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‘The Strain’ S2 Episodes 6&7 Recaps “Identity/ The Born”

“The Strain” S2E6

After ending on that mysterious teaser of Quinlan (Rupert Penry Jones) in last week’s episode, “Identity” shifted its focus on Eph’s (Corey Stoll) trip to D.C. to hawk the bio-weapon that him and Nora (Mia Maestro) created.  This episode had it all: action, sex, and death.  Despite a noticeably absent Dutch (Ruda Gedmintas), the story moved along nicely and upped the ante with danger for everyone.

While in D.C., Eph meets up with long-time buddy, Robert (Tom Ellis), who has some connections with the government in order to get the ball rolling on distribution for the bio-weapon.  In between many cocktails, Robert brings in gal-pal, Leigh (Stoll’s real life wife, Nadia Bowers), to help the process with her connections in a pharmaceutical company, as well.  Everyone has connections in this show, where is everyone getting connections?  Of course, Eph completely forgets who Nora is and starts banging Leigh because booze makes you horny.  It wouldn’t be a day in the life of Eph if everything he touched didn’t turn to shit, so naturally, an assassin (hired by Stoneheart) shows up later in the episode to snuff out Eph but ends up just murdering Robert and Leigh before being shot in the head by our bald hero.

Fitzwilliam (Roger R. Cross) is still trying to integrate himself into the group while informing Fet (Kevin Durand) and Setrakian (David Bradley) of the properties that Palmer (Jonathan Hyde) and the Stoneheart Group have been buying up and their locations.  Why would he need all of these?  Hell if he knows.  Other than feeding the guys these important bits of information that they probably wouldn’t have figured out otherwise, Fitzwilliam was pretty useless as a character.  Which is why the show writers killed him off.

After Nora and Zach (Max Charles) leave the police station (I have no idea why they were there other than to pick up clothes and shoes), the cop who is giving them a ride home gets attacked by Kelly’s (Natalie Brown) dirt kids and the two are forced to jump ship and find refuge in a nearby church.  With momma hot on their tails, they make a quick call to Setrakian to save them and he enlists Fet and Fitzwilliam for the job alongside him.  Already inside, Kelly is about to pounce when the guys come to save the day and shoot away mom and dirt kids, but not before one takes a sting at Fitzwilliam’s leg.  At his request, Setrakian chops his head off.

Gus (Miguel Gomez) and Angel (Joaquin Cosio) share some bonding time when accompanying Aanya (Parveen Kaur) on a delivery, because there’s nothing I want more during a vampire outbreak than Indian food.  Ok, bonding time is putting it mildly, they bickered a lot but joined forces to kill a few strigoi that popped up in the apartment building.  Vaun (RIP) and his crew trained Gus well.

We get some shocks in the final scenes when Eichorst (Richard Shammel) brings along Bolivar (Jack Kesy) to witness him being turned into the Master, only to realize that it’s not him but the rockstar who has the honor of ingesting worm puke and taking on the duty of Master.  I can’t say I didn’t see that coming, but damn, that’s a burn!  Tossing the awful wig aside, Boli–ahem–the Master looks pretty menacing, so let’s hope he can instill the same fear that the original Master did.


“The Strain” S2Ep7
“The Born”

This episode of The Strain focused a lot more on the titular character, Quinlan (Rupert Penry Jones), aka The Born aka The Knight Demon of Sicily aka Ted…ok, that last one isn’t true, but you see where I’m going with it.  His entire life’s mission has been to hunt and take down the Master, who killed his mother.  Born half-human half-strigoi, he’s able to be out in the sunlight and possess some pretty awesome fighting skills.  We’re given this information by way of a flashback (why not?) to when Quinlan was a Roman gladiator with a love/hate relationship with both sides of his himself.

When the episode wasn’t focusing on Quinlan, they were highlighting the many relationships in the series- mostly Dutch (Ruda Gedmintas) and Fet’s (Kevin Durand).  After being weird in bed, they trek to Dutch’s old apartment that she shared with her ex-gf, Nikki (Nicola Correia Damude), who we presumed dead a few episodes back.  Of course, she’s not dead, but very much alive and hiding out in the apartment.  Cue sad Fet face.  I can’t say I didn’t see this coming, Dutch’s emotions ran wild every time Nikki was mentioned and said herself she has a thing for destructive relationships.  It’s okay, Fet, I’ll give you hugs.

Eldritch (Jonathan Hyde) becomes aware that his attempts to have Eph (Corey Stoll) killed in last week’s episodes failed but the bio-weapon/cure that they created is safely in Stoneheart people’s hands.  Injured, but alive and back in New York, Eph decides to nurse his bullet wound with a million doubles of bourbon before heading back to the safe house.  After basically being told he’s a shitty dad (duh) by a jilted Fet, Eph has to deal with a surprisingly less shitty Zach (Max Charles) in the aftermath of almost being kidnapped by the dirt kids and his mom (Natalie Brown).  Eph’s character had one hell of an adventure the last few episodes, so it was expected that his would take a back seat for the most part in “The Born”, that is until the end when he vows that this time, he would kill Eldritch himself.

Eldritch’s romantic situation with Coco (Lizzie Brochere) is gross as usual, especially during the uncomfortable open-mouth make out scene.  I think my neighbors heard my audible gagging.  I’ve got my eye on Coco still because as much screen time as she’s had, we still hardly know a damn thing about her other than her fondness for old dudes.  I feel like she could either end up an unwitting pawn in Palmer’s global take down or has some tricks of her own up her sleeve.

The shining scenes in the episode were when Setrakian (David Bradley) and Fet discovered the Master’s nesting ground and finally met Quinlan who displayed more of his badassery when he killed off several of the dirt kids (he cut a kid in half and then stepped on its intestines when it tried to crawl away!)  Quinlan informs Setrakian that he was led to them by the Ancients because of his similar quest to take down the Master.  In what could have been an awesome duel, Quinland and Setrakian run into the Master (who gets told that he looks like a weak bitch) and Eichorst (Richard Sammel), where we learn Quinlan’s biggest gripe with the Master is that he killed his mom.  We have some motivation here, now we just need to be told the rest of the story which I don’t think will be happening until the end of the season.

While all the scenes with Quinlan were what held the episode up, I still feel like the show writers need to up their game.  The weird love triangle that’s happening between Nikki, Dutch, and Fet could have been replaced with Gus and Angel, because that story is one that keeps getting spread out too much between episodes and I want more of.



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