“Watching this story play out in a non-North American, non-English speaking country is engaging for its novelty. ‘The Rain’ spins mysteries well, dropping reveals and intriguing tidbits with impeccable timing. That quality makes ‘The Rain’ a great binge show.”
“The Rain” is a Danish web television SF series created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo. It premiered on Netflix on May 4, 2018 (no. of episodes: 8). On May 30th, 2018, Netflix renewed “The Rain” for a Season 2.
“The Rain” isn’t a US show, but Netflix’s first original Danish series. After the success of German-language SF thriller “Dark”, the streaming service has bought a post-apocalyptic survival show from the home of “The Killing”.
The casting, too—save for the Andrew Lincoln look-alike (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) who makes every shot he’s in a distracting trip—is well executed, especially in the case of the two nearly-twin Rasmuses, the oldest/swolest of whom (Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen) is so eerily close to his character’s 10-year old portrayer (Bertil De Lorenzi) that you will genuinely believe the producers trapped a kid in a bunker for six years just to get your doubletake.
The premise sees two Danish siblings emerge from a bunker six years after a virus carried by the rain wipes out almost the entire Scandinavian population. The kids struggle to survive in this new world, and to grow up free of social convention and parental guidance.
The design of this post-human Denmark is impressive in its scope. Entire cities are imagined in ghostly abandoned detail, not just sticking to highways with driverless cars strewn about. Burnt-out fast food storefronts and the logistics of a series of corporate research bunkers are items in a list of the eerie subtractions and additions that build out the consequences of a widespread epidemic.
Netflix has made a solid niche for itself as distributor of high-quality foreign territory properties—“Travelers”, “Babylon Berlin”, “3%”—but none has yet been a breakout mainstream success.
Created by Jenny Ann Balverde, Esben Toft Jacobsen, Christian Potalivo.
Series directed by Kenneth Kainz (8 episodes, 2018), Natasha Arthy (4 episodes, 2018)
Series writing credits : Jannik Tai Mosholt (8 episodes, 2018), Christian Potalivo (8 episodes, 2018), Esben Toft Jacobsen (8 episodes, 2018), Poul Berg (2 episodes, 2018), Lasse Kyed Rasmussen (2 episodes, 2018), Marie Østerbye (2 episodes, 2018), Mette Heeno (1 episode, 2018)
Cast: Alba August (Simone), Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen (Rasmus), Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (Martin), Lukas Løkken (Patrick), Jessica Dinnage (Lea), Angela Bundalovic (Beatrice), Johannes Kuhnke (Sten).