10.5 Apocalypse

Monday 2 June, 8.30pm

An award-winning cast star in the gripping miniseries 10.5 Apocalypse, tonight at 8.30pm on TV2.

After an earth-splitting quake shatters America’s West Coast, seismologist Samantha Hill (Emmy winner Kim Delaney, NYPD Blue) guides the country through its worst natural disaster. Working with geologist Jordan (Dean Cain, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman), under the auspices of the American President (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Beau Bridges, We Were The Mulvaneys), Samantha is a symbol of courage and resilience, but nature hasn’t finished rumbling.
When a tsunami wipes Waikiki off the map, Samantha realises her fears about the after-effects of the earthquake are justified. Induced by the 10.5, areas seismically quiet for centuries are awakened: Bald Mountain engulfs a ski resort in a deadly cloud of smoke and ash; boiling water rises from the earth flooding Monument Valley; Hoover Dam crumbles, releasing a tidal wave of crushing waters; and Mount Rushmore explodes in a fiery hell of molten lava.

As an escalating series of quakes, volcanoes, sinkholes, explosions, floods, and weather anomalies threaten to turn the landscape into a wasteland. The greatest peril of all is still approaching – a rumbling Texas fault line slicing its way toward the two largest nuclear reactors in the country. The meltdown would result in the loss of hundreds of million of lives.

Samantha and President Hollister agree only one man can help them – the retired scientist who predicted this terrifying natural disaster years before – Samantha’s own father, Dr Earl Hill (Golden Globe nominee Frank Langella, Superman Returns), now counted among the possible casualties of a massive Las Vegas quake.

Preparing for the role of President Hollister Beau Bridges read up on earthquakes and experienced a couple first hand: “During the two earthquakes I experienced, I felt like I was riding a huge beast.”

But he didn’t base his character on former US presidents – he says he drew inspiration from his father and an ex-coach. “The two most impressive leaders I’ve known in my lifetime are my father, Lloyd Bridges, and John Wooden, my basketball coach at UCLA. Both men led with a quiet dignity.”

Bridges says he is well aware of the challenge Earth faces and he hopes 10.5 Apocalypse will make people think about how fragile the environment it.

With phenomenal special effects, epic human drama, and life-and-death action and adventure, the two-part miniseries 10.5 Apocalypse is an event that’s really going to shake things up. Part two of 10.5 Apocalypse screens Tuesday 3 June at 8.30pm on TV2.