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Week in Review 10/11

Another week of TV has come to an end, and there’s so much to talk about!

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Sunday

The Strain came to an end this past Sunday, and quite a few people, including Marc Buxton from Den of Geek, were not happy with the way it ended. It’s true that nothing was resolved in the finale, but from what I understand this series is closely following the novels written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I haven’t read the books myself, but I have heard that the season 1 finale ended the same way the book ended. The subsequent book, The Fall, takes place 2 weeks after The Strain and the final book, The Night Eternal, 2 years later. I enjoyed the first season of the Strain and am looking forward to season 2.

Monday

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The Strain: Season Finale

WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Don’t read it if you haven’t seen it!

Season 1 of the Strain came to an end last night, and I’m already looking forward to season 2. The FX series has easily become one of my favorites over the summer. I really enjoy the team of characters that are working to fight the Master, although I’ve recently read some criticism for Eph. People don’t like him because he doesn’t fit the archetype for protagonist; I find this a welcome change. He is arrogant and selfish, but he, like everyone else in his ragtag group, has to learn how to work together to save not only himself and his son, but the entire human race. I think his transformation has been interesting and more realistic than the perfect group leader.

Anyways, to talk about the actual episode, I felt satisfied with the way it ended. There is much more left to the story, yet there wasn’t a huge cliffhanger. I actually thought that Eichhorst might be killed during the final fight, and that might be Palmer’s way in to being the Master’s right hand. I’m glad he didn’t die though, I do really love his character.

Now that Palmer is healthy and evil as ever, he is a force to be reckoned with. He wants to be turned, and he will do anything to please the Master. I’m glad that Fitzwilliam has realized the evil within him and has left him. Perhaps Fitzwilliam can join Team Setrakian now.

Gus has been kidnapped by Quinlan and his team of vampire hunters, and we learned that they are working for the Ancients. The Master is another Ancient who has gone rogue, and the others want to stop him. They make an offer to Gus, because he wants revenge and they need a human soldier to help defeat the Master. I’m wondering why they have never approached Setrakian for this job; he has spent his entire life in search of the Master to get revenge. Perhaps they have approached him and he declined their offer.

Team Setrakian locate where the Master is rebuilding his coffin and make a second attempt to eliminate him. Fet, Dutch and Nora took on Eichhorst and a horde of vamps, while Setrakian, Eph and Zach approached the Master. They planned the attack during the day so they could use the sunlight to their advantage; Eph and Zach begin breaking all the windows while Setrakian made the attack. The sunlight hurt the Master bad enough for all of his vamp followers, including Eichhorst, to retreat from battle in a weird moonwalk fashion, but the Master crawled down the side of the building and ran away, in direct sunlight. So their sunlight plan didn’t work out too well…they are going to need a new plan to defeat the Master since sunlight doesn’t kill him like Setrakian thought. Perhaps they will all join forces with Quinlan’s team in season 2.

While I’m pretty upset that season 1 has come to a close, at least next Sunday the Walking Dead returns. At this point, I like the Strain more than the Walking Dead, but I’m just glad I will have SOMETHING to watch on Sunday nights. Is anyone else looking forward to the Walking Dead? Or have you grown tired of it after 4 seasons as a lot of people have? It isn’t as exciting as it used to be for me, but I still want to watch it. I’m pretty curious about this spin-off that Robert Kirkman is working on, too. While on one hand I think that it will be interesting, it’s kind of just overkill. It’s better to leave some things to the imagination.

The Strain – a comedy?

What network wouldn’t want to pick up a series from Guillermo del Toro? He is a notorious director, writer and producer of great horror films. In 2006, del Toro pitched the Strain, but Fox wanted to make it a comedy series. What? A vampire comedy, from del Toro? No thanks.

After that, an agent suggested he create a book instead. Partnering with Chuck Hogan, he created a three-part novel series. After the first book, networks began making offers to make it into a series or film. Only after finishing the written series did Hogan and del Toro meet with networks to discuss creating a television series. They wisely chose FX because they wanted to stick closely to the books storyline.

And here we are, one week away from the first season finale. The show has done exceptionally well, receiving an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. It has easily become one of my favorite series this year. If you haven’t watched it yet, do so ASAP.

I never read the books, but I’m so excited to see what is going to happen next week. Maybe after this season ends, I will start the novels. The thing I really love about this series is that they don’t glamorize vampirism. Instead, the vampires on the show are ugly, brain-dead (except for a few), almost zombie-like parasites controlled by the Master. I really hope we get to see more of the vampire-vampire hunters, who are led by Mr. Quinlan (whose name I only know from reading about the series online). I can’t wait to learn more about them; I bet their story is fascinating.

What do you hope to see next week? Or do you already know what is going to happen based on the books? Del Toro has said that the first two seasons will follow the first two books closely, and the final book will be split into 2 or 3 seasons. No spoilers, please!

My DVR is almost full

Why do I do this to myself?

As the ratings are coming in for the premieres of the last few weeks, I’m struggling to keep up with all the shows I want to watch. And the premieres aren’t done! Just this week Stalker, Gracepoint and A to Z are going to premiere. In the coming weeks, fan-favorites American Horror Story and the Walking Dead are returning.

Gotham had a strong premiere rating, which doesn’t really surprise me. I haven’t seen it yet, but I think the premise for the series is very interesting to most people, seeing as Batman has been a huge hit over the years for movies. The Voice had its lowest premiere rating ever, which again, doesn’t really surprise me. I’m sure everyone else is getting just as exhausted with singing competitions as me. It still is the best of its genre though. The Blacklist had a good season 2 premiere, which was expected since it was the biggest hit drama last fall. I am surprised to see that the Mysteries of Laura had good ratings for the premiere; maybe I’ll have to add that to my ever-growing watch list. The TV spots for the NBC dramedy seemed corny to me.

My DVR is filling up. I have Gotham, Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow, New Girl, The Mindy Project, The League, and Z Nation to catch up on. I’ll watch what I can on my day off this week. I have to, for the blog!

Tonight the Strain is on, and it’s the second to last episode of the season! It’s going to be good. Has anyone read the books? I’m interested to hear how the show compares.