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The Strain Series Finale Recap: Master Blaster

The following recap, by the very definition of the word recap, contains spoilers from the Season 4/series finale of FXs The Strain. FXs The Strain wrapped its four-season run on Sunday night by going out with a (very) big bang. But who all perished in the boffo blast? The heroes grand plan of course was [] //tvline.com/2017/09/17/the-strain-series-finale-recap-master-blaster/

The Strain Recap 8/20/17: Season 4 Episode 6 “Tainted Love”

Unfortunately, Thomas Eichorst survived his little dance with fire. The human collaborators had apparently gotten to him in time to help and so it wasn’t long before Eichorst was back on his feet. But then the Master had sent him out on a mission. The Master had found out that someone had stolen the nuclear core from him and he wanted it back as fast as possible because he still needed it for some unknown reason. So Eichorst had been sent after the core however as he later found out he had truly been sent to stop Quinlan. Quinlan and Fet have been trying to get their hands on a nuke for a while now and so they risk stealing from the Master just to get a complete nuke that they could use. However, that came with repercussions and one of them had been Eichorst. Eichorst wasn’t some mindless drone that didn’t know anything. He was chosen by the Master for his ruthless and that’s what he deployed to find to the guys’ former partners. There had been this other group that had worked with Quinlan and Fet and so they knew where the guys would be heading next after they parted ways. READ MORE...

The Strain Recap 8/13/17: Season 4 Episode 5 “Belly of the Beast”

What was New Horizons? Both Eph and Alex had come across pamphlets detailing that New Horizons were a farming community and that they needed workers however it was also where the strigoi were shipping people and so that made Eph question what it really was. He didn’t think the place would be as great as the pamphlets were describing because if it was then the strigoi wouldn’t need to kidnap anyone. But convincing Alex to go with him to investigate the matter had been the easy part. The hard part was actually getting to the farm. It was located miles away from the city and neither of them had been that far away in a long time. However, they thought that they would run into some people that might help and had been surprised to see that wasn’t true. They passed towns that had been cleared and had even found some teenager’s phone that showed her family all wanted to go to New Horizons. Which was where they were all going to get their fresh start. So that showed that despite the strigoi’s efforts in the city that they still needed more people. And so they still had questions. READ MORE...

The Strain Recap 8/6/17: Season 4 Episode 4 “New Horizons”

Sanjay Desai was a traitor. He was a human that openly chose to work with the strigoi rather than resist or even flee the city so now he’s paying the price. He was put in charge of the maternity clinics and he’s been warned that he’s taking too long to deliver the babies though Sanjay had tried to get the mothers to full term and so he didn’t see what was wrong with waiting around for the full nine months. But Eichhorst kept finding a problem with Sanjay’s work and had no problem with showing his displeasure. He felt that Sanjay didn’t have a comprehensible plan for the mothers after the babies were born and both he and the Master didn’t see why they had to wait so long for results when they could find someone else that could do the job. However, Sanjay was forced to fight for his position. The human knew that he was expendable and he didn’t want to lose the privileged life he had with his wife because of the maternity clinics. So Sanjay promised Eichhorst that he would get results and that he would remain on top of everything, but he knew the price if he failed. READ MORE...

The Strain: "One Shot" Review

If you were to pin down any one flaw that's prevented The Strain from reaching its full potential over the past four years, it's the show's annoying lack of urgency. Each season has generally taken too long to re-escalate the conflict between our heroes and The Master, too often getting sidetracked by pointless character drama and subplots along the way. Season 3 was a huge improvement in that regard. With the announcement that the series would be ending with Season 4, it was if the writers finally lit a fire under the butts of Ephraim Goodweather and the gang. Sadly, the deeper we get into Season 4, the more it seems like the show is falling back into old habits. That was most noticeable in the Fet/Quinlan storyline this week. I was happy to see the duo back in the spotlight after sitting things out last week. But their raid on the missile silo came up a bit lacking. Despite the whole thing revolving around a tense standoff where an injured Quinlan was pinned down by a jittery but well-meaning sniper (Degrassi: Next Class' Ehren Kassam), there was a surprising lack of tension to the whole ordeal. Neither Fet nor Quinlan ever felt in any real danger. The whole conflict felt stretched and overextended given the straightforward way it played out. READ MORE...

The Strain: "The Blood Tax" Review

This may be the final season of The Strain, and while the general status quo of the series has changed significantly, there's little sense that we're barreling along to the big finale. As is always the case with this series, the new season is off to a sluggish start. It may be a few weeks before the battle against the Master truly kicks into gear again. As with last week's episode, the focus in "The Blood Tax" was more on setting the general tone for the final season and showing just how drastically life has changed for our heroes. Eph aside, these first two episodes have each focused on entirely separate groups of characters, which does nothing to help build early momentum for the season. That's another frustrating hallmark of The Strain - that sometimes we're forced to wait several weeks for specific plot threads to be revisited. That trend looks to be repeating itself where Fet and the missile silo is concerned. READ MORE...

