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Series: The Strain TV Series
The Strain is a vampire horror television series that debuted July 13, 2014 on FX. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their novel trilogy of the same name. Del Toro and Hogan scripted the pilot episode, which was directed by del Toro. A thirteen-episode first season was ordered on November 19, 2013. Carlton Cuse serves as showrunner.

A plane lands at John F. Kennedy International Airport with lights off and doors sealed. Epidemiologist Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his team are sent to investigate. On board they find two hundred corpses and four survivors. The situation deteriorates when the bodies begin disappearing from morgues. Goodweather and a small group of helpers find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the entire city, from an ancient threat to humanity.

The show includes examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Jim Kent seems to be getting this treatment; a fairly minor character is being played by Sean Astin and given a wife.
  • Asshole Victim: While they haven't died yet, the slowly mutating female attorney and the (fake) goth rock star — both of whom are rude, ungrateful, and are trying to sue the CDC team for doing its job — are asking for what eventually happens to them.
  • Author Appeal: Setrakian's shop and basement are filled with Guillermo Del Toro's usual assortment of antiques, religious icons, clockwork devices and preserved things in jars.
  • Badass Grandpa: Abraham Setrakian.
    • Cool Sword: His pimped-out, silver-embroidered sword cane that he apparently nicked from the vampires.
  • Big Applesauce: The setting.
  • Big Bad: The Master
  • The Cassandra: Abraham Setrakian. He warns the group flat out what they need to do, but nobody listens to him.
  • Disappeared Dad: Ephraim is accused of this by his wife for their son and for her. Justified, though, in that he's a CDC epidemiologist, whose job means absence might cost lives.
  • The Dragon: Eichhorst serves as this to the Master.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Ephraim's first scene introduces his personality traits to a tee, as does Abraham Setrakian's.
  • Gentle Giant: Yusef Sardu, before his transformation.
  • Genre Blindness: It is evident the CDC wasn't prepared for a vampire virus outbreak.
  • Genre Savvy: Abraham Setrakian knows his vampire game. In his introductory scene he also deduces on the spot his current costumers are thieves.
  • Ignored Expert: Abraham. He shows up to Ephraim and Nora with obviously privileged and classified knowledge. He warns them to destroy the passengers, survivors, and coffin, but he warned them he'd sound crazy. He does, so they ignore him.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Master is very large and strong, but also incredibly fast.
  • Locked Room Mystery: A plane filled with dead bodies certainly qualifies.
  • Looks Like Orlok: The vampires lose their hair, get pointed ears and their teeth become sharp and rat-like as they change. Eichorst covers up his deformities with extensive make-up to pass for a normal human.
  • Married to the Job: Eph. The main reason for his wife divorcing him.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Poor Peter Bishop. Has his blood drained, then his neck snapped and then has his head mashed into mush.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Eph and Nora's immediate boss and the HHS Secretary, both of whom think good PR and serving business interests should take precedence over trivial things like public health, safety, and the nightmarish national security situation an unpragmatic approach will cause.
  • Obviously Evil: If you're applying to a company called the Stoneheart Group run by a guy named Eldritch Palmer, you're probably already prepared to check "YES" on the application's "Are you evil?" section.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: This time around they spread their disease via worm-like creatures that crawl from their body, their organs seem to have individual sentience (or at least sapience) of their own and they suck blood via a giant tongue stinger.
  • The Power of Love: Subverted. Setrakian states that love is an unstoppable force, but a negative one, a parasitic impulse that leads the vampires straight to their loved ones to spread the virus.
    It feeds on us, and we feed on it. Love is our grace. Love is our downfall.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: "Sweet Caroline" plays on the mortician's radio as he is attacked by worms-and then vampires.
    • At the end of episode 2, the nursery rhyme "This Old Man" is heard playing in the background when a fully turned Emma kills her father in the bathtub.
  • Shout-Out: The Opening scene and mystery is basically a modern version of when Dracula arrived in England in the original Bram Stoker novel.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After all the precautions they took on the airplane, the characters open a mysterious casket that is not on the flight manifest with their bare hands without any kind of precaution for infection. And after they discover the cause of infection, they don't bother to tell about it to the coroner, who ends up being extremely underprotected against the parasites. CDC almost manages to compete with the scientists of Prometheus in their disregard for common safety procedures regarding a virulent infection. Even more baffling, when half of the time they manage to follow the procedure perfectly, only to throw it out of the window a few scenes later.
    • And lets add the surviving passengers to the list. They swallow up the "carbon monoxide-poisoning"-excuse in a second without demanding any medical examinations and just go home even though they continue to feel sick, hear tinnitus and get nosebleeds. Because who would want to make sure that they're not going to drop dead and infect all their loved ones the next day just after they've cheated death once, right?
    • The dad of the French-speaking girl in the red dress. Because hey, the first thing you do when someone who looks like a deceased loved one inexplicably shows up at your house is to think nothing of it and continue with your domestic life right?
  • Uncanny Valley: In-Universe. The fact Eichhorst doesn't breath is remarked upon as being off-putting.
  • Undead Child: Emma, who at the end of the first episode appears at her father's house saying she's very cold. And by the end of the following episode kills him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Ephraim's wife. She complained that they needed space, so Ephraim moved out and she complained about how he's not around them enough despite the fact that as a CDC epidemiologist, he can't out right quit his job. Ephraim even says he'll quit his job if it makes her happy, and she continues to give him crap over it while mentioning how she is now seeing someone else!
  • The Virus: How the vampires work.
  • Worthy Opponent: Palmer speculates this is how Eichhorst thinks of Setrakian, for still fighting them after all these decades.

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