Netflix has been investing a lot in teen and post-apocalyptic dramas. In the past couple of months itself, the streaming service has released shows like ‘The Society’ and ‘Black Summer’, both of which focus on a world that doesn’t resemble the current world in any way. Last year, it aired its first Danish show, ‘The Rain’, another post-apocalyptic drama with adults, relatively close to teenage, at its centre. The show was well received and with the second season, it has strengthened its position as a serious audience-attracting series. If you haven’t yet seen it, catch both the seasons on Netflix.
Summary of the Plot
‘The Rain’ is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious virus has killed almost everyone. In the first season, we see two kids, Simone and Rasmus, left in a bunker by their father, Frederick. For six years, they stay inside it, while the world outside is destroyed by the virus that their father had created. They are eventually found by a group of survivors, with whom they take a journey to find him.
The first season gives us a backstory of all the main characters and what they had been like before the rain killed everyone else. The dynamics of their relationships with each other are explored and both, Simone and Rasmus, develop strong connections with the group. We are also introduced to the new world order where it is “every man for himself” scenario and people kill each other for food and water since the rain has contaminated everything else. We even meet a group of people that have adopted a cannibalistic way of life! I think that was the lowest point for humanity in ‘The Rain’. By the end of the season, Simone and Rasmus reunite with their father and they discover that Rasmus contains the original form of the virus. This means that either is the cure that will save the world or the one who will destroy it.
The second season begins with the group running away from Apollon, the evil scientific organisation for whom Frederick worked. The last scene of the previous season gave us a hint that the people who run Apollon don’t want Rasmus just so that they can concoct a cure. They are actually trying to weaponize the virus, and if they have both, the disease and its remedy, then there is nothing to stop them from becoming richer and more powerful. The second season sheds more light on the nature of the virus and how it has assimilated itself with Rasmus. The group tries to find a cure for him after Frederick is shot dead by Apollon’s army. Meanwhile, they discover startling things about the experiments at Apollon. By the end of the second season, the virus completely takes over Rasmus’ body, and they become one invincible force.