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Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E11 The Third Rail

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E11 The Third Rail

 

Well here we are again, having patiently waited all week for an episode that would finally spring the series into action and once again let down.

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: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: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.

9 Vampire Hunters Not Named "Abraham"

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Opening this weekend is the bizarrely titled but conceptually interesting "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". His notoriety instantaneously makes the 16th President of the United States the most famous vampire slayer amongst his peers. Though it remains to be seen whether or not the film itself can live up to some of the other impressive slayers, killers and purifiers in the realm of cinema vampire lore. So in case Mr. Lincoln doesn't satisfy your bloodlust, here are 9 Essential Vampire Hunter Films.


9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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