The Strain: Three Things We Liked About Del Toro’s Vampire Tale, And Two We Didn’t

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StrainLast night Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain premiered on FX, finally giving us a look at one of our most anticipated shows of the year. Based on the trilogy of books by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain actually began life as a TV series pitch by del Toro, but when he couldn’t get a network to pull the trigger on it, he went the novel route. Now it’s come full circle back to the small screen with a creepy tale of a vampire plague that’s about to make everybody’s lives a lot more complicated.

There was a lot to like about The Strain, and assuming it builds upon those strengths in the weeks to come, it should make a great palliative for fans who are currently in Walking Dead withdrawals. It wasn’t without its flaws, however. Hit the link below to see our breakdown of three things we really liked about The Strain…and two things we kind of didn’t.

Spoilers ahoy!

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  1. Ken Swenson says:

    The problem with “new” forms of Vampirism is that it totally neglects why the “modern” stories all have such epic fails in the long run. Authors and scholars, and readers of the Gothic genre, look for, at the very least, some connection to the Eastern European legends and tales from which it sprang. They are not looking for new, they are looking for familiar.