We return to you this week in nostalgic mood, reminiscing about the year gone by.
Look at that magnificent bastard!
Please follow us as we discuss what we liked and what we didn’t like so much from 2014.
Within this episode we discuss: Penny Dreadful, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla, Tranformers 4, EA Sports UFC, Sunset Overdrive, Shovel Knight, Download 2014, The Flash and Bojack Horseman.
Someone made my thoughts into a picture before I thought them! (All credit goes to the person who made that image)
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Welcome to the world of oblivious extras and back ground characters we call The Strain. Guillermo Del Toro probably doesn’t have much to do with the weekly episodes of The Strain but his presence is felt through the design of the monsters, his passion however is sorely missed. Well enough lamenting the lack of talented hands on deck, we have a fun episode and lets not spoil it by being pissed off at the length of time it has taken to get here.
(Insert Dirty Harry reference here)
So we open where we left off, the gang have got a shot off at Eichorst who bolted as if nothing happened, turns out it may have a been a bit worse than he previously let on. Meanwhile our heroes (Knowing that the Strigoi maybe driving down the local real estate prices) have decided to grab some UV lights to defend themselves, in doing so they meet Mr Fet and we finally get to see the band all together. From here we also see little Miss Hacker Pants (Whose actual name appears to be Dutch) join the group while they hunker down against the Strigoi in a petrol station. Murder, mayhem and a little tension regarding Fet dispatching one of the team after infection strikes are all on the cards.
When I said I wanted to get nailed I did not mean this.
This week we got to witness the most action this series has offered in its relatively short run. Everything moved at a swift pace with some great action beats and fantastically kinetic energy. Vasiliy showed that silver is not the only way to go and Setrakian was his usually badass self, dispatching the pale suckers with some great swordplay. Nora had a moment of doubt before blasting away at monsters and Eph acted like a moody bitch when it was discovered some one was infected.
That’s what you get for having butt sex with a vampire.
This was a great episode but really if we were watching The Strain the movie it would only be a 10 minute scene and not an hour of content. It felt stretched at times and the attempts at tension really added nothing. The shot of a Strigoi with a massive head wound after Fet took a jumping downward strike was a great bit of imagery though.
I have a splitting headache.
I would recommend watching this episode, I give it 2 dead Jims out of 7.
Yay! Goodbye you lacklustre son of a bitch.
Spoiler Sean Astin dies and I fucking cheered.
I could have cried with joy!
And that is how you make this series interesting. Finally the pace has picked up and we are into vampire killing, decision making, old man grumbling and complete carnage mode. Some people where killed, some where turned and we had a stupid piece of dialogue regarding calling the big bad ‘The Master’ (Words are his POWER!). This week has made me feel a lot more confident in recommending this series. Lets dig our teeth into this plot.
Kiss me you stupid fool!
We open up this week on the on going babysitter adventures in nightmare vampire land. Joan Luss has suffered the alopecia that marks her exit from the human race, her children are living with the house keeper (What will the neighbours say?) and her daughter is hell bent on returning them to their mother (Possibly starting the first vampire takeaway service). Eph, Setrakian and Nora attempt to destroy the Nazi in the room (Or train station) but he maybe more cunning than he seems. We go back to school with Setrakian’s past as we see he may have a hand (Or two) in bedding The Master. Jim attempts to redeem himself (No one cares) and Eldritch may put on weight (Again who fucking cares).
Windows are a delicacy to Strigoi.
This series is really picking up speed which helps to reduce the amount of time we have to hear exposition and increases the time we get to see people trying to kill vampires. The characters are all acting more human now but there is still something missing in the performance from Corey Stoll as Eph, it’s not bad but I get the feeling that science guy Eph needs to be put to bed for this series. Towards the end of the episode we get to meet a new character who adds further questions regarding this realities vampires and what they actually are.
Fucking window lickers.
I still have issues with the episodes scenes predominantly focused on Eldritch and the sympathetic way he is being treated, I understand fear can be a driving force behind bad decisions but he still did something unforgivably monstrous and does not deserve sympathy. Sean Astin had an argument with his wife and I take her side, she would rather die than be blamed for the shit that has happened since the coffin was released from the airport and to make responsible has only served to make him easier to hate.
God I hate you Eldritch.
One character that really stands out is Eichorst, vampire who seems to still retain what little humanity he had before being turned. He gleefully taunts Abraham in the past and appears to be a genuine threat in current day New York. The conversation with a young Setrakian regarding talents is brilliant, showcasing the talented actors they have assembled for the project.
I just want to DANCE!
All in all this was a great episode. No Vasiliy this week which is always a bad sign but they have achieved the impossible and delivered a fun episode any way. I give it a Blade out of Lesley Nielson. Recommended to anyone who is looking for some fun, taut, fast vampire based TV.