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The Strain: A Closer Look

The Strain: A Closer Look

Jan 13, 2015

No pilot season is perfect.   [Warning! This article contains spoilers for the first season of The Strain.] So the first season of the The Strain ended with 13 episodes on October 5 last year. My personal opinion about the TV series are somewhat mixed but ultimately not so positive. But seeing as it’s my own personal opinion, you’re free to contradict me on the points that I’m about to make. The novel, also entitled The Strain (co-written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan) was a delight to read. But that was on paper, and the TV show had a lot of things that made it disappointing and painfully average, especially when it neared the end. When The Strain started airing, it was OK, nothing so special, although on the first few episodes, it was pretty clear that there’s something to look forward to and that it will make the show special. Sadly, the first season struggled to show everyone else that deserved more exposure and there’s a particularly long stint early on in the show where viewers are dragged through cringe-worthy, mundane happenings before getting to the good part. But in spite of the many flaws, there were also some good aspects to the first season that shouldn’t be ignored.   Overview A mysterious passenger aircraft lands at the John F. Kennedy International Airport with the shades drawn and the lights off. All communication channels have mysteriously gone quiet as well, as if the plane is “dead”. CDC head of the rapid-response team Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (portrayed by Corey Stoll) along with his team are sent to investigate, fearing biological threats. What Eph and his team discovered inside the darkened plane was blood-curdling: 206 dead passengers and only 4 survivors. In an unsuspecting city, a horrendous contagion has come to break the peace – and destroy humanity as we know it. An unstoppable plague is set to spread like wildfire –ravenous, ruthless… and vampiric. Eph, along with a small group of people, find themselves battling to protect not only their loved ones, but the entire city of New York, from a powerful creature that threatens humanity.   The Elements of Horror Before...