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Containment - (S01E11)


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. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD. But Lex's job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area. Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17 year-old Teresa, who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank, an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts, the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus. On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak, and has asked for Lex's help in enforcing the cordon - which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn't add up in the official story being told. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other's trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise.

Episode Title: Nothing Gold Can Stay
Airs: 2016-07-05 at 21:00
  • Tom Long

    This is a disaster movie writ large for TV and the simple fact is, it works despite some none-too-subtle turns. You can’t help being enthralled by a story you wouldn’t want to be a part of.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Terry Terrones

    While none of these actors are household names, all are convincing, believable and engaging. ... This is one of those series that will make you ask yourself what you would do in a similar situation. It might lead to some uncomfortable moments, but Containment sure does make for entertaining television.

    Colorado Springs Gazette Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Containment may not be the CW’s answer to “Downton Abbey,” but it’s a very well-made, well-written and well-acted thriller that will keep you guessing about everything except for the quality of the series.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    Although the dialogue is occasionally a bit cute, the rest of the cast comes across as mostly solid and believable.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    However derivative Containment may be, it attains a certain creepy power as it rolls along its yuckily apocalyptic way. Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    None of this qualifies as breezy spring/summertime entertainment. Still, if apocalyptic drama is your entertainment of choice, then Containment might well keep you contented.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Although Containment may be convincing, it isn’t particularly compelling, because the characters seldom register as anything other than pawns--most of them sacrificial.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The story’s fine. It’s just filled with a bunch of overacting and poorly orchestrated scenes.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    What happens to people when [insert fear here] strikes is the plot for every disaster movie ever. Containment, serviceably if not excitingly adapted by Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) from Cordon, a Belgian series, isn't out to reinvent the genre, even as it extends it to 13 episodes.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Its first episode raises some chills--those initial moments of realization during an outbreak always do--but as the series progresses it increasingly seems assembled from characters and plot threads that we’ve seen repeatedly.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    A multi-character drama, Containment is fine but unexceptional.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    It’s a series without interesting characters, story or a modicum of tension.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Undemanding viewers (not a judgment) may find Containment diverting nonetheless. If nothing here seems the least real, the series' flaws, from its underpowered budget to its overripe dialogue, are those of innumerable, sometimes beloved B-, C- and D-grade pictures before it — not excluding the high-toned epigrams, from Socrates and Matthew and such that introduce each episode with a sheen of classy meaning.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Containment has a reasonably suspenseful pilot as directed by David Nutter (Game of Thrones, The X-Files). But as the series proceeds, it just becomes more repetitive and tedious.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    The CW's Containment is an occasionally terrifying, mostly formulaic tribute to the primal unease that comes from watching somebody coughing up blood.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    Something like this has to be gripping, and Containment is anything but.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Brian P. Kelly

    While the too-rare action sequences can be thrilling--as when meth heads lay siege to Jana’s office hoping to score some chemicals to huff--such instances aren’t enough to inoculate viewers against the deadly dull.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    A thoroughly uninspired drama about a pandemic.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    The acting is underwhelming all around with the exception of Gyasi, who only seems limited by what’s on the page.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Plagued by mediocre writing and stubbornly dull acting, this unpleasant misfire feels like slow death as it spins out subplots from Disaster Movie 101. [18 Apr-1 May 2016, p.19]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review

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