'Coming soon to Prime, Oil Storm, what happens when the oil flow to Amercia is disrupted..'
Here's a snapshot of the plot
Oil has been called “the life-blood of America.” What happens if it suddenly runs dry?
That was the question posed by the cable network, FX, in a recent made-for-television movie, “Oil Storm.” Done in a “mock-umentary” style, “Oil Storm” depicts the consequences of America’s reliance on oil in a series of delectable “what if” worst-case scenarios.
If you didn’t see the movie (when it aired in mid-June), here it is in a nutshell: a category four hurricane destroys a vital pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico...panic sweeps of the nation...speculation drives the price of crude higher and higher...U.S. government turns to Saudi Arabia for oil...Saudi extremists commit terrorist attacks, killing 300 American oil workers...America sends troops to Saudi Arabia...still major lines at gas stations...Americans begin to turn against each other...the U.S. government decides to turn to Russia for oil...the Russians help in return for an investment in the upgrade of their pipelines...oil falls from it’s high of $153 a barrel down to around $77...and all is right with the world.
The steadily rising gas price results in major loss of American lives, a U.S. military expedition to the Middle East, a major depression, and martial law in effect across America.
Nice one Prime. They're still pulling bodies out of New Orleans and you manage to run a promo along the lines of 'they said it wouldn't happen but it HAS!!!'
Possibly a mistake. I rang the complaints line in Channel 7 in Sydney and they said they'd pass the comment on to their regional affiliate. She said it was bought before Katrina. Well, that makes sense.
But to actually run the progam now??? I mean, how poor taste is that???
I hope it was a mistake. Because if they deliberatly ran it as a tie in then that's about as low as you can get.
What's next? Prime presents the Hurricane Katrina showbag? You get a tiny AK-47, a little shopping trolley filled with Mount Franklin bottles, a plastic police badge so you can play 'I quit', a plastic axe to chop your way through your roof???
F_ck man, I've seen some dodgy programming in my time. But that really freaking takes it to a whole new level.