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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 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...