The latest SyFy Original film, most SyFy original films are just plain crap, aired on August 13th 2011 and was actually decent. As most know the majority of the SyFy offerings in films have been quite full of coprolite but they haven’t yet turned to stone. They are still warm and smelly yet people keep watching them. They reason they keep watching them is that every now and then you get a gem or in this case a Jewel like Domesday Prophecy. It is a story about the end of the world, a quite popular subject of like because of the Mayan prophecy that the world is going to change, not end, at the end of 2012. It will be the end of the world as we know it but it will still continue to be here, just different. This film gives the prophecy a new twist and spin as 3 very different people try to find out what is going on and how best to take care of it so they can save the world.
Eric Fox (A J Buckley) works as a proofreader for a publishing company in New York and has just got the assignment of his life. He has to fly clear across the country to British Columbia to pick up the manuscript of some doomsday prophet. What is even more bizarre is that the author asked for him specifically and that he has to go there right away. Eric doesn’t know what to think of this but has to go anyway as the writings of this author are very highly valued, even by the government. So valuable that they already have agents out looking for him especially since the Black Sea just drained itself of water by opening up deep fissures underneath itself like a new Grand Canyon. Things look grim for the Earth indeed as earthquakes are being triggered around the world so they send Agent Garcia (Bruce Ramsay) to go look for the hidden prophet. The third person that gets mixed up in all of this is an archeologist, Brooke (Jewel Staite), who receives a phone call from same recluse that he needs help with his new book and her expertise in Mayan and Easter Island cultures are essential to his work.
So everyone is off to find the writer, one for work, one for curiosity and one because the government told him so. It will take all three to see what is going to happen and to be able to fix it. The main object that is driving the whole thing is that of an ancient rod that gives certain people visions. The rod will show the holder what is going to happen by spamming multiple visions into the users head and in some cases can even cause death. At this current state of time it causes massive convulsions as it tries to show the user the information that is needed to avert disaster on earth. What is causing the disasters is actually very interesting, it is a dark star that is going to pass very close to earth. Its gravitation forces are what is causing the planet to try and tear itself apart. This is also not the first time that this has happened, it happened over 26,000 years ago when the Earth and the solar system passed through and aligned with the galactic equator. It was then that the Easter Island heads, according to legend, saved all of mankind by pushing the danger to earth away.
It is a race against time to find out how that happened then and if it can happen again to push the dark star away from the Earth and save as many as possible. One thing is for sure the planet will never be the same again with whole nations being swallowed up by the sea, lakes and oceans being drained dry and major cities falling into giant sink holes. It is the end of the world as we know it and SyFy gives us a big budget, at least for them, film about what it could be like. Now Syfy is not known for its good films, at least not any more as it seems all they want to do is run wrestling and Ghost Hunters. SyFy was great when it was SciFi and unless they step up their game they are going to not be the place to be. Would I have paid to see the film? With Jewel and A.J. in it, yes. Would I have been happy paying movie theater prices for it? No. While it was OK for a TV movie it still needed a bit more polish and that would be the fault of the production team and not that of A.J. and Jewel. The acting in the film was top as it always is when you get actors for hit shows as Supernatural, Stargate and Firefly. At least it was not another stupid monster crock or giant snake farce.
I give this film a Musing review of