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Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E10 The Loved Ones

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E10 The Loved Ones

Well for anyone who read the books, Episode 10, “The Loved Ones,” finally delivers a bit of what we had been anxiously expecting. Kelly transforms into a vamp! Just a bit of a heads up, if it’s not obvious – Kelly being a vampire will be a major plot point throughout the series.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E9 The Disappeared

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E9 The Disappeared

Unfortunately after the excitement of episode 8 and the week long anticipation for the continuation in Episode 9, “The Disappeared;” we were let down by the show falling back on its slow motion planning. Last night’s episode starts off with Kelly Goodweather’s friend Diane dropping off Zack at a completely darkened house with only a shadowy figure in the window present. As a rather brazen character who also happens to be a mother – this is a terrible idea. But atlas, like most people involved in a apocalyptic situation – she naively goes with it.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E8 Creatures of the Night

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E8 Creatures of the Night

HALLEUJAH!!!!! I think we can all agree that The Strain found its groove in Episode 8, “Creatures of the Night.” Sparing us the initial and always short-lived opening stunner – Episode 8 smartly decided to just consistently provide the action throughout. WHAT A CONCEPT!

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E7 For Services Rendered

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E7 For Services Rendered

As always the opening of episode seven, “For Services Rendered,” is an immediate attention grabber. Seeing Joan’s husband obliviously hang out in an empty country club (I guess his 19 hour flight drained him of his common sense) and pour himself a drink is a little stupid, but hey, maybe part of him can foresee this being his last. A slight slow burn leads up to every man’s nightmare of returning late from a business trip and seeing your wife transformed into a hideous life (and blood) sucking monster. Joan has by far been the most intensely creepy transformation. I don’t know if it’s the Ms.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E6 Occultation

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E6 Occultation

Hey FX, aren’t you the same network that just set a cable network record for Emmy nominations? This kind of material is your wheelhouse, so I need you to get it together. I wait and wait for the cinematographic miscues to get better, for the tone to feel more plausible, for less of my time to be wasted with soapy dialogue serving frivolous exposition … and it never comes.
So indulge me, if you will, in my passionate plea for a film reboot where we can get all these things right. In the meantime, back to FX giving it their best shot.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E5 Runaways

I officially take back everything I ever said about Gabe Bolivar – he was gnarly this week. What a way to open an episode!
We’re dropped into episode four (“Runaways”) with the rock star in his velvety goth palace, blending with shadows and complected like a bruised fruit. It’s here that viewers get their first glimpse of the Master’s control: with one word, echoed twice – “Mine” – we get a subtle idea of his ventriloquist-like power.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E4 It's Not for Everyone

I’ll give it to del Toro and Hogan this week. Opening episode four “It’s Not for Everyone” with the dissection of the plane captain was disgusting, fascinating, and an expository change of pace. The show’s “monster” aspects – and their obvious del Toro signatures – keep me coming back each week. The attention to detail of what we learn during the dissection, and to the stinger especially, is impressive.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E3 The Third Rail

Another week of “The Strain,” another debate with the mister about whether it should have been a movie instead of a TV show. Where the former might have gotten some critical details squeezed out, the latter continues to get away with not-quite-enough exposition each week. It’s still hurting the show’s overall effectiveness, in my opinion, but more on that shortly.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E2 The Box

The second episode of FX’s The Strain picks up immediately from where we last left it, opening to Gus the hustler transporting the Master’s coffin across the river. Though the episode begins delving deeper into the “virus” itself – and, more enlighteningly, its potential commercial and political implications on one of the world’s largest cities – the plot plods at a pace nearly rivaling Gus Van Sant’s Last Days. Whereas the book’s monolithic, apolocalyptic atmosphere loomed high, the show has thus far largely missed the mark.

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E1 Night Zero

If you’re a horror or fantasy devotee of any shade, hopefully you’re a student of master filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. With the help of Chuck Hogan, he recently expanded his storytelling into the written word, delivering the terrifying Strain trilogy. Now, FX has brought the story to life as del Toro originally intended: a television show. The story vividly captures an apocalyptic nightmare initially disguised as a post-9/11 paranoid disaster.

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