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  • Episode: Runaways (Season 1, Episode 5)
  • Starring: Corey Stoll, Mía Maestro, Pedro Miguel Arce, David Bradley, Kevin Durand
  • Written By: Guillermo del Toro (developer), Chuck Hogan (developer)
  • Directed By: Peter Weller
  • Network: FX
  • Studio: Mirada
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The Strain: Runaways Review

The Eclipse is Still Coming

By Kimberly McCall     August 11, 2014

The Strain: Runaways
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Well, looks like Gabe (Jack Kesy)'s concert is officially cancelled since he fed on his emergency urologist... and the guy sent to clean up the mess. Such is the start of “Runaways”.

Meanwhile, Eph (Corey Stoll) gets some quality sit-down time with Abraham (David Bradley) over omelets and we all get a little history on the mysterious "Master" and gruesome virus. He recalls faerie stories of ancient evil when he was young and taken prisoner by the Nazis.  Of course, Thomas Eichorst (Richard Sammel) is in pulling rank and a young Abraham (Jim Watson) witnesses others in the camp being picked off one by one by a cloaked creature.

The flashback continues to cut in and out while Abraham confesses his plan to exterminate the infected and combat the rudimentary blood sucking army. These scenes only nail home the point that David Bradley is the real star of this series. His character and acting outshine all the others... well, except maybe Richard Sammel. Honestly, if The Strain were just a story revolving around the two of them, I'd be thrilled,  

Luckily, Vasilly Fet (Kevin Durand) makes another appearance as all the rats in the city seem to be jumping ship. He decides to explore the Manhattan underground to see what's shaking things up. What he finds living beneath the streets is something right out of I Am Legend. So far, he's hit more of a jackpot than any other character since, up until now, we've only followed the four surviving infected.

I guess now it's safe to say the action has started. Infected are starting to spring up around the city and Eph is finally presenting the larger case to the higher-ups, who, of course, try to contain him as he fights for a city wide quarantine...

...and just like that, this week's chapter ends with Eph on the run from the law and that same damn pending eclipse. 

Honestly, this was a decent episode, but I still just don't feel The Strain taking hold of me like I so hoped it would. I continue to think my satisfaction might lie in the book or comic. I keep wondering if this is actually a really great story trying to peek through the crowd pleasing predictability. Meanwhile, there is still some good character acting to watch. Maybe these scattered pieces will turn into a decent puzzle if I keep tuning in.

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jonniej1017 8/11/2014 8:54:47 AM

No comment bout thehospital/nursing home scene???  that one was also  an eye opener and came out of no where!! 

I knew those flashback scenes would be coming any day now... they can make a whole other show out of those flashbacks alone!!!

aegrant 8/11/2014 9:31:36 AM
Yeah I was waiting for the flashbacks, thought they would go back a lil further but maybe they still will.

The one thing that stuck with me about the episode was when Abraham was making eggs and toast - whose house were they at? Was that supposed to be Eph's place? Because Abe was being very neat with everything, he even washed the pot. 

redvector 8/11/2014 9:44:08 AM

The book series never really grabbed me. I read the first book and muddled though the second but didn't bother with the third.  The main character just didn't click with me.

halfbloodprincess 8/11/2014 10:06:09 AM

 I like this show. When the episode is over I want to see more. I don't care that they haven't shown the eclipse yet. Obviously that will be saved for closer to the finale. Patience.

ryanwareham 8/11/2014 10:53:04 AM

hadn't read any books before, but was curious about them by the tv show.

now, knowing what happens, it feels like a different experience than watching the first two episodes in the dark, i'm looking forward to how it all plays out on the screen!

rkngl 8/11/2014 11:14:20 AM

I watch every episode twice. That's how damn good they are. They are moving it slow in the show, keeping their own pace, and that clashes with the comic, where they can jump ahead faster. Comparing with other adaptations, I still think this is the best one.

monkeyfoot 8/11/2014 11:47:20 AM

I consider this to be the Wake-Up Call episode. Now the sickness is being widely seen and known about and there is no denying it. I'm really curious to see how the authorities take to reports from rat catchers and nursing home attendants. I haven't read the books but I'm sure next week's show will be some organizing to combat the threat. Whether they consider it to truly be vampirism or just some kind of rabies we'll have to see.

blankczech 8/11/2014 7:04:14 PM

Not feeling this yet.  Don't care about any of the characters and the monsters (Vampires?)  lack the  frightening quality that is born out of intelligent evil.  Other than The Master these things seem quite stupid like zombie's with tongue erections. I'll give it a couple of more episodes to pique my interest.

reek 8/12/2014 1:02:17 PM

 Phhh! The author of this article doesn't know anything about the show, Abraham and Eph didn't have some sit down time over omelettes!  It was scrambled eggs and toast!  I'm outraged.

rogue188 8/13/2014 5:32:48 AM

The person I care the most for is Abe. I actually dislike Eph. I hope the exterminator guys becomes Abe's apprentice and they take care of all the nasties in the sewer. To be honest, I enjoyed this episode the best out of the entire run. The backstory for Abe was well-timed, and the show is gaining steam. We are only halfway through and it has my attention...



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