Impact on Syfy, A Review of Sorts

by on November 20, 2010

in Entertainment

Impact on Syfy

Impact on the Syfy Channel is a four-hour event, a TV mini-series about the disaster of an asteroid headed to Earth, looming doom over our heads. The story is written by Michael Vickerman (The Haunting of Sorority Row, The Lost Future*) and directed by Mike Rohl (Supernatural, Eureka, Smallville). That’s a fairly decent creative team and for a Syfy Channel movie, has great detailed and plausible story development.


Impact is heavily, I said HEAVILY character driven. I say that because in the first 90 minutes we’ve had one itty-bitty hand-sized meteor hit the ground, a weird, unexplained electrical discharge around the world and funny events where at times things & people start floating into the air. Other than that those scenes that account for about five minutes of film, we’ve been treated to the characters learning their soon-to-be wives are pregnant, a scientist whose wife is dead and has a grumpy father-in-law, and various other in-depth details about all the characters involved. Every now and then we see a briefing from the scientists to the U.S. military.

The TV movie is filled with quite the cast. Impact cast includes Natasha Henstridge (Deception, Species franchise movies; On TV: Commander in Chief, She Spies), James Cromwell (Dudes, this guy is a living acting legend! … Secretariat, Surrogates, Spider-Man 3), Steven Culp (From Within, Thirteen Days; on TV: Desperate Housewives), Colin Cunningham (Elektra; on TV: Stargate Atlantis (You’ll recognize him when you see him); Upcoming TV: Falling Skies ), Samantha Ferris (Supernatural) and others.

If you like detailed character stories, I think you will actually like it. If you’re action based… ie, want to see that damn asteroid and related visual effects and damage, you will go nuts. It’s simple as that.

If you have four hours that you want to kick it with Impact, this is a great time. And yes, some of the effects can get on par with what we expect from some TV movies and some actually aren’t bad at all, but hey, it’s Saturday night on Syfy. You know what you’re getting into when you visit, so enjoy!

SPOILER: James Cromwell’s scene in the beginning of the last hour is incredible and probably THE BEST heart wrenching scene in this movie, and possibly many other TV movies. Man, he just hits the mark for me!

*I caught the airing of The Lost Future and this Syfy Original movie with Sean Bean, was probably one of the better projects they’ve created for the network for a Saturday night.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Tim Bruening March 11, 2013 at 1:36 am

Now on the SyFy channel: A brown dwarf fragment gets lodged in the Moon, increasing its mass to twice that of Earth! The brown dwarf fragment also has weird electromagnetic and gravity effects that cause the Moon to swing close by Earth. When it does, people and objects float in the air, and there are electrostatic discharges. However, there is no mention of the massive tides the Moon’s vastly increased mass must be causing.

At one point, a ship flies up into the air, yet the water doesn’t fly up with it.

Bruce Simmons December 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hey Sarah.. well, an asteroid hits the moon and bits and pieces of both cause issues! The official synopsis for the film says:

“While the entire world watches the largest meteor shower in 10,000 years, a rogue asteroid, hidden by the meteor field, smashes into the moon in a tremendous explosion of rock and debris. Fragments from the asteroid, and even from the moon itself, penetrate Earth’s atmosphere and make impact.”

Never a good day, no matter how you look at that!

sarah December 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

its about the moon slowly coming closer to colliding with earth. not an asteroid. just so you know

sam nelson April 2, 2011 at 11:09 am

Hi guys,
Are there no technical advisers with a H.S. education in Hollywood. syfy has turned into the soap channel. this is unbearable mindless nonsense,…However, it should skyrocket your ratings.
so very sad.

Crom Notwell November 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm

This reviewer was impressed by Cromwell’s painful acting? I have learned that Cromwell only appears in movies that furthers his leftist idealized vision of the world, and this was no exception. Ah, the world is now one, united in brotherhood, given “one more chance.” This implausible movie was typical Syfy fare, and Cromwell did it no favors.

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