The first shots place the viewer in a disorienting space, in which a girl with three children runs out along a shrill a cappella accompaniment and rushes around surrounded by military equipment. From the annotation, we already know that an epidemic will occur in this town – but we still feel dissonance from what we saw, because we can hardly imagine what could lead events to such a finale. And then, over the course of eight episodes, the series answers this question raising various topics that suddenly develop in the context of the pandemic. These are security measures, conspiracy theories, religious beliefs, staying calm in an extreme situation, experiments on people, actions of the state and the media. But a good product will not show them without a link to previous domestic problems, so the series reminds us that the worst deadly virus can be: a girl in puberty whose parents are getting divorced; an abusive father and school bullying; revenge erasing ethical dilemmas; hazing; creative crisis and deadline.
Initially, the showrunners wanted to call the project Slowburn, referring to the «slowburn» drama which is the actual genre of the series. But they decided that it would be too obvious, played with Danish phonetics and got Sløborn. The plot, in comparison with such Russian TV-series as Epidemic (2018)
or To Survive After (2013-2016)
, is not so rapid and dynamic, but the pressure is rising steadily: yacht from Indian Ocean, that has been racing several days without any control, is washed up to Sløborn, on TV there are reports of a new rapidly spreading virus from India, and a 15-year-old girl thinks how unstable the world is in crises and wars and asks to postpone the end of the world while she is young.
The main characters are representatives of different generations and activities: teenagers Evelin, Yvonne, Hermann, Fiete, Luis and Ole and their parents, drug-addicted writer Nikolai Wagner, who came to the provincia looking for inspiration for an unwritten novel that needs to be handed over in six weeks, and a native of the island Magnus Fisker, who returned from prison in Denmark with a group of young criminals to implement a project for their social rehabilitation. Storylines that ran parallel for a long time and intersected several times to hang their guns on the wall, converge to a single point of explosion by the end, providing an inevitable fire. Despite the fact that the action never lets you exhale, the script still has a few patches in the form of piano bushes that are visible to the inattentive eye, however, they're perfectly covered by the shadow of numerous advantages of the series.