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The Strain Review: Kelly's Flashbacks

By the way... we've seen/heard nothing (that I am aware of??) about the strange stirogi-looking characters that rescued the lawyer's nanny and kids (and deftly disposed of the nanny's daughter) since that episode. I wonder if that's who they're talking about in the episode synopsis on IMDB:
The Master (s1e13 oct 5) Eph and Fet recon for an all-out assault that Setrakian assures them will finally kill the Master. Gus aligns himself with a strange new force, one that may swing the fight in an unforeseen direction.

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@ TiffL

That hooded strigoi soldier doesn't appear until Book 2. They brought him in early because he's an important character. However, I had a feeling we wouldn't see him again til the season finale. The ending is going to be a major cliffhanger, that's my prediction ;)

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@ Henry A. Otero

Yikes! Well, here's hoping we get an early season 2 renewal like Sleepy Hollow did. I am so tired of investing in shows that never come back :( We've decided my husband is the cancellation curse. If he really looks forward to a show, we get no season 2 (or even finish season 1 sometimes!). Warning: he loves this show too. Fingers crossed! Do you think if I picked up the books that it would enhance the story (like GoT does for me), or ruin the surprises? How close are they staying to the source material?

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@ TiffL

The Strain was renewed back in August for Season 2. Read more here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2014/... I read book one and while the bigger events have appeared on the show, the WAY things happen is different. Having read the book I do feel I knew too much going in. Kept expecting certain things to happen you know? It's a fun, quick read so you might want to pick it up once Season 1 ends.

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@ Henry A. Otero

Oh sweet! I won't freak out then :) Great tips re the book. That was kind of the case with retroactive reading. It colored S1 and S2, and I realized how at certain times there were 25 important people in a room and I had no bleeping idea. I decided GOT should have the characters wear name tags. That would definitely help. ANYHOW very exciting. I'm sure hubby will be glad to know he didn't ruin this show ;)

Paula-duffy

Abby's only known one kind of man, and although she claims to abhor Ray's "dirty business", her desperation leads her to demand Jim become mini-Ray. Terry's "being a man" the only way he knows, which is to provide for what he hopes will be his new family. He knows better, as does PO Ronald Keith. Mickey Donovan is the Pied Piper of the show. But the specter of Ray losing control of his own manliness, once Kate inevitably uncovers the truth, makes me wonder if a healthy Ray Donovan is character I'd tune in to see. http://tvruckus.com/2014/09/15...

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Outlander Review: I Will Break You...

Dougal's corn-grinding comment CRACKED ME UP. Seriously. The acting in this episode was amazing. Watching Randall recap his encounter with Jamie was incredible; so hard to watch, but the acting....just...Wow. You got the real sense that Randall derived pleasure from torturing people, but not in the obvious way; he is not some mindless brute; he's calculating, intelligent, and DOES possess the wherewithal to be a better man, but simply has no desire to make that change. We got that from the books of course, but the acting just brought it to life so incredibly well. I also thought the interaction between Clare and Jamie at the end was perfect; subtle, light-hearted as could be given the situation, and just right. I cannot tell you how sad I was to hear just TWO more episodes left.

Hanko9

Fantastic stuff Jim! A couple of very enlightening tid bits. I'm surprised Chuck didn't see the negative feedback about The Master's face on Twitter. I run the @MastersMinions account as you know and man I was getting fed up already. There were people claiming the reveal killed the show for them and they were dropping it. Personally I didn't hate it, but it didn't scare me so I felt very underwhelmed. Ready to see more of Quinlan!

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Sons of Anarchy Round Table: "Black Widower"

Do four intelligent women really have to go to his "abs" during any part of the
discussion of an extremely serious episode? Disappointing and why I will want to stay away from this site if the Round Table will consist of the same individuals.

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Another problem for me is how does Neil get Grace to the Zen Master without admitting openly that he knew about Simon?

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@ golfingdocp

Isn't Neil trying to help himself through Zen with issues not necessarily related to the affair. Grace has seen the book. She might be going on her own.

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@ golfingdocp

Simon has a copy of the book, and I bet Adriana has one also. In fact, Adriana may recommend the Zen Master to Grace!

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The Strain Review: Kelly's Flashbacks

Just wanted to say that you are one of the best reviewers around! I mentioned before that I loved your reviews on Helix. Same with The Strain. There is another TV website, not sure if I'm allowed to mention the name...so I won't, but the reviewer who reviews The Strain obviously hates it because he criticizes the every episode from beginning to end. I'm so glad you write mostly about the positive instead of the negative. I really enjoy watching every week and then reading your insights on the episode. Great job!

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@ USA Fan

I've said this before, but I really appreciate your kind words! Definitely try my best to go for the positives. I've never been a fan of reviewers that get a kick out of slamming/bad mouthing a show or movie. That's not cool if you claim to be a fan you know? Love love love that you're enjoying The Strain and my reviews! Going to share your comment now via Twitter. We all love compliments and they're rare believe it or not. I appreciate your comment tremendously! Thank you.

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Hi again. In a couple of free seconds I would like to post a question for which I don't have an answer. Why does the gunman in the promo have a picture of Mallory and her husband, before he gets the gun?

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@ golfingdocp

Where is that picture?

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@ sojourner

It appears to be in a glove compartment. It is part of the episode 10 promo. It doesn't make sense to me.

