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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Tycus

Daily Globe reporter Jake (Peter Onorati) is disgusted by what he's learned from former friend Stan (Chick Vennera)

Daily Globe reporter Jake (Peter Onorati) is disgusted by what he's learned from former friend Stan (Chick Vennera)

The world was supposed to end on January 1, 2000 (which time zone, I'm not sure) and it didn't happen.

In 2012, the world was supposed to end again. It didn't happen.

People said the world was going to end thanks to the pandemic. We're still here.

According to the website the-sky.org/asteroids-2022 there's a whole bunch of asteroids just ready to hit the planet, but you have to go back to 1993 when Peter Crawford (Dennis Hopper) discovered an approaching comet. Of course, he sounded the alarm. No one listened.

In 1994, combat photographers Jake and Stan (Peter Onorati and Chick Vennera) sneak into the Western Supply warehouse and photograph crates with the names Last Dance and Arch Angel on them. When the lid is lifted, there's a bomb and the two are taken into custody.

Now it's 1999 and Jake's now a reporter for The Daily Globe a tabloid catering to alien and Elvis sightings. He's contemplating his future with the paper and after pitching an idea to his editor Shyler (Art LaFleur) that's rejected, Jake decides to quit.

When he gets home, his wife Amy (Finola Hughes) doesn't tell him that she's pregnant, but she does mention that her uncle is offering Jake a sales job. Jake's employment seems to be the Achille's Heel in their marriage.

During the middle of the night, a tremor rocks the city as Jake lays there thinking of the future. Following the tremor, the phone rings and after answering it, he finds out that it's Stan, whom he hasn't spoken to in five years.

Stan let's him know that there's a big story and he should be expecting a visitor in a few hours. This visitor will give him some information and after hanging up, the visitor does show up and gives him an envelope.

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Armed with this shadowy information, Jake goes back to Shyler and pitches the story. Again, he's turned down. After Jake leaves, Shyler is listening to a radio call in show regarding conspiracies and takes notes for the paper.

Jake meets up with Commandeer Scott (Blake Clark) and after giving him the coordinates, he jumps out of the plane and runs into a driver for the Amtorg Mining Company (John Putch). He thinks that Jake is a higher up at the company and apologizes for getting into an accident, so Jake plays along and hitches a ride with him.

After his "cover" is blown, he's removed from the facility, he hijacks the truck and steals the drivers uniform and identity. He goes back and while he wanders through the facility, he discovers that an underground city has been built and learns more about the comet known as Tycus.

While Crawford's underground city was a secret, the media becomes aware of it once the Last Dance rocket is launched it fails to an extent causing parts of the comet to continue on toward the moon and earth.

Stan fills him on the project and after saving Crawford from his two partners, Crawford needs to leave the facility to get his wife and daughter. With time running out, Crawford tells him that he can bring his wife.

They leave and while Jake heads to get Amy, civilization goes crazy as people try to leave Los Angeles, or just party in driveways in the last moments of life on the planet.

This brings it back to the beginning of the movie where the planet is hit by different scenes from asteroid movies, but it works since it's not just Los Angeles getting destroyed. Also, there really aren't too many disaster scenes to speak of, but the media reports on the rise of some of them.

And while fellow scientists have disproved of Crawford's prediction, no one, not even the government(s) know of Tycus until it's too late and Jake questions Crawford as to what makes him decide who can live in the city.

Overall, this is a pretty good movie, it's paced well and doesn't spend a lot of time trying to destroy the comet. Crawford and his team are thrown though when at some point (okay, Tycus does growl in space) it picks up speed which throws of the original timetable.

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