What would be worse: Watching Laura Prepon as Karla Homolka in Deadly, or watching Plague City, a “medical thriller [that] humanizes the struggle of heroic health care workers during SARS crisis”? From the sounds of each, it’s like choosing between eating diarrhea or drinking pee. Now that’s pretty gross. But if we had to drink pee, we’d probably consume a little drop each day, perhaps adding some to our milk or apple sauce to ease that putrid taste. There’s no such option tonight, as Plague City: SARS in Toronto comes very undiluted and ultra-putrid on CTV at 9 pm. Here’s a synopsis:
Plague City takes us from the town in China where a small scratch on a butcher’s hand, inflicted by an infected civet cat, kicks off a deadly chain of infection that lands, quite randomly, in Toronto. Without diagnostic criteria, effective treatments or definitive infection controls, the number of diagnosed cases and deaths from SARS mounted steadily. And with panic spreading faster than the virus, the once clean and healthy city of Toronto became the pariah of the western world. Restaurants, theatres and streets emptied, and incoming travel and tourism were virtually shut down.
Talk about reaching for plot – this sounds about as exciting as the virus itself. Although Torontoist might tune in to the end of the embarrassing movie, hoping to catch a recreation of the Dan Ackroyd/SARS-stock footage. Ackroyd rules!