The Strain TV Series Review
The Strain in a horror tv series based on the novel series of the same name. It is written and created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The story begins when a Boeing 767 arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport and suddenly stops on the tarmac. Nobody gets off the plane, there's no reply on the radio, no sounds and all the blinds on the windows are down. Dr. Ephraim 'Eph' Goodweather (Corey Stoll) head of the CDC's rapid response team that handles biological threats is alerted. Along with his team member Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro), they both board the plane to find out what exactly happened to the passengers. They discover all of the passengers are dead, except for 4 members.
Meanwhile in a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, former Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) knows exactly what is happening, because he has faced the same horrors before. A huge battle begins as vicious vampire creatures attempt to take over the city, turning people to build their army as they go. But not all of these creatures are the type to hide in the dark, some don't hide at all and may look like you and me. Dr. Setrakian finds Dr. Goodweather and along with a small team of ordinary people, they battle to stop the contagion before it wipes out the entire city and then the world.
The vampires in this show are not sparkly, they don't have fangs and they are actually scary. They are also named Strigoi are parasitic creatures instead of the immortal pop culture type of vampire. People get infected and turn into vampires through a little worm parasite entering their body through a wound or through a vampire feeding on them. Once infected the human body goes through numerous radical changes. The first change is the development of a long, retractable proboscis beneath their tongue, capable of extending up to six feet from the mouth. This stinger is both the vampire's feeding and reproductive mechanism, shooting forth to latch onto human prey's throat or thigh, both draining the victim's blood and infecting them.
I absolutely love this show, it's finally made vampires scary again. I haven't read the books yet, but the show already has a couple of great seasons. The characters are all likeable and there is a lot of humour in the show. It also focuses on different members of the group and what happens to each of them when the virus is released. The acting is great, they really make you sympathise with the characters and make you care about what happens to them. If you haven't already watched it, you need to!
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