The Strain: The Disappeared
September 9, 2014 7:06 AM - Season 1, Episode 9 - Subscribe

Eph and the others reunite him with his son Zach, then regroup at Setrakian's pawn shop. Gus has an unfortunate incident on the way to prison. We learn a little bit more about Eichorst's history.
posted by Mr. Bad Example (16 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I liked the part when SchmoopInterest tried to eat McBain-of-the-CDC's face. Lemming... Lemming... Lemming of the BDA...
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:28 AM on September 9, 2014


That was the part that reversed the episode-long trend of actually starting to like Eph that I'd been on. After straight-up shovel-decapitating Zompire Boyfriend Matt and showing no hesitation with what needed to be done afterward ("What do we do with the body?" "We burn it"), I was starting to be on his side a bit...and then came the sex scene. I do not ever, ever need to see Eph's O-face ever again. Ew.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:07 PM on September 9, 2014 [1 favorite]


On the up side, I was glad to see the little bonding moment (if you can call it that) between Setrakian and Fet. Much more of the Set and Fet Show, please.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:23 PM on September 9, 2014 [3 favorites]


I imagine the only people more uncomfortable than I felt watching that sex scene were the actors, when they filmed it. My heart goes out to them; they are troopers.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 3:42 PM on September 9, 2014 [1 favorite]


I like the World's Greatest Hacker who says "everything I have was on that laptop," because if there's one defining characteristic of cutting-edge computer geniuses in our modern age, it's keeping all your important data on a single resident hard drive in a computer you leave at home.

As soon as we saw the flashback titles, my wife and I let out a simultaneous, impromptu groan. We have never been closer. Thank you, The Strain!
posted by Shepherd at 4:08 PM on September 9, 2014 [6 favorites]


Abe's hands getting broken was really sad. His greatest masterpiece was his last. I'm not sure why the Master let him live.

Did anyone else think Abe and Eichorist were going to meet up while they were on the run?

And who would offer themselves to such an horrific creature as the Master? At least contemporary Dracula characters are attractive; that's part of their allure. This dude is Old School Nosferatu scary.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 6:09 PM on September 9, 2014 [2 favorites]


it's keeping all your important data on a single resident hard drive in a computer you leave at home.

Could have sworn the character noted that all her backups were gone too.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:48 PM on September 9, 2014


I'm not sure why the Master let him live.

Is there any reason to think that the Master wouldn't be as box-of-rocks dumb as everyone else in this story is?

I have to admit this show is doing a good job of being entertaining in spite of, and sometime because of, the stupid.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:15 PM on September 9, 2014


I'm not sure why the Master let him live.

He's an art lover.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:23 PM on September 9, 2014 [3 favorites]


This dude is Old School Nosferatu scary.

I thought, shit, it's the guy from Slipknot
posted by mattoxic at 6:48 AM on September 10, 2014


I'm actually willing to give the "Master lets Setrakian live" thing a pass, believe it or not. Under ordinary circumstances it'd be stupid to leave a living witness, sure, but Setrakian is a Jew in a World War II concentration camp. Anyone in a position to do anything about the Master (like the guards) wouldn't be terribly inclined to even listen to him, much less believe him. There's also the fact that his life expectancy with broken hands in a place where you're expendable if you can't work is pretty much nonexistent. I think the Master may have broken his hands and left him alive for the Nazis to kill as sort of an especially cruel "You tried to stab me, so fuck you" gesture of contempt.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 7:26 AM on September 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


Man. I read this thread before I finished the episode but even so I was quite taken aback by the bizarre horribleness of that sex scene.
posted by something something at 6:39 PM on September 10, 2014


I do not ever, ever need to see Eph's O-face ever again. Ew.

Nor do I ever need to see The Master's O-face, as seen during his worming of Eichorst, ever again. Double ew.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:38 PM on September 10, 2014 [2 favorites]


Yeah, this episode rather undid the goodness of the previous two; nothing much happens and then there's a "y'know, burning bodies makes me REALLY HORNY" sex scene.

Although the prison bus, with the other transportees chained next to the infected guy as he changes: a very strong nod to the similar scene in The Thing, no?
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 5:01 PM on September 11, 2014 [1 favorite]


I didn't think about The Thing at the time, but I can see it, only with the pace of the scene turned up to eleven.

While we're here...I can not wait for Not Lisbeth Salander to fulfill her plot function of turning the Internet back on or whatever so she can go away. She's a hacker as written by someone who's only ever seen them in movies.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 9:19 AM on September 13, 2014 [3 favorites]


I absolutely agree Mr. Bad Example. She's not terribly convincing. That said, how many people have actually seen a real-life hacker in the wild?
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 11:08 AM on September 13, 2014


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