So I watched the first three episodes extremely late this past night/really morning after receiving a strong recommendation from someone I always trust and now I'm completely hooked.
Two comments with which I agree wholeheartedly:
This show really reminds of Stephen King's writing. There's a definite The Stand vibe going on here as we meet our heroes, some not even aware of the existence of the others, while the bad guys plot in the background, the rest of the world completely oblivious.
Also is this the first time Kevin Durand has played a hero? I mean I'm assuming the EXTERMINATOR will be one of the heroes. He loves cats, is good with children, and kills vermin.
I really like the vampires are portray in this. Reminds me of the vampires in Blade 2
I'm certainly sensing a "The Stand
vibe" from this as well, with all of the apocalyptic subtexts and themes. This series three episodes in is a gloriously gory and garish depiction of good and evil. I applaud how shrewdly inveigling Richard Sammel's Thomas Eichorst is. He retains the vampiric quality of being a seducer but he pries what he wants from others by supplying them with what they most want for someone they love. The scene between him and Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) was delightful
. I'm a bit amused that the series seems to be tipping its proverbial hat to the Sidney Lumet film The Pawnbroker
with the Jewish Holocaust survivor setting up shop in Harlem, having lost his wife... Love all of the cynicism this series exhibits as well, noting how all-powerful the villains appear to be while Abraham is stuck in jail and Ephraim and Nora haplessly refuse to speak to him for way too long despite his knowing so very much back at the airport, while they themselves are blocked from pursuing the truth of the "dead airplane" by the self-serving political bureaucracy. There's a little bit of a retooled Jaws
in that strand of The Strain
And Lance Henriksen narrating the pilot was a superb choice. I hope they bring him back for the finale because you can never go wrong with Henriksen, haha, and for the symmetry...
Eagerly looking forward to the fourth episode!