Saturday, March 28, 2020

‘Containment’ on Netflix: The 2016 series about a deadly virus in the U.S. is as chilling as ever

Imagine that a man staggers into a hospital in your city with what seems like a bad cold and consults with a doctor before vanishing in fear. (It later turns out that he’s an illegal immigrant.) The doctor, after showing symptoms almost immediately, dies soon after, of what proves to be a highly lethal and hitherto unknown virus. It’s hard to say how things would go from this point, but your city could find itself facing what Atlanta faces in a single-season TV drama from a few years back: the quarantine of the hospital and an entire section of the city. Just like that, something very much like the outbreak of coronavirus (officially named COVID-19) that’s ravaging China and worrying the rest of the world could begin playing itself out here.

The scenario I just outlined comes from Containment, which was adapted from a Belgian series called Cordon by Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) for the CW in 2016. I watched it back then but forgot all about it until earlier this year, when events in China suddenly seemed to be replaying the whole thing. As the 13-episode drama unfolds (it’s now available for streaming on Netflix),


Prakash is a tech freak, passionate about every new gadget and technology that comes his way. Always searching, always curios, he managed to gather an astounding experience that is very useful in his journalistic career.

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