Station Eleven
Genre
Created byPatrick Somerville
Based onStation Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
Starring
Music byDan Romer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Emily St. John Mandel
  • Claire Welland
Production locations
Cinematography
Editors
  • Issac Hagy
  • Karoliina Tuovinen
  • Kyle Reiter
  • Anna Hauger
  • Yoni Reiss
  • David Eisenberg
  • Anthony McAfee
Running time44–59 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkHBO Max
Original releaseDecember 16, 2021 (2021-12-16) –
January 13, 2022 (2022-01-13)

Station Eleven is an American post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction miniseries created by Patrick Somerville based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Emily St. John Mandel. The miniseries premiered on HBO Max on December 16, 2021.[1]

Premise

Twenty years after a flu pandemic resulted in the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors who make their living as traveling performers encounter a violent cult led by a man whose past is unknowingly linked to a member of the troupe.[2]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Wheel of Fire"Hiro MuraiPatrick SomervilleDecember 16, 2021 (2021-12-16)
2"A Hawk from a Handsaw"Jeremy PodeswaPatrick SomervilleDecember 16, 2021 (2021-12-16)
3"Hurricane"Hiro MuraiShannon HoustonDecember 16, 2021 (2021-12-16)
4"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Aren't Dead"Helen ShaverNick CuseDecember 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)
5"The Severn City Airport"Lucy TcherniakCord JeffersonDecember 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)
6"Survival is Insufficient"Helen ShaverSarah McCarronDecember 30, 2021 (2021-12-30)
7"Goodbye My Damaged Home"Lucy TcherniakKim SteeleDecember 30, 2021 (2021-12-30)
8"Who's There?"Helen ShaverPatrick Somerville and Sarah McCarronJanuary 6, 2022 (2022-01-06)
9"Dr. Chaudhary"Jeremy PodeswaWill Weggel and Patrick SomervilleJanuary 6, 2022 (2022-01-06)
10"Unbroken Circle"Jeremy PodeswaPatrick SomervilleJanuary 13, 2022 (2022-01-13)

Production

Development

In February 2015, producer Scott Steindorff acquired the TV and film rights to the novel.[3] On June 25, 2019, the series was ordered by the streaming service HBO Max, created by Patrick Somerville with Hiro Murai attached as a director. Both are executive producing alongside Scott Delman, Dylan Russell, Scott Steindorff, Jessica Rhoades, Jeremy Podeswa, and Nate Matteson.[1][2] The miniseries premiered on December 16, 2021. Podeswa, Helen Shaver, and Lucy Tcherniak also directed episodes.[1]

Casting

In October 2019, Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel and David Wilmot were cast to star in the series.[4][5] Matilda Lawler would be added in November 2019.[6] In January 2020, Gael García Bernal was cast in a recurring role.[7] In February 2020, Danielle Deadwyler joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[8] Nabhaan Rizwan and Philippine Velge would join as series leads in March 2020.[9] In April 2021, Daniel Zovatto and Lori Petty joined the cast in lead roles, while Andy McQueen, David Cross, Enrico Colantoni, Julian Obradors, and Deborah Cox joined the cast in recurring roles.[10][11] Luca Villacis, Prince Amponsah, Dylan Taylor, Joe Pingue, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Ajahnis Charley, Milton Barnes and Kate Moyer joined the cast in recurring capacities in June 2021.[12]

Filming

Filming began in Chicago in January 2020.[13] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, production moved to Mississauga on February 1, 2021, and concluded on July 9, 2021.[14]

Reception

Rotten Tomatoes reports a 98% approval rating with an average rating of 8.2/10, based on 41 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Station Eleven rewards patient viewers with an insightful and thematically rich assertion that—even in the post-apocalypse—the show must go on."[15] On the review aggregator Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 82 out of 100 based on 24 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[16]

References

  1. ^ a b c "HBO Max Releases Teaser And First Look Images From The Max Original Limited Series, STATION ELEVEN". WarnerMedia (Press release). November 2, 2021. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 25, 2019). "WarnerMedia Streamer Orders 'Station Eleven' & 'Made For Love' Series From Patrick Somerville & Paramount". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (February 10, 2015). "Best-Seller 'Station Eleven' Acquired by 'Jane Got a Gun' Producer (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 18, 2019). "Mackenzie Davis & Himesh Patel To Star In 'Station Eleven' HBO Max Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (October 31, 2019). "David Wilmot Joins 'Station Eleven' HBO Max Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (November 22, 2019). "Matilda Lawler Joins 'Station Eleven' HBO Max Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (January 13, 2020). "Gael García Bernal Joins 'Station Eleven' HBO Max Limited Series As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Rico, Klaritza (February 4, 2020). "TV News Roundup: Danielle Deadwyler Joins HBO Max's 'Station Eleven' Adaptation". Variety. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (March 10, 2020). "'Station Eleven': Nabhaan Rizwan & Philippine Velge Join HBO Max Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 1, 2021). "'Station Eleven': Daniel Zovatto & Lori Petty Join HBO Max Limited Series, Quartet Set To Recur". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 16, 2021). "Deborah Cox Joins HBO Max Series 'Station Eleven' As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (June 25, 2021). "'Station Eleven': HBO Max's Post-Apocalyptic Limited Series Adds Eight To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  13. ^ Steves, Ashley (January 17, 2020). "Chicago What's Filming: HBO Max's 'Station Eleven,' Starring Mackenzie Davis + Gael García Bernal". Backstage. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  14. ^ "Current Productions | IATSE 873". IATSE 873. Archived from the original on July 17, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  15. ^ "Station Eleven: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  16. ^ "Station Eleven: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved December 17, 2021.