It's been over a year since The CW filmed the pilot of their new series "Containment," and on Tuesday (April 19), the show from executive producer Julie Plec ("The Vampire Diaries," "The Originals"), based on the Belgian series "Cordon," finally premiered. This "limited series event" wastes no time with pleasantries before a violently gruesome and deadly virus breaks out in Atlanta, Ga. The city is subsequently forced into quarantine zones to protect those unaffected, and to figure out how to treat this highly contagious disease.
If this sounds reminiscent of the hit AMC series "The Walking Dead," "Containment" star Chris Wood agrees. Zap2it spoke with Wood about this comparison, one he considers to be highly complimentary.
"I think the outbreak element, the whole sort of chaos in our world, that's the same," the 28-year-old actor says. But Wood, who plays cop Jake Riley on the series, also points out their major differences.
Other than obviously not having flesh-eating zombies as characters in "Containment," he says, "Our show deals less with the virus itself and more with the relationships inside and outside. In 'The Walking Dead' there is no outside-the-zombie-zone. Everyone is in it. So, [our show] has some politics at play."
An actual fence is erected by the CDC in order to keep the virus from spreading into a worldwide disaster. The series focuses on Atlanta Police Chief Alex (David Gyasi) who's trying to control the situation outside the cordon while his girlfriend Jana (Christina Marie Moses) is stuck inside. Then there's pregnant teen Teresa (Hanna Mangan Lawrence), whose boyfriend Xander (Demetrius Bridges) unknowingly gets trapped outside the fence when it goes up.
While on an ill-timed field trip visiting the city's hospital, single mother Katie (Kristen Gutoskie) gets trapped right in the thick of it. Not only is Katie then responsible for looking after her son, Quentin (Zachary Unger), she becomes unofficially in charge of taking care of Quentin's entire elementary school class. In addition to Dr. Cannerts (George Young) desperately trying to figure out a cure as soon as humanly possible inside the infected quadrant, there's a lingering sense of conspiracy of how this virus broke out in the first place happening on both sides of the fences.
"It's a long slow journey through the first season. How it unfolds. Who brought it here? What is it? We try not to stall ever - it's not a 'Lost'-sized mystery," Plec assures audiences. "It is an international situation, [but] it's a series grounded in humanity, [highlighting] both its ugly and beautiful sides. You see people constantly faced with decisions they have to make in a crises situation. Will it bring out a side of you that you're proud of? Or a side that you hope to never see again?"
Audiences will have to wait and see how everything unfolds during the 13-episode limited series event.
"Containment" airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.