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The Strain #106 - Occultation Review

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An eclipse causes things to escalate quickly, and things for Ephraim begin falling apart.

It's the half-way point for the first season of The Strain. Everything starts to come together in "Occultation" while tearing everything in the world apart. An eclipse gives the vampires in NYC a chance to hit the streets to infect a massive amount of people. Eph tells his ex-wife, Kelly and his son, Zach to leave the city, but Kelly's live-in boyfriend, Matt is against it.

Easily, one of the best parts of the episode is the scene between Kelly and Eph and the results of their talk. If you've read the books or the Dark Horse comics, then you know that this family dynamic is very important to the overall story, believe it or not. Eph tells Kelly to leave, and even though they just saw that Eph is wanted by the police, they listen. However, Matt overhears this and calls the FBI on him. The dialogue that follows between Matt and Kelly is fantastic and again, for those who know what's coming, it's a major point in their story line.

While we never go back to Gus and Felix stealing cars, we do get to see the first moments of Gus' rebellion against Thomas Eichorst in this episode. Thomas needs Gus to do another job for him and has Gus' back against a wall. This leads to a team-up with Jim Kent and Gus finds their transporting the dead body of a vampire. It's a good scene and leads up to Gus and Felix having a violent encounter with a vampire.

Everything is so disjointed in this episode, but that's the point. Abraham, Nora, Eph, Gus, and Vasiliy are all trying to work on their own and not accomplishing what they thought they would. This leads these characters to finally realize they need each other and start to come together. Well, not all of them. Vasiliy and Gus are on their own journies for now, but their stories, here are done incredibly well.

Vasiliy Fet becomes a stand out character in this episode. You know, the rat hunter. We get to see a lot about his family life here as he visits his father and they argue about Vasiliy's career choices. However, what really made him standout was his scene where he actually kills his first vampire. He's a stoic and stone-faced character and this episode really had him living up to his comic book counterpart, who is super-awesome.

"Hey guys? Did you murder my coworker?"

The only real problem with the episode was that, at times, the special effects, mainly on the stingers, seemed a little unfinished. The lighting on them and textures made it come off a bit more plastic than organic. It was a big problem in the opening with Thomas and his slave in the white room especially.

The Strain continues to be a fantastic seires easily worth your time whether you've read the source material or not. This genre mixing show combines elements of horror, a zombie invasion, vampires, and a viral epidemic. It's wildy original, and this episode really explores a lot of character relationships and asks the question "can they do it alone?"

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Posted by MadeinBangladesh

yep 4 stars. Can't wait to see sh*t finally hit the fan.

Posted by MrTummyTumms

My only problem with this is that you have these people that see this crazy stuff going down and they don't even tell anyone. Like the Rat Catcher almost gets eaten alive and instead of telling someone he's in a cafe drawing pictures.

Also, did no one report what happened at the old folks home last episode? It just seems like everyone except for the main characters are oblivious to what's going on.

Posted by Oscuro

I thought it was a solid episode. I'm curious what the "outside world" thinks of what is going on.

Posted by inferiorego

My only problem with this is that you have these people that see this crazy stuff going down and they don't even tell anyone. Like the Rat Catcher almost gets eaten alive and instead of telling someone he's in a cafe drawing pictures.

Also, did no one report what happened at the old folks home last episode? It just seems like everyone except for the main characters are oblivious to what's going on.

They hinted at it, in this episode, that the eclipse is causing everyone to act crazy. That's reinforced in the comic much better

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Posted by LEGACY6364

It's still moving to slow in my opinion. The vampire strain is supposed to be spreading a lot more faster than depicted.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

sh*t is about to go down.

Posted by MRhairE

@fallschirmjager: "sh*t is about to go down"

When though?!?

I love the atmosphere and tone of the show but it's just moving sooo slow!

It is ok to do a book or comic series like that but it needs to start picking up speed

Posted by ifrit30

My only problem with this is that you have these people that see this crazy stuff going down and they don't even tell anyone. Like the Rat Catcher almost gets eaten alive and instead of telling someone he's in a cafe drawing pictures.

Also, did no one report what happened at the old folks home last episode? It just seems like everyone except for the main characters are oblivious to what's going on.

And who do you think would believe them? They would call them crazy and ignore them.You saw already the reactions from the two guys in the cafe and the Rat Catchers Father.

Posted by jwalser3

The hype is killing me!

Posted by TheAcidSkull

I really like Vasily, he is such a cool dude.

And I love how both Abraham and Thomas Eichorst beat people up with grace, they are like"I'm to old for this sh*t"

Though, I hate how some of the people react to the news. If my son, or dad came to me and told me there was this dangerous infection that turns people into vermin or whatever, I'd be willing to listen. Vasily was obviously being very serious, anyone could have guessed that, but the way his father reacts is just plain stupid. Instead of saying something like "are you sure?" Or "This is impossible" he says something like "Catching rats has warped your mind"? Old man, what the f*ck are you talking about.