The Rain (TV series)

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The Rain
The Rain.png
GenreDrama
Post-apocalyptic
Psychological thriller
Science fiction
Created byJenny Ann Balverde
Esben Toft Jacobsen
Christian Potalivo
Written byJannik Tai Mosholt
Lasse Kyed Rasmussen
Marie Østerbye
Poul Berg
Mette Heeno
Directed byKenneth Kainz
Natasha Arthy
Composer(s)AV AV AV
Country of originDenmark United States[1][2]
Original language(s)Danish
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Peter Bose
  • Jonas Allen
Producer(s)Christian Potalivo
Production location(s)Denmark
CinematographyJesper Tøffner
Rasmus Heise
Editor(s)My Thordal
Marlene Billie Andreasen
Morten Egholm
Benjamin Binderup
Esben Bay Grundsøe
Running time35–48 minutes
Production company(s)Miso Film
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMay 4, 2018

The Rain is a Danish post-apocalyptic web television series created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo.[3] It premiered on Netflix on May 4, 2018.[3]

On May 30, 2018, Netflix renewed The Rain for a second season.[4]

Premise[edit]

When a virus that is carried by rainfall wipes out almost all humans in Scandinavia, Danish siblings Simone and Rasmus take shelter in a bunker. Six years later, they emerge to search for their father, a scientist who left them in the bunker but never returned. Along the way they join a group of young survivors and together they travel across Denmark and Sweden, searching for a safe place, and for the siblings' father, who may be able to provide the answers and the cure.[5]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Johannes Bah Kuhnke as Sten, Frederik's boss
  • Lars Simonsen as Dr. Frederik Andersen, Simone and Rasmus' father
  • Jacob Luhmann as Thomas, Apollon "stranger"
  • Iben Hjejle as Ellen Andersen, Simone and Rasmus' mother
  • Bertil De Lorenzi as Young Rasmus

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Stay Inside"Kenneth KainzJannik Tai MosholtMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)

A deadly virus spread by rainfall forces siblings Simone and Rasmus and their parents to seek refuge in a well-equipped underground bunker. The siblings’ father, Dr. Frederik Andersen, is a scientist who works for Apollon, the company that crafted the bunkers. He leaves the siblings with their mother in the bunker, saying he'll be back. Before he leaves, he instructs Simone to protect Rasmus, as he is the key to curing the virus. On hearing someone attempting to get inside the bunker, Simone opens the bunker door, assuming it is her father. Her mother, knowing that it is not Frederick and that their family will be infected if anyone else comes in, runs outside the bunker and tackles the stranger before he can enter. She is exposed to the virus and quickly dies, leaving Simone and Rasmus alone. At first the children are able to contact someone by radio, but the communication eventually stops. Simone has flashbacks to her parents' arguing about treating a sick Rasmus with some sort of virus. Six years pass. With their food supply dwindling, Rasmus wants to leave. Simone agrees, but first goes out alone in a contagion suit while Rasmus sleeps and finds only collapsed, desolate ruins. Later, back at the bunker, the air control alarms go off, signaling that oxygen is depleted. When Rasmus and Simone open the hatch to escape, they are confronted at gunpoint by other survivors who had covered the vents to force the siblings out.

Flashback: Simone & Rasmus
2"Stay Together"Kenneth KainzJannik Tai MosholtMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)

Simone shows the group's leader, Martin, a map of other bunkers and promises them food. She then destroys the map, telling them they need to keep her alive to find it. In a flashback, Martin is revealed to have been a soldier tasked with holding the quarantine line at the onset of the virus. Unable to shoot a woman who is walking the highway holding an infant, Martin allows her to pass the checkpoint. He later finds his patrol dead, infected by the woman. In the present, the group encounter two men, referred to as ‘Strangers’, who are hunting survivors. Martin and Patrick (another member of Martin's group) kill the men. As the group travels, they struggle between doing what is needed to survive and holding on to their humanity. Finally, they arrive at the second bunker. Simone finds her father's phone in the bunker and learns, via information she finds on the device, that her father has likely traveled to Apollon headquarters in Sweden. Simone tells Martin that she and Rasmus are going to find their father.

Flashback: Martin
3"Avoid the City"Kenneth KainzJannik Tai MosholtMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)

Simone and Rasmus venture into the city of Copenhagen as they travel toward Sweden. They are soon joined by Beatrice, Lea, and Jean. Lea believes that Simone's search represents hope and calls Simone "their guiding star." Emotionally connected to Beatrice, Martin later follows along with a frustrated Patrick. Separated, each finds shelter during a rain storm. Simone helps a small child, only to later see him attacked and killed by a desperate group of starving scavengers. Beatrice and Rasmus take shelter in an expensive house, with Beatrice claiming that it is the house she was born in. Martin and Patrick take shelter inside a bus. Playing with a piece of tech he took off the dead ‘strangers’, the device activates--revealing itself to be a map. Martin's group meets up after the storm, but a scavenger follows them and takes Rasmus hostage. The scavenger threatens to slit Rasumus's throat if the group doesn't give up their food supply to him. Martin and Patrick arrive and the scavenger stabs Rasmus before escaping with a bag of food supplies. The group arrive at a third bunker only to find it stripped bare. In a flashback, Beatrice tells Martin a story about her family house, similar to the one she told Rasmus, revealing that she is not being truthful. In the present, Martin shows Simone the map and they determine it is of the quarantine zone. Because the map shows a wall to the north, Martin concludes the spread of the virus was stopped. The wall, he declares, is where they need to go.

