Misha Collins Saves the World from Stonehenge for SyFy
· Paul Ziller
· Misha Collins
· Hill Harper
· Torri Higginson
· Peter Wingfield
· IMDb: Stonehenge Apocalypse
Television Review: Stonehenge Apocalypse
by R.J. Carter
Published: June 8, 2010
"Stonehenge Apocalypse" is the latest SyFy original movie to while away a Saturday night. On the plus side, it's not one of SyFy's notoriously ill-conceived creature features, so the CGI is spent more on showing scenes of global disaster rather than some red-eyed winged thing terrorizing a small town.
Central to the plot is Jacob (Misha Collins), a disgraced scientist who now runs an underground radio station for conspiracy theorists. Because he's still a basement scientist, he keeps tabs on the electromagnetic pulse of the world, presumably as a hobby. Because of this, he notices a surge from Maine to England, which meshes with calls he's receiving about some strange goings-on at Stonehenge that have the military involved with cordoning off Salisbury Plain, the site of the famed Stonehenge rock circle. Jacob rushes to investigate, and finds a team of scientists already on hand investigating the strange electromagnetic signatures emanating from the altar stone -- pulses that, at regular intervals, cause the stacked stones to revolve like some giant combination lock in the ground. Each time this happens, a cataclysm happens somewhere in the world, at locations marked by pyramids.
At the same time, Jacob's friend and former colleague, Joseph Lashem (Hill Harper), who has discovered a new pyramid, buried deep underground in Maine. As Jacob tries to get the military to get past their opinion of him as a crackpot, Lashem comes upon information about an ancient key that could be used to stop the current destruction, or remake the world by burning everything back to a primordial state.
Believable? Hardly. That the Great Pyramid of Giza could shift stones and reform is something I'm pretty sure archaelogists would know about by now. But for those who enjoy new theories about the true purpose of Stonehenge (the one proposed here being that it's a machine left by the predecessors of the human race designed to prime the planet for the formation of life), "Stonehenge Apocalypse" isn't a bad way to pass a few hours. The CGI isn't all that impressive, but it takes a back seat to the ideas involved, and that's what really makes for good science fiction.
As for the players, I could ask for better acting, but I wonder how much of the fault here lies with the dialogue and directing. Harper has certainly more than proved his mettle on CSI NY, and Misha Collins continues to draw attention from fans as the angel Castiel on Supernatural. Better turns are put in by Torri Higgenson and Peter Wingfield, perhaps because they're already alums of SyFy productions and know the ropes a bit better.
"Stonehenge Apocalypse" premieres Saturday, June 12, 2010 9PM|8PMc on SyFy.