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  • Episode: Creatures of the Night (Season 1, Episode 8)
  • Starring: Corey Stoll, Mía Maestro, Sean Astin, David Bradley
  • Written By: Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Characters)
  • Edited By: Sarah Boyd
  • Network: FX
  • Studio: Mirada
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The Strain: Creatures of the Night Review

Not Like Dracula...

By Kimberly McCall     September 01, 2014
Source: Mania.com


The Strain Review
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Okay. Those of us who never read the book or comic all had the same question about last week's The Strain: Who the hell were those guys in the hoods? For me, as one who desperately wanted to love Guillermo del Toro's series, but felt kind of “meh” about it, this weird and creepy hook definitely improved my interest.his week on “Creatures of the Night”,  the cast used the word, “Vampire” for the first time. 

In the middle of a rapidly infected New York, Eph (Corey Stoll), Nora (Mia Maestro), Abraham (David Bradley), and Jim (Sean Astin) sneak into a warehouse in search of UV lights where they are interrupted by Vasilly Fet (Kevin Durand). The rat catcher shares his experiences in the tunnels with Abraham and it's a glorious meeting of two different perspectives on the problem at hand. These two men unite well, as they are forced to “exterminate” a few creatures out in the open.  Unlike the others, Vasilly trusts Abraham immediately and relies on his guidance as the crew gets stranded in a gas station convenience store .

This 30 Days of Night/ The Walking Dead type episode also brings Eltratch Palmer's (Jonathan Hyde) computer hacker, Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas),  back into the picture as she ends up stranded with the others as they attempt to escape the undead surrounded store. This seems to be the moment where are these characters finally and fully accept what is happening around them. More harsh reality his as Jim is cut and becomes infected, which Eph takes care of with a box cutter. This gesture helps restore their bruised relationship. 

As the group scrambles to assemble an army of UV lights to aid their escape, Abraham puts his faith in Vassily to get them all safely out of the convenience store and past the creatures. This is huge as we haven't seen the old man rely on any other person since all this has happened.  Everything seems a go for escape, until another little worm appears in Jim's face. The story's coward finally redeems himself by asking his friends to kill him; only it's Vasilly who accepts the request, thus killing off the (arguably) most recognizable actor in the series. The episode ends in a flames as the group dowses the creatures in gasoline and escapes in a truck, leaving everything to burn.

On one hand, if you were looking for answers about the hooded characters from last week's Strain, you're not going to get them. I think we've all learned this story moves slowly. On the other hand, “Creatures of the Night” was a great episode with some of the most enjoyable character interacting we've seen so far.  Since the series has already been renewed for a second season, the story can take its time. I can safely say I'm looking forward to see what comes next.

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jdiggitty 9/1/2014 10:18:18 AM

 *Eldritch

 

What happened to last weeks review(s)?

 

 

reek 9/1/2014 11:44:25 AM

 I love this show and I think the more deliberate pacing is great.  I just hope they don't rely too heavily on the Walkin Dead's "all characters are temporary" approach.

rkngl 9/1/2014 12:07:12 PM

When I saw 'The Creature' appear out of nowhere with his signature crossbow last week, I jumped on my bed and shouted "Yay! Finally!" These strange hooded characters... you really don't know who/what they are? C'mon, you're not that dumb! You thought Sardu was the only 'Master' out there? Think twice! It's "Walking Dead" meets "Twilight"! High Noon down Strigoy Alley! The Good Strigoi, the Bad Strigoi, and the ugly old Jew! This show rocks harder than the comic!!!

SarcasticCaveman 9/1/2014 4:28:44 PM

 I watched the first three episodes of this show...really couldn't get into it.  The way it comes off to me is that it tries to be too many things:  sometimes it wants to be creepy and atmospheric, at other times it wants to be an action oriented show.  I'm also pretty underwhelmed with the acting and dialogue.  Does it get better past the third episode, or is it pretty much more of the same?  

SarcasticCaveman 9/1/2014 4:45:50 PM

 Basically, from what I have seen, it feels like what would happen if Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich tried to do horror...I just don't see it working.

RobertTrate 9/1/2014 6:21:04 PM

 Last week's and the Doctor Who premiere were missed due to a scheduling conflict. Sorry Maniacs. It could not be helped. 

goirish83 9/2/2014 6:01:39 AM

I am hooked on this show.

ryanwareham 9/2/2014 6:22:25 AM

This review REFERENCES last week's show. Why not just put it up *late* if you still saw it? are you only Allowed 1/week?

rogue188 9/2/2014 6:49:47 AM

I thought this episode was great, and the show is continually gaining steam. I love it.

moviefan71 9/2/2014 8:49:06 AM

I like the show, but Kim's right, it does move slow.  Hopefully they will pick up the pace soon.  Either that or have more character driven episodes like this one (Lost moved slowly too, but we all loved that show).  :-)

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