This episode got on my nerves in a couple ways.
But first, I will say I liked the concept because let's face it - bioterrorism is a real threat. I liked that they made it homegrown. Because for one thing, I think people forget that is a real issue in this country as well.
but what irritated me the most was Reed is exposed. Okay. That is predictible but believeable. And that it progresses more quickly than regular anthrax, okay once again I can go with it. But when he got to the poitn of aphasia (sp??) it had affected his brain. Now, there is this mysterious antidote (there is no antidote to anthrax per se - just antibiotics). The army has developed an anthrax vaccine of questionable protection and even more questionable side effects (a proposed cause of gulf war syndrome by some scientists). Anyway, there is this miracle CURE and Reed is just fine. no brain damage. Okay that is stupid in my book. So thus the irritation.
Now the other irritant is something that extremely up for debate. The premise of the show is that the public should not know about the attack. That it would cause panic and therefore be bad. and worth risking lives (even family members lives) to protect the secret.
This is something I totally disagree with. I think we have a right to know what is happening, so we can take precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Also, I think that it could cause a panic (the media panic regarding swine flu is an example) but at least people can take precautions. Also, I think they underestimate people's strength.
They say in this episode if people knew how many attacks had been prevented since 9/11 they would be more afraid. I think that is total bullshit. I think if we knew, maybe we would feel SAFER because we could see that the government IS protecting us and doing their job and has the systems in place. Without the knowledge I feel like they are taking tax dollars and we are NO safer than before. So my opinion is we 1. have a right to know, and would 2. feel safer if we know.
What are your thoughts?