I don’t know about you, but if I ever heard the words “cordon,” “quarantine” or “virus outbreak” in the city I was residing, not only would I be worried about myself and my loved ones potentially dying, but I’d also be staying far away from anyone and everyone. I mean, you don’t know who has been in contact with the incurable (so far) virus that has a 100 percent mortality rate.
Well, the same can’t be said for some of the characters on Containment. To be clear, I’m not referring to all of the main characters, but there are a few minor ones that are annoying the hell out of me. For example, during Tuesday’s episode, titled “I To Die, You To Live,” a handful of teens decided to throw a party and act like being cordoned is the perfect time to act like nothing bad will ever happen.
I hate to break it to them, but this isn’t the time to be getting drunk and acting like they’re invincible. Unfortunately, they learned the hard way that they should’ve been taking the quarantine much more seriously, because most of them ended up being exposed to the virus, meaning they will probably all die.
I get that people are scared, confused and still aren’t quite sure what’s happening. I also can’t imagine being separated from your friends and family thanks to the cordon. That said, if the police and the Centers for Disease Control are putting up electric fences and giving out warnings to not touch anyone or avoid all bodily fluids, then don’t you think people would be a bit more cautious? That sure sounds serious to me.
Based on Episode 2 and the fact that shipping containers are now being used to contain those inside the cordon, I think everyone will start taking it all a bit more seriously. Or at least I hope so. If not, then let’s hope Jake and Lex can get a handle on everyone and even instil a little bit of fear into them.
I know the latter sounds a bit harsh, but if everyone keeps trying to leave the cordon or refuses to listen to what they’re being told, they aren’t going to alleviate the situation but will only make things much worse and possibly even help spread the virus.
Clearly, Containment is doing a good job at showcasing what a real-life situation of a virus outbreak would probably look like. There would be contentious, frightened and desperate individuals who are going to do whatever they want, will go to extreme lengths for survival and are going to try to see their loved ones before it’s too late.
Plus, you can’t have a series without some type of conflict or it would just be boring. Enter the annoying characters, who I want to shout at for acting like complete fools, and Trevor St. John’s Leo Greene, who loves to stir the pot and may even cause more havoc with his blog.
I’m sure my irritation will skyrocket with each new episode and as the virus spreads like wildfire. I just need to keep telling myself to focus on Chris Wood’s brilliance and how amazing Kristen Gutoskie is as Katie, all while thanking the TV gods that at least these two aren’t annoying me or I probably would stop watching.
With that, I’d like to end my rant with the wisest words spoken all episode from Bert: “Don’t open the door for anyone.”
Containment airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.
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