SALVATION: Pilot Episode

"Run-of-the-Mill Humanist Apocalypse"

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Summary:

The pilot episode of CBS-TV’s new SALVATION series shows an MIT graduate student discovering an approaching asteroid and working with a tech genius to build some high-tech space arks to get a select few people away from Earth in time. The pilot episode of SALVATION is a run-of-the-mill disaster drama, cloaked in science fiction trappings, with a humanist worldview mixed with some moral, redemptive elements and brief foul language, implied sex and a scene of drunkenness.

Review:

The pilot episode of CBS-TV’s new SALVATION series introduces MIT graduate, Liam Cole, down on his luck and working on a dead-end star-mapping project. However, when his research reveals an asteroid that could wipe out humanity on a collision course with earth, he’s quickly hired by cocky billionaire tech genius Darius Tanz and thrust into a world of government intrigue.

Tanz works to get Pentagon Press Secretary Grace Barrows as his insider as he tries to build some high-tech space arks to get a select few people away from the planet in time. The three of them struggle against the bureaucracy and protocols that threaten to keep them from their goal as the seconds are too quickly ticking down to the end of the world.

SALVATION is a run-of-the-mill disaster drama, cloaked in science fiction trappings. It suffers from uninteresting characters, expository dialogue and a lack of fresh ideas. While the characters hint at a humanist agenda of humanity preventing its own destruction and building its own future, he theme is pretty superficial. This story has been told a hundred times, and SALVATION really doesn’t bring anything new to the conversation.

Despite the humanist angle, the pilot episode does contain some light positive Christian, redemptive moral elements. However, there’s some foul language, implied sexual immorality, lying, and a scene of drunkenness. So MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children regarding the pilot episode of SALVATION.

CONTENT:  Strong humanist worldview mixed with some moral, Christian, redemptive elements, such as program’s main premise is humanity saving itself from extinction and deciding its own future, but keeping secrets and government lying to people is depicted as bad, family portrayed as important through mother’s love for her daughter, Mother Teresa is quoted saying “we only have today,” and sacrifice for the sake of others is viewed as heroic; three obscenities, one profanity; main character roughed up by security guards, main character pushes other character in bar fight and his face shown scratched up afterwards, gunshot heard, it’s implied character was murdered; two characters passionately kiss and begin to undress in apartment, implied fornication; upper male nudity, plus woman wears only bra; one scene where characters do alcohol shots until drunk, plus drinking without drunkenness in several scenes, and two scenes take place in a bar; no smoking or drugs; and, main female character divorced, people lie to each other regularly but sometimes it’s portrayed negatively and sometimes positively, girl sneaks into academic event, and woman bribes a man for classified footage.

In Brief:

The pilot episode of CBS-TV’s new SALVATION series introduces MIT graduate, Liam Cole, working on a dead-end star-mapping project. However, when his research reveals an asteroid that could wipe out humanity on a collision course with Earth, he’s quickly hired by cocky billionaire tech genius Darius Tanz and thrust into a world of government intrigue. They join forces with Pentagon Press Secretary Grace Barrows to build some high-tech space arks to get a select few people away from the planet in time. However, bureaucratic red tape threatens to keep them from their goal as the seconds tick down.

SALVATION is a run-of-the-mill disaster drama, cloaked in science fiction trappings. It suffers from uninteresting characters, expository dialogue and a lack of fresh ideas. This story has been told a hundred times, and SALVATION really doesn’t bring anything new to the conversation. The program has a humanist worldview mitigated by some light positive Christian, redemptive, moral elements. However, there’s some foul language, implied sexual immorality, lying, and a scene of drunkenness. So MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children regarding the pilot episode of SALVATION.