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@ golfingdocp

Mallory's husband is probably holding the picture as a reminder of happier times, he then gets the gun and looks for Neil,
Who he thinks is Simon.

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@ Jojobobo

Actually he would be going after Simon because he has the real Simon's phone number. Neil doesn't exist for him.

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@ Jojobobo

I hate this crazy preview speculation, because I am always wrong, but if there is a gunman coming for Neil, maybe Neil sees him coming and that's why he's yelling at Grace to get up.

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@ reality adictt

The promos are designed to peak our interest while also misdirect us from the true story line. I stopped trying yo guess what they might hold for us in the future. But I did wonder, after seeing the promo for the season finale, whether the person holding the gun is Neil. The style of clothing and the watch on the right wrist matches Neil's standard ensemble. What do you think? Day dream sequence?

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@ Bushi101

That's very possible, but Neil doesn't need a photo to identify either Mallory or her husband. So why the photograph. He looked them up on his computer. This is a misdirect, I hope. The show doesn't need a phony murder or act of violence to sustain the story line. Escorts aren't usually high priority targets. I hope that this another dumb dream sequence. I am much more interested in speculation about Neil's apparent demeanor of depression in many of the photos. Another thing I am trying to figure out, is how Neil can get
Grace to the Zen Master without mentioning the affair. Grace saw the Zen book among Neil's possessions when she picked up his stuff at his office after the plane freak out. There is no indication she ever read it. In fact, given the degree of self-absorption Grace has shown, I don't believe that she has had the time or inclination to break its covers. Adriana read the book in episode 9, maybe she suggests the Zen Master. In the photo with Anika driving, guitar in tow, the shape of the window and the seat configuration look like her mothers' car. Her mother has been very busy working and is rarely home during the day. How does Anika manage to get the vehicle? Maybe, this is one of the last scenes, after Grace has left for her next destination. Since the first episode of season 1 covered a six month flashback, I would not be surprised if there is a season 2, that it also begins with a flashback to possibly cover Graces' stay and adventures in Milan. I am almost willing to bet the presence of Simon in that flashback. The new season could start from Grace's perspective of the previous time interval and what she is returning back to.

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@ golfingdocp

I just read on the Facebook site, someone said the picture of Mallory and her husband was in a story of a murder, suicide? WT?

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Well, is it all right if I get a drink of water, boss? You know,...

This was a funny response from Clark. I thought it was a quote from another movie, though. That would have made more sense than for Clark to make a racist quip.

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Z Nation Review: Zombabies of the Apocalypse

Well well well ... I didn't know either what to expect ... and I liked it. As often noticed in the comments, what I liked the most, was the humor; I have to confess I never really watched WD, just few episodes from time to time, without being really "attracted" by it; but I've got plenty of friends who are, and they never said it was "fun", in anyway; so I was surprised by the funny tone of Z Nation. Non stop action, badass characters, creepy baby ... it's a good start !! :D thanks Hank, I watched it ( a bit ) because of you, because I like your reviews, as you already know, and I thought, ok, give this Z stuff a try ;) and I don't regret it !

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@ Marion

Hi Marion, so glad I played a small part in your decision to check out Z Nation. Really glad you liked it, crazy but fun right? Looks like it's going to be an entertaining season and what more can we ask for as television viewers? Btw what other shows do you watch?

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@ Henry A. Otero

A lot, actually ... I'm a bit of a show addict ;) I watch Outlander, Masters of sex, Tyrant, The Divide ( one of my fav this year ), Dominion, The Knick, Intruders ( like this one too ) ... and I am also a big fan of shows from UK, like "The village, Our zoo, Sherlock, Chasing Shadows ... and among the "oldest" shows, I like "Reign", Supernatural, The Blacklist, The Following ... as you can see, I am more the "sci FI" and "Thriller" type ( same goes with books, I'm a big reader ), with few "historicals" kind ( The Tudor, Rome, Borgias ( great ), Vikings ... ) in the process ( I am also addicted to History ) ;) I certainly forgot some, but it will take a veeeerrrryyyyy looooonnnngggg comment to speak about it all :) oh, and also, the shows I'm waiting for : "Constantine", "Gotham" ( even if I'm not that crazy about comics heroes ), and Wayward pines, from Shyamalan.

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@ Marion

Wowza that's an amazing list Marion! I watch many of those shows as well. Same here, the sci-fi genre are my favorites. I absolutely love the historical fiction and all those shows you mentioned...The Tudors, Rome, Borgia. I actually review Vikings right here at the site. Outlander is a new favorite, so gorgeously shot. The lead actor's have wonderful chemistry. I am covering Constantine here starting next month. Very excited about that show. David S. Goyer and Bear McCreary (Da Vinci's Demons) teaming up again for that one. It's going to be a great TV season this year!

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@ Henry A. Otero

yes, I think the same; great season to come for TV fanatic as us ;) ( ... and of course, I also like "da vinci's demons", how could I forgot this one ? ) can't wait to read you on "Constantine" :)

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@ Henry A. Otero

Agreed, Outlander is absolutely outstanding in every aspect. The acting, writing, characters and the story telling are all astonishing. My new favorite as well. Z nation is a cheese fest of blood and guts with stupid dialogue, lousy acting and horrible cinematography. It looks as bad as was. Highly disappointed...so what is taking so long to renew the great continuum. Junk like this.

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