The Strain Recap 7/30/17: Season 4 Episode 3 “One Shot”

The Nuclear Holocaust changed everything. A civilized race quickly fell into chaos and it wasn’t long before the other countries began to fire their own nuclear missiles once they saw what happened to New York. But Captain Daniel Roman was the few people that didn’t overreact during a critical time and so he knew how to activate one more missile just for Fet and Quinlan. The guys had come across him after they took down an all women cult and so they saved his life in exchange for getting their hands on that missile. However, there was a complication. Someone had hit the facility before they got there and Roman wasn’t sure if they got into the underground bunker. So Fet and Quinlan chose to test whether or not any munchers got in by dropping a bomb and when they didn’t hear anything they thought that it was safe yet someone had been alive enough to fire on Quinlan and whoever they were they kept firing. And so the group that travelled with Fet and Quinlan decided to abandon them. Except someone had to check if Quinlan was still alive. So Fet used another entrance to climb down and he did his best to reason with the soldier that was trying to keep them from getting to the missile. Yet, the soldier didn’t trust Fet or even Daniel because they had brought a strigoi with them and so they were arguing as New York continued to survive as best as it could. The young woman that cleaned up after Zach had tried taking some of the fruit he didn’t want and his creature had almost attacked her for it, but she was lucky that Zach had been nearby. READ MORE...

The Strain Recap 7/23/17: Season 4 Episode 2 “The Blood Tax”

Gus is alive! However, he’s back to his old tricks again and has seemingly recruited his own cousin to help him pull off a job though his cousin had been hesitant at first to help Gus. He worked for the Partnership and thought the best way to deal with the Strigoi was to follow their rules. So Gus had had to invoke his uncle to get his cousin to help and he had promised the other man that he would be taken care of except Gus wasn’t working alone. He was working with his old partner Alonso Creem who should have bene off on his own island. Though Creem didn’t make off so well after the world economy collapsed and was now running an underground market to come out on top again. So both Dutch and the Professor had been a little apprehensive about Creem being back in the picture and they had tried to warn Gus about working with the man yet Gus hadn’t wanted to hear it and not that long afterwards there had been an incident. The strigoi had found the Professor and Dutch’s hiding place and they had barely had the time to hide the Lumen before they were rounded up. The two had been taken by the strigoi to a camp and there they had been separated along with many others in a situation that eerily reminded the Professor of the concentration camps. Yet, the Professor had said something to Dutch before they were separated. He said that they shouldn’t have trusted human nature and let their guard down. So she suspects that he was talking about someone ratting him out, but there was nothing she could do about it because she had gotten thrown into a birthing center. READ MORE...

The Strain Premiere Recap 7/16/17: Season 4 Episode 1 “The Worm Turns”

It’s been nine months since Night Eternal and the humans have been force into working with the strigoi. The strigoi were the vampires under the dominion of the "Master" and they now have complete control over New York. It’s their kind that polices the humans and keeps the peace however in return they demand that everyone join the Partnership. The Partnership allowed humans to go about their daily lives and even work. But the Partnership also meant that several humans would have to leave behind their families to join blood banks. So the strigoi had seemingly won the war because they now have everything they’ve ever wanted. However, Eph couldn’t stand it in New York with them in control. He saw the moments when the worst of their kind would lose it and begin feeding on people for their own enjoyment. So he was willing to abandon his home as long as he got as far away as possible yet something grabbed his attention before he could go ahead with his plan. He saw a couple of strigoi with an oil tanker truck and it had looked like they were deliberately keeping out of sight as if they hadn’t wanted anyone to see what they were doing. READ MORE...

‘The Strain’ Season 4 Review: Going out with a Bang

Just in time for the end, The Strain is the best it’s ever been. After three seasons of build up and more than a little stalling, FX’s pulpy vampire drama has finally arrived at the promised post-apocalypse thanks to Zack’s (Max Charles) nuclear tantrum in the Season 3 finale. Lord knows Zack is the worst, but we should all be thanking the little monster-in-the-making because that tragic act of selfishness is exactly what the series needed to climb out of the narrative rut it’s been stuck in for the last two seasons and deliver exciting new locations, relationships, character development. Season 4 picks up nine months after Zack pulled the trigger, unleashing a nuclear winter that allows the Strigoi to walk by day, finally fulfilling the series’ ongoing Holocaust parallels with the vision of a world reborn to serve the Master and his bloodsucking ilk. Humanity is forced into "The Partnership," a one-sided union with the Strigoi in which the humans regularly donate blood in return for food and medical help, trudging terrified through the streets with identifying badges wrapped around their arms while armed Strigoi guards hiss and sneer from the sidewalk. Naturally, the food and medical aid are only enough to keep the walking Happy Meals pumping nourished blood, but the remnants of humanity are in no position to argue. The Justines of the world are gone, there is no Staten Island safe haven and no government support on the way, and the laws of nature have forsaken humanity without the sun to offer them respite from the Strigoi assault. READ MORE...