Previously on The Strain, “Gone but Not Forgotten”
“Not as bad as herpes.”
I’ve heard of hanging out in questionable places, looking for strange, but this is ridiculous. Dutch and Eph play chess in the park at night, hoping to get some strigoi attention. They do, they fight, they take one home for later.
Cup o’ Noodles
Eph dissects a strigoi and realizes they’re fighting a stinger attached to a spinal column and brain full of worms.; these worms get aggravated when Dutch uses the microwave. I don’t blame them. Microwaved coffee is gross.
Eph make like to drink, but he doesn’t skip the steps of the Scientific Method. It’s not enough to test their microwave theory on strapped down and dissected strigoi; they need a live one with his insides on the inside. Once they’ve obtained one (back to the park, no doubt), they test their microwave gun. It works for a short time, and then it doesn’t. Back the drawing board. But first, a drink or five.
“This is not how we win.”
Justine Faraldo’s main function this episode is to go around telling everyone what a shitty job they’re doing. They’re losing ground to strigoi and that’s Frank’s fault. Oh, Eph, you think you figured out how they communicate? That’s nice, but shut it down faster.
“Later, my bitches.”
Fet goes spelunking and finds a major nest of munchers and then tells Faraldo. That’s about all I remember.
“That’s the closest I’ve come to madness. “
While decoding photocopies of the Lumen, Quinlan points out that many strigoi hunters throughout history worked alone and were consumed by madness.
“Good thing that’s not you, Abraham, eh?”
“Nor you, Quinlan.” (Translation: I see you, bitch.)
Younger Abe hits up a brothel in Amsterdam, as you do when hunting vampires, and meets with the madame, Saskia. She brokers a deal between Abraham (posing as Roald Pirk) and a Mr. Kruger, a Nazi interested in purchasing the Lumen. Abe asks 101 questions that probably tipped her off that he’s not legit, but the meeting is arranged all the same.
Whose mans is this?
Eichorst drops by Palmer’s for a bit of petty and shade. It takes all of Palmer’s energy just to stand up and he immediately falls on his face. Eichorst doesn’t even raise an eyebrow; just calls for the nurse. Eichorst has a new guy with him, Sanjay Desai. He’s very much interested in a shipment Palmer has arranged and has questions. Palmer is all…
Eichorst cautions Palmer not to worry about it or what they have on a ship sailing from Egypt, the Aurora Cutlass, because both are above his pay grade. Welp.
Egyptians do it better
Through further research, Quinlan discovers an Egyptian may have killed one of the Ancients by entombing it in a sarcophagus lined with silver and lead. He could tell for sure if only Abe would let him study the actual Lumen. Abe has trust issues, but eventually brings out the real deal.
Posing at Roald Pirk, Abraham visits Mr. Kruger, who’s really Dr. Dreverhaven. He leaves his cane/sword outside since he stole it from him to begin with. Once inside, Dreverhaven presents Abe with a suitcase full of money. Abe produces the Lumen, but Dreverhaven promptly declares it a fake, but it’s still coated with real silver and Abe uses it to slap the taste of worms out Dreverhaven’s mouth. Then he drops an old-school silver grenade, then straps him to a chair with a Lecter-mask over his face.
Abe finds Dreverhaven’s basement of torture (johns from Siska’s brothel who got a little too rough) and decides what’s good for goosestepper…
He cuts off Herr Doktor’s limbs, puts him in a trunk, and drops it into the ocean.
What’s in the box?
Back in present day, Abe figures out he needs to read through some of the Lumen pages with sunlight. Once he does, he learns they can’t kill the Master, but they can trap him (as the Egyptians did one Ancient).
Now, if they can just find him.
Abe meets with Palmer, at night, and strikes a deal: he’ll give Palmer a taste of the white if Palmer finds out whose body the Master is inhabiting. Little does Abe know, Palmer gonna roll up and the Master will be like, “New body. Who dis?”
The Strain S3E5 = 8.2/10