Daniel Dae Kim and Tony Goldwyn are engaging in the otherwise formulaic Hot Zone: Anthrax

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Season two of the Nat Geo drama anthology is a mechanical ripped-from-the-headlines story with two solid lead performances
After tackling the Ebola crisis in its first season, Nat Geo's anthology drama The Hot Zone returns to reexamine the investigation behind 2001 's Anthrax mailings, which killed five people and infected several more. The six-parter offers a cut-and-dried look at the heinous crimes which took place in the weeks following 9/11. But the narrow approach is drawn out and dull, despite captivating performances from lead duo Daniel Dae Kim and Tony Goldwyn.

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The Hot Zone: Anthrax makes an effort to touch on a monumental incident that usually gets overshadowed in 9/11 coverage, but it still doesn't offer a lot of new information. This is a linear retelling of the case through the eyes of FBI agent Matthew Ryker (Kim), an amalgamation of the agents who actually investigated the letters. No time is spent fleshing out the lead character beyond his passion for finding the culprit. Dressed only in sharp suits and a perpetual furrowed brow, Kim can only do so much to save a relatively one-note script.

Reviews Reviews The Hot Zone: Anthrax C+ C+ The Hot Zone: Anthrax Created by James V. Hart Starring Daniel Dae Kim, Tony Goldwyn, Dawn Olivieri, Dylan Baker, Ian Colletti, Harry Hamlin, Morgan Kelly, Denyce Lawton, Vanessa Matsui Premieres November 28 on National Geographic Format Hour-long drama; complete second season watched for review

Matthew's PTSD from witnessing the attack on the Pentagon is the only other facet explored here. But the CGI shot of him standing alone on the green grass—too close to the building—staring at the ruins is laughably bad. Kim is a terrific…
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