Wondercon 2016: Containment Pilot Blows Us Away

Credit: The CW
Credit: The CW

One of the many great things about Wondercon is getting the opportunity to view pilots. This year, the CW brought comic con goers the pilot for the newest drama Containment.

Containment is the US version of the hit TV series Cordon from Belgium. The show was officially ordered as a series by The CW on May 7, 2015,[1] and is set to debut April 19, 2016.

The synopsis is as follow:

When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure.

When Containment was first announced, it immediately was compared to the film Outbreak, starring Rene Russo, Dustin Hoffman, and Morgan Freeman. In the film, much of the focus was on how the United States government would respond to a deadly virus epidemic in small town suburbia. 

Containment‘s aim though is so much more complex than that as it is set in a big city, which ups the drama factor. Not to mention it has quite the impressive cast to boot.

It stars David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas, Interstellar), Christina Moses, Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries, The Carrie Diaries), Claudia Black (Stargate SG-1), and Kristen Gutoskie, whom all attended the panel on Friday afternoon. They were also joined by executive producer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries).

The pilot itself was quite revealing. Containment is definitely going to up the squeamish factor for the CW, which is mainly known for its supernatural elements.

With its fast pacing and intense dialogue, the show will definitely set itself apart from the offerings on the network. The actors on the show are also quite captivating. A few minutes into the episode, Chris Wood’s character Jake Riley quickly became a favorite; the actor was greeted by cheers from the audience as soon as he stepped out.

Claudia Black’s character Sabine Lommers also was quickly established as a character people will learn to love to hate. The actress labeled her as a “bad news Barbie.”

While the pilot got things off to a crazy start,the season itself isn’t very long. The show will run for 13 episodes and the timeline for the show is 19 days, which is a lot of drama in a small time frame.

Check out the trailer for Containment below!

Containment debuts on April 19 on the CW.

Erika Negrón Rivera
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