The Strain | Show Review

the strain show review

The Strain is an FX network show. The show follows a viral outbreak of a strain that is said to be an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Centre for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City are called to investigate the mysterious strain they’ve never seen before. Dr. Ephraim and his team, coupled with many normal New Yorkers battle every day and wage a war against the fate of humanity itself. Read The Strain show review to know more about the show.

Cast of The Strain

  • Corey Stoll plays Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather who leads the CDC Canary Team in New York City.
  • David Bradley plays professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor who has noe turned into a New York pawnbroker.
  • Mia Maestro as Dr. Nora Martinez, a member of Eph’s CDC Canary Team and is Eph’s closest ally.
  • Kevin Durand plays Vasiliy Fet, who was once a rat experimenter and is now caught up in the fight for humanity. He is of Ukranian descent.
  • Jonathan Hyde as Eldritch Palmer, an invalid who is also a billionaire and wants to obtain immortality.
  • Richard Sammel as Thomas Eichhorst, an undead vampire acolyte of the Master who has a history that is 70 years old with Setrakian. In his previous life, he was a Nazi commander at the Treblinka Extermination camp in German-occupied Poland.
  • Natalie Brown plays Kelly Goodweather, Eph’s estranged wife.

The Strain Season 1 Synopsis

Season 1 starts off with a disturbance in the cargo hold of a jet inbound to the JFK International Airport. This alarms the flight crew and upon landing at the airport, the ground crew loses all contact with the plane. The CDC Canary Team, headed by Dr. Ephraim (“Eph”) Goodweather, is called to investigate the sudden occurrence. Dressed up in hazmat suits, they investigate the plane and what they find in there leaves them surprised. They discover a strange worm that seems like an Ebola-like plague might break out. Out of all of this, Ephraim is approached by Abraham Setrakian at the airport who tells him that all the victims must be destroyed and that the elaborately carved coffin found from the plane’s cargo not leave the airport.

Season one sets the pace for the rest of the two seasons. Since it’s the first season, people are excited to know what will happen next and how the story is going to unfold. How the plot will unfold and how the

The Strain Season 2 Synopsis

The second season works on the climatic ending between Eph, Nora, and the Master. Eph and Nora learn of a way to use the strigoi as a biological weapon against their own species. Setrakian sets a deal where he is led on the quest to find the fabled tome of the vampire lore known as the Occido Lumen. The Strain has a lot of potential in terms of material and content, but it struggled to escape old habits in the second season. Too much time dedicated to the subplots and characters that did nothing to further the plot of the show – the conflict between the humans and growing vampire hordes.  When the show was completely focused on Eph making his biological weapon against the strigoi, the rise of Quinlan – the half human half vampire hybrid – to prominence or the intricate machinations of Herr Eichorst, it was what we all wanted to watch. But none of that got any attention – as much attention as it should get.

In all, season 2 was good, but with there being so much else the writers could focus on, to further plots that make no sense is a bad move.

The Strain Season 3 Synopsis

Season 3 just finished and with the way things are going, it seems like season 3 as well, has a script that can work on. Season 2 ended with Nora dying in a subway station, Setrakian and co. finding the Lumen and defeating Eichorst. However, it makes a little change when the third season starts again with all of them moping about and being sad about the events of season 3. Mostly Ephraim being drunk and sad about his son and a little bit about Nora.Setrakian is set with the task of slowly but surely decoding the Lumen. Quinlan and Fet are being placed left right and center, with Quinlan getting flashbacks about his warrior beginning and also showing his humanity and Fet being charming and disarming as ever. They’re all under the care of Councilwoman Feraldo. Fet is using his encyclopedic knowledge of the New York subway tunnels to help the military hunt down the Master. Eph is sad about losing his son to the Master. Eichorst is back at it with his small dealing here and there and plans of opening up a human harvesting factory. The problem with the season is that it only has 10-13 episodes per season and with the story progressing like this, it seems like it’ll take more than 13 episodes per season to get anywhere. And Carlton Cuse said that they only want five seasons for this show.

With New York being an all-out war zone, there doesn’t seem to be the kind of urgency that should follow with a vampiric apocalypse. There is no sense of consequence, only stalling. With the way the things are going, there does seem to be hope for a better narrative in the future episodes. Eph is starting to see that his biological weapon is losing its efficacy and the government has decided to call New York a lost cause altogether. They need to tie all of these ends together quickly. Because The Strain can’t lose any more time.

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