If there's one thing I hate about this mini series, it's the fact that my recorded television version was stolen from me (along with a few other movies) but that's in the past and I know I'll never see them again.
Anyway, in the mini resurgence of the disaster movie in the mid- '90's, volcanos seemed to be the object of disaster and Asteroid stands out since it had been a long time that the earth was being targeted by a rogue rock the size of (fill in the blank). The other two rock movies didn't come out until 1998.
As the movie begins, there's an unexplained fire in the middle of nowhere and FEMA Director Jack Wallach (Michael Biehn) is sent to investigate.
Meanwhile in Colorado, Dr. Lily McKee (Annabella Sciorra) discovers the pesky little comet that's been playing hide and seek. Concerned, she contacts FEMA and at first they think she's a crackpot, but her data proves otherwise.
Well, of course the media catches wind of it and it freaks out Karen Dodd (Anne-Marie Johnson) who's way overdramatic. She practically latches herself to firefighter husband Ben (Don Franklin) and doesn't want to be left alone with the kids (Stephanie Marie and Gregory Wheeler). With her constantly panicking, she's upsetting them and they seem to be handling the situation better.
When Lily gets the updated data, the asteroid is scheduled to hit Kansas City and she sends her son Elliot (Zach Charles) to her father, Dr. Charles Napier (Anthony Zerbe) in Dallas.
Jack and his crew race against time as they evacuate Kansas City (all the while Karen panics) and once a smaller asteroid hits the city everyone congratulates Lily and the refugees return home for the Fourth of July.
Lily invites Jack to spend the holiday in Dallas with her, Elliot and Charles and he accepts since he's kind of attracted to her. But back in Kansas City, Karen continues to complain.
After a night on the town, Lily and company return to her childhood home and while she and Jack are taking a much needed break on the patio, she gets a phone call from her co-worker and is told that another, much bigger asteroid is heading toward them. At this time, he can't give her an impact site and she and Jack head back to Colorado.
Once the media catches wind again of the upcoming disaster, the president (Denis Arndt) agrees to send nuclear weapons to space to destroy the thing.
The plan is somewhat of a success, but it's now broken into two and one piece is on its way to earth. And Karen doesn't like it because Ben has to spend time at the firehouse in anticipation of impact.
She takes the kids (and phone) into the basement and with circuits busy, she keeps trying to call Ben when the sirens go off. Does no one on the planet know that the world revolves around her?
Within minutes, Lily is able to determine where the impact is and it's Dallas.
Jack gives her a dedicated line to the White House and she's able to get in touch with her father just as the asteroid hits. The impact causes an earthquake that's felt in Kansas City and well, you know who is overly dramatic. Especially when she goes upstairs to survey the damage and immediately has Zoe start cleaning up the mess.
With Dallas destroyed, Lily and Jack head to Texas so that she can find Zach and Charles only to discover that Charles' street is gone with only a small shell of his house still standing. What she doesn't know is Elliot is wandering around the ruins as Charles fights for his life after falling into a hole.
Ben and his co-worker A.J. (Christopher Murphy) volunteer to go to Dallas to assist in the rescue of survivors, much to Karen's dismay. She won't let Ben go, but it's alright to send A.J. into the fray.
Since Karen is about to lose her sanity sitting around, she takes the kids to the fire station and volunteers her services by helping to answer the phones. In a way, it's like she can still tug at Ben's leash, even though he's miles away.
When there's an explosion at an oil refinery, Karen hustles the kids off to Dallas to look for Ben. (After a quick look on the map, it takes around eight hours to drive, but considering the disaster, it was probably a little longer, yet Karen makes it in what looks like record time).
In the end, everyone is happy and Dr. Napier even allows Dr. Matthew Rogers (Michael Weatherly) to set his broken bones.
I'm not sure how much footage was cut from the original, but there are still some really boring parts, but it wasn't cut as bad as the many versions of The Great Los Angeles Earthquake.
And of course in disaster movies, we all have those that we root for, but, Karen has got to go.