The Hot Zone (2019– )
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Based on the eponymous international bestseller by Richard Preston, The Hot Zone recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of the Ebola virus, a highly infectious, deadly virus from... See full summary »


Michael Uppendahl


James V. Hart (created by), James V. Hart (story) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julianna Margulies ... Dr. Nancy Jaax
Noah Emmerich ... Lt. Col. Jerry Jaax
Topher Grace ... Dr. Peter Jahrling
Liam Cunningham ... Wade Carter
Paul James ... Ben Gellis
Robert Sean Leonard ... Walter Humboldt
Robert Wisdom ... Col. Vernon Tucker
Nick Searcy ... Frank Mays
Lenny Platt ... Capt. Kyle Orman
Anna Pniowsky ... Jaime Jaax
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Nancy's Aunt
Chuck Shamata ... Nancy's Father
Mark Kelly ... Bruce Domanski
Aiden Glenn ... Jason Jaax
Aldrin Bundoc ... USAMRIID Lab Tech


Based on the eponymous international bestseller by Richard Preston, The Hot Zone recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of the Ebola virus, a highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest and its first arrival on U.S. soil. In 1989, when this killer suddenly appears in monkeys (Cynomolgus or crab eating macaques) in a scientific lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. -- a stone's throw away from the White House -- there is no known cure. A heroic U.S. Army veterinarian, working with a secret military SWAT team, puts herself in mortal peril when she tries to head off the outbreak before it spreads to the human population. The Hot Zone is a dramatic, hair-raising account of a rare and lethal virus and its impact on the human race.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller




Release Date:

27 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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USAMRIID is short for United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases located in Fort Detrick Maryland. See more »


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18 September 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

In a parallel universe. In 1995, I watched a blockbuster movie called 'Crisis in a Hot Zone' starring Robert Redford and Jodie Foster. It was directed by Ridley Scott.

Unfortunately in this universe, script issues caused production delays and Warner Brothers rushed released the similar themed Outbreak. The result 'Crisis in a Hot Zone' was canned.

However Ridley Scott serving as Executive Producer has rebooted this as a television mini series.

The first episode had a cracking and shocking start. An ill man gets on a plane in Kenya in 1980. His body has hives and he is vomiting blood. When rushed into hospital, he throws up blood all over the doctor examining him. The next scene we see the doctor's blood in a tube and being put in the fridge of a biohazard laboratory. We can safely assume that both the man and the doctor died of Ebola, a super deadly virus.

Unfortunately when it moves to 1989, it is all downhill with clunky expository dialogue.

Dr Nancy Jaax (Julianna Margulies) who is also a colonel works at a US army laboratory that stores some of the deadliest diseases in the world. When Nancy reassures her son that 'I work in one of the safest places in the world.' You know something will go wrong.

When Nancy goes to work to examine a diseased monkey organ that was dropped off from a nearby animal testing lab. She spills something on her Hazmat suit and we know she had a cut in her arm the day before. Oops.

Thankfully she seems to be alright but Nancy thinks that the animal testing lab have bought in the Ebola virus to American soil.

There is nothing in this episode that is a gamechanger. Maybe if it was a drama documentary it would had fared better. At six episodes I can sense The Hot Zone will lack urgency.

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