The Strain 1 Season 2014

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Season 1
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When a plane lands in New York City with everyone on board dead, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC's Canary Project, and his team are called upon to investigate.

Starring:
Corey Stoll, David Bradley
Runtime:
1 hour, 14 minutes
Original air date:
July 13, 2014

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley
Supporting actors Mía Maestro, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Sean Astin, Jack Kesy, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gómez, Ben Hyland, Lance Henriksen, Roger R. Cross, Daniel Kash, Leslie Hope, Robert Maillet, Drew Nelson, Adriana Barraza, Francis Capra, Andrew Divoff
Season year 2014
Network FX
Producers Cory Bird, Carlton Cuse, J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, Gary Ungar
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Customer Reviews

Great show - interesting, lots of suspense and scary moments.
John A Parks
This is one time that I actually like the show a little better than the book which is really rare.
C. Irish
The acting is actually very good and casting was also very well done.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Graham Swearingen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 18, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Based off of Guillermo Del Toro’s and Chuck Hogan’s series of novels and subsequent graphic novels of the same name, this is more than a story just about a deadly strain being investigated by the CDC. After a plane lands at JFK with everyone on board dead, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather of the CDC is called to investigate the mystery surrounding the 200 dead passengers. I don’t want to give anything away because this story is much more than just a tale about a deadly disease. The hour and a half long pilot was directed by Guillermo Del Toro and has a very Hellboy/Cronos/Blade 2 feeling to it. The show feels and plays more like a film than your typical television show. Corey Stroll (House of Cards) does a great job playing Ephraim, David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) plays Abraham Setrakian perfectly, Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Goonies) Kevin Durand (Lost, Robin Hood) and Mia Maestro (Alias, Twilight) round out a really stellar cast. The pilot will grip you with its mystery and suspense, and you’re sure to be hooked by the final few moments when you realize what kind of story and show you’re about to get caught up in. FULLY APPROVED.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By GL on September 6, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I know! How can I write a review of "The Strain" blu ray disc before it is released. The following remarks about the content of the series assume the blu ray edition will be of comparable (or better) picture and sound quality to the FX HD broadcast which, for me, was very good.

I am old and like my vampires to be "old school", arrogant creatures who's lust for power is almost as great as their lust for blood. The Strain provides me with vampires that match my criteria.

I have read the Del Toro-Hogan trilogy, enjoyed it, and am delighted that FX decided to produce enough episodes of "The Strain" to tell the WHOLE story and did not make choices as to what characters and plotlines would have to be left out. I think this might be a first for a translation of a horror genre book(in this case books) to film.

There has been a lot of criticism about the banal (the critic's word for it not mine) scripts, the lack of realism and logic ( really? It is a story about a vampire' s takeover of NYC!), even Cory Stoll' s hairpiece. I say the series has recreated some great set pieces from the books that are everything a fan of the genre could want.

Along with "The Strain" trilogy I have read and loved Robert McCammon's "They Thirst", the first two thirds of Justin Cronin's unfinished "Passage" trilogy, and Stephen King's "Salem's Lot". I think the original tv miniseries of "Salem's Lot" is a classic. If you agree with me on the aforementioned "vampire apocalypse" works, I think I can safely say you will enjoy "The Strain" television series.

Thanks for reading

GL
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 25, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Possible Spoilers

This TV series is based on a trilogy of novels by Guillermo del Toro and crime novelist Chuck Hogan The Strain tracks a group of humans as they battle the spreading vampire blight which arrived in New York City with a Boeing 777, found on the runway at JFK airport with no power and initially no living passengers. What follows is almost definitive Vampire tale brought to the `small' screen where there is no ambiguity over whether there is real evil or not - here humanity fights for survival, there is no seduction process. Here the Vampires, also known as strigoi have stinger-like appendages in their throats - at the expense of having any vocal cords. As time moves on their bodies start deteriorating into grotesque, inhuman, zombie-like creatures.

The vector for the transmission of the vampiric pathogen are little worm like creatures that are carried in the pus-like white blood of the strigoi, which can exist outside their host bodies for a time - so even if a human kills a vampire, they can still become infected through contact with just one of these worms. This feature adds a dangerous new dimension to this strain of vampirism. Your usual suspects are here too, such as a Van Helsing type character in the form of an Eastern European Émigré and Holocaust survivor. His back story we are yet to hear, although it is hinted at. You have two Scientists who find that this is no ordinary viral/pandemic and soon come to realize there are darker and older forces on earth at work here. As always the powers that be, i.e. the government, do not want to know or have been prevented from understanding the true scale of the problem. Like in the book, one of the CDC support staff shows duplicity in his loyalties, as he assists the Master to escape JFK airport.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2014
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Del Toro's written series was pretty good and I liked the first book the best and found the last book to be so dark, but I had to check out the TV series to get a feel for it. I am glad I did. While this is a dark show with some crazy stuff, it's a scary story. The take on vampires is very original-owing to making them scary again, vs. romantic and flowery. They are blood suckers after all and that's pretty intense. In this story the monsters are ugly-that's what real monsters are and that's what you get in The Strain.

What I found personally when watching these shows, is that the time whizzed by. It seemed to me 5 or 10 minutes had passed and it was the end already. That shows me that I am enjoying the story and getting into it.

Aside from the grisly monsters, there is a soap opera feeling with the main character Eph, from the CDC, getting a divorce and such, but it's a human element drawn in that we are dealing with people as well as getting started into a huge epidemic that no one understands, barring one old man, Abraham Setrakian, (my favorite character from the books)-who tries to stir up interest that he knows what's happening but he's hard pressed to find anyone who will believe him. 'Don't let the coffin get across the river,' he pleads when he visits the airport after hearing of a dead plane that has landed at JFK. Of coarse no one listens to him. He has a bada@@ cane which looks suspicious to the airport authorities as well. Anyway, he is one cool dude.

The creatures in this show are gross. This will not be for the faint of heart light horror lovers. This is more of a gritty, underbelly type of creature that is scary and disgusting-I feel anyway, but it's not a horror for blood and gore and guts show either. The monsters are scary, The show is interesting, and it's going to get better. This is one time that I actually like the show a little better than the book which is really rare.
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