Have you seen Salem's Lot? The whole setup of the Master arriving with his seemingly human companion to the eventual resistance of regular characters thrust into this terrible situation has the same tone and feel of The Strain. It was on network tv and managed to scare the hell out of me as a child. I may go watch it again. I highly recommend it.
I am really loving The Strain right now. I fear that the German Shepherd is in deep trouble. I think Gabriel will adapt to his new lifestyle quite well. I hope they establish the difference between the 4 who lived and turned, to the rest of the airplane victims. Maybe they are like the German Eichorst, though Captain Redfern seemed completely feral without any sign of thinking. I look forward to tonight's episode.
oh man I watched `Salem's Lot when I was like 10 or so and this scene scared the fuck out of me.
Ahh, yes, like you two I recall seeing Salem's Lot
when I was around ten years old. Loved it, and that scene in particular will always stay with me, haha! Good film.
The fourth episode certainly represented something of a "dip" following the first three episodes. Felt a touch disjointed, and like HoL
I'm wondering when they will reveal just what distinguishes the "four survivors" from the rest of the plane's inhabitants.
I'm enjoying the proficiently employed garish and striking cinematography, though. One of my favorite examples being from the pilot, the highly simple but wonderfully imaginative splashing of red all over the "Master's" coffin in the back of the van Gus drove, engendered by tail lights. The scene from the latest episode of the husband chained rasping at his wife was terrifically lit, too, without quite overdoing it.
The opening scene of the third episode with Eichorst strongly resembled Vincent Price in The Wax Museum
and Dr. Phibes
with the deformed face and head being covered up with a mask. Sammel's mannerisms in that scene were even a great deal like Price's in those films as he "made his face." lol.
I almost mentioned this in my earlier post on the series but didn't because it may constitute a considerable "reach" on my part. However, I could not help but take note of our chief protagonist's name, Ephraim Goodweather. Firstly, "Ephraim" is a Hebrew name, thus linking him directly to David Setrakian (who, as a Jewish Armenian bears the unsettling distinction of being twice-over a member of a group against whom genocide was committed in the first half of the twentieth century). Secondly, the meaning of "Ephraim" is "fruitful
" which makes me think that the entire divorce/custody subplot is probably not a completely rote red herring but rather indicative that ultimately he's going to have to save his son from the darkness, one way or the other. When most people think of "Goodweather" they generally consider blue skies and sunshine, precisely what vampires would most adamantly wish to avoid. Finally, as revealed in that little scene in the pilot episode, Ephraim has some kind of strong affinity for milk. According to the Torah, milk is a fundamental symbol for life. In Exodus (twice) and Deuteronomy the boiling of a child in his mother's milk is strictly forbidden. The argument being that it is mixing death and life, life and death, together. (It was also a sacrificial pagan ritual in a couple of cultures at the time, so that is another reason why it was forbidden.) I don't consider myself an expert on Judaism nor am I Jewish but for the purposes of this show the reading of milk as symbol for life would make it diametrically opposed to blood as symbol of death, therefore illustrating why Doctor Ephraim Goodweather is a natural nemesis toward vampires.
Too bad about his part-time girlfriend, though. As LC
mentioned, that seemed like questionable writing. Although the idea of her seeking out a cure presents some potentially interesting avenues for the series to explore going forward.