The Hot Zone first impression: Julianna Margulies starrer is slow but engaging

However, the writing, as well as the performances, slowly simmer and boil and create the kind of rising tension expected from a thriller. So does the music. And this show does. Again, none of it is jarring and settles well within the context of the plot. The tone of the characters, as well as that of the story, oscillates between conversational and premonitory. And this question becomes all the more important when one realises that showrunners often find it difficult to maintain the pace and momentum in a standard human chase thriller, so how can chasing a virus be made for an appealing watch? The Hot Zone is plain exhausting at first but promises a better time with the second episode. We don’t see much of Liam Cunningham’s Wade Carter in the first two episodes. As they say; try, try until you get better. Advertising

The million dollar question then is how do you make such a show interesting for someone who has perhaps marginal or little interest in viruses? There are dramatic, hard-hitting lines. How best do you serve it to the audience? All it takes is time. Advertising

Performances by Julianna Margulies as Dr Nancy Jaax and Topher Grace as Dr Peter Jahrling stand out. 0
Comment(s) James V Hart has done a commendable job of adapting 1994 non-fiction of the book same name authored by Richard Preston. The first episode of The Hot Zone starts a little slow, and at 45 minutes with a dry subject like a virus, things seem more lacklustre than usual.