So CERN switched on the Large Hadron Collider, and the end of the world has begun. But there may still be time to panic — and some hot new pre-apocalyptic spectacles are happy to help. It turns out post-apocalyptic movies and shows are passé, and what we really want is to see people living in the run-up to an imminent global catastrophe.
They cite The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Heroes as examples, and note about the first one:
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which started its second season on Monday, is all about living in the shadow of an impending apocalypse. Half the show's cast consists of refugees from a fucked future. In particular, Brian Austin Green's Derek Reese is a semi-basket case with PTSD from events that haven't happened yet. We're constantly being reminded that "Judgement Day" is around the corner, and our heroes probably won't be able to stop it, given that they've already failed a few times.
I don't really think post-apocalyptic is passé (I am very much looking forward to The Road, for example), but I guess that yes, there really is something to the pre-apocalypse. I'm all for having my cake and eating it too.