After spending the better part of two years living in the midst of a global pandemic, the procedures that come with it have virtually become the new norm for most of us. Whether that be wearing masks in public or using extra hand sanitizer, society has more or less become accustomed to the quarantine lifestyle and everything that comes with it for better or for worse. With that being said however, the subject was bound to be of significant interest to Hollywood as the creative minds at its heart toy with the idea of what COVID-19 could have really been like had we not taken the necessary precautions. Always at the forefront of entertainment, HBO is ready to take their stab at it in their new series Station Eleven which similarly takes a look at a society ravaged by a flu-like pandemic in rather dramatic fashion.
COVID-19 upended the lives of virtually everybody on the planet when it hit in March of last year, shutting down entire industries and overcrowding hospitals with hoards of sick patients. It wasn’t until this year we seemingly began to get a handle on things and even then, there have been moments it seemed as though we lost grip of that handle rather easily. We are still learning to fight this infectious disease, but as we do that the creative minds at Hollywood have been hard at work as well creating content to keep us entertained while we are forced to quarantine. HBO’s latest project almost turns the camera back att us in a way in Station Eleven which takes a look at a society also plagued by a flu-like pandemic that forces them to significantly alter their way of living after an apocalyptic blowout that wipes out a substantial proportion of society. Based upon Emily St. John Mandel’s novel of the same name, the new trailer for the project highlights how life for the survivors is almost bittersweet in a way, and in rather dramatic fashion as the network has in a way become notorious for. The trailer is rather subtle but comes across in poignant fashion that seems to be intriguing, with the project ordered for 10 episodes starring Mackenzie Davis and Himesh Patel; HBO subscribers can find out for themselves when Station Eleven premieres on December 16th.
While some would argue our response was later than it should’ve been already, had we not responded to COVID-19 the way we did the events in Station Eleven were seemingly a lot closer than anybody would like to admit. Thankfully things never reached that point and we have found ways to combat the illness since it took a stranglehold upon society, however a reminder of the worst case scenario isn’t necessarily a bad thing if it provides some entertainment in the process. We will just have to wait and see as Station Eleven is set to premiere in a few short weeks.