Flashback: Beatrice
4"Trust No One"Kenneth KainzPoul BergMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)

Rasmus, suffering from the stab wound he sustained earlier, is unable to walk, so Simone plans with the group to steal a vehicle from one of the quarantine patrols run by the ‘strangers’. The group manage to successfully intercept a quarantine patrol and incapacitate a group of ‘strangers’. As Martin interrogates the captured ‘strangers’ for information, Jean spots a snake tattoo on one of the men and recalls a memory that haunts him. He urges Martin to kill the men, and Patrick agrees. Martin seemingly does so, upsetting Simone. In a flashback, Jean stays with a kind family in the early days of the virus. One day, a quarantine patrol arrives and a group of strangers confront the father of the family instructing him to come with them. When the father refuses, he is killed by a man with a snake tattoo and the mother is taken away. Trying to quiet the shocked daughter to protect them from discovery by the ‘strangers’, Jean accidentally smothers her to death. After the ‘strangers’ leave, Jean buries the family and is introduced to Beatrice and Lea, who had come upon him as he stood before the graves he had just dug. In the present, the group has moved north and meets a doctor who operates on Rasmus’ stab wound. After Simone reveals who their father is, the doctor tells them she, too, used to work for Apollon. The doctor lures Simone and Rasmus away from the rest of the group and to her own bunker, confessing that she blames Dr. Andersen, the siblings’ father, for the death of her children. The doctor attempts to inject Rasmus with a fatal poison. The ‘strangers’ arrive and, seeing the man with the snake tattoo, Jean shoots him in the head and is then captured by the rest of the ‘strangers’. The others flee to the bunker. Patrick goes in alone and shoots the doctor, declaring that this is how things will be done from now on. Later, Patrick asks Martin why he listens to Simone and not him. Martin tells Patrick that the latter made the choice not to help Jean, and so is partially responsible for his fate. Patrick breaks down in tears. The group takes shelter as the rain falls during the night.

Flashback: Jean
5"Have Faith"Natasha Arthy, Kenneth KainzMette HeenoMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)

Lost in the woods, the survivors stumble upon a mansion where residents invite them to stay the night. Martin is distrustful of the residents, who appear very cult-like. The others enjoy the accommodations, including showers, fresh food and clean clothes. They are asked to forget their past and live in the now. In a flashback, Lea, a devout Christian, goes to a teen party against her mother's wishes. As a prank, her school peers spike her drink, and Lea's drunken behavior is caught on video and shared. Her mother sees the video, which has gone viral, and disowns Lea. Inside the house of the party, Lea prays for God to save her, and moments later the rain begins. Her partying peers die from the virus (having all gathered outside except for Lea herself). Lea’s mother dies from the virus also, having stepped outside during the rain in an attempt to pick Lea up. In the present, Lea bonds with an older woman, Karen, who teaches her to let go of the guilt she carries. Simone discovers that an Apollon employee is a resident of the mansion and seeks information from him. That night, all residents of the mansion are invited to a monthly "ceremony". It is revealed that every month a member is randomly chosen to be killed and eaten for the next month's ceremony, allowing them to be one with the group. Lea is "chosen", but Karen takes her place and the survivors are allowed to leave. Because he will not let go of the past, the Apollon employee is forced out of the mansion against his will. When he catches up with the survivors he tells them Apollon is responsible for ending the world before injecting himself with the virus and dying. Simone collects the syringe and the group walks into the night.

Flashback: Lea
6"Keep Your Friends Close"Natasha Arthy, Kenneth KainzJannik Tai MosholtMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)

