Review: The Strain Season 2

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“The mysterious epidemic transforming the citizens of New York into horrifying creatures continues to rage during the second terrifying season of this acclaimed horror series. While doctors Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) race to create a biological weapon to destroy the creatures, Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) relentlessly searches for an ancient book that may hold the key to defeating the sinister “Master.” Aware that he is now hunted by his handful of unlikely allies, the Master creates even more unstoppable bloodthirsty monsters in this darkly thrilling show that delivers nonstop chills from the first episode through the climactic season finale!”

Season 2 of The Strain picks up with a much more prepared group of people ready to fight the vampire virus attacking New York. City Councilwoman Justine Feraldo (Samantha Mathis) joins the cast as the leader of an army of policemen trained to destroy the vampire virus threat in Red Hook, Brooklyn where our main character group now lives. She has become quite the ally for Eph and Nora in their attempts to spread their biological weapon.

The creatures themselves are very reminiscent of the vampires in Blade II, which is nice in keeping that Guillermo Del Toro feel to the show while the Master himself has always been second rate in comparison to Del Toro’s other creature creations. Luckily, the Master switches bodies half way through the season, a smart move on the show’s part, to look like any other creature. This makes him a more difficult target for Eph and Setrakian to hunt.

Eichorst establishes himself as a far worse villain than we could’ve ever expected. We do get a glimpse into his Nazi past and how he became the person, or creature, that he is today. His mental and physical torture of Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas) easily puts him on the top of every fans target list to die. Let’s hope she is the one who gets to take him out.

The season ends on a sad note but Season 3 has to return with a new stronger and more determined Ephraim. With this, we can expect quite the fight against the vampire strain.

DVD/Blu-ray Bonus Features include:

Deleted Scenes

Gag Reel

Meet The Crew of The Strain

The White Room

Audio Commentary on “Night Train” with Carlton Cuse

Beyond the Page

Sentient Strigoi

 

Is the set worth buying? In terms of bonus features, there are only two deleted scenes and a handful of gags on the reel but the commentary and featurettes are educational and do provide some extra insight on the season. In terms of the season itself, season 2 is, in my opinion, far superior to season 1, and yes, is worth checking out.

 

Season 2 of The Strain is now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD

 

Bill Bodkin is the gray bearded owner, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Pop Break. Most importantly, he is lucky husband, and proud father to a beautiful daughter named Sophie. He can be seen regularly on the site reviewing The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and is the host of the site's podcast, The BreakCast. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism & English. Follow him on Twitter: @BodkinWrites