Netflix has released a new trailer for its Danish sci-fi series, The Rain. Following the release of The Rain teaser trailer, this new trailer suggests there will be heavy drama and killer precipitation on the show. As the tagline goes, “If you stay alive, then you stay dry.”
Created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo, the eight-episode series bears fundamental similarities to North American end of days television programming. However, instead of a primarily adult focus like The Walking Dead, The Rain will examine two youthful siblings who attempt to survive in post-apocalyptic Scandinavia, both physically and mentally. The show focuses on identity and fate, as a brother and sister re-eneter society after five years in hiding. These characters aren’t neither prepared for life outside the bunker, nor are they prepared for new societal rules amongst people their own age, and certainly when dealing with their elders.
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Today, Netflix released The Rain’s official trailer, and it provides a more substantial look at the series’ primary villain and the terrain that siblings Simone (Alba August) and Rasmus (Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen) must navigate. You can watch said trailer in the space above.
In the beginning, the new trailer for The Rain expands on the initial chaos, leaving the show's kids hiding in their father’s customized panic room. From there, The Rain trailer explores interpersonal dynamics, as survivors attempt to process their new reality while forming bonds with trusted allies. Unsurprisingly, Simone and Rasmus struggle to adapt, thus setting the stage for a mass character study on psychological war, with the rain itself instigating the inherent drama.
After the success of German series Dark and Babylon Berlin, Netflix continues to expand its global reach by tapping into the Scandinavian market. But whereas Dark focuses mostly on a single community and Babylon Berlin has a specific narrative setting, The Rain appears to have more narrative room to explore timely societal issues, and how the human element comes into play not only amongst survivors, but also within social cliques for different age groups. It’s a unique premise, and the series' fundamental question (“Who will you become?”) makes it internationally viable for viewers that are both secure with their own self or trying to find their way in the world.
Netflix begins streaming The Rain on Friday, May 4.