YMMV / The Strain

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Eph's vision in The Night Eternal is not one in itself, but a lot of the imagery in it (such as Matt turning into the Master, Fet having a rat head and smoking a cigar) is on par with the "Gutterballs" scene in The Big Lebowski.
  • Cliché Storm: While the buildup and atmosphere work for the most part, the characters are rather two-dimensional and events near the end feel typical of a set up for a sequel.
  • Complete Monster: The Master is one of the seven original vampires. While his six brothers are content to rest in their homes and avoid conflict with the world at large, The Master has been a sadistic tyrant, ever since ancient times. Crossing from Europe on plane, he kills and turns every passenger so when they revive, he sends them to feed on their loved ones, slowly building a vampire army. When the time is right, the Master initiates through his minions multiple nuclear explosions by destroying silos to kill the six other ancients, and blots out the sun, establishing a vampire kingdom where humans are cattle for his kind, locked in camps and used for blood. The Master shows a penchant for murder and torture for his own amusement as well, even keeping a minion he turned back in the second World War from the Nazi ranks to torment his Arch-Enemy, a vampire hunting concentration camp survivor.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Vasily Fet in The Strain. He became a favorite of fans and the authors, and as such was a Breakout Character in The Fall.
  • Narm: The constant use of similes can reach comical levels.
  • Nightmare Fuel: There is nothing romantic about these vampires. Nothing at all.
  • Shout-Out: The character Eldritch Palmer is a clear shout out to the Philip K. Dick novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.