Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Smallpox 2002 is a fictional docudrama. The film originally aired on BBC Two in the UK as "Smallpox 2002 - Silent Weapon." It aired in the US as "Smallpox", on FX. Although the program has some flaws, on the whole I thought it was well done. If it gets people to think in advance about what will happen in the next pandemic, whether it is influenza or bioterror, then that's a good thing. What parts of the program did you find unrealistic? Do you think events would have played out differently? Do you think this program is unnecessarily fear-mongering or do you think it is a valuable warning?
The program is rather addictive and lasts 90 minutes so don't start watching if you have other things to do!