Last night we saw the second episode of FX’s new t.v. series The Strain created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. “The Box” delved a little more into the development of the characters and the outbreak itself. As well as seeing a few glimpses into the transformation of the vampire contagion. And we’re also introduced to a new character whose profession will surely play a role in this vampire-driven show.
By now you’ve realized that other than the bad guys and Setrakian (David Bradley), we’re the only ones who know that this “virulent” issue that left a plane of over 200 people dead is a little more sinister and comes from a 9′ wooden box with ominous carvings on it. Oh, did I mention that 4 of those 200+ dead folk in the plane woke back up and are walking around with humming in their ears, bloodshot eyes and are sue happy? Especially Joan (Leslie Hope)and Gabe (Jack Kasy) who are starting to feel a little…off and bloodlust-y. Yes, that’s right! Releasing these people from quarantine despite Eph’s (Corey Stoll) wishes should provide some entertaining and dire effects. Clearly, downgrading this mysterious “plague” to a mechanical failure is the best choice because of the implications that could arise from messing with the higher powers’ moolah.
As previously mentioned, “The Box” brought new player in the game, Vasiliy Fet (Kevin Durand). Still a semi-mystery to the audience, what is known is that Vasiliy is an exterminator that delights in his cats and making sure swanky restaurants take care of their pest problems. He’s tall, handsome and makes you chuckle a bit in intimidation; I like him already. It’s obvious that he’ll soon play a major role in The Strain.
This episode revealed a lot more about Eph’s personal life, especially his alcohol addiction and looming custody hearing for his son. Sadly, I still don’t find myself invested in these aspects of the storyline. They feel a little forced (of course, a workaholic/alcoholic father just looking to spend time with his son and pine for his wife) and boring, to be honest. A little more screen time with him and Nora (Mia Maestro) playing catch up with what danger the audience already knows is far more entertaining. His hair piece is still pretty hilarious, as well.
“The Box” was definitely an episode dedicated to character development which is totally necessary and can spell disaster if not handled properly. This episode was able to balance introductory storylines to these characters without feeling rushed. Seeing more screen time with Gus (Miguel Gomez) is totally pumping me up for his role in the show. A Mexican gang banger/mama’s boy/errand runner for old vampires? I HAVE to see how this plays out, y’all.
Don’t worry, I won’t forget the shining characters of this series thus far: Setrakian (David Bradley) and Eichorst (Richard Sammel). There is a histroy between these two that dates back to Setrakian’s imprisonment during the Holocaust. Eichorst is not a good dude and Setrakian wants his revenge one last time. But for what? Only time will tell! Because why not have Nazi’s and vampires in the same show. The storyline with these two is one that I am the most excited to see the playout because everything all seems to come back full circle to these two men.
With a final tease at the appearance of the The Master, I couldn’t help but reminisce of Nosferatu. I can only wonder what this looming creature looks like up close and personal! All I can ask after seeing the “The Box” is, is it next Sunday yet?!