Containment Review Pilot Episode
Premieres on Tuesday April 19th at 9:00 P.M.
Recently I was lucky enough to see a sneak preview of Containment at Wonder-Con 2016 here in Los Angeles. This is the newest television show coming to The CW Network. What I thought I was going to be viewing was another zombie apocalypse show. I couldn’t have been further from that realization. Yes, this show has a deadly epidemic outbreak, but once contracted, your fate is sealed and final. No waking up in a few moments to have an instant craving for flesh. This is a pleasant and needed change. There are already two great shows on television dealing with zombies.
Containment is the American version of a 2014 Belgian Flemish language drama series called Cordon. I haven’t seen that version but I heard it is excellent. This show takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, where a deadly virus has been released and has quickly taken over the city. It is police officer Lex Carnahan’s (David Gyasi) job to keep the sanity on the streets. He just quarantines and makes a containment boundary within the city. The problem is that his girlfriend Jana (Christina Marie Moses) and his partner on the force – and longtime friend – Jake (Chris Wood) are in the restricted area. But they are not the only ones the show is concentrated on. It seems there are a few other stories revolving around basically the same type of situation, but with different pressing matters. This could get mundane if not developed efficiently. Lets hope for the best.
This first episode is really on point and has a nice quick pace to it; not boring at all. My problem is: Can it keep this pace and level of enjoyment going after a few more episodes? Showrunner Julie Plec has had great success with Vampire Diaries and The Originals also on The CW Network. Where my dilemma lies is after a few seasons of these shows they jump the shark. Only so many times can someone die come back and love someone else. If you have seen those shows you know what I am talking about. Being that this is a different kind of show for this channel it might hold its own. With more blood spilled then all the other shows combined on The CW, I’m not giving up on this show just yet, and hope it proves me wrong. I’m just scared that this will get too much into a love story and lose focus on the virus and the mindset of citizens in this dire situation. Are you excited to see Containment? If so, tell me why in the comments!