The Strain S01 E02: The Box



Holy freaking parasites! The season premiere of “The Strain” introduced us to something quite large and most wicked. Will Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his partner, Dr. Nora  Martinez locate the source of the fast moving contagion that killed most of the passengers of Flight 753? Will more people die before they do? What about the four survivors held in quarantine, what will we learn from them? And…why are the dead not staying dead? Only one man who knows, but he’s in jail. Someone is visiting Setrakian at jail? Shall we eavesdrop and find out who?

The Rat Man

While our friendly city exterminator, Vasiliy Fet (Kevin Durand) is concocting something to rid the city of New York of its rat problems, we follow the destination of the nine foot box. Gus (Miguel Gomez) arrives at the appointed site to drop off the truck, but there is no one there. Gus is curious and wants to know what’s in the truck. Luckily for Gus, when he hears the growling sounds coming from inside the box, he wisely takes off. Gus seems like a good kid in a bad spot. He loves his mama, but his brother is a junkie and a thief. I don’t think Gus is a fool and this might save his life.

THE STRAIN -- Pictured: Kevin Durand as Vasiliy Fet. CR.  Frank Ockenfels/FX

Ephraim (Corey Stoll) and Dr. Martinez (Mia Maestro) have found Bishop (Andrew Divoff). His head was squished by the Master, who might have taken a few tips from Game of Thrones. While they are examining Bishop’s body, Ephraim learns that his superior, Everett Barnes (Daniel Kash), plans on releasing the four survivors.

Ephraim is able to keep the survivors in isolation, which infuriates Eichorst (Richard Sammel), who is worried that the delay will interfere with the Master’s grand plan. I love Eldritch Palmer’s (Jonathan Hyde) solution to the holdup. “We’ll just spread some disinformation and confuse everyone.” This guy must be a politician. Palmer may be close to death, but he’s counting on the Master to cure him. Some cures carry risks.


When you have enough money, you can pull enough strings and control enough people and that’s what Palmer does with the help of the Health and Human Services lackey, the four survivors including the obnoxious entertainer, Gabriel Bolivar (Jack Kesy) and lawyer Joan Luss (Leslie Hope) are released. Luss sees a big lawsuit in the works and Gabe wants to party with several playmates. Captain Redfern (Jonathan Potts) is the only survivor thinking clearly and agrees to extra tests. Ephraim and Nora find out why the pathologist at the morgue has not returned their calls.



So, it seems that Eichorst and Setrakian are old acquaintances. Eichorst was the Nazi Officer who worked the concentration camp where Setrakian and other unfortunate souls were tortured or killed. Evil is as Evil does. Eichorst is there to taunt the old man and he reveals a secret. He killed Setrakian’s wife. Setrakian comes back with a zinger. “I killed your friend Dreverhaven and threw his pieces in the North Sea.” Checkmate! We learn the Master’s name… Sardu and that the sword Setrakian carries with him belonged to the Master. How many of you thought that Eichorst would poke a hole in the window separating him from Setrakian?



The cards been played and the game is on. Mr. Fitzwilliams (Roger R. Cross) fusses over his boss like he’s a baby. The pay must be pretty good. Palmer finally meets with the Master, but from the look on his face, it may be more than he had bargained for. Poor Captain Redfern is not doing well and neither are the other survivors. They are changing. During an orgy with his playmates, Gabe takes a bite of one of the girls. Joan Luss will soon follow in Gabe’s footsteps.


Ephraim has his hands full with a custody battle for his son Zach (Ben Hyland) and AA meetings where he bitches about Kelly (Natalie Brown) kicking him out of his house. Now he has an empty morgue with no pathologist and no dead bodies. Where did they go? I’m guessing that they went home to their families, just like little Emma (Isabelle Nelisse) did.


This is how the invasion starts; one victim at a time. Emma went home and poor daddy became her midnight snack. Remember the wormlike parasites that Ephraim found on the plane? This show just got scarier than hell. I don’t know which is worse the typical vampire who sucks your blood or a vampire that creates an army of minions with parasites. I think the parasites are worse. Do you? I think I’ll go spray myself with bug spray and I’ll see all my little blood banks next week.



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