Season two of The Rain was a wild ride. As with music, the sophomore release is always perceived as more challenging, the original serving as a benchmark. However once again the creative team of Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo delivers triumphantly.
Picking up right from the end of the first season, the surviving members are desperately trying to find a cure for Rasmus before Apollon’s soldiers can capture them and deliver him to the hands of the nefarious corporation. A lead points them in the direction of a group of scientist defectors, where they meet several new compelling characters, and again the show does a great job of peeling back the layers of each one to explain who they are and how they came to be in this situation.
However this time, the core topic is no longer just survival, but of resistance, and revenge. Where season one focused on Simone’s parental role as guardian and protector of her younger brother, season two sees Rasmus grow and come into his own as a lead character. He also finds solace in the form of a new character, Sarah, and the two of them develop a romantic relationship. However, fed up of being ill, of being isolated and of always being on the receiving end, his building frustrations are fed upon by the virus, and its abilities result in angst fuelled outbursts that vent Rasmus’ anger towards his foes, and occasionally comrades. There is notably a tonal shift as Rasmus struggles to cope with the virus and the deadly powers it bestows as it mutates and bonds itself tighter to its host, often with tragic side effects and consequences.
As always, there are various fun twists and turns to the story, as well as some nasty surprises. The show continues to remind you not to take anyone at face value, as each person has a backstory, and in some cases an ulterior motive for their involvement in the event.
A third and final season is due to air in 2020. I can’t wait to see how it all pans out.