-->-- '''[[http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written/msg/6e52157aaf63775f William Hyde]]'''
** The opening scene in which Jack risks his life to save three tubes of ice cores. A minute earlier they showed us the interior of the tent with numerous other tubes. There was no indication that the three tubes were precious enough to die for.
* IgnoredExpert: Jack Hall. After a freak disaster has just removed Los Angeles from the face of the Earth, the one scientist in the government who's even willing to venture a ''guess'' as to what's going on still has to beg for computer time in order to confirm his theory. You would ''think'' that after the vaporization of LA, the government would also be interested in confirming the only available theory as to how and why ... [[StrawmanPolitical but they're just so unreasonable, somehow]], and [[ConflictBall refuse out of nowhere]].
-->'''Vice President''': I don't accept that abandoning half of the country is necessary!
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