OK, I like it. For a couple reasons...
Its interesting. It helps us face the possibility, which is all too real (Osama recently threatened us and warned all muslims to get out of America, right?)
I did some reading online about radioactive fallout, and I already knew something about it.
I think it could be a great way to get some useful understanding of Fallout into the heads of millions of Americans. On that score, they not doing as well as I would like. For example, that dude's description of dying of radiation exposure, well, it wasnt quite accurate. It depends on the dose. According to many civil defense web sites, a lot of victims may get initially sick, then get better. A couple to a few weeks later, they fall apart and die.
People need to know that for protection from fallout, you need about 2 feet of concrete, or 3 feet of dirt around you for at LEAST 48 hours, preferably 2 weeks.
There is the 7/10 rule. In 7 hours, fallout has reduced to ten percent its strength. In another 7 hours, its 1/10th of THAT. So it drops off more slowly as time goes on. This is as measured from the creation of the fallout, since its decaying all the time its on the way to Jerico. That mine is a great idea. The storm cellar is good, but they should pile up water and other dense objects between the door and themselves. Especially since they have no way of knowing what the exposure is or the strength of the fallout.
The rainfall is a bad deal. It brings down fallout much faster than drifting down. If the rain were just downwind of an attack site, the fallout could deliver a lethal dose in a couple minutes! (10,000 Rad/hour). That old yellow fallout survey meter from the first episode may or MAY NOT read adequately, if it want calibrated recently. Most failed units read low.
With about 300 Rads of accumulated exposure, about half the people will die.
But staying under HEAVY protection for 2 weeks would be your next best bet. I wouldnt want to be in a house with the windows taped. I would be in the BASEMENT, under HEAVY stuff.
So, not to depress anyone, its important in the day of possible nuclear terror, that any show do an accurate job of showing the danger, and the remedy.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallout_shelter
The most intriguing thing about the show is "what exactly happened?" We now know that up to a dozen US cities were hit, but who, and why? And most importantly, DID WE GET THEM BACK!?