Nature Shock – Death Fog Review: Natural Disaster
Death Fog. Now there’s a title.
This season, Five’s Nature Shock is pulling out all the stops. This time it’s a natural born invisible assassin.
Essentially, back in 1986, a loud bang was heard from Lake Nyos in Cameroon, followed by a “white cloud” traveling across the landscape at 44 miles per hour. Thousands of cattle dropped dead while grazing. Villages as far as 15 miles away were enveloped. And by dawn, the “death fog” had vanished.
Over the course of one hour, we hear from impassioned priests, taxi driver-survivors, and kooky scientists. Such voice-overs are then backed by over-dramatized motifs–a weeping woman, an African orphan, and that dreadful “white cloud.” Production may have had too much fun working the fog machines.
But of course the point of Nature Shock is to reveal an “astonishing scientific phenomenon.” And in this episode, kooky volcanologist Haraldur Sigurdsson is our man.
We find out at the start of the documentary that the scientific community has dismissed his theory. And we spend the following 40 minutes being force-fed why.
Let me tell you, it really takes the fun out of “phenomenon” when you are given a lecture on CO2 build-up in still bodies of water. Death Fog fails to hold our attention after the first 15 minutes.
No shock there.