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Self-made tech billionaire Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) and MIT grad student Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe) contact Pentagon Press Secretary Grace Barrows (Jennifer Finnigan) about the fact an asteroid will crash into Earth in six months.

What The Critics Say (Metascore 48)

  • Salvation is one of those series where what you see is exactly what you get, so for viewers seeking unchallenging thrills, it works. The world may be ending, but at least it’s doing so in a comfortingly familiar way. And that feels fine. — Kelly Lawler, USA Today
  • The cast, which includes Jennifer Finnigan as Pentagon public-relations honcho Grace Barrows, is extremely likable, and the first two episodes roll along at a breezy clip. So, by all means, don’t ask too many questions and don’t expect too much. — Mark Dawidziak, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • You’d be better off catching up with any number of superior series or films available right now. Life and summer are simply too short to waste on cut-rate visions of doom. — Melanie McFarland, Salon