You. or Maybe It Was An El Niño Nightmare. Either Way, This National Geographic Special (narrated by Actor Peter Coyote) Is Designed to Leave Viewers with the Scary Feeling That
of the century" hype in the media age, but this one justified its billing, causing (by this program's estimate) some 270 deaths and billions of dollars in losses. Just by blending television news footage and interviews (with National Weather Service experts, local TV weathermen, public-safety officials and average citizens affected by the storm), the special brings home the scope, the drama and the damage of the event. But Storm of the Century adds simulations and recreations that are sometimes distractingly phony and almost always gratuitous. It never turns into a FOX-like reality special (hmm, When Weather Attacks would be a grabber of a title), but the danger is there.
Bottom Line: Mostly clear, but a few clouds
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