April 26: This day in sci-fi history

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Apr 26, 2017

On this day in 1981, the TV Movie The Phoenix premiered  as a pilot that later became a shortlived series. Think of it as a 1980’s (sort-of) predecessor to American Gods. We’re not going to lie, we didn’t know much about this one, but as we started watching, we were completely hypnotized by…well, by just about everything involved.  Plus the Youtube version is basically like watching a VHS tape in the best and greatest way.

Today also happens to be Richter Scale Day. So, in honor of the process that measures the severity of earthquakes, we continued with TV Movies that are completely implausible but amazing. If you get the chance, you should start with 10.5. Made in 2004, this was a two part TV movie where Beau Bridges and Kim Delaney solve a huge series of earthquakes with nuclear warheads.  Yep. That.

There is also 1999’s Aftershock: Earthquake in New York. Starring Sharon Lawrence, Tom Skerrit, Charles Dutton, Cicely Tyson (!!!), and Jennifer Garner. Billing itself as a groundbreaking video event, the movie is based on the novel written by New York anchorman Chuck Scarborough (!!!).