The Rain is the latest post-apocalyptic offering from Netflix, this time a Netflix Original made in Denmark and created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo. The story takes place in the present day, 6 years after a plague carried by rainwater wiped out almost everyone in Scandinavia. A young brother and sister, Rasmus and Simone, survived alone in an emergency bunker, but now they’ve run out of stores and have to rejoin the world.
They join up with a threatening band of survivors in order to search for food and to find out what happened to Simone and Rasmus’ father, who disappeared at the beginning of the plague. He was somehow involved in the beginning of the disaster, and claimed to know how to stop it. He said he’d return for them, but they’re running out of hope that he’s still alive. He charged Simone with protecting Rasmus, who is somehow the key to curing the plague.
The show is a well-paced mix of The Walking Dead and The 100, with each episode focussing on a different character, as well as having its own plot and furthering the season long arc. There are no zombies, but in the early stages of the disease the infected are contagious yet look normal. As in the Walking Dead’s early seasons, a ragtag group of survivors wanders the countryside, learning how to work together to survive. Like The 100, they are all young, and the earth itself throws dangers at them at unexpected moments. A couple of leaders emerge from within the group, who are often at odds with each other, but also balance each other out. Outsiders are one source of enemies, but water is also the enemy, and Denmark is far from a desert.