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TV Review: The Strain 4.4 “New Horizons”
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The Strain
Season 4 Episode 4: “New Horizons”
Directed by Kevin Dowling
Written by Mickey Fisher
Created by Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Ruta Gedmintas, Max Charles, Rupert Penry-Jones
FX
Air Date: Sunday, August 6th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for last night’s episode of The Strain!

Last week on The Strain, Fet, Quinlan, Roman, and Charlotte (Kevin Durand, Rupert Penry-Jones, K.C. Collins, Rhona Mitra) found the silo, dead men strewn about, but a live one shot Quinlan and there was a standoff. Fet tried to save everyone, but Quinlan killed the soldier. A piece was missing from the missile – new mission. Eph and Alex (Corey Stoll, Angel Parker) poisoned one of the blood trucks with rat poison, and successfully took out the strigoi in a building. The Master (Jonathan Hyde) was upset, but Eichorst (Richard Sammel) said it was a break. Zach (Max Charles) decided to help the cute maid with food, after showing her the power he had over the strigoi.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Strain 4.3 “One Shot”
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The Strain
Season 4 Episode 3: “One Shot”
Directed by Kevin Dowling
Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Created by Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Ruta Gedmintas, Max Charles, Rupert Penry-Jones
FX
Air Date: Sunday, July 30th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for last night’s episode of The Strain!

Last week on The Strain, Gus (Miguel Gomez) convinced his cousin to sneak him and his crew into The Partnership factory where he worked so they could steal supplies. Of course, that went left. Eph (Corey Stoll) decided to join the rebels and they came up with another plan to hurt the strigoi. Setrakian and Dutch (David Bradley, Ruta Gedmintas) were captured – Setrakian to the unknown and Dutch to a B+ blood type breeding factory, where she planned an escape that went awry.

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TV Review: The Strain 4.2 “The Blood Tax”
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The Strain
Season 4 Episode 2: “The Blood Tax”
Directed by J. Miles Dale
Written by Liz Phang
Created by Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Ruta Gedmintas, Max Charles, Rupert Penry-Jones
FX
Air Date: Sunday, July 23rd, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for last night’s episode of The Strain!

Last week on The Strain, it is a new world in New York City after Zach (Max Charles) set off the nuclear bomb in anger at his father, Eph (Corey Stoll). “The Partnership” now rules over their human slaves. Eph does side jobs for survival, but when he is captured, decided to join the cause with the people that rescued him. Fet, Quinlan, and Charlotte (Kevin Durand, Rupert Penry-Jones, Rhona Mitra) were in search of a nuclear missile, and may have found the answer in Roman, a fellow captive (not Quinlan – he showed up after they freed themselves). The Master (Jonathan Hyde) continued to believe in Zach’s potential, despite Eichort’s (Richard Sammel) protests.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: The Strain 4.1 “The Worm Turns”
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The Strain
Season 4 Episode 1: “The Worm Turns”
Directed by J. Miles Dale
Written by Carlton Cuse & Chuck Hogan
Created by Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Ruta Gedmintas, Max Charles, Rupert Penry-Jones
FX
Air Date: Sunday, July 16th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the 4th season premiere of The Strain!

At the end of last season on The Strain, the humans lost the war against the strigoi. They did fight valiantly though. Quinlan (Rupert Penry-Jones) fought his father, The Master, in a breathless confrontation. Even Palmer (Jonathan Hyde) fought on the rebels’ side until The Master “gifted” him with his presence, to Eichorst’s (Richard Sammel) dismay. Eph (Corey Stoll) finally found Zach (Max Charles) with Kelly (Natalie Brown), and killed her, causing Zach to set off the bomb that decimated the city, both with the weapon and by causing nuclear winter, allowing the strigoi to walk in daylight.

Spoilers below.

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First Look at the 4th & Final Season of ‘The Strain’
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The time has come for FX’s The Strain to come to its bloody end. This vampire series based on Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan‘s exciting trilogy was always meant to last 3-5 seasons. Sad for the fans who just want more story, but good for the story to end on a quality note. Showrunner Carlton Cuse is used to breaking my heart. He just ended one of my favorite series’ of all time, Bates Motel, with an incredible finale. I was also completely invested in The Returned, and I am a Lostie for life. At least I still have Colony. The Strain is one more notch in my TV heartbreak belt. The story of Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his band of warriors valiantly (and sometimes drunkenly) trying to fight an aggressive vampire virus and equally aggressive vampires, has been my summer go-to for that last 3 years. This “First Look” gives us the cast’s take on what is shaping up to be an explosive final season.

The Strain is also having a lot of fun on Twitter with fake Master propaganda posters. They would be funny if they weren’t so scary, both for the show and our current political climate.

