The Strain (2014–2017)
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Night Zero 

When a commercial airliner lands and stands silent, CDC agent Ephraim Goodweather investigates the plane to find that the passengers are infected by a vile plague.


Guillermo del Toro


Guillermo del Toro (teleplay by), Chuck Hogan (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Stoll ... Ephraim Goodweather
David Bradley ... Abraham Setrakian
Mía Maestro ... Nora Martinez
Kevin Durand ... Vasiliy Fet (credit only)
Jonathan Hyde ... Eldritch Palmer
Richard Sammel ... Thomas Eichorst
Sean Astin ... Jim Kent
Jack Kesy ... Gabriel Bolivar
Natalie Brown ... Kelly Goodweather
Miguel Gomez ... Augustin 'Gus' Elizalde
Ben Hyland ... Zach Goodweather
Lance Henriksen ... Narrator (voice) (as Lance Henricksen)
Roger Cross ... Reggie Fitzwilliam
Daniel Kash ... Dr. Everett Barnes
Leslie Hope ... Joan Luss


When a plane lands in New York City with everyone on board dead, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC's Canary Project, and his team are called upon to investigate. Harlem pawnbroker Abraham Setrakian races to the airport, convinced that what looks at first like a mysterious viral outbreak might be the beginning of something infinitely more sinister. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Did You Know?


The reporter shown at the airport is named Ofelia Baquero. Guillermo del Toro - being one of the directors and writers - gave a nod to Pan's Labyrinth (2006) by giving the reporter that name. The lead character in Pan's Labyrinth (2006) is named Ofelia who is portrayed by the actress Ivana Baquero. See more »


While Dr. Goodweather is explaining his tardiness to his counseling session, he mispronounces "Hantavirus" as "Hentavirus." See more »


Abraham Setrakian: Love, you see, is the one force that cannot be explained, that cannot be broken down to a chemical process. It is the beacon that guides us back home when no one is there, and the light that illuminates our loss. Its absence robs us all pleasure of our capacity for joy. It makes our nights darker and days gloomier. But when we find love no matter how wrong, how sad, or how terrible we cling to it, it gives us our strength, it holds us upright. It feeds on us and we feed on it. Love is our grace...
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References Fringe (2008) See more »


When You and I Were Young, Maggie
Performed by Bob Milne
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Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain trilogy bares its fangs into FX.
17 July 2014 | by Brettyboy007See all my reviews

This is my first TV show review ever so this is how I will do them. Each episode I will do a review, then on the season finale, I will do a expansive detailed review of all the episodes of the season. Now on to the pilot review:

On July 13, the television channel FX premiered the pilot episode of The Strain. I thought the pilot was very good. It has very detailed characters and very creepy, scary moments. These are not Twilight or True Blood vampires. These are true vampires created from hell and bound to give people nightmares.

I've personally read about close to 400 pages of the first book in the trilogy and I can tell you that the pilot was pretty well close to the book. I liked how they spent a lot of time on the plane seeing what the virus did to everyone on the plane.

Ephraim and Nora are the main leads in this series. They are members of the CDC sent to investigate the plane. What they find is just the beginning of the end. I had never seen these actors before and they did a good job in my opinion playing their counterparts in the book. Sean Astin (not a little hobbit is he) plays Jim Kent who helps out Ephraim and Nora and is hiding things from them....

I was surprised Andrew Divoff was in this. I haven't seen him since Mikhail from Lost.

I'm excited to see where they take David Bradley's character or Abraham Setrakian in the show. He is a total badass in the book. I loved the people who played the survivors of the plane, and very anxious to see how they show what happens to them.

There are so many characters in the pilot and I'd honestly go on forever comparing them from their performance on the show to how they are in the book, but I will say I really like Gus's character in the book and the actor playing him.

For the special effects, I thought they were superb. Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan bring in the pilot what everyone was so afraid of in the book: The Master. And yes, he is everything I pictured him to be. His first scene is so iconic. I really wanna see his next scene. Guillermo, bring The Master in again at least 2-4 more times!

And as with every book made into a series adaptation, there are changes. But I love the changes. It's only been the pilot, so there haven't been many changes.

Scenes I absolutely loved in the pilot: 1. The plane scene 2. The Master scene 3. The morgue scene 4. Any scene with Gus 5. Eldritch Palmer's last scene (he's going to be a very evil person).

From what I can tell you, this first season still has a lot of ground to cover. Ignore the negative reviews about the acting and how they don't have room to put everything from the first book into 12 more episodes. They will.

Enjoy it. The Strain will suck you in.

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13 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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