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The Strain

The Strain On FX Now

Seldom does Hollywood come up with anything new. The Strain is the exception. Not only did they manage to come up with a new twist on the old vampire legends they managed to wind it up with a new twist on the zombie apocalypse caused by a nasty infection. The culprit? Some pretty nasty looking parasitical worms.

Worms This Time, Not a Virus

Seeing those worms crawl out of the dirt the master bad guy came out of, we now see an explanation for why Vlad Dracul had to carry a box of his home dirt with him. The stories are not currently linked yet, but it would not surprise me to see a conversation on down the road that links this new creepy crawler somehow back to Bram Stoker.

Creative Minds Making Things Worse

I always say it in a laughing tone, but sometimes…when I wake up at three in the morning because my arms and lower back are giving me all kinds of hades… I ask myself is it not interesting that what science fiction dreams up almost always comes to pass?

Horror for me is, at its core, just intense science fiction. Not everyone agrees with me, but that is how I see it. If the writers could predict going to the moon, submarines, and cellphones why could they not be tuning into the same source when writing about things like a viral born zombie apocalypse? Or going a step further creating horror like a vampire whose power and zombie (for a time) followers are the result of a beneficial symbiotic relationship with a worm?

Some Things, Even Though Predictable, Are Carried Off Well

Yes, the relationship between Ephraim and his wife is the usual you-don’t- have- enough- time- for- me- and- I- don’t- care- if- you- are – trying- to- save- the- world- what- is- more- important- my- feelings- or- the- fate- of- the- human- race type of character lead in, but it  is believable. You are so caught up in the story as it unfolds that you don’t even raise an eyebrow at how many times the hero in a movie is being abandoned by their spouse.

I like the nictitating membrane touch. With strength and immortality additional visual strengths makes sense, too.


Too Much?

I don’t know, a third of Europe died from the Black Plague during the Dark Ages that ran from the 5th century to the 15th century while the Moors and such were running slaves from Europe to points South and West. More than a few Europeans left Europe for just that reason. The idea of a plague carrying a nasty type of strength and immortality seems a reasonable offset to a plague that only carries weakness and death.

What is really cool about the set up is that many folks don’t realize it, but if you believe in evolution,  this type of event happened to almost all higher forms of life on earth somewhere in the past. Mitochondria are the organelles that provide you with the ability to make ATP  (adenosine tri-phosphate) that gives you energy. Mitochondrial ancestors were a bacterium that decided somewhere along the line that living inside something else was a good trade off.

I don’t think I would recommend this for kids, as the violence is complete and intense. For grown folks with a taste for science fiction, horror and everything in between, it is a good show.

Best Regards,

Tim Singleton