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  • Episode: Gone Smooth (Season 1, Episode 3)
  • Starring: Corey Stoll, Matthew Bennett, David Bradley, Katy Breier, Melanie Merkosky, Sean Astin
  • Written By: Guillermo del Toro (developer), Chuck Hogan (developer)
  • Directed By: David Semel
  • Network: FX
  • Studio: Mirada
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The Strain: Gone Smooth Review


By Kimberly McCall     July 28, 2014

The Strain: Gone Smooth Review
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The Strain's third episode, “Gone Smooth” is filled with yummy details not to be missed by viewers. 

In the opening moments, we witness a simply constructed, yet fantastic scene in which Thomas Eichorst (Richard Sammel) carefully constructs his own face in front of a mirror. It's not only wonderfully and satisfyingly creepy, but a fun contradiction to what we have been seeing, thus far. While all the other characters are deteriorating, he is putting himself together. 

There is also a lot more interest brewing in Vasilly Fet (Kevin Durand), who, unlike the big-shots, seems as though he will end up on the street level of whatever is about to hit the fan. His character seems so randomly inserted, yet is somehow so appealing. I can't wait to see what happens with this guy. With all those rats headed for the river, we know something big is afoot. We're also given a reason for Jim (Sean Astin) letting the cargo van through airport security; of course, his wife is dying and he needs money. For me, the real heart in the episode comes from Eph (Corey Stoll) and Nora (Mia Meastro) genuinely trying to care for the doomed plane's Captain Redfern (Jonathan Potts) as he lies in the hospital being overtaken by those icky little worms.

Despite still not reaching the big eclipse form the series trailer, there are still some wonderfully unsettling moments of increasing infection. The nastiest of these is when Gabe (Jack Kesy) turns into a human Ken doll during a blood-spattered bathroom scene, only perplexing us even further as to what the hell is going on with this crazy parasite/vampirism.

At least Nora FINALLY has the sense to seek out Abraham (David Bradley), who pretty much tells her she's useless unless she grasps the full gravity of what is going on. Sadly, it takes poor Captain Redfern going full, hungry undead on Nora, Eph, and Jim to give our lead characters their first, real glimpse into the “virus” they're dealing with. Meanwhile, it looks as though Abraham is about to set out on his own to deal with these creatures he seems so experienced with... and we can't wait.

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momitchell7 7/28/2014 2:11:53 PM

I really enjoyed this episode, too. The scene in the house, when he's looking for the little girls father, definitely gave me chills.

rkngl 7/29/2014 6:18:30 AM

I hope next episode they give us the shed scene, like in the comics. For what I've seen in 'next week's episode' scenes, there is something on a shed. Boy, am I excited...

bennyhill 7/29/2014 8:49:04 AM

 Here we go again rkngl... Just like in the GOT threads, now here.  Why is it that in every television series that is based off literary work that you feel compelled to forshadow what is coming?  I get it, you read ahead... you know what is coming.  A for you.  I know your rebuttle will be that you didn't spoil anything, but now if I see a shed in the coming episodes... I know that something compelling is about to happen thanks to you.  I'm not trying to single you out but it's a problem on these threads.  Book Readers did this several times in the GOT threads this past season with the topper, some jerk throwing out a stoneheart reference.  Let's please keep these comment sections to discussing the epidsode at hand, not what's coming.

monkeyfoot 7/29/2014 9:06:02 AM

I'm also enjoying how the series is unfolding. We've all seen vampire movies before but this is a different take on how it occurs and I like watching things develop.

Yeah, the bathroom urinal thing was real creepy. Did I just hear something drop off into the toilet!?!?!

aegrant 7/30/2014 10:00:57 AM

 I just noticed that the episode title was Gone Smooth... that's funny

Yes, I read the books (not the comics tho), and yes, I remember what happens next - but out of respect of the others who haven't read the source material I won't spoil what happens.



rkngl 7/31/2014 12:39:11 AM


DarkLloyd 7/31/2014 6:55:23 AM

Ahh. And now we have our obligatory 13 year old. Good job there twilight fan.

rkngl 7/31/2014 10:48:53 AM
Yeeeessssss, I have read the books and YOU haven't. Kneel before your god! I know everything there is to know about GoT and The Strain!

The Walking Dead, on the other hand... I mean, really, the other hand... the one Rick Grimes loses on the comic... feels like The Bible but Jesus kills the Romans with a machine gun... know the feeling?

The original source is what makes this shows great. People want to be surprised but, at the same time, want the source to be respected. The Strain is accomplishing it, by keeping the same thread as the comic but changing minor details. Vasily Fet is a great character in the comic, and they chose a very good actor for the part. On GoT, they moated it all up, building suspense to short scenes, and filling this last season with exposition. And The Walking Dead, that show that shares the same name with the comic but nothing else...




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