First, there's the alien plot arc, which honestly left me a bit underwhelmed. The script reads, "The space program made contact with... They are not what they claim to be. They have infiltrated a lot of, uh, a lot of aspects of military establishment, particularly Area 51. The disasters that are coming-the military-I'm sorry the government knows about them..." Aliens infiltrating the military is a solid premise, but one we've seen before. So there needs to be a bit of extra spice to really bring this hoax dish to life. Maybe the aliens look like human babies? Or it could turn out that we were the aliens all along? Just something a little extra. And I rolled my eyes at the "Area 51" comment. I mean really, do you think aliens would make a beeline for Area 51? No, their first steps would be to assume control of Tinder and the popular restaurant franchise Applebees. With the mating habits of the young, and the dining habits of the old squarely under their control, the aliens would be able to both stymy our ability to reproduce, and our ability to keep our elderly non-cranky and somewhat tolerable. We'd be doomed within hours.
The biblical apocalypse plot must also be addressed. First of all, you can't just layer aliens and bible End Times on top of each other like some kind of misery parfait. You have to mix them together with skillful writing, such as "God was an alien all along." Also you can't just handwave the events of the apocalypse by saying, "in the last days extremely violent times will come." That's lazy writing. You've got to show, not tell, your audience. What kind of hell violence is this exactly? Everyone's skin is now fire? Our skeletons come out of our bodies and attack us? You've got to use details to paint a scene. So the next time you startle Californians with hoax emergency broadcasts, put some effort into your art. And if you really want to scare Californians, tell us the end times means drought, and drought means no avocados.