Posted by inferiorego (24713 posts) - - Show Bio

Dr Goodweather, Nora, and Jim discover the disease is changing the host's body after dissecting Captain Redfern's body, Ansel is changing into a full-fledged vampire and doing some pretty horrific things, Emma attacks Goodweather and Nora, but they all get saved by Abraham, and Gus steals a car.

One of the things I've really enjoyed about this television series, and the comic, was that there's a lot of side-stories going on that all weave everything happening in the show together. There's some great moments here where we see Eldritch hiring a woman to essentially cripple the Internet and cell phone services to move forward with their plan. We get a book end with that as well as Eldritch tells a senator that this was all the military's fault to make the rumblings of a disease seem more like a conspiracy than anything else. The show does extremely well at building up the main story with these little pieces of the puzzle. Unfortunately, for those who have read the comic, it comes off as a tad slow.

If you're looking for something suspenseful that does horror pretty darn well, then this is a show for you. There's lots of smaller moments here that can give viewers quite the shock, like seeing Ansel run out at Anne-Marie for the first time, or seeing Emma trying to sting Goodweather and Nora (shown below). By the way, that scene is easily the best of the episode.

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There's some weird problems with this episode in general. Lots of little things rubbed me the wrong way. First and foremost, Jim Kent (played by Sean Astin) is way too squeamish for someone who works at the CDC. As Dr Goodweather and Nora start to dissect Captain Redfern's body, Kent makes numerous comments about how he wants to get out of there and that it's too much for him. His wife has gone through numerous cancer treatments, so undoubtedly he's dealt with side-effects of chemo and he works with the CDC. This shouldn't be a shock to him.

A lot of time is spent with Gus and Felix and how they steal cars to make money. There's no real closure to any of this and it leaves us all wondering, "how does this tie into everything else?" Seeing Gus' homelife is a breath of fresh air, at the same time. It's nice set up to show the viewer that people from different incomes and different cultures deal with this vampire plague, when we actually get there.

Finally, there's a moment where Anne-Marie is out front of the shed, where Ansel has chained himself up so he wouldn't hurt people, and their neighbor comes over to complain about their dog. Now, this guy is a bit of a jerk, so what happens at the end of the scene is understandable. However, when Anne-Marie lets the neighbor into the shed, he takes his belt off... He's going to beat the dog with a belt. This scene would have worked so much better if he didn't do that. Don't establish the fact this guy beats animals. Make it ambiguous. Make Anne-Marie more of a grey character and not a animal vigilante. That moment is laughably over-the-top.

The Strain "It's Not For Everyone" is a bit of a let down compared to last week's episode, but overall, it's still an awesome series. There are some phenomenal moments here, but overall, the episode moved slow and there were quite a few silly things that stuck out like a sore thumb. The show does a great job at genre mixing, giving us a show about vampires not filled with love triangles mixed with Outbreak and one dash of a zombie flick. While this particular episode didn't wow me, the series, as a whole, has been. This is the vampire show ADULTS have been waiting for.

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#1 Posted by Fallschirmjager (17504 posts) - - Show Bio

That gif is amazing.

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#2 Edited by Sammo21 (694 posts) - - Show Bio

It has been established that Jim Kent is more of an administrator and paper pusher and he isn't even a doctor. This was established in even the second episode if I am not mistaken. The side effects of chemo are not 6ft long stingers coming from someone's mouth nor are they caved in skulls or white blood with wriggling worms inside so I'm not sure how that has anything to do with his wife's treatments...especially with the fact he isn't a doctor or ME.

I agree, the angle with the car stealing makes even less sense now they added a new character into the mix. After having read the books long ago and the comics more recently I'm confused to where this is leading.

I liked the show, a bit more than the average rating it garnered here.

#3 Posted by arkay74 (53 posts) - - Show Bio

There's so much stuff in this show that doesn't make sense it's actually hard to watch.

Suspension of disbelief is one thing, having to switch off your brain is another.

I will keep on watching for another few episodes.

