'The Strain' Episode 12 Recap: Owner Of A Lonely Heart

September 29th, 2014 9:46am EDT
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Setrakian went a little nuts last week. Something about that whole "yes, there are only four of us, but we have to fight our way through these 80,000 vampires RIGHT FREAKING NOW" thing didn't seem quite right.

Well, "Last Rites," the second-to-last episode of "The Strain's" first season, delves into that part of Setrakian's past that made him such a hardcore vampire hater. The moment when those damn strigoi took typical vampire/vampire hunter business and they made it personal.

Essentially, it goes like this: a middle-aged Setrakian was out one day, perusing the countryside, looking for a...

'The Strain' Season 1, Episode 11 Recap: A Trip to the Master's House

September 22nd, 2014 8:51am EDT
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We probably shouldn't hold "The Strain" under any kind of close logical inspection. It's big and spectacular and gruesome and, on occasion, kinda dumb.

This is a gift horse we should not look in the mouth (if for no other reason than "its mouth probably contains a horrid vampire stinger").

But here's a nitpick that must be made: surely, there was some other option for Zack than to leave him alone with a dementia-ridden senior in the middle of the full-on vampire apocalypse.

At least lay down a few ground rules. No doing what Mrs. Martinez says, if it sounds especially crazy. No picking u...

'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 10 Recap: Take my (Undead) Wife, Please

September 15th, 2014 8:51am EDT
'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 10 Recap: Take my (Undead) Wife, P
This was an unfortunate week (day, really, even though to us at home it feels week-ish) for Ephraim Goodweather.

All the guy wants is to reunite with his ex- he already hacked the head off her new man with the blade of a shovel, so that's the perfect opportunity to make a move. But as "Loved Ones" proves, vampires that specifically go after the ones they are just terrible news for everyone.

Last week's episode teased a great quest for Kelly's life, and this week doesn't disappoint. Except that we get about twenty minutes into this grand quest and Kelly jams a blender blade into Matt's ch...

'The Strain' Episode 9 Recap: The Master's Face Revealed, And It's... Just OK

September 8th, 2014 9:33am EDT
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Downtime must exist in every serialized drama (that is, a drama where each episode's story runs into the next, and doesn't do the "Law & Order" thing where a bad guy is introduced, tried, acquitted and then shot down on the courthouse steps by a justice-seeking victim every week).

TV stories move in stages; they have to structure smaller conflicts around a larger conflict that will inevitably burst in about three months' worth of episodes.

So there are bound to be lulls, entire episodes where the writers just shift around the pieces and wind things just tight enough for a giant conflict-s...

Latest Batch Of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Teasers Will Scare The Crap Out Of You

September 5th, 2014 2:43pm EDT
Latest Batch Of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Teasers Will
Season four of FX's hit horror series "American Horror Story: Freak Show" is upon us, and so are some new creepy new teasers for the show!

The network dropped three new clips on Thursday, and if you're not a big fan of clowns, now's the time to turn away!

The show is set in 1952 in Jupiter, Florida, and when the circus comes to town so does a "dark entity" that threatens the lives of everyone, including the freaks.

"This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience," reads the official press release.

The s...

'The Strain' Season 1, Episode 8 Recap: Insert Boxcutter, Remove Worm

September 1st, 2014 9:01am EDT
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Every television show in existence must do a bottle episode- it is written in the great cosmic TV code. Whether bound by a low budget (a "bottle episode" being an episode of a TV show that's filmed almost entirely in a single location) or just a sense of "hey, wouldn't it be cool if the whole cast was stuck in a walk-in freezer for a full hour?" the bottle episode must come.

"The Strain" is no different. Once "Creatures of the Night" gets going, it never leaves the confines of a lonely gas station convenience store (well, technically some people leave, but there's a 50% survival rate for t...

'Hangover' Star Has A New Gig

August 28th, 2014 8:44am EDT
Zach Galifianakis To Star In FX Series 'Baskets'
FX has ordered 10 episodes of the comedy series "Baskets," starring Zach Galifianakis and co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel.

According to the network, "Baskets follows Chip Baskets’ (Galifianakis) pursuit of his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown."

Baskets is a man from Bakersfield, Calif., who wants to be a professional clown. However, after he fails to make it work at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, France, he is forced to take a job at a local rodeo.

Eric Schrier, President of Original Programing for FX Networks and FX Productions, explai...

'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: Drunken Nazis and a Vampire SWAT Team

August 25th, 2014 8:35am EDT
'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: Drunken Nazis and a Vampi
"For Services Rendered," last night's episode of "The Strain," doesn't push the story forward much, if at all. Especially in comparison to previous weeks, which rocketed us through the exposition like a vampire in search of a scrumptious carotid artery.

Really, our two major plot threads for the week were Eph, Norah, Setrakian and Jim (really, everyone who matters, at this point) trying to pull a double cross on ol' Eichorst, and the continuing saga of lawyer lady Joan Luss, who at this point is now fully a vampire, and fully in favor of chewing on both her husband and her children.

Our ...

'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 6 Recap: Ephraim Goodweather And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

August 17th, 2014 11:03pm EDT
'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 6 Recap: Ephraim Goodweather And T
Hey, remember that time when a hungry vampire tore through a nursing home and start draining the elderly of their precious fluids? You know- last week on "The Strain?"

Apparently "The Strain" doesn't.

Look, it's not like "The Strain" is the most deadly serious show on TV. The subject matter is (vampires, Nazis, the inevitable bloodless death of the entire Earth), but it handles those subjects with equal parts horror and gleeful giggling. So "The Strain" isn't really a show we should be picking apart, plot point by plot point.

But that an old folks' home could be invaded by vampires, tha...

Summer TV 2014's Top Villains!

August 17th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
Summer TV 2014's Top Villains!
You can’t have a good TV show without a villain. Even if it’s a reality show about making widgets, there’s got to be an evil widget in the mix making trouble for the rest of em’. With Summer 2014’s television season just about to set, we thought it would be fun to talk a look back and see which television evil-doers positively sizzled!

In no particular order (here there be spoilers!) …

Thomas Eichorst - The Strain (FX)

If you've been watching FX’s schlocky end-of-the-world vampire drama The Strain you've probably enjoyed Richard Sammel's chilly portrayal of the head vamp’s slithery ass...