The makers of the “Covid-25” series decided to catch up with the Ramadan 2021 season in the second half of the holy month, by making only 15 episodes, unlike most of the Arab series that we used to show in 30 episodes.
The series has aroused interest since the announcement of its production, with its title that flirts with viewers’ fears of the Corona virus (Covid-19), which has changed the fate of people since March 2020, and was a highly anticipated series that raised questions about the way to address the epidemic in an Egyptian television work, while The epidemic is still going on today, in fact. Read also A prominent presence in the women’s championship series in the Ramadan 2021 drama Ramadan Gulf series … a varied season between drama, suspense and comedy Huge budgets and the return of big stars .. Learn about the most prominent Iraqi series in Ramadan Will the sad short series become the winning horse in Arab drama?
The series and Covid
The first question asked by the viewer: What is the relationship of the Youssef Al-Sharif series with the Corona virus (Covid-19)? Is it a solution to the challenges that humanity has faced in the face of the epidemic?
In fact, the series only took the name from the epidemic Its events take place in 2025, in a very traditional world that resembles ours, but it was able to bypass the Corona epidemic, and this was indicated through scenes that recall the events of the hero Yassin, who suffered from the disease, and his son died, but the scenario did not specify how the world managed to get rid of the epidemic.
As for the “Covid-25” epidemic, which the series titled, it is a completely different virus from the Corona virus; It is not a respiratory virus, nor is it similar in symptoms or mode of transmission, but the events of the series that revolve around it do not even resemble the usual viruses in real science fiction movies and series, it is closer to the curse that turns humans into “zombies” (the living dead) who tend to Murder and suicide.
As for the way the virus is transmitted, it is strange; Where doctor Yassin described it as being transmitted through electromagnetic radiation that emanates from the human eye, which is not logical, and fundamentally unscientific. Because the eye does not come out of any kind of rays.
Thus, it is not correct to consider the series as falling under science fiction, as it is closer to horror, excitement, suspense, or even “fantasy”, and Covid in the title is nothing but a way to attract the attention of viewers.
A quote that didn’t hide the flaws
Since the start of the series “Covid-25”, viewers have noticed the great similarity between it and foreign films. The combination here is correct and not an exaggeration. So the series clearly did not borrow from one movie, but rather made a mixture of several very popular works.
So we find that the series adapted the idea from the movie “Bird Box” about the mysterious force that turns humans into violent suicides, and some scenes – such as the shot of a woman smashing her head in a glass – are taken exactly from the movie, and the matter is repeated both in terms of the subject matter or the shots with The films “World War Z9” and “The Mist”.
The real crisis is not only in the process of quoting, which the “serial sequel” did not refer to, as the result in the end was very weak; The scenario, despite the passage of half of the episodes, only showed us successive scenes of Doctor Yassin discovering the new disease, who did not announce why it was called Covid since he did not follow the same series of famous viruses.
At the end of each episode, a teaser scene is produced, indicating the occurrence of an upcoming danger, and then it becomes clear that it is not dangerous at all, such as threatening to kill the daughter of the hero in one episode, and we find in the next episode that he was not really a threat, but rather, the killer committed suicide. In addition to many fabricated scenes that went out of any logic, such as the hero surviving a plane crash in the desert, then arriving at the same moment at the burning hotel and rescuing his son, without explaining how he survived, and how he moved across all this distance.
The makers of the “Covid-25” series wanted to take advantage of the timing of the show in conjunction with the presence of a real virus with a similar name, which naturally increases the number of views, but is this really the ideal timing?
In fact, this is the worst timing, not only because it exploited the natural fears of human beings in the presence of a deadly epidemic by terrorizing them from another more dangerous, but because the plot of the series depends on that “Covid-25” is an epidemic manufactured by an actor, to benefit from sales of the vaccine that was previously developed Before publishing it intentionally.
The series is based on conspiracy theory, and at the same time it raises fears among spectators, at a time when millions around the world are encouraged to obtain the vaccine and try to besiege the pandemic, which can be considered as manipulating the minds of viewers through a dramatic work in a highly sensitive global crisis.