Station Eleven, a ten-episode limited series drama filmed in Chicago, premiered last Thursday on HBO Max.
No, it’s not just another sensational tale of global pandemic.
Station Eleven, receiving a whopping 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, is based on the international award winning bestseller of the same name, by Canadian novelist Emily St. John Mandel.
A post-apocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, this limited drama series takes place in the Great Lakes region before and after a fictional swine flu pandemic, known as the ‘Georgia Flu’. The pandemic has devastated the world, killing most of the population.
It tells the stories of the survivors as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost.
Like the book, the series juggles multiple timelines and characters that overlap and unfold gradually episode-to-episode. There are plenty of details and Easter eggs planted throughout, including a mysterious recurring symbol.
The series began filming in Chicago before being interrupted by the actual pandemic. Chicago’s Sheridan Park, Hyde Park, and South Shore all appear in the series.
Reel Chicago and Reel 360 give the series 2 thumbs up!
Station Eleven stars Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel, Daniel Zovatto, David Wilmot, Matilda Lawler, Philippine Velge, Nabhaan Rizwan and Lori Petty, with Gael Garcìa Bernal and Danielle Deadwyler in recurring roles.
Station Eleven is created by Patrick Somerville (Maniac, The Leftovers), who also serves as the showrunner, and directed by Hiro Murai (Atlanta, Barry, Childish Gambino’s, This is America) with Paramount Television Studios serving as the studio. Somerville and Murai executive produce alongside Scott Steindorff, Scott Delman, Jessica Rhoades, Dylan Russell, Jeremy Podeswa and Nate Matteson. Nick Cuse and David Nicksay serve as co-EPs.