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Even if "The Hot Zone" can't connect with characters as well as it educates the audience, this limited series is a scary, absorbing thriller you won't easily forget.
It opts... for the tense grammar of a viral horror, with appalling events unfolding in a satisfyingly predictable fashion.
From a structural standpoint the ticking stopwatch of a fatal disease is, as always, an excellent narrative frame and director Michael Uppendahl knows how to ratchet up the tension.
The show doesn't get exceptionally gory, but the suggestion of certain horrors is enough.
Margulies brings admirable steel to her lead role, although attempts to draw out her character's domestic life at length don't always land.
The Hot Zone fails to generate any meaningful gravity or more than scattered substance, but it nails a mood of mounting paranoia and the visceral impact of a solid, jump-in-the-dark horror movie.
Although the series is riveting, highly bingeable and stars the fantastic Julianna Margulies and Liam Cunningham, it's got the same US-centric approach as the book.
Hot Zone is still worth four and a half hours of your time as a primer on the Ebola virus.
Harrowing drama about first U.S. Ebola outbreak is violent.
The science, while fascinating, is occasionally reduced to cheap scares.
Audience Reviews for The Hot Zone: Season 1
Jul 10, 2019More shows like this please. Strong overall narrative and exposure to the silent pathogen that lurks in the darkness. Might lack in the quality but it is a hard hitting drama with solid actors.Brendan N Super Reviewer
Jul 16, 2020The hot zone es una buena serie.
Aug 06, 2019well-done film which may serve as a wake-up call
Jul 08, 2019Great performances, well casted. Not too heavy handed direction. Kind of wish we would have seen more of an outbreak, plot stayed extremely realistic.
Jul 02, 2019Really enjoyed The Hot Zone. Good cast.
Jul 01, 2019I like it. Sure it ain't perfect, but definitely entertaining.
Jun 23, 2019I was expecting 16 episodes of people dying blood and stuff that I don't see on TV much!! I kind of had my hopes up too high. First couple episodes were great last few were not so good. :(
Jun 14, 2019I really liked it!! It came across as a powerful warning to us all!!!
Jun 08, 2019First 3 episodes were great. Last 3 were dull and plodding. Would have been great with a little editing.
Jun 08, 2019While the show was well done and well written it falls well short of the tension of it's source material. I have read the Hot Zone 5 times and every time it leaves a massive pit in my stomach. Covering numerous outbreaks that span a period of 30+ years it leaves nothing to the imagination. It builds the tension until it finally lands on American shores. However, when the book starts it shows you how devastating Ebola Zaire really is, it proves to the reader that it is indeed a monster. The tv show doesn't show this, it represented by boils on the skin and some bleeding. Granted, its NatGeo we're talking about, but the devastation was poorly represented. It shows it more as a menace and nuisance, not the monster it truly is. It simply doesn't build the tension it deserves. If Ebola Zaire truly landed in a well populated area it would devastate the population, and the show fails to grab that urgency. As in most cases, the book is way better. And if you want more tension and WTF moments, read Demons in the Freezer by the same author. You'll have a whole new respect for germs.