From the Rookie Corner – The Strain… a Partial Review

I have read Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s trilogy. I have read the Dark Horse comics. The idea that this was being developed into a television series made me a happy girl. Co-Creators, Executive Producers and Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan writing the pilot script!?!? With del Toro directing??? Woah. FX did a did a bad-ass job teasing the creeptastic story. the-strainIf this image did not get your attention…. well…. go back to your sparkly vampires. This is a grown up show for grown up peoples. The series of teaser videos were also brilliant. I was curious about the visuals of the show…. these promos certainly cleared things up. This series was going to go ALL in..

That is the stuff nightmares are made of and finally, last night was the big night. After all the teasers and images – it was show time. #HeIsHere If you missed the book…. or the comic… or the first episode…. picture this – a plane lands at JFK and goes dead. No lights. No sound. No communication. That alone is a pretty eerie scenario in a post-9/11 world. Closer inspection of the plane reveals that nearly everyone on the plane is dead… Naturally, the troops are all called out but it is the CDC that goes in first..

As someone who is familiar with the story, there were many ‘yes!’ moments. David Bradley, who some of us recognize from Game of Thrones, as Abraham Setrakian is so epically spot on. Every detail of his pawn shop was literally how I envisioned it in my head. Scary place that it is… FX had done a short animated prequel that filled in the back story of the character from the book. It gives a nice taste of the story of Setrakian and the creature….

Corey Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC Canary Project,  is another great choice. The pilot painted a great picture of his cluster fuck of a life. Just like in the book, I had an instant dislike for the soon-to-be-ex-wife  Kelly, played by Natalie Brown, and her little boyfriend, Matt. Not  a fan. I felt bad for the son, Zack, who – like most kids in his situation – is stuck in the middle. Throw in some sort of vampire apocalypse and things are about to get worse for him…

I did call this a ‘partial review’. Why partial? Because I did not finish watching it. Why? Because FX obviously hates me. FX aired the show on a Sunday night it it’s 10PM slot. I am not so old that it was too late for me. So, I waited around watching Doctor Who episodes….. Then it was time! Lil vino…My man sitting with me – and I was ready. He is not so much a fan of the horror, so it was cool he decided to hang. Ufortunately, there was a little detail that I missed – and had not even considered….

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 8.54.10 AMThat’s right, kids. FX’s show was on until 11:45. On a work/school night. DAMMIT. It was just past 11PM when I checked the listings and noticed. FML. I am indeed too old to face kids on summer vacation with maybe 5 hours of sleep. Luckily, I had set a recording just in case…. but I was so disappointed. Pretty sure my man would have stuck it out – but he had work in the morning…… so, I shut off the TV and stomped my way to bed, sulking. Thus, a partial review. My DVR box is right in front of me…. but I am going to wait until tonight to finish it. Unless something over-the-top shitty happens, this is a show WELL worth your time. It has a great base story and characters are well cast. I am 100% in on this series. If you haven’t checked it out and even slightly like horror, you definitely should. If you think you can trust a rookie..

(Imagine this read by Seth Myers and Amy Poehler…)

Dear Fx,

    Really? Take one of my favorite books…. tease the shit out of a coming TV series… and drop it into your Sunday night slot. At 10. Until 11:45. Really?!?! Ah, not all of us are free to sleep on a MONDAY Morning. REALLY FX?!?! It was pretty hard to walk away. I was sucked in. I am guessing workplaces everywhere have at least a few tired bodies shuffling around. Seriously. What were you all thinking? Sick joke? I mean REALLY. You could have done Friday…. or Saturday… or made it two episodes. we are definitely in a fight right now, FX. But I will be back next week… DAMMIT.

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