#4 Posted by sentryman555 (771 posts) - - Show Bio

@sammo21 said:

It has been established that Jim Kent is more of an administrator and paper pusher and he isn't even a doctor. This was established in even the second episode if I am not mistaken. The side effects of chemo are not 6ft long stingers coming from someone's mouth nor are they caved in skulls or white blood with wriggling worms inside so I'm not sure how that has anything to do with his wife's treatments...especially with the fact he isn't a doctor or ME.

Exactly! This isn't the first review I've read that has people questioning why Jim is squeamish during that whole scene. When they're dissecting an alien looking thing with a giant python sized stinger coming out his mouth, even he was a doctor, that's still not right!

I also disagree with the making anne-marie a grey character thing. If I thought she was okay with killing a guy who was just a jerk and not an actual bad guy, I wouldn't care so much if her character died. She's far from my favorite now but she comes off as a nice girl thrown into a horrible situation. I couldn't be nearly as sympathetic to her if she almost immediately switches to killing people for her husband.

#5 Posted by oldestgregg (1 posts) - - Show Bio

@sammo21 said:

It has been established that Jim Kent is more of an administrator and paper pusher and he isn't even a doctor. This was established in even the second episode if I am not mistaken. The side effects of chemo are not 6ft long stingers coming from someone's mouth nor are they caved in skulls or white blood with wriggling worms inside so I'm not sure how that has anything to do with his wife's treatments...especially with the fact he isn't a doctor or ME.

I agree, the angle with the car stealing makes even less sense now they added a new character into the mix. After having read the books long ago and the comics more recently I'm confused to where this is leading.

I liked the show, a bit more than the average rating it garnered here.

The cars part of the plot is to introduce the car dealer (Marlon from the wire) into the story I think as he plays more of a part in book 2 and 3.

I know they need to flush out a bit of back story but it slows down the story a lot. Del Toro has said books one and two will be the first two seasons and book three will be split into either two or three seassons depending on ratings

#6 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

THE show is cheesy and cliche as hell, but I love the show.

#7 Posted by dbullo22 (20 posts) - - Show Bio

So its normal for a little girl to have a 6 ft tentacle... she can be cured

#8 Posted by TheMultiverse (141 posts) - - Show Bio

Hanging in there with this show. What works, works very well. The realistic take on Vampires is really cool, but some of the scenes come off as a bit forced, and cheesy.

They had just got attacked by that giant tentacle spear yet they walk up right to another one without thinking about it?

#9 Posted by BeaconofStrength (5466 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll stick around for it.

#10 Posted by illmatic06 (52 posts) - - Show Bio

@arkay74 said:

There's so much stuff in this show that doesn't make sense it's actually hard to watch.

Suspension of disbelief is one thing, having to switch off your brain is another.

I will keep on watching for another few episodes.

This.

I am unfamiliar with the source materials, but there were a number of scenes where I was like "What?!? This does not make any sense."

Both doctors worked at CDC, yet failed to notify anyone that they suspect that all the passengers are turning into monsters. The wife saw the dead corpse of her beloved dog and saw that her husband is turning into a monster yet remain still as her monstrous husband continued to lunge at her. Her neighbor was going to whip the dog? Really who does that? You going to follow the old man and start beheading ppl and burning corpses? Are you go at least TRY to notify someone at your agency? You rather die than a creature that just attacked you with a 6 foot appendage out their mouth?

This episode was disappointing to me. The brainless actions plus the women in sci fi trope where they are weak and unable to cope with what is going on was too much for me.

#11 Posted by _Genesis_ (306 posts) - - Show Bio

It really was a good episode.

#12 Posted by Avenger85 (1798 posts) - - Show Bio

Nora is a complete moron. Too bad she's here to stay.

"These 2 creatures tried to suck out our blood using tentacles shot out of our mouth. But No! You can't just kill them ! We have protocols ! We don't kill people! "

She's the Skyler of Strain.

#13 Posted by skyjumpermike (148 posts) - - Show Bio

I enjoyed the book. This show isn't very good though. THe horror elements of it are great! The science they are trying to shove down the viewer's mouth is not. They haven't made any of the characters likable either, besides the old man. I was excited for this show, but I'm feeling let down.