Whenever you mention monsters and Guillermo del Toro in the same sentence, it’s a prospect worth getting excited over. Reviews of the initial run of The Strain are somewhat mixed (I still haven’t had the chance to check it out for myself), but from most accounts as the season wound on, it got all kinds of crazy and awesome. And if this new trailer for season 2 of the FX vampire series is any indication, things are going to stay insane for the foreseeable future.
Based on a trilogy of novels by del Toro and co-writer Chuck Hogan, the basic premise of The Strain is that some kind of ancient biological evil, a nasty old virus, lands in New York City and turns the population into bloodthirsty vampires. A Centers for Disease Control Canary Team, led by Doctor Eprhaim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), are the only ones who can stop it, and team up with a collection of every day citizens to do just that.
From the look of this short trailer the network just released, they have their hands full. You see the skyline of New York engulfed in flames, swarms of angry looking monsters swarming the Statue of Liberty, groups battling it out on rooftops, and hear the sound of gunfire and emergency sirens ringing through the streets. The “fight or die” mantra definitely seems like a well-selected slogan, appropriate to the situation and not just a catchy motto, and there appears to be chaos and mayhem galore, which is exactly what you want out of a show like The Strain.
There may be a few SPOILERS beyond this point.
Season 1 ends with the Master, the big bad, getting away after a climactic battle, so moving forward, that’s something season 2 is going to have to cope with, as well as Gus (Miguel Gomez) being kidnapped. That’s going to be interesting to watch, as del Toro has already said that Gus is going to grow into a “badass vampire hunter.” He’s also promised that the characters are going to dark places, especially Eph, and that it’s “not going to get pretty. It’s not going to get comfortable.”
Judging by this trailer, that certainly does not look pretty or comfortable in any way. Filming on season 2 of The Strain got underway late last year near the tail end of November. We don’t know exactly when the new episodes will hit the air, but we should see them drop on FX sometime this summer.