impressions from the five episodes of “Epidemic 2”. Now – with Yura Borisov – Movies and series on DTF

The authors of one of the leading Russian TV series left behind the original book and took it all out. Hipsters, the Slavic Orthodox community and the Sami are present.

“Epidemic” is called a prophetic series for a reason, even though the authors did not want it. The first season was exactly at Covid’s climax – the plot, based on Yana Wagner’s book, got on the nerves.

An outbreak of the disease begins in the country, the main symptom of which is cough (and white eyes out of fear). A person bends in just a few days. Moscow is under siege, children are locked in schools, disinfection soldiers are everywhere, they are driving people into trenches and it is not clear how to deal with the disease. But like almost every post-apocalyptic revelation, “Epidemic” still focuses not on the disease itself, but on the characters, their relationships, and a common survival effort.

At the center of the plot of the first season is the backless Sergei (Kirill Chiaro), enclosed in a love triangle: in one corner is the current passion, dear Anna, and Misa’s autistic son, and in the other, the ex-husband, bitch Irina (Maryana Spivak) and their common child Anton. Together with their neighbors, they try to escape the epidemic – the doll Lenya (Alexander Robak), his wife, who is clearly prone to paranoia, and her adult, disobedient daughter.

The relationships between the characters are complicated and confusing, and the writers deal with them during the project in the first season – while the characters travel to the Russian region looking for a place where they can hide and wait for the disease.

The first “Epidemic” is reprimanded, as a rule, for a love triangle taken directly from the book. So – in “Epidemic 2” they got rid of him immediately and in the most radical way.

Some characters just disappeared from the screen between the seasons, which probably required the script, but it did not come out gracefully. The purpose of the trip was also somewhat vague: in the first “Epidemic”, the heroes went to a house on the lake, where they could exhale and survive the infection, and in the second, for now, they just wander around everywhere.

The sequel so far seems a bit cut off from the world and more intimate, or something. The authors here emphasize isolation, a person in the context of nature and not relationships. So the goal of the heroes now, one might say, is just to live somewhere. No one talks about it out loud, that they are clearly in a mess and do not know where to apply themselves.

And then the pagan Slavs and Noida, a shaman who worships the sacred stone seidu, enter the frame. The creators of the second season seem to be much more interested in local stories and conflicts – something that is not bad for the series either.

In that sense, “Outbreak 2” is not really like the first season. He was more worldly, without clutter and with a deepening of Russianness, as we know it now. When machine guns from the time of the Great Patriotic War are in the hiding place of an old farmer, from whom the grandmothers shoot bad soldiers in the song “You carry a river”, for example. Or when an ambulance driver dances with Philip Kirkorov, the owner of a roadside hotel, who is left alone and now drinks vodka in solitude.

The second season is also spectacular, but in its own way. There is almost no humor and caricatures of inland life, but there is a nature with which the characters are left alone. He is calmer, sensible, with a share of mysticism, but still dynamic. The train, found in all the promotional materials, has not appeared yet, but the speed is enough without it.

The director talks about mixing genres when there is horror, drama and westerns (as Stephen King once called the series), and at the end they promise an action movie. This beginning echoes the first season, where in almost every episode the heroes meet new characters and a new crisis on their way, which they overcome successfully or not very well.

Epidemic 2 is still a road movie, where each mini-story unfolds in a new environment and brings some kind of conflict on its own. Only now the heroes walk and mainly explore the forests, they do not go to the cities yet.

And despite the pagans and the Scandinavian shamans, the “Epidemic” is getting on his nerves again – very sick now. The borders are closed, people are being shot, people are being isolated. One can only hope that the writers of the series will not go too far in their prophecy and that nuclear war will not happen in the third season.

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The main decoration of the second season, of course, is Yura Borisov, whom I want to compare with Khabensky in his best season. The most sought after Russian actor now, who easily snatched the palm from Kozlovsky and Petrov.

It permeates the space and enlivens the scene with its presence, it is part of this nature. So simple and glamorous guy, never a snobby theatrical, but just … well, alive. Real.

In the very first episode of Epidemic 2, a “hipster” group appears, through which Borisov is introduced in the series. The most colorful of them is undoubtedly the psychopath Taras, who breaks his girlfriend and loves to photograph her sufferings.

In our interview, director Dmitry Tyurin directly calls Yura Borisov the main character. And Yura really pushes Cyril Kyaro into the background. He, having fallen out of the love triangle, now seems to be some kind of underdog and lost. Everything, they got sick.

And even the magnificent Maryana Spivak seems to be in Borisov’s shadow. However, it seems that another love triangle can not be avoided, only this time the younger generation will fall into it.

Cyril Kyaro’s character still seems to find no place for himself – without a love drama, he no longer seems to be so important

Zenia, [герой Юры Борисова], – a commando, but this is such an image from Russian fairy tales. A soldier who came back from the war, cut firewood, cooked porridge from an ax, got steel flint … This is a mythological figure out of context, out of time. Here it is so simple.

Dmitry Tiurin

Outbreak Manager 2

Before, as it was: in the “Epidemic” everyone is a bastard, and every bastard in his own way. Yes, every hero can be understood, everyone can sympathize. But there is rotten inside, there is. Unless the autistic Misha in all this company of survivors is pure and honest, but he also makes mistakes.

And Zhenya, the character of Yura Borisov, is a real virtue, a simple and understandable guy from Yoburg. It’s not that this will continue to happen, but over the course of five episodes, he proved to be a great hero.

It seems that the simple scene of the removal of a tick from the back performed by Borisov suddenly becomes romantic.

Yes, like from fairy tales. With a defensive complex, yes, but at least he should have something negative? There are no such kind and at the same time inseparable people. Zhenya, meanwhile, sometimes communicates with his dead brother, who will surely “shoot” later.

Perhaps, moving away from the mundane and turning to the spiritual, perhaps even the existential, the creators of Epidemic 2 did everything right. The villages and abandoned small towns of the homeland in the first season were studied with their hearts, as well as the relationship between the preppers – it was time to move deep into the forest. And the farther into the forest, the more firewood.

The series was shot in Karelia – the views here are amazing and the spirit of nature recovering after a person is clearly felt

Separately, I would like to note some shock scenario. And we are not talking about open wounds rotting up close (although there is one), but about the fact that none of the heroes are immune from death. And the writers are very good at escalating the situation – you have to constantly worry about the characters.

This was in the first season, but in “Epidemic 2” it multiplied. Dmitry Tyurin, along with screenwriter Roman Kantor, present the story with grace, enjoying every disturbing scene. And many more are sure to follow.

The apologists for the empty thought “everything is Russian is a priori shit” can lynch the Epidemic as they wish, but this is exactly the same series that sooner or later everyone in Russia will watch and discuss.

For example, because by a miracle it turns out that it is unfortunately relevant every time. Apart from the very abrupt transition between the seasons, it is well written, beautifully turned. He intrigues with every phrase of his heroes. What about the scenery, a thorough approach to the “crises” and the work with the camera.

And, of course, the very diversity of the kind of street films plays a big role, in which the creators are not lost, but, on the contrary, use all the advantages. And the wonderful Yura Borisov, who has already become the most prominent artist of the modern Russian scene, only multiplies this success.

“It’s a great mystery to me how our turn will be perceived now”: an interview with Dmitry Tiurin, director of Epidemic 2 ”


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We spoke with the director of the second season of the show, which became a Russian and global sensation – about the pandemic, the shooting in Karelia and the release in difficult times.

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