Previously on The Strain, “First Born”
The Strain S3E4– “Gone but Not Forgotten” | Starring: David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Corey Stoll, Richard Sammell, Jack Kesy, Miguel Gomez, Ruta Gedmintas, Jonathan Hyde, Natalie Brown, Rupert Penry-Jones
With the Master freshly decapitated, the strigoi are off running amok, and that includes one trying to kill Zach, who is supposed to be protected and off limits. Kelly comes in with the save, but is again forced to control her own urges to drain Zach’s blood. Eichorst informs her and Zach that they’ll retaliate fast and hard.
He enlists strigoi who were previously part of Justine Faraldo’s team for an important (suicidal) mission.
With Quinlan still alive, but unconscious and healing, Eph declares their mission a big fat failure. Fet disagrees and celebrates the death of The King Rat with drink. Eph admits his role in helping Quinlan steal the Lumen and is kicked out of the team’s fancy new digs, but not before Fet punches him in the face – something you know he’s been dying to do since season one. Eph heads to Fet’s place, the only other place he has left – which is pretty sad when you think about it.
There he encounters a stinky and drunk Dutch, who also has nowhere else to go. A drinking buddy is probably the last thing Eph needs, but here we are.
Once Quinlan awakens, both he and Abraham doubt the Master’s demise despite the fact that the strigoi are running around the city “rudderless.” Also, Quinlan is still alive, which shouldn’t be the case if the Master were truly dead. They head to the Ancients for answers.
The Ancients really don’t want to hear from Abraham, but Abraham got that old man attitude and does whatever the hell he wants. He describes the red worm he saw slithering into the sewers. As they feared, this means the Master is not dead; he’s just without form.
Quinlan is like, “I’ve been around for 203,202 years and you’re just now telling me about some damn crimson worm?” He declares himself done with the Ancients. Can’t say I blame him.
Faraldo is blindsided in an interview with the news of criminals being denied due process, and instead forced to work on sweep teams. When she later confronts Frank, he sums it up as doing what needs to be done. She wants to see the operation for herself and questions Gus about the conditions. Though he’s fresh off watching innocent and unprepared men die in a tunnel sweep, he doesn’t snitch. And even though Faraldo knows it’s wrong, she allows the operation to continue.
Eichorst’s strigoi bombs detonate themselves in two of Faraldo’s command centers, including one with her and Fet inside. White gooey worms everywhere! One burrows inside Faraldo’s face, but Fet burns it with a UV light. Still, Eph tells her it will be two hours before they can know for sure if she’s uninfected. That’s just long enough for Fet to have an awkward conversation with Dutch and learn that she’s staying at his place with Eph. Lovely.
Once Faraldo gets the all-clear, she claims to have a come-to-Jesus moment. Is she going to disband the chain gang being forced to fight strigoi against their will?
She tramples over more civil liberties by arresting the journalists working on the story and confiscating their equipment.
Keep it classy, Justine.
The Strain S3E4 = 7.7/10