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The Strain #107 - For Services Rendered Review

5

Thomas and Abraham's history is revealed and the group plots against Thomas in the present

How did Thomas and Abraham meet? What's their history? The disease slowly starts to spread and Nora, Eph, and Abraham work on a plan with Jim to end Thomas. "For Services Rendered" was easily one of the best episodes of the season and really gave the viewer a massive amount of insight into some of these characters

The biggest draw, for viewers, will be the time Abraham spent in a concentration camp under Thomas' watch, before Thomas became a vampire. It's a strange dynamic between the two, since Abraham gets a bit of an attitude with an SS officer. He has no fear, which is an aspect that translates well into the present-day Abraham. Thomas admires Abraham for his talent and even gives Abraham a moment to commits acts of violence on him. Abraham does not take that chance. The scenes are weaved throughout the episode and by far, some of the most interesting throughout the season.

Teamwork is the key here. Nora, Eph, Abraham, figure out a way to get Thomas into the open. The scene that takes place in a train station and it's suspenseful to see these guys try and get the best of this vampire. The Strain, as a whole series, does a fantastic job at creating a suspenseful series with a dash of horror. It has "out there" elements, but the show has a good sense of realism to it.

With most infection or zombie-esque shows, setting is important. Small towns and rural area heighten the news of the infection, but with a place like New York City, this show works differently. With the addition of cell phones and the internet not working, news still travels in NYC, but the idea of vampires seems so crazy that it becomes myth, even the police don't take it seriously, they laugh it off, much like in the scene where Gus tells an officer that his killing of a vampire was self defense.

The final scene of this episode is downright amazing. Neeva, the nanny, and Sebastine, Neeva's daughter, have the two Luss kids at the Luss household, where Audrey has turned and another Strigoi has entered the house. Hope is lost, then someone comes in and kills both of the Strigoi. It's a vampire, with a few men all in black. Is this Quinlan? He's never named, but you can bet your life on it. He's a bit different that I pictured him sounding, but he has such a kind voice. He knows what needs to be done and the infected need to be terminated. It's great to see one of my favorite characters from the book make his way into the series, even though it still feels a tad early.

Overall, "For Services Rendered" is one hell of an episode. Sure, there's no Vasiliy Fet here, but the addition of Quinlan makes up for it. Each piece of the story is working with the other pieces very well, and while there isn't much of a cliffhanger ending to keep the audiences coming back, the stories themselves are compelling and speak to the viewer. This was one awesome episode.

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Edited by Fallschirmjager

havent watched it yet. saving it for last on my long list of sunday tv shows.

btw is a sin city 2 review going up?

Posted by inferiorego

havent watched it yet. saving it for last on my long list of sunday tv shows.

btw is a sin city 2 review going up?

I don't know if any of us saw it. I spent all weekend watching TV

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@inferiorego: ah gotcha lol. I work weekends so I won't be able to until later this week.

Posted by jwalser3

This was an awesome episode. The Born at the end was the cherry on top.

Posted by Loki2u

@inferiorego

Nothing to do with this article.....but will there be a review for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For?

Haven't seen one yet.

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

@jwalser3 said:

This was an awesome episode. The Born at the end was the cherry on top.

It really was .

Posted by inferiorego

@loki2u said:

@inferiorego

Nothing to do with this article.....but will there be a review for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For?

Haven't seen one yet.

read the second comment of the thread

Posted by TheAcidSkull

What an amazing episode. Every Scene between Thomas and Abraham was pure gold. It's so intense and fun! Plus the Parallels made between Hitler and Dracula were absolutely fantastic. For a second there I thought they were going to kill Thomas, which would suck immensely!

Though I am disappointed at how they minimized Gus's story. I mean, seriously, if they aren't planning on exploring a bit more they should just leave it out.

But man, what an awesome ending. I did not expect that ...at ALL! Vampire SWAT team? Sweet!

Posted by orangedrink888

Amazing episode as usual. That ending... wow. Never read the book and now probably going to pick up the graphic novel. I want to know more about those guys!

Posted by buttersdaman000

It was a pretty good episode, but I def wouldn't give it a 5/5. IMO it was a little boring at times and i'm getting sick of CIS/PIS moments with the vampires and humans. The cab driver at the beginning is a prime example of this. Why didn't he just drive away??

Edited by lmothander

How come Movie/TV reviews don't have the good/the bad/verdict?

Edited by dondave

The Taxi driver was a massive idiot.

The Master's son however was awesome.

Posted by BigL

I didn't like this episode besides the opening and the ending. The rest was too slow for me and the showdown at the train station was too simple. The last 3 episodes before this I thought were strong and I'm looking forward to the next episode after that ending but the dialogue gets really cheesy at times I can't help but laugh

Edited by NightFang

@theacidskull said:

But man, what an awesome ending. I did not expect that ...at ALL! Vampire SWAT team? Sweet!

That should be a TV show of its own.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull said:

But man, what an awesome ending. I did not expect that ...at ALL! Vampire SWAT team? Sweet!

That should be a TV show of its own.

It could definitely work :D

Edited by micah

Who was the guy leading the vampire swat team at the end?

Edited by jwalser3

@micah: He's the master's son I believe.

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Posted by micah

@jwalser3 said:

@micah: He's the master's son I believe.

Awesome, I didn't know who he was but I knew he was important the moment I saw him :)

Posted by RogueShadow

@dondave said:

The Taxi driver was a massive idiot.

The Master's son however was awesome.

That was annoying as f*ck.

Posted by NightFang

@micah said:

Who was the guy leading the vampire swat team at the end?

His name is Quinlan.

Posted by micah

@micah said:

Who was the guy leading the vampire swat team at the end?

His name is Quinlan.

Thanks

Posted by laabitres

this tv show just keeps getting better, now i wanna see what the master looks like

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

okay episode, but the ending made it good. WHo were those? they were badass

Posted by sentryman555

@jwalser3: @dondave: I don't like being the no spoilers! guy but next time can we keep something like him being the master's son in a spoiler block. I don't really mind spoilers but that sounds like a big reveal to just put down in the comments for those of us who haven't read the book/comics.

Posted by jwalser3

@sentryman555: Oh, I thought he was introduced early on in the comic. But yeah, sorry about that lol.

Posted by sentryman555

@jwalser3: It's cool he's still an awesome new character for the show!

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@dondave said:

The Taxi driver was a massive idiot.

The Master's son however was awesome.

That was annoying as f*ck.

Agreed.

Awesome episode otherwise though.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Quinlains already introduced O.o?

Edited by Chibi_cute

The black ops vamps at the end made the episode more interesting..

Edited by optimusfunk

I'm really torn with this show... The story is quite interesting, but the acting and script frequently make it difficult for me to suspend my disbelief. I enjoyed the ending of this episode the most so far, and the reunion between Thomas and Abraham (the cops should have heard those gunshots though).