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The Strain

The Strain

Drama based on Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's horror trilogy, about a vampiric virus that has infected New York and the battle of mammoth proportions that follows. (Source: FX)
  • Currently 7.3/10
7.3/10 (31 Votes cast)

Episode Info

Next: 1x12 -- Last Rites (Sep/28/2014)

Dutch returns with a plan to broadcast Eph's warning about the vampiric plague. However, they face a new threat when Eichhorst launches his own attack against the pawn shop. Palmer receives a special visitor, and Gus gears up for the on-coming fight but discovers there's another mysterious factor involved.

Prev: 1x11 -- The Third Rail (Sep/21/2014)

Eph is forced to leave Zack at the pawnshop with Mariela while he, Nora, Vasiliy, and Abraham enter the subway tunnels beneath the World Trade Center in a desperate bid to find the Master and kill him. Meanwhile, Gus returns home and discovers the fate of his family.

  • Currently 7.3/10
7.3/10 (3 Votes cast)

Corey Stoll
As Dr. Ephraim Goodweather
David Bradley
As Professor Abraham Setrakian
Mia Maestro
As Dr. Nora Martinez
Kevin Durand
As Vasiliy Fet
Jonathan Hyde
As Eldritch Palmer
Richard Sammel
As Thomas Eichhorst
Sean Astin
As Jim Kent
Jack Kesy
As Gabriel Bolivar
Natalie Brown
As Kelly Goodweather
Miguel Gomez
As Augustin "Gus" Elizalde



Reviews: 27
tired cdc charactersRating: 2 likes, 1 dislikes

but what can be expected from an organization that believes guns are a disease?

Setting aside the cdc characters this is an intriguing take on vampirism. Perhaps the cdc can join the ranks of the infected commandos for a personality upgrade Read more

Review posted on Thursday, September 11th 2014 at 2:08 am


Reviews: 13
Better than expectedRating: 2 likes, 2 dislikes

I was kinda expecting a SyFy-ish flop, but surprisingly, it's much better than that.
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Review posted on Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 10:01 am


Reviews: 19
Summer FunRating: 2 likes, 1 dislikes

Very entertaining, an extended summer blockbuster.

It's good they get the CDC stuff out of the way in the first episode, it's not very authentic in many obvious ways -- but so what, no need for the bio-hazard suits after episode 1 ;-) Read more

Review posted on Sunday, July 13th 2014 at 10:33 pm

4 reviews available
1x11: The Third Rail recap: Zack is recording Vasiliy's work in the pawnshop cellar. Eph gets his son out of the way as Vasiliy tests a UV light bomb test. Everyone shields their eyes as Vasiliy sets the bomb off, but there's only a brief flash. Eph suggests they strobe the lights and Vasiliy jokes about the idea. When Eph takes offense, the exterminator says that he might agree with him, but admits that they're out of bulbs to test and they're going to have to go with what they have. Abraham, overhearing, says that's how he's got by for the last sixty years... read more.

1x10: Loved Ones recap: At Abraham's pawnshop, Zack looks through the phones and laptops. He gets one out and hooks it up to the Internet, and does a search for Kelly's iPhone. Zack gets a location on her near the school where she works, but then loses the connection. After a moment it comes back up and he discovers that she's on the move. The boy calls in Eph and tells him that Kelly's phone is moving, and his father says that the fact it's moving is a good sign. Zack calls his mother's phone but gets her voicemail and leaves a message. He wonders why Kelly hasn't called back, but Eph merely notes the location before they lose the connection again. The doctor tells his son that he'll get Kelly and leaves... read more.

1x9: The Disappeared recap: As the sun sets, Diane drops Zach off from school and tells the boy to have his mother Kelly call her. As sirens sound in the distance, the neighbor woman complains about how the police are everywhere and wonders if Matt's home. Zach sees a shadow moving inside and figures that his mother's boyfriend is there, and goes inside... and discovers that someone has ransacked the place... read more.

1x8: Creatures of the Night recap: At Grand Central Terminal, Abraham confirms that he's unharmed, but admits that they missed their opportunities. Jim wonders how Eichhorst moved so fast, and Abraham explains that he is a mature vampire unlike the ones that they have seen. He says that silver burns the vampires, and warns that they have sent the Master a message by wounding Eichhorst. As they leave, Eph insists that the vampires are a virus, not a supernatural creature, and suggests that they simulate their own sunlight... read more.

1x7: For Services Rendered recap: At the Baldwin Harbor Country Club, a valet drops Joan's husband Roger off. He goes into the club and finds it curiously empty. As he gets a drink. Roger watches a newscast about the recent slowdown attack on the Internet. There's also a news story about Joan pursuing a lawsuit for the families of the victims on the Regis flight. Neeva calls Roger from her apartment in Yonkers and says that Joan isn't well, and that she brought the children home with her. Roger tells her to bring the children back and Neeva refuses, saying that they're already asleep. He says that he'll be home in 20 minutes and tells Neeva to bring them to the house in the morning... read more.
Recurring Guests

Roger R. Cross as Fitzwilliam (6 eps)
Drew Nelson as Matt Sayles (6 eps)
Robert Maillet as The Master (6 eps)
Anne Betancourt as Mariela Martinez (5 eps)
Daniel Kash as Everett Barnes (5 eps)
Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch Velders (5 eps)
Nikolai Witschl as Ansel Barbour (5 eps)
Leslie Hope as Joan Luss (4 eps)
Francis Capra as Crispin Elizalde (4 eps)
Pedro Miguel Arce as Felix (4 eps)

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Warning: The Strain guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Horror/Supernatural
Status: New Series
Network: FX ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: July 13, 2014
Episode Order: 13
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