The Strain :: As Seen On TV :: What we do to survive

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As Seen On TV :: Sunday, September 8, 2014

In this installment of “As Seen On TV” I will give a three-sentence review of the ninth episode of season one of The Strain, where we witness what people do to survive, and we learn about love and sentimentality, and how they can inhibit survival.

This feature will include SPOILERS, so read at your own risk and consider yourself warned.

Please share your thoughts in the comments to the shows I mini-review – I welcome all reactions, debate and discussions. Oh, and bring on the TV show recommendations, old and new.


The things we do for love, and for survival, come to light as a Father is reunited with his son, a woman is betrayed by her lover, a young man tries to stand up to the ultimate evil paying a permanent price, and a near broken villain is given a new lease on (after)life in the ninth episode of season one of The Strain – “The Departed

Eph’s son is dropped off by a very irresponsible friend of the family and is almost dinner for his douche of a Stepfather, but luckily Eph and Setrakian and their posse of slayers show up just in time to save him. Eph sends him off to Setrakian’s Pawn Shop hideout in order to clean up the dead douche mess, wait for his wife to show up, and have sex with his sometimes lover and always work partner, Nora. My favorite character, Vasiliy, accompanies Dutch back to her place where she finds her lover has robbed her and her building has been overrun by infected, so they head back to Setrakian’s where Setrakian praises Vasiliy’s lack of sentimentality (and Vasiliy assures that he has feelings).

Questions for next episode – is Eph’s ex a vampire now? How did Setrakian’s hands heal, and did they heal enough for him to ever do woodworking and carving again? Will we see the vampire rebel alliance again? Will episode ten finally be the end of Eph’s wig?

And a question to readers who are fellow fans, were you disappointed in the Master’s face, now that we’ve seen it?



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