On Bluray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the creepy and wickedly awesome “The Strain: Season One.”

From Executive Producer and writer Guillermo Del Toro, Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan comes the story of Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control he is called to a virus that has killed passengers on an airplane arriving at JFK International. Thinking this is weird enough but there are a few survivors who he immediately quarantines until they can discover what is the cause of the deaths.

Ansel Arbour, Joan Luss and rock star Gabriel Bolivar along with Captain Doyle Redfern throw a fit about being held and with a few phone calls they are released. Goodweather is furious knowing this is a huge mistake, tells Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) they need to stop this seeking help from Jim Kent (Sean Astin).

That is only one part of their problem as a mysterious huge box is delivered to Manhattan. Also, Vasiliy Fet (Kevin Durand) has discovered that something is wrong with the rat population below the big apple. Now, all the surviving passengers are beginning to change into something hideous.

No one is listening to Goodweather but the virus is beginning to spread in ways that can no longer be ignored. When Goodweather realizes that his estranged wife Kelly (Natalie Brown) and son Zach (Ben Hyland) need to leave town, he tries to convince them this is the best thing to save them.

Enter Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley), a man who lived through the horrors of the Holocaust and tells Goodweather that he knows who is responsible and the story behind The Master. That is where Setrakian meets Thomas Eichorst (Richard Sammel), a cruel man who was responsible for Setrakian making the box that The Master is using and hunts Setrakian.

What is unexpected is Mr. Quinlan (Stephen McHattie) a human/vampire hybrid who is the son of The Master and his mission is to kill his father. Recruiting Augustin Elizalde (Miguel Gomez), they want to bring the two sides together to fight as one.

Finally, The Master is one of the seven Ancients of the vampire race. The Master has turned his back on the other six with the intent of eliminating them while taking the human race for his own. Now in the body of 19th Century Polish nobleman Jusef Sardu, he will finish what he started.

Okay, so that’s a very brief rundown of Season One and let me tell you why, this is such an amazing series that even the smallest detail will ruin it for you. The story starts out pretty fast but The Master is in those very details.

Stoll as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather is intense and he will stop at nothing to discover what these creepy little worms are, what they can do and more importantly – how to stop them. Stoll does a fantastic job of keeping everyone on task which isn’t an easy job considering he is getting it from all sides!

Bradley as Setrakian is amazing in this role. He is straight forward and doesn’t try to cover anything up (as you’ll see with Goodweather’s son Zach). His history is revealed this season and I have a sneaking suspicion it will come into play Season Two as well.


Maestro as Dr. Martinez knows that Eph is right but its difficult to get help when everyone refuses to believe that such a virus could possibly exist. It also doesn’t help that there are those in power who are making sure the information doesn’t get out.

Durand as Fet is just uber fantastic! I love when he is on screen because he reminds me of a young version of Setrakian, except with a bit of humor. He is a big man with a mission and rats are the least of his problems anymore.

Sammel as Eichorst is a scary man in so many ways. To see his face change just totally took me by surprise and to see how old he really is means there is more of a story to be told. Hyde as Palmer just creeps me out and wanting immortality, he turns to The Master and I’m not quite sure he’s going to be on the winning end of that relationship.

Astin as Kent starts out doing things for the altruistic reasons and understanding the consequences must make amends. Brown as Kelly Goodweather is a woman who sees how their relationship with her estranged hubby could have gone wrong. Hyland as Zach is smart, talented but remember – he is still just a kid!

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Strain” four tubs of popcorn out of five. I am holding back the fifth tub for Season Two because I have so many questions. The cast is absolutely amazing pulling the story together. There is such a creepy factor here and to prove it when I was at Comic Con last year (and yes I’ll be there this year as well) the crowd went wild when producer and writer Guillermo Del Toro came to the panel stage to talk about the series.

There were so many questions and with a double showing of the trailer it just wasn’t enough for fans. Okay, I was personally pretty thrilled myself because not only do I love the fact that FX brings such innovative and ground breaking programs to fans – they make darn sure to make sure those edges cut deep! Love it!

The Bluray includes such incredible extras such as In the Beginning, A Novel Approach, He Is Here, Setrakian’s Lair, Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel and FX Teasers: The Strain Season 1. Now, it must be said, when purchasing “The Strain: Season One” – go the full mile and purchase the exclusive Master’s Bust. Go big or get a worm in your eye.

In the end — they must find the root of evil and destroy it!



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