Sunday, 11 October 2015

The Strain

It certainly was. Ha ha.

As Lovefilm has started sending discs two at a time I’ve also seen The Strain season one. I’ll be giving season two a miss.

It’s disappointing because the show was co-created by Guillermo Del Toro, and he directed the first episode, essentially a modernisation of the Demeter arriving in Dracula with more of the vampire biology he looked at in Blade II. (It also rather resembled the start of Fringe, but never mind.) But the pacing is grindingly slow, most of the characters don’t hold much appeal, it turns on at least one head-desking coincidence, and while some of the vampire looks are very effective, the Master is... hilarious.

Still, it starts out as a good example of how to update a classic story and nudge it into a different genre. The CDC fighting an intelligent plague is a pretty cool premise, as well.

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