Netflix – making great stories and strongly disrupting traditional entertainment media…

Netflix has profoundly changed how we consume visual entertainment in our homes. Founded in 1997, the company has rapidly expanded from an online DVD rental store into a market-dominating internet streaming service, distributing mainstream TV programs and Movies, as well as a growing portfolio of ‘Netflix Originals’.

‘Netflix Original’ films are either produced, co-produced, or distributed exclusively by them. I’ve found that ‘Netflix Originals’ tend to have good story lines and strong production values that easily rival the traditional cinema experience, all enjoyed from the comfort of my own armchair.

Last July I wrote about how much I had enjoyed the Netflix series ‘Spectral’ but that ‘Annihilation’ had been rather disappointing (see the links below). I guess they can’t get it right every time, but I’ve also just finished watching ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’, which was excellent, and the short series ‘The Rain’ which was truly superb.


‘The Rain’ is a (near-future?) science fiction adventure story in which scientists from the company “Apollon” have released a biological agent that has caused rain water to become aggressively lethal. Even exposure to a single drop of rain water will kill, and those deaths are typically fast, painful and shocking. Small groups of people are surviving and we follow one group of protagonists as they attempt to find Simone’s father, an Apollon scientist who they think might be looking for a cure for The Rain. They have many adventures on the way as the episodes slowly reveal aspects of their backgrounds from before ‘The Rain’, transforming them into believable characters.

It’s well-acted and well-produced… and I’m quite jealous of its success because I have a plot outlined in my notebooks which is very similar – from 24/8/15:

“1) Rain isn’t necessarily water any more – climate change, pollution, sunlight etc has created a biologically active “something” that rains down on people. Maybe this is bacteria /microbes that have been changed – this effects humans and makes it profoundly hard for us to touch each other  – but we want/need to continue touching each other for comfort/reproduction etc – what would this mean for us?

… This would probably have profound impacts on the food we can eat, the water we can drink, and what we can breathe. Would we use tech to make those things safe or we would we evolve biologically?”

That’s the problem with being a part-time author… I just can’t write fast enough to keep up with all the ideas I’m generating!


My review of ‘Spectral’ is at

For ‘Annihilation’ see




Published by Lee J. Russell

Often having a Cold War influence, my stories explore desperate situations that take people to their physical and emotional limits. Find me on Twitter as @LeeJ_Russell or at

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