As the group squats in a cabin, Patrick is hurt when Martin states the two are not friends during a casual conversation. Needing supplies, the group prepares to go to the next bunker, but Rasmus says he is too sick to move. Simone, Martin, Patrick and Lea go, planning to return with supplies. In fact, Rasmus faked illness to spend more time with Beatrice. It rains and the four are stuck in the bunker. They find videos of Apollon testing vaccines on random individuals. Depressed and alone, Patrick gets drunk. In a flashback to before the rain, Patrick is a loser who cannot hold a job or a girlfriend and his father disowns him. He is getting high in his car when the rain comes, sparing his life. In the present, a drunk Patrick tries to kiss Simone. When she rejects him, he staggers towards the rain, they tussle and Simone is pushed into the rain. Patrick tells Martin to shoot her, assuming she is infected. Martin hesitates, and Lea stands between the gun and Simone. Lea then backs up into the rain with Simone. When neither has a reaction, they both go into the bunker. Martin realizes he should have stood with Simone and walks into the rain, too. Back at the cabin, Beatrice and Rasmus enjoy their intimate day together and eventually kiss. Later, at the bunker, Martin tells Patrick he needs to leave and not come back, because he had pushed Simone into the rain. In a flashback, Patrick meets Martin for the first time, Martin telling him he's lucky they met when Patrick gives him a lighter. Patrick says it is the first time anyone has said that. In the present, Patrick returns to Rasmus and Beatrice, only to find Rasmus in a state of panic carrying Beatrice’s corpse --she had been hit with a drop of water from the leaking roof during the night before as she and Rasmus slow danced together. Patrick panics and runs away, only to trip and be captured by the ‘strangers’.

Flashback: Patrick
7"Don't Talk to Strangers"Natasha Arthy, Kenneth KainzPoul BergMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)

A band of armed ‘strangers’ torture Patrick in order to extract information from him. Patrick discloses to the ‘strangers’ about the bunker, where Simone and Lea and Martin are at, and about Rasmus not having been infected by Beatrice. Meanwhile, Rasmus arrives at the bunker carrying Beatrice's corpse. In the bunker's quarantine room, Rasmus begins to unravel, refusing to leave her side. Eventually he does, but he contacts the ‘strangers’ and allows himself to be captured. In a flashback, Sten, the head of Apollon, briefs the mission to the ‘strangers’, and then reveals to them that they have ingested the virus, which will be triggered if they leave the zone before finding an immune survivor. Like the survivors, the Strangers are trapped. In the present, the leader of the ‘strangers’, Thomas, feels Rasmus is the one they are looking for. After burying Beatrice, Simone, Martin and Lea capture a ‘stranger’. They try to trade him for Rasmus, but a depressed Rasmus takes the syringe with the virus and injects himself. However, he does not die. Martin makes up with Patrick, setting him free. Everyone leaves for Apollon headquarters, hoping Rasmus is the cure. As they leave, a ‘stranger’ kisses Rasmus on the forehead for good luck. He dies of the virus soon after the rest of the group is gone.

Flashback: Thomas
8"Trust Your Instincts"Natasha Arthy, Kenneth KainzJannik Tai MosholtMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)

Arriving at Apollon headquarters, the group is separated. Rasmus and Simone meet their father while Martin, Patrick and Lea wait in a bunker. In the bunker they are reunited with Jean, much to Lea’s joy. Simone's father, Dr. Andersen, tells her that they need to get away. To get the antidote, he tells her, they will need to access Rasmus' brain and bone marrow, killing him. In a flashback, Dr. Andersen lies to Apollon, claiming his children are dead in order to save them. Dr. Andersen has been exposing people to the virus in an attempt to find someone to replace Rasmus, and brutally killed a colleague who found out the lie. In the present, a doctor taking a swab from Rasmus is infected and dies. Dr. Andersen realizes the virus has mutated and that Rasmus is now a carrier, needing to be stopped to save the world. As the lab goes on lockdown, Lea, Jean, Martin and Patrick are reunited with Simone and Rasmus and plan to flee. However, Dr. Andersen shoots Martin in an attempt to stop the group from leaving with Rasmus. Patrick arrives with a stolen vehicle and the group reaches the wall. The ‘strangers’ block their path, and Thomas tells them that the nutritional supplements Jean, Lea, Martin and Patrick were given were really the unactivated virus. The four cannot leave, except Simone with Rasmus. The group encourages her to go. However, Simone cannot bear leaving her friends behind so the group back away from the wall and drive away. Thomas tells Simone that he’ll be after her. In a final scene, Sten is making a sales pitch to a select group of investors, telling them the virus can be controlled and weaponized.

Flashback: Frederik

Production[edit]

Production on Season 1 commenced in late June 2017 in Denmark and Sweden.[6]

Netflix announced on May 30, 2018, that the series will go into production for a second season late this year for a 2019 launch.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'THE RAIN', NETFLIX'S FIRST DANISH ORIGINAL SERIES STARTS PRODUCTION IN DENMARK". Netflix Media Center.
  2. ^ "The Rain". Netflix Media Center.
  3. ^ a b "The Rain | Netflix Official Site". www.netflix.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (2018-05-30). "'The Rain' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  5. ^ "The Rain Trailer: Netflix Apocalyptic Danish Series".
  6. ^ "Netflix Plans Post-Apocalyptic Danish Series "Rain" - Dark Horizons". www.darkhorizons.com.
  7. ^ "Netflix Renews Second Season of the Rain". media.netflix.com.

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