The world as we know it has ended. Six years after a brutal virus carried by the rain wiped out almost all humans in Scandinavia, two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of their bunker to find all remnants of civilization gone. Soon they join a group of young survivors and together set out on a danger-filled quest through abandoned Scandinavia, searching for any sign of life.
Set free from their collective past and societal rules the group has the freedom to be who they want to be. In their struggle for survival, they discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world there’s still love, jealousy, coming of age, and many of the problems they thought they’d left behind with the disappearance of the world they once knew. (synopsis via Den of Geek)
Remember how much fun it was when you were a kid and you spent many a happy hour running through pouring rain, the sheer delight of the joys of being alive coursing through your veins? (Truth be told, I did this once in 1991 after days of being cooped up in the house and had a freaking ball. I regret nothing.)
Well, best you keep those happy memories tucked away where they’re safe because new Danish TV show The Rain is any guide, and with the way the environment is going these days, it could quite scarily be, going out in those kinds of downpours could be your death knell.
Created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Christian Potalivo and Esben Toft Jacobsen, and starring Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, The Rain plunges us, yeah sorry about that but who can resist a watery reference, into a dystopian future where the rain doesn’t bring life, and giddy childlike enjoyment but death and all its attendant miseries.
It’s bleak, its grim but hey that’s fertile storytelling ground for any drama and The Rain looks like it’s going to make damn good use of its bone-dry premise.
Just leave an umbrella at home will ya? Hazmat suit should be more your new going-out style …
The Rain premieres on Netflix sometime in the northern Spring.