Death by as­ter­oid:

A new drama series start­ing on Prime this week puts the Earth on a col­li­sion course for de­struc­tion.

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New drama puts Earth on a col­li­sion path for de­struc­tion.

The end of the world, a love tri­an­gle, un­capped ge­nius and a top-se­cret mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion to save hu­man­ity.

It’s a won­der how a sin­gle TV series could fit all that in.

But in the new geopo­lit­i­cal thriller Sal­va­tion, ac­tor San­ti­ago Cabr­era (Big Lit­tle Lies, The Mus­ke­teers) says it is sur­pris­ing how much hu­mans can ac­com­plish.

“That idea of be­ing able to fit a lot of things in, I find re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing,” says Cabr­era.

“(Re­al­is­ing) how much we ac­tu­ally are ca­pa­ble of and chan­nelling that part of your­self.”

Cabr­era, who plays tech mogul Dar­ius Tanz, says he looked for in­spi­ra­tion for the tech ge­nius role from Elon Musk and Steve Jobs.

“There are a lot of peo­ple to­day who have re­ally pushed the idea of liv­ing,” says Cabr­era.

“What drew me (to the role) is def­i­nitely the na­ture of a ge­nius be­cause I think a ge­nius is a very com­pli­cated per­son.”

In Sal­va­tion, Tanz makes his bil­lions by sell­ing drones to the gov­ern­ment and while work­ing with a gifted MIT grad­u­ate, has come to the Pen­tagon with an alarm­ing rev­e­la­tion – an as­ter­oid will col­lide with Earth in just 186 days. “As­teroids and comets have hit Earth,” says Cabr­era. “There are videos of it hap­pen­ing. “If you do re­search, all sci­en­tists say that it is a threat that could very well come one day. We don’t know when.” The series will ex­plore how hu­man­ity re­acts to al­most cer­tain an­ni­hi­la­tion – whether we come to­gether or turn against each other. How­ever, it’s left a lit­tle room for hu­mour along the way. “It doesn’t be­come earnest,” says Cabr­era, “be­cause in real life we as hu­man be­ings find light­ness in the most ex­treme sce­nar­ios.”

San­ti­ago Cabr­era

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