Author: Sam Costello

Recap: “The Master,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 13

Recap: “The Master,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 13

What do you call a finale in which nothing gets resolved? In the case of "The Master" and The Strain I call it the end to a bad season of TV. Read More »

Recap: “Last Rites,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 12

Recap: “Last Rites,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 12

With just one episode left before the season finale, "Last Rites" ties up loose ends and fills in backgrounds as it builds towards a conclusion. Read More »

Recap: “The Third Rail,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 11

Recap: “The Third Rail,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 11

Can a show be scary when the audience can't take the villain seriously? That and the outcomes of bad special effects in this week's recap of The Strain. Read More »

Recap: “Loved Ones,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 10

Recap: “Loved Ones,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 10

How do two concepts from Greek drama relate to "Loved Ones," latest episode of The Strain? Read More »

Recap: “The Disappeared,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 9

Recap: “The Disappeared,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 9

In an episode of The Strain focused on character, the person who's supposed to b the most despicable turns out to be the most interesting. Read More »

Recap: “Creatures of the Night,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 8

Recap: “Creatures of the Night,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 8

The addition of a strong structure and exciting action—things lacking in the series to date—make this the best episode of The Strain so far. Read More »

Recap: “For Services Rendered,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 7

Recap: “For Services Rendered,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 7

Guilt is often at the heart of good horror. Consider Father Karras' guilt over his neglect of his mother in The Exorcist: it's the path that Pazuzu chooses to attempt Karras' corruption. The Strain knows the power of guilt, and tries to use it—but wi... Read More »

Recap: “Occultation,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 6

Recap: “Occultation,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 6

The Strain often gets referred to as dumb fun by its fans, but this episode is long on one of those qualities, with the other vitally absent. Read More »

Recap: “Runaways,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 5

Recap: “Runaways,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 5

About three quarters of the way through “Runaways,” the fifth episode of The Strain, Season 1, a man who cleans up messes for the rich and famous shows up at Goth rocker Simon Bolivar’s townhouse. Read More »

Recap: “It’s Not for Everyone,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 4

Recap: “It’s Not for Everyone,” The Strain, Season 1, Episode 4

Ever been forced to watch a chorus that's off key...? Episode 4 of The Strain is kinda like that. Read More »

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