Documentary Review – After People (2013)

After People
As seen on The History Channel
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: June 11, 2013

After People

If you’re a fan of Shattered Ravings, then I’m sure you’ve seen me mention the zombie apocalypse every now and then. I do this in half-humor and good fun…however, a part of me thinks something like that might be a possibility one day. If a catastrophe does happen, how would humanity react? And how long would it take until we die off? Continuing with that thought, what would the world be like after we’re gone? The fine folks at The History Channel and Lionsgate offer us up a chilling and vivid glimpse of what the future without humankind might be like.

If you are not familiar with AFTER PEOPLE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

This collection presents three of HISTORY’s finest programs on the fate of humans and our planet, offering an intelligent and provocative look at some of the grim realities we face. Combining visual effects and insights from experts, LIFE AFTER PEOPLE imagines what would happen to man-made structures, plants, animals and insects if the entire human population went extinct. This thought- provoking adventure visits the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl, abandoned after the 1986 nuclear meltdown; abandoned towns on remote islands off Maine’s coast; deep into New York City’s subway tunnels; and even into the Montana wilderness to find clues about the world we may leave behind. AFTER ARMAGEDDON takes a look at what past acts of destruction like Hiroshima and Hurricane Katrina have taught us about what could befall humankind in the wake of an apocalypse. In MEGA DROUGHT, we’ll explore one of the key consequences of global warming – intense and prolonged droughts that could ravage the western United States and lead to catastrophic water shortages. And MEGA FREEZE shows us how abrupt climate change could create devastating winters in some northern regions, with freezing temperatures and incessant storms potentially bringing starvation, disease and death to many. Watch as HISTORYr opens your eyes to a world that, perhaps luckily, we won’t be around to see.

I’ve been a big fan of LIFE AFTER PEOPLE for a long time. It’s fascinating to me to see what Earth might be like after we are gone. There are so many aspects to such a phenomenon, were it to happen, that it is staggering when you consider them. So seeing LIFE AFTER PEOPLE in this three-disc collection was a huge treat for me.

But the others in this anthology are just as poignant. MEGA DROUGHT shows us how the world could spiral out of control if global warming brought on massive water shortages. Many of us in the U.S. take clean water for granted…but seeing what could happen if it were no longer in abundance is a terrifying concept.

MEGA FREEZE gives us a glimpse into how our world could quickly deteriorate if abrupt climate changes forced the planet into Ice Age-like freezing conditions. Putting up with the occasional snow storm in the U.S. is one thing…but conditions like those portrayed in this piece go way beyond extreme. The result is a horrifying scenario that will make your blood run cold.

But what happens if we as a species don’t die off quickly? AFTER ARMAGEDDON takes an interesting look into what might result after a catastrophic event.

This collection is an intense and well-made glimpse into how our future might just play out, and what the world will be like without us. There is no preaching or underlying message in AFTER PEOPLE, just speculation and, where possible, fact. This documentary is fun and entertaining, and I highly recommend giving it a look. Be prepared to lose a few hours, though…this engrossing collection will suck you in and keep you riveted until the end.

MSB

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