I'm usually pretty generous with my ratings (not to the extreme, but I'll lean one star to the right when in doubt), but this just seemed way off to me. And, yes I watched the whole season. There was virtually very little to zero science. It was mostly a reality show following healthcare providers and researchers. The healthcare providers were just very generic (a doc in a rural community, one in a sort of refugee detainment center, etc.). Some of this was loosely tied to how hard it is to get flu vaccines in and funding in rural communities, but very loosely. If anything it started to feel more politically tied than flu/outbreak/pandemic related.
The real issue is after watching that entire season, I don't feel like I know that much more about the flu itself. What's being done to create vaccines? Other than one makeshift crew in San Fransisco we know nothing. How exactly does it mutate? Wasn't discussed that I heard. What makes one emergent strain more likely to spread than another? What do the "H" and the "N" along with the corresponding number mean when a virus is labeled? I really don't know.
Maybe if a reality show following people who work around the flu or work in prevention is what you're expecting you won't be disappointed. But I really was expecting more of a scientific documentary. And, to be honest, I wouldn't have minded the following of their stories if I'd felt I learned more about the flu and how to prevent an outbreak.
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