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  • Series Premiere Date: May 4, 2018
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  • Summary: A brother and sister emerge from their shelter six years after a rain-based virus wiped out much of the Scandinavia's population to see if there are other survivors in this Danish sci-fi horror series created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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    Reviewed by: Haleigh Foutch
    May 4, 2018
    80
    The Rain‘s greatest strength might be its clever hand with doling out information. If post-apocalyptic fiction has become too rote and familiar over the last decade, a good mystery yarn never loses its appeal, and The Rain spins mysteries well, dropping reveals and intriguing tidbits with impeccable timing. That quality makes The Rain a great binge show.
  2. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    May 3, 2018
    80
    Once you get over the ludicrousness of a killer virus whose host is the weather, The Rain is a taut, tense thriller. The first Danish original series to come from Netflix, it’s gratifyingly fast-paced and unfailingly dark.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 4, 2018
    70
    Though Netflix’s latest binge-a-thon doesn’t always handle the logistics of that situation in a completely convincing way, its premise provides a sturdy backdrop for the suspenseful story of a girl striving to protect her younger brother at all costs.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 29, 2018
    67
    Despite some shaky attempts to build a convincing world, The Rain has much in common with “The Walking Dead.”
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    May 3, 2018
    60
    Within the first ten minutes, it becomes obvious that it will be another post-apocalyptic drama about a virus that devastates humanity, leaving precious few people behind to figure out how to scrap their way toward continued survival. If you’re into that sort of thing, it will grab your attention right away and, based on the initial three episodes made available to critics--most likely hold on to it. But if you’re at all fatigued of dramas about the demise of humanity, you may find it hard to soldier through, especially if you try to swallow all eight episodes in a sitting or two.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    May 4, 2018
    58
    Despite his best efforts, for a show where humanity is under attack, you ultimately need a reason to root for at least most of the humans. The Rain never gets to the point where you’re pulling for the water droplets, but this is one barren wasteland that makes it difficult to care about anything other than surviving it.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    May 3, 2018
    50
    It's basically a mid-tier CW or Freeform show. The execution is thin, but the premise is juicy and after watching three episodes sent to critics, I have enough curiosity to keep going.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 35
  2. Negative: 15 out of 35
  1. May 12, 2018
    10
    EXCELLENT show! The kids will get on your nerves during the first 10 minutes but their behavior is necessary to push the plot forward. I'veEXCELLENT show! The kids will get on your nerves during the first 10 minutes but their behavior is necessary to push the plot forward. I've watched the entire first season in one week. I cannot wait for season 2. If you enjoy a blend of sci-fi, horror, and adventure this is the show for you. There are also some truly heartwarming moments. The characters are well-developed and you come to know them through the struggles they face. The voice overs are well-done, also. A MUST WATCH! Expand
  2. May 11, 2018
    10
    I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS. Ok, it was nor a master piece but for a dystopian series The Rain is pretty good. Loved it, hope theyI DON'T UNDERSTAND THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS. Ok, it was nor a master piece but for a dystopian series The Rain is pretty good. Loved it, hope they renew. Don't really understand comments about whining.. If you faced the end of the world, you'd be just happy heroes with all the solutions in mind? I think the characters showed great development, were very believable, the plot kept me engaged, much better than a lot out there! Expand
  3. juh
    May 15, 2018
    9
    *Sorry for my english, I speak french

    Ok so the first episode, i tought the story was a little bit to much/fake. But after it, I fell in
    *Sorry for my english, I speak french

    Ok so the first episode, i tought the story was a little bit to much/fake. But after it, I fell in love with the serie. It's so stressful and well made! The character play well to. Good job Danish people. Can't wait for the second season :)
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  4. May 14, 2018
    5
    This Danish show does have a nice premise, a mysterious rain, out of nowhere, that apparently everyone that gets in touch with it hasThis Danish show does have a nice premise, a mysterious rain, out of nowhere, that apparently everyone that gets in touch with it has convulsions and die. The show consists in a group of people trying to survive in that universe and reach a determined place and face some situations during the way.
    This show have one giant problem that may be the worst thing in it, is that the story is based in conveniences and coincidences, and it does happens every damn episode, the character decides to go from a point A to a B and among several other places that they could go, coincidentally in that one specific that they went there is a tip of where could they go, this kind of thing happens every time and is really uncomfortable for whoever is watching.
    Another big thing that bothered me a lot, is that some characters are just annoying, the main characters is so annoying sometimes that you feel wrong that they are the main, Simone, interpreted by ALba August, is a over protective sister that will do anything to protect her brother, in the beginning it worked out, in the first episode it was great and was fun and enjoyable to watch, but after some episodes it was just awful and repetitive to see the same thing, she was like that character that wanted to protect the boy, but did not let him grow as a person and neither as a character, he never developed to be a good character and i blame her for it, and by the way the boy is such of a nonsense character, somethings that happens is so dumb that i couldn't like him that much, when they both are in the bunker, for me, they both worked out much better than in the rest of the show. They tried to make Simone a character that is contrary in all of what happens in that world, but it goes beyond that, they trie so hard that, that it feels naivety way to much.
    One thing that i liked was the production quality, the show have nice cameras and is enjoyable to much as its visuals, but in other hand the world building that it had wasn't very great, for six years without much people working and walking around the place should be different.
    It is very predictable and superficial, you question the show all the time, why are the characters doing one specific thing, you question the inteligence of the characters, wich is horrible, and question how the world works, wich makes it a little less believable because of the lack of sense and explanations.
    The chemistry of the group worked for me at most, the Mikkel Boe Følsgaard character, Martin, was very good for me, in some moments cliche, but very functional. Angela Bundalovic interpreted Beatrice, and she did a great job, she was formidable, the show forced 2 relationships and one of those you bought it because of her, she was a high point of the show. The other relationship that they do is completely forced and you won't buy it, even for a moment. The other actors and actresses are all functional and worked as a group.
    The show holds itself because of the mystery, you get curious watching it and want to know what is happening, some things that you want explanations they never explain and doesn't feel right, but hopefully they will clear things up next seasons, doesn't need to everything makes sense, but some crucial plot things is needed.
    This show had a great potential but the lack of creativity couldn't make it reach what it could had, but unfortunately it isn't remarkable or any close of it.
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  5. May 22, 2018
    3
    The idea is interesting but unfortunately this lacks in execution and details. The main storyline feels like a lot of missed chances. EachThe idea is interesting but unfortunately this lacks in execution and details. The main storyline feels like a lot of missed chances. Each episode introduces a new side plot and resolves it almost instantly while simultaneously giving us back story on the characters through incredibly rushed and very bland flashbacks. Then the details.. Sigh. We are to believe that some of the characters haven't showered in 6 years, yet there is no sign of body hair (one of the characters even has a perfectly groomed moustache). The rain is deadly (instantly kills) yet right after the rain stops they can just carry on and touch grass, plants, whatever that has been touched by the rain. Too many plot holes and not enough to make up for it. The characters are bland and unsympathetic. Hard to get into it and actually start rooting for them. Great potential but extremely poor execution. Expand
  6. May 10, 2018
    1
    I couldnt even make it through the first episode, disobedient dumb children that ruin everything causing their mother to die, just terribleI couldnt even make it through the first episode, disobedient dumb children that ruin everything causing their mother to die, just terrible everything. Expand
  7. May 13, 2018
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first 10 minutes of this were enough to deter me from the rest of the show. Typical ridiculous character choices as in the teenage girl who opens the door to the the shelter after being warned not to and kills her mother. This is just another poorly thought out show relying on stupid human choices to make some drama rather than any meaningful development. 1/10. Expand

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