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    Fan Expo Canada Journal: Day 1

    Every year fans from all over the world flock to Toronto to celebrate Fan Expo Canada. Held inside of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Fan Expo Canada is Canada’s largest (North America’s third largest) annual celebration of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and video games. More

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    The Strain, Ep. 2.08, “Intruders”

    Vaun’s death at the beginning of the season solidified Gus’s determination to serve only himself. However, it seems as if fate says otherwise. When Quinlan tracks him down and gives him an ultimatum, it’s clear that Gus has a special calling. More

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    The Strain, Ep. 2.07, “The Born”

    While musing over how the story has progressed so far in the second season, something came to light: it’s no wonder that side characters in The Strain have a habit of not living very long once they come into contact with any one of our band of heroes. Sometimes the loss is effective—the deaths of Leigh and Fitzwilliam in last week’s episode are still worthy of lamenting because their characters had been defined. More

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    The Strain, Ep. 2.06, “Identity”

    There is a frustrating trend in the treatment of a recently introduced character in The Strain, and “Identity” warrants a more detailed analysis of her. She is the daughter of the Tandoori restaurant owners and a key character in the intersection of Gus and Angel’s character arcs: Aanya. More

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    The Strain, Ep. 2.05, “Quick and Painless”

    Here’s a recap of what happens in “Quick and Painless”: Ephraim goes undercover to take Nora’s and his findings to Washington DC, Nora and Dutch negotiate Fet’s release from police custody, Abe consorts with a rare item-finder who should have his own Discovery channel show, and Palmer and Coco get close. That’s it. This week’s episode is sadly underwhelming for a series with so many interesting plot points to expand upon. More

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    The Strain, Ep. 2.04, “The Silver Angel”

    The cold opening of episode four connects itself to The Strain in three different ways. The relevancy of the first two to the series are easily discernible. First, the narrative of the black-and-white lucha libre B-horror and the present day horror drama series share the same major conflict: human vs vampire. More

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    Watch the trailer for The Strain Season 2

    Based on Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel trilogy, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City investigate a rapidly spreading virus that may be related to vampirism. Season one of The Strain didn’t end so well, and left many fans and critics (including […] More

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    The Strain, Ep. 1.13, “The Master” deflates before our eyes

    Hold on. This episode was promoted as the season finale, and all research online confirms this to be true. But this is not a season finale episode of television. It would’ve been much more effective in the middle of the first season, and even then it would’ve been a rather middling hour. Was anyone really hoping to find out in the season’s last episode whether Eph would relapse and drink again? Was that a payoff someone was counting on? Truth be told, that could almost be considered one of the peaks of the episode. Strap in, guys, this is going to be depressing.
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    The Strain, Ep. 1.12, “Last Rites” is only a test

    The penultimate episode of The Strain’s first season reminds us most of “Across the Sea”, the third-last episode of Lost’s final season. That episode came very near the end of Lost’s run, but left the present action to show the origins of Island inhabitants Jacob and the Man in Black. Choosing to halt the action and go back into the past to tell a story that only revealed a small amount and to do so that late in the season felt misguided and a little pointless. “Last Rites” is not quite as much of a side-step, but the return of Setrakian’s flashbacks was certainly a surprising development.
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    The Strain, Ep. 1.11, “The Third Rail” wishes you congrats on the vampire apocalypse

    Let’s start this week by talking about Eph. No one particularly wants to, but he’s still our ostensible hero and that has become The Strain’s most consistent and scarring flaw. The first mistake the writers make this episode is to spend it pitting Eph against Fet in something that isn’t much more than a dick measuring contest, and everyone is undoubtedly on Fet’s side. And it’s a colossal hindrance to the show that we can’t tell whose side we’re supposed to be on. We can’t tell if we’re supposed to see Eph as our great hero, or if this is some subtle takedown of the arrogant straight white male leader trope.
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