Review: THE STRAIN Season Four Premiere
What more could I have wanted out of this, the premiere episode of the final season of the show? Not much, honestly, except that it could have been a two-hour special. I got lots of Quinlan, the most badass vampire on television, maybe EVER (I will always and forever love Barnabas Collins from DARK SHADOWS the best, but let’s be honest; due to the budgetary constraints of that show, they couldn’t afford much in the way of FX or stunt work and thus Barnabas didn’t do a lot physically onscreen; Christian Camargo as Dracula in PENNY DREADFUL wasn’t around long enough to do much of ANYthing–Damn you, John Logan!–and while I dug Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s version of the vampire Count as its own thing, Quinlan would totally kick his ass in a fight.) and plenty of Fet, my favorite human character. The ending was a little flat–what it needed was a second hour!–but overall I’m plenty satisfied.
Nice try on the part of the writers to show that Zack still has a touch of humanity left, but it’s too little, too late. I still hate him. I expect all STRAIN marks feel the same way. The way the Master is appearing to him as his mother, though, is just plain creepy. (It’s also a good way to keep Kelly in the show despite her being killed off last season.) Will Eichorst get jealous of Zack? Probably. Enough to kill him? We can only hope.
I wonder how they’re going to bring Gus back into the narrative. And what does Setrakian want with a bomb if he has the Occido Lumen? Is it meant to be plan B?
Oh, and who’s Fet’s new girlfriend? This guy’s got major game; he’s picking up women right and left in the midst of the apocalypse. Them’s some skills, right there!