It was the strongest cyclone to hit land in recorded history. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan — what some are calling “the perfect storm” — slammed into the Philippines, whipping the low-lying and densely-populated islands with 200 mile-per-hour winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools, and hospitals.


“Killer Typhoon” plays like most Nova documentaries. You get a healthy dose of natural science, but it’s framed in a way that any audience member can pick up on what’s happening. That is unless you’re a cousin humping global warming denier. If that’s the case, then you can just stop reading right now. You’re going to hate everything else that we talk about. Crap like that is why this story barely made a blip in the American news. Hell, I still read people bitching over how much attention the Malaysian plane crash is getting. If there were a bunch of blue eyed blondes on that plane, Billy Joe Six Pack would be leading the charge to find them.

Typhoon Haiyan was something that never captured my focus during the initial incident. However, later data began to cause me to investigate what had happened. There’s something about being the biggest natural disaster to hit an area that causes me to go all Princess Kate and investigate what happened. Don’t mistake for some weather conspiracy nut, but I believe that certain outside elements help to propel these things along. Even if it’s ocean waters warming or ecosystem damage from the Fukushima plant leaking into the Pacific.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is par for the course with past PBS releases. That being said, don’t expect to overwhelm your Home Theater experience. But, it’s educational and that clears most of those hurdles. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.



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