More than 18 years have passed since two rocks headed to wipe out the Earth, “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact” filled theaters and made their respected studios a lot of money. So it was about time for a major network, in this case, CBS, to order up a 13 episode series about the same idea “Salvation” for next summer. But the concept, as related by Coming Soon, seems terribly curious.

“A suspense thriller, Salvation centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery – that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.”

The first question that arises is, why bring some low-level bureaucrat in on the news?

If anyone discovers an asteroid headed to Earth, the idea might be to alert someone with authority to do something about it or at least contact that person. The president of the United States or someone on the White House staff occurs. Is the idea that NASA and all of the other Space agencies in the world do not notice an asteroid that is six months away and it is up to these three heroes to save the Earth? The idea, while beguiling, doesn’t make much sense.

On the other hand, maybe the three protagonists form the core of the stop the asteroid special task force while the world panics because the end days are coming. Now that concept makes just a tad more sense.

The threat of an asteroid hitting the Earth and wiping out civilization is a low probability event, but not a no probability event.

One such asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. NASA has a small, underfunded program to locate and categorize Earth-approaching asteroids. Experts inside and outside the space agency have mulled ways to divert such world killing rocks for decades.

Another interesting factoid. During the current election, when given a choice between Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the sweet asteroid of death, a significant number of people have chosen the third option.

At least CBS is going to allow us to enjoy our salvation (as it were) from the next president vicariously.

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