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'Station Eleven' trailer about a flu-ravaged world packs an emotional punch

Remember, things could be worse. 

By Vanessa Armstrong
Mackenzie Davis in Station Eleven

The upcoming HBO Max sci-fi show Station Eleven is bringing us a fictional global pandemic, one so severe that civilization as we know it crumbles. See, things could always be worse.

The Emily St. John Mandel adaptation from Patrick Somerville (Maniac) is tackling a world rocked by a superflu, and rebuilding in the devastated future. Mackenzie Davis and Himesh Patel lead the way for a story that takes place over disparate time frames, and isn't afraid to take long leaps to show off cause and effect. Now the series has its first trailer.

Check it out:

In a trailer that certainly hits differently after the last 18 months, we see Patel's character, Jeevan, and a young Kirsten (Matilda Lawler) filling up a grocery cart full of food while the cashier naïvely asks them if he should do something about the burgeoning virus. Jeevan just answers, "go home."

The trailer goes on to show sequences from right when the virus hit to a future where a grown-up Kirsten (Davis) is living in a world trying to recover from the wrath of the virus. There are also several shots of things on fire and an ethereal rendition of the classic Jackie DeShannon song, "What the World Needs Now Is Love," over most of the teaser.

It is, in short, a moving trailer, and one that strongly hints that the limited series will pack an emotional punch

In addition to Davis, Patel, and Lawler, Station Eleven stars Daniel Zovatto, David Wilmot, Philippine Velge, Nabhaan Rizwa, Lori Petty, Gael Garcìa Bernal, and Danielle Deadwyler. Director Hiro Murai helms the 10-episode season.

Station Eleven premieres Dec. 16, 2021 on HBO Max.