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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: Colony 2.8 “Good Intentions”
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Colony
Season 2 Episode 8: “Good Intentions”
Directed by Juan José Campanella
Written by Liz Phang
Starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Tory Kittles, Amanda Righetti, Paul Guilfoyle, Ally Walker, Alex Neustaedter, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Jacob Buster, Adrian Pasdar
Created by Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse
USA
Air Date: Thursday, March 2nd, 10:00pm

Last week on Colony, Will (Josh Holloway) and his suspicious partner Bob (Toby Huss) ferreted out a suicide bomber cell, but got no info from the girl, no thanks to Bob’s torture methods and Will’s softness. The file-stealing-accusing train traveled from Nolan to Maddie to Katie (Adrian Pasdar, Amanda Righetti, Sarah Wayne Callies), and everyone denied it. Katie had taken the file to Broussard (Tory Kittles) to decode it. Broussard not only found out when Bram (Alex Neustaedter) was being released, he also found out that there was a countdown clock until when everyone would be gone. Maya became a suicide bomber on the shipment transport, while everyone watched it explode with fear and awe.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Colony 2.5 “Company Man”
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Colony
Season 2 Episode 5: “Company Man”
Directed by Tim Southam
Written by Liz Phang
Starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Tory Kittles, Amanda Righetti, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Paul Guilfoyle, Ally Walker, Alex Neustaedter, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Jacob Buster
Created by Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse
USA
Air Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2017, 10:00pm

Last time on Colony, the Bowmans are reunited sans Bram. Charlie was having trouble trusting home. Will told Katie (Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies) they have to stick together. Charlie (Jacob Buster) set Lindsey’s (Erin Way) book on fire. Will noticed that there were cameras in the house, and whispered that to his wife in the shower. Jennifer (Kathleen Rose Perkins) did not turn the Bowmans in, deleting their files when she got fired. She went home and took a bunch of pills. The entire bloc was being watched.

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TV Review: The Strain 2.10 “The Assassin”
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The Strain
Season 2 Episode 10: “The Assassin”
Directed by Phil Abraham
Written by Liz Phang
Created by Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Ruta Gedmintas, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Lizzie Brocheré, Joaquín Cosio, Rupert Penry-Jones
FX
Air Date: Sunday September 13th, 2015, 10pm

Last week on The Strain, the vamps have gotten into Red Hook via naive boat captain. It looks like the end for the councilwoman and pretty much everyone, but they have the motley heroes on their side. Nora (Mia Maestro) and Fet (Kevin Durand) go try to restore the UV power, but newly madeover Kelly Goodweather (Natalie Brown) follow them because they have Zach. Eph (Corey Stoll) and Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas) take up arms (seperately). Nikki ends up saving Dutch’s life, and for that sweet Fet is grateful. In a last hope rallying cry, Justine urges the people of Red Hook to take up arms, and it’s a victory for the neighborhood (even though if Nora and Fet did not get the power back on, it would have been a different story). Setrakian (David Bradley) takes off after Eichorst (Richard Sammel), with Eph on his heels. I honestly can’t believe Setrakian has not given up by now, because he never wins.

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TV Review: The Strain 2.5 “Quick And Painless”
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The Strain
Season 2 Episode 5: “Quick And Painless”
Directed by J. Miles Dale
Written by Liz Phang
Created by Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Ruta Gedmintas, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Lizzie Brocheré, Robin Atkin Downes, Robert Maillet
FX
Air Date: Sunday August 9th, 2015, 10pm

Last week on The Strain, a new character, well two new characters were introduced via an old black and white luchador movie, where Angel (aka Felix – Joaquín Cosio) fought vampires. Then we cut to sullen old Felix working in a restaurant, suspicious of Gus (Miguel Gomez). AND… there’s a girl. Eph (Corey Stoll) and Nora (Mia Maestro) unleashed the vampire plague on the vampire plague, and Eph was gleeful, as it’s working. The infected vamps were committing forced suicide by the Master. Vasiliy Fet (Kevin Durand) gets arrested after he blows up the subway tunnels. Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas) and Setrakian (David Bradley) go to Staten Island to get Eldritch Palmer (Jonathan Hyde) intel from Fitzwilliam (Roger R. Cross).

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