Monday, November 04, 2013

NBC's "Blacklist" shows a subway chemical attack in tonight's episode

A startling episode this evening (Monday, November 4, 2013) of NBC’s “The Blacklist” shows how a major terror attack on a subway could happen.  The episode is called “Frederick Barnes”, named after the mad-scientist character who, in grief over an ill son, engineers the attacks.  The weapon starts with a steel briefcase, which is left on a subway car and then activated by remote control when the train leaves.  It is also used in a courtroom. 
The episode mentions strontium-90 and radioactivity contamination, and the patients seem to have swollen blood vessels.  It’s not clear what the gas is, and whether it is a poison or infectious agent. There seems to be an antidote, but Barnes actually invades a hospital to keep a patient from recovering.  As this episode shows, many hospitals do not have airtight security in their patient wings or intensive care rooms, which are almost like regular hospital rooms in many cases.
The attack is said to happen on the Washington DC Metro Red Line. But the trains used in the episode look like the trains from the Toronto Metro (which I have ridden once).  Also, there is a Farragut North but no Farragut East on the real Metro.  

The Pilot of the series, in which a captured spy gives information about future attacks to a young woman and FBI agent who may be his daughter, was reviewed on the TV Blog Sept. 24, 2013. 

See also a report of a simulation of a similar incident by ABC Sept. 10, 2013.  

Picture: how we have wildfires. 

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