Containment (TV series)
by Carl Joos
|Developed by||Julie Plec|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||The CW|
|Original release||April 19– July 19, 2016|
Containment is an American limited series, based on the Belgian television series Cordon. The series was officially ordered as a series by The CW on May 7, 2015, and aired from April 19 through July 19, 2016. Julie Plec serves as executive producer, alongside with David Nutter. The series follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, leaving a section of the city cordoned off under quarantine and those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives.
On May 12, 2016, The CW announced that Containment would not be renewed and would remain as a limited series.
Cast and characters
- David Gyasi as Major Alex "Lex" Carnahan
- Christina Moses as Jana Mayfield
- Chris Wood as Officer Jake Riley
- Kristen Gutoskie as Katie Frank
- Claudia Black as Dr. Sabine Lommers
- George Young as Dr. Victor Cannerts
- Hanna Mangan-Lawrence as Teresa Keaton
- Trevor St. John as Leonard "Leo" Greene
- Zachary Unger as Quentin Frank: Katie's son.
- Sandra Ellis Lafferty as Micheline: Teresa's grandmother.
- Charles Black as Bert: Teresa's grandfather.
- Shawn Parsons as Sam: A building maintenance.
- Nadine Lewington as Suzy: Jana's friend.
- Tiffany Morgan as Leanne: Teresa's mother.
- Demetrius Bridges as Xander Paulson: Teresa's boyfriend.
- Gregory Alan Williams as Police Chief Besser
- Jimmy Gonzales as Officer Meese: A controversial police officer.
- Thom Gossom, Jr. as Mr. Carnahan: Lex's father.
- Robin Spriggs as Harley: An armed menace within the cordon.
- Miles Doleac as Captain Scott: A National Guard captain in charge of cordon security.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||David Nutter||Julie Plec||April 19, 2016||296853||1.67|
|A Syrian man is found to be infected by a highly contagious virus. He infects multiple people, including his doctor and family, and sets in motion a series of events which lead to Zone 6 of Atlanta's being quarantined via a cordon sanitaire. Government official and Dr. Sabine Lommers erects this barrier around Zone 6 to prevent the virus from spreading. She asks police officer Lex Carnahan to stay outside the barrier to maintain calm and become the public face of the virus containment effort in the rest of the city. He eventually accepts, but only in the hopes of learning what is happening inside the quarantine, as his girlfriend Jana and his friend and fellow cop Jake are inside.|
|2||"I to Die, You to Live"||Charles Beeson||Julie Plec||April 26, 2016||3J5952||1.56|
|Authorities discover that the younger cousin of the Syrian man, now deemed "Patient Zero", had a girlfriend who was likely exposed to the virus. Lex and Dr. Lommers must track her down to see if she has been infected. They use citywide security footage to learn that she is at a teen sleepover somewhere inside the cordon. Meanwhile, the pregnant Teresa wishes to visit her grandmother, who has Parkinson's disease. Before she leaves her mother's store a friend stops by to invite her to a party. Teresa's infected friend exposes her to the virus while hugging and kissing her, and Teresa then takes measures to avoid infecting her grandmother. When the authorities confirm the existence of infected people outside the cordon, they position shipping containers to reinforce the barricade, signifying a somewhat more permanent quarantine.|
|3||"Be Angry at the Sun"||Charles Beeson||Marguerite MacIntyre||May 3, 2016||3J5953||1.42|
|While Lex attempts to maintain control outside the cordon, he learns that a young woman, who had close contact with an infected patient, is unaccounted for. With limited resources available, Lex is forced to enlist help from Jake, whose growing resentment towards Lex for getting him trapped inside is causing him to spiral. Meanwhile, Katie must face her students' desperate parents, and Teresa is shaken by a robbery at her mother's store. Furthermore, Leo Greene, a reporter, shows that there is a way out of the cordon, which leads to chaos and the shutdown of all communication inside the cordon, except for that with Dr. Victor Cannerts.|
|4||"With Silence and Tears"||Chris Grismer||Michael Jones-Morales||May 10, 2016||3J5954||1.35|
|Lex continues his PR job until he realizes that that is not the job he wants to do. Katie needs medication, and Jake helps retrieve it and supplies for Dr. Cannerts. Jana makes a phone that works inside the cordon; while looking for a signal on the roof, she meets Sam, head of building ops and maintenance. She successfully makes the call, but it stops working after she talks to Lex for a second. Theresa's mother gets robbed again but is saved by a gang that takes over the shop. Xander tries to get into the cordon and, after an unsuccessful attempt, he gets in with Leo's help.|
|5||"Like a Sheep Among Wolves"||Janice Cooke||Jeff Stetson||May 17, 2016||3J5955||1.28|
|A food drop is organized inside the cordon. With limited police officers available to oversee the distribution, part of the food is taken by the gang still in charge of Theresa's mother's shop. Meanwhile, Lex is getting fed up with the authorities, and Katie realizes a mismatch in the timeline of events which leads to her figuring out that the people in charge are lying to the public. In the end, Meese is seen inside the cordon talking over a sat phone to a Chief Besser, saying that he made it inside the cordon.|
|6||"He Stilled the Rising Tumult"||Michael Allowitz||Elizabeth Peterson||May 24, 2016||3J5956||1.40|
|7||"Inferno"||David Boyd||Matt Corman & Chris Ord||May 31, 2016||3J5957||1.06|
|8||"There Is a Crack in Everything"||Elliott Lester||Ariella Blejer & Dawn Kamoche||June 14, 2016||3J5958||0.95|
|9||"A Kingdom Divided Against Itself"||Lance Anderson||Michael Jones-Morales||June 21, 2016||3J5959||0.87|
|The CDC and the National Guard organize a breach to get a child out of the cordon who may be the key to curing the virus.|
|10||"A Time to Be Born..."||Carol Banker||Elizabeth Peterson||June 28, 2016||3J5960||0.86|
|11||"Nothing Gold Can Stay"||Chris Grismer||Julie Plec & Tom Farrell||July 5, 2016||3J5961||0.82|
|Dr. Lommers blames the virus on Dr. Cannerts, on national television. Katie dies of the virus, with Jake holding her in his arms.|
|12||"Yes Is the Only Living Thing"||Charles Beeson||Marguerite MacIntyre||July 12, 2016||3J5962||0.78|
|13||"Path to Paradise"||Charles Beeson||Matt Corman & Chris Ord||July 19, 2016||3J5963||0.85|
|News media outlets cover Dr. Lommers' scandal and reporting they expect there will be hearings. The two young teenagers get engaged. Lex joins Jana in the cordon. They find another person who has antibodies against the disease. At the series' conclusion, the cordon sanitaire is still in place.|
Filming for the series' pilot episode occurred in February and March 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Several locations were cast as extras in various scenes. In October 2015, the series was in regular production in the Atlanta area.
On Metacritic, the series holds an average score of 48% out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes also reported mixed critical responses, averaging a 53% rating. The website's consensus reads: "Uninspired performances and pedestrian writing make Containment just another in the long line of disaster movie scenarios we've seen played out countless times before." However, Audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes have been largely positive, showing a 78% rating.
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