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Interview With ‘Legion’ & ‘Fargo’ Cinematographer Craig Wrobleski
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2017 has been a great year for television, and it’s not even half over. My choice for best show this year is far and away FX’s Legion. Created by Noah Hawley, who also brought Fargo to FX, Legion is based on Marvel’s X-Men character by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. The show’s unique visual style is one of the reasons I loved it. It is truly unlike anything else on television, and TV is riddled with superhero shows. One reason for its stunning look and unique feel is the cinematography. Last weekend, I got a chance to interview cinematographer Craig Wrobleski who worked with Hawley on three episodes of Legion as well as season 3 of Fargo. Wrobleski has worked behind the camera since the late 90s, and talked with me about working on two of TV’s most popular shows, and collaborating with one of television’s best writers.

Check out the interview below.

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Good Morning New York City! Love, ‘The Strain’
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Summer is coming (winter is overrated), and with it the wormy strigoi are poised to triumph over mankind. Will our plucky band of heroes be able to defeat the Master and his worshiping vamps once and for all? One way or another, the end is nigh…

Check out the promo for the final season of FX’s The Strain below.

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TV Review: Legion 1.8 “Chapter 8” (Season Finale)
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Legion
Episode 1.8 “Chapter 8”
Written by Noah Hawley
Directed by Michael Uppendahl
Created by Noah Hawley & Stan Lee
Starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart, Jemaine Clement
FX Network
Air date: March 29th, 2017

Spoilers below for Legion:

Tonight is bittersweet for fans of arguably the best new show of 2017 as FX’s Legion bids farewell to its incredible debut season. We’ve been a wild ride with David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who we met in a mental institution with paranoid schizophrenia, who happens to be the world’s most powerful mutant. Last week, in one of the most amazing episodes of any show I’ve ever seen, David talked himself out of Lenny’s trap, while Syd (Rachel Keller) helped organize the team. It was revealed that Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) is really an evil mutant parasite called The Shadow King that latched onto David as a baby. David trapped Shadow King deep down in the recesses of his mind and right when you thought it safe to take a breath, Division 3 converged on Summerland, led by a scarred Interrogator (Hamish Linklater).

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TV Review: Legion 1.6 “Chapter 6”
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Legion
Episode 1.6 “Chapter 6”
Written by Nathaniel Halpern
Directed by Hiro Murai
Created by Noah Hawley & Stan Lee
Starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart
FX Network
Air date: March 15th, 2017

Fresh off the news that FX has already renewed the coolest and most original superhero property on television, Marvel’s Legion returns tonight after its most bonkers episode ever last week. And THAT is saying something. We finally got to see David (Dan Stevens) use his powers with reckless abandon and it was glorious, as he literally exploded his way through Division 3 soldiers in order to free sister Amy (Katie Aselton). It was from her he finally learned some real truth; he was adopted, he’s not crazy, and he may or may not have a mutant living inside his head… the Yellow Eyed Devil… or is it Lenny (Aubrey Plaza)? Lenny, who terrorized David and girlfriend Syd (Rachel Keller) in a wild and scary finale, which all led to the jaw dropping climax where everyone was casually sitting around a therapy circle, and LENNY was the shrink! I am not exaggerating when I say the closing moments of each of Legion’s episodes have left me floored. The show is awe inspiringly original, the visuals and sounds… so immersive. I look so forward to each week. Let’s get to it.

Spoilers below for this week’s episode of Legion:

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TV Review: Legion 1.5 “Chapter 5”
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Legion
Episode 1.5 “Chapter 5”
Written by Peter Calloway
Directed by Tim Mielants
Created by Noah Hawley & Stan Lee
Starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart
FX Network
Air date: March 8th, 2017

FX’s 2017 hot streak continues as their wholly original Marvel comics adaptation, Legion, returns tonight for episode 5. Last week we delved deeper into David Haller’s psyche and it is both fascinating and horrifying. David (Dan Stevens) has unknown power, and may be purposely misleading Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris) and Syd (Rachel Keller) from finding out the truth to his abilities and his past. When they are unable to access things in David’s mind, they seek out truth the old fashioned way, tracking down David’s ex and find out one crucial piece of information; Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) is actually Benny… a dude. Why is David openly hiding this? Is he openly hiding it? Could Lenny/Benny be the evil Yellow Eyed Devil that haunts David? District 3 is getting close, and they spring a trap for Syd, Ptonomy, and Kerry Loudermilk (Amber Midthunder), that sees Kerry (and by extension Cary Loudermilk) left injured, as David returned right in time.

Spoilers below for last night’s episode of Legion:

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