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Review: The Series Finale of THE STRAIN

Damn, it hurts to type those words. “Series finale.” I’m going to miss this show terribly, but it was the right time to end it. It wasn’t rushed, the way the ending of PENNY DREADFUL was rushed. We weren’t cheated like we were when that show ended. And unlike with the recent ending of TWIN PEAKS season three, there’s no sense of story left untold. Everything came together beautifully and provided for a satisfying, if sad, closure to this underrated, excellent series.

Zack redeemed himself, sorta. I wouldn’t have believed the little bastard had it in him. He did it in the only way possible. Eph stepped into the role of the true hero with his sacrifice, Dutch and Fet ended up together, and we were all left hopeful that Gus will find his happy ending, too, in time. I watched the closing credits with a sad smile and a nod of my head. Yes, this is how the story should have ended.

I had some minor complaints with the fourth season as a whole: the introduction of new characters who really served no purpose and who were soon killed off, and the too-easy procurement of the nuclear warhead by Fet and Quinlan. (We never actually SAW Quinlan die, by the way!) The finale left nothing unfulfilled, though. If we accept that the Master’s fatal flaw–his ego, his pride–is what did him in–he didn’t have to go meet Quinlan down in that bunker, and thus wouldn’t have been there to get blown up–then it all wraps up tightly; poetically, even.

Yes, the ending fit. It was satisfying. That doesn’t mean I won’t grieve for the show, anyway.

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here:


TheCheezman • September 21, 2017

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