Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ Episode 12

Once again we are back with the Canary team as they battle the undead for the future of the human race or some semblance of it. Every week a few people tune in and wait with bated breath for the quality that was evident in the first episode to come back but sadly this week is still lacking. Well fuck it may as well get into this shit once again.

vlcsnap-2014-09-29-19h15m21s163Still do not care about this character.

We open up again on the Canary team who are working out the next attack against the Strigoi beasties after returning from the cave de la morte. Dutch returns to try and send out a warning to all the people still watching TV during what we are told is a possibly world wide apocalypse. In-between the A plot we get further flashbacks to Setrakian’s past and see that he and his wife are unable to conceive and she seems to have some sort of affliction making her require crutches. In a much better story we see that Gus has continued his Strigoi killing and attempting to reclaim some stolen property from his rival Alonso Creem (Jamie Hector). Quinlan is back briefly to help us remember that Fet, Gus and Setrakian are not the only characters worth seeing.

vlcsnap-2014-09-29-19h30m43s157Gus and Creem riding dirty.

A lot of elements from the 2nd book that this is based on have been brought forward and it means this episode feels messy and rushed, the sense of momentum is welcome but comes at the expense of quality. The series is ending next week, with this being the penultimate episode I was hoping a build towards an end game of some sort, we have no target or goal for the heroes and that means we have no idea what their motivation is. There is absolutely no way they are killing the vampires which number thousands below New York, The Master is too fast for anyone to kill him and now Palmer has super Shawshank powers.

vlcsnap-2014-09-29-19h35m13s57NOBODY CARES! 

I don’t understand why we need to know the story of the heart so early on, there is no need for us to see that and it isn’t given time enough for us to care about the victims of the story. The show essentially asks us to care about a stranger that we have never met and has the whole of 3 lines, sure the loss is palpable but to give it weight this would need to be a flashback episode. At least give us the chance to care.

vlcsnap-2014-09-29-19h34m01s70Now we can be a family FOREVER! Wait, that is actually kind of nice despite the circumstances.

The Master comes back, drips some magical worm free virus stuff into Palmers mouth and he gets all better. It means nothing and it just doesn’t do anything but add mounting issues against our weaker protagonist who are already going to lose in a all out war.

vlcsnap-2014-09-29-19h34m54s113Slab face, vagina monster is yet again not doing anything interesting.

It’s getting back to having some semblance of quality but this really is not where we needed to be. Even if we just had the heroes say what they wanted to do we would understand motivation. I give this episode a Wesley Snipes, it may entertain you but it’s not guaranteed.

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