‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Lisa Edelstein Gives Her Explanation Why Show is So Beloved

by Taylor Cunningham

9-1-1: Lone Star is one of TV’s top dramas. And actor Lisa Edelstein thinks fans love the show because major disasters are resolved “every twelve minutes.”

Fox’s 9-1-1 spinoff, 9-1-1: Lone Star is an action-packed, edge of your seat disaster series. In the show, EMS workers have seen everything from tornados to lava. But no matter how dire the situation, the crews always save the day. And Lisa Edelstein, who plays Gwyneth Morgan, thinks that is why fans love the show so much.

In a January interview with StarryMag, Edelstein said that the series wraps catastrophes up in pretty bows. And watching firefighters, police officers, and EMTs find quick resolutions is therapeutic for audiences.

“I think [the show is] disaster porn,” Lisa Edelstein admitted when asked why the series is a fan favorite. “People like seeing disasters that get resolved every twelve minutes. Especially right now, as we have had one big slow-rolling disaster for almost a year.”

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Star Rafael Silva Reveals How Show Creates Disasters

9-1-1: Lone Star takes disasters, both natural and otherwise, to a whole new level. But how exactly does the show create its epic scenes? According to Carlos Reyes Actor Rafael Silva, Fox just uses a lot of rain.

Rafael Silva has seen a lot of action on the set of 9-1-1: Lone Star. But a season one episode titled Act of God really amped up the drama when creators made a huge cyclone that plowed through Austin, TX. And ever since that episode, Fox has been constantly outdoing itself.

During a 2020 interview with Assignment X, journalist Abbie Bernstein revisited Act of God and asked Silva how creators made the epic tornado look so realistic. And Silva admitted that they used “a lot of rain” that day.

And furthermore, the network has a way of depicting catastrophes of all kinds. Most of the effects on the show are not CGI. Instead, Fox uses a wind and rain machine that helps keep the action realistic on screen. They also get creative when crafting all the other events we tune in to watch every week.

“Fox does such a phenomenal job in recreating everything that’s on the page, in terms of accidents, in terms of weather-related accidents,” he told Bernstein. “Fox is literally recreating the storm, the accidents, every time we’re on set. So it’s really perfect.”

But even though the machines help keep things interesting, not all the actors enjoy working with them. In another interview with Assignment X, fellow 9-1-1: Lone Star actor Brian Michael Smith said that if he doesn’t have to work with the rain machine ever again, he’d “be a happy guy.”

“The rain machine is the bane of my existence,” 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.”