‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Brian Michael Smith Explains Why Show’s ‘Rain Machine’ is the ‘Bane’ of His Existence

by Taylor Cunningham
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The set of 9-1-1: Lone Star has its very own rain machine. Because what’s a harrowing scene without some bad weather? But while the effects make the show look awesome for the viewers, the actors don’t appreciate it as much. And according to Brian Michael Smith, working under the man-made storm cloud is “the bane” of his existence.

If you watch 9-1-1: Lone Star, you’ve probably noticed that it rains a lot in Austin, TX. And that’s because the director can just flip a switch and water will fall from the heavens.

The technology adds a lot of drama to rescue missions. And when the cast members first started working with the contraption, they loved it. But the novelty wore off quickly.

“The rain machine is the bane of my existence,” Paul Strickland’s Brian Michael Smith admitted. “We had to do a scene in the rain, and at first, it was exciting and exhilarating, because it really pumped up the adrenaline. But it gets cold at night, and when that cold water gets to those turnouts [firefighter uniforms], you start to feel it.”

So after just one use, the actor was over it. And as Smith told Assignment X, he’d prefer to just do away with the machine altogether.

“If I don’t have to do another rain machine in my life, I think I’d be a happy guy.”

A Season 3 ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Episode Was Supposed to Air in Season 1, But it Was Delayed for Two Reasons

In the upcoming season of 9-1-1: Lone Star we’re finally going to learn more about Owen Strand’s backstory. Throughout the series, his personal connection to 9/11 has haunted him, but we don’t know exactly what happened to him that day. And the story will soon get its own episode.

Rob Lowe recently admitted to TheWrap that the writers actually wrote the script back in 2020. But filming was delayed for a few reasons.

“We do our ‘Begins’ episodes in the [‘9-1-1’] franchise, and we’re going to do Owen next year, and it’s going to take place on the morning of 9/11,” Lowe said. “We actually wrote the script in Season 1, and it was just too big for us to bite off and chew. And then in Season 2, we did the crossover instead. But in Season 3, we’re going to do ‘Owen Begins’ and his story, which is all based on real events of 9/11 and is going to be just beyond belief. And I think it’s important to do because it’s going to coincide with the 20th anniversary of 9/11.”

And the actor added a little information about how the episode will begin.

“The stories that come out of that time, each one is more incredible and gut-wrenching than the next. The famous footage of the planes hitting the building from street level are from a documentary that was being made about a firehouse,” he continued. “So I think we’ll probably use that as our point of entry. Just a crew happens to be out there doing a documentary on firefighters. They hear this noise and they pan up and it goes into the building and that firehouse lost everybody but one man. It’s not going to be hard to write this, it’s going to write itself.”