Previously on The Strain, “Madness”
The Strain – S3E6 – “The Battle of Central Park” | Starring: David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Corey Stoll, Richard Sammell, Jack Kesy, Miguel Gomez, Ruta Gedmintas, Jonathan Hyde, Natalie Brown, Rupert Penry-Jones
New Zach Was Here
What do you get the kid who has absolutely nothing? His own pet vampire, of course. Eichorst and Kelly surprise New Zach with a feeler who will protect him and tell him if little Timmy falls down a well. When this is your only friend in the world, you know you’ve made some poor life choices, kid.
With Faraldo’s men and Fet’s silver bombs closing in on Central Park, Kelly, Eichorst, and New Zach need to skidaddle. In a moment of probably feeling pretty shitty for getting Nora killed and going off with his vampire mom, New Zach leaves a note for Eph. I imagine it went something like…
Strigoi Camp is okay. I don’t get to go out much and a vampire almost killed me, but at least I have comic books. I just want you to know I’m doing fine, and I’m glad I went with mom – even though her hugs are getting super creepy. She got me my very own pet. You never let me get a puppy.
The Petty Principle
Fact: If you’re not over your last flame and get a new – even if it’s just a one-night stand you randomly ran into weeks later – you will find a way to flaunt the new one in your ex’s face. It’s just science.
So, when Fet finds out his police escort into the tunnels is the woman he had really unsexy sex with in the first episode, he says they need to swing by his place first to get some stuff and thangs. The awkward encounter does have one positive: Eph and Dutch decide to meet up with the Central Park wrecking crew to test their Microwave Ultra-Neuro Communication Halting Equipment Rays, or MUNCHERs for short.
Gus takes a new member of their chain gang – a young woman arrested for stealing food – under his wing, knowing she doesn’t have what it takes to survive the tunnels. When she’s about to be forced to check out an area alone, Gus and Angel make their moves and take out the cops with them.
But getting away isn’t easy; Angel is hurt and Gus runs into Fet. He agrees to help them of his own free will and instructs Angel to get the girl to safety.
Gus is so much better when he’s not doing stupid things like feeding his vampire mother his own blood in a doggy bowl and killing innocent cops so his vampire mother can get away to kill. In fact, with the announcement of The Strain’s fourth and final season, I’m a little more forgiving of the I Can’t Let My Mama Go storyline. Here’s to hoping Gus is a proper member of the team very soon.
Setting a Trap
Central Park ain’t that damn big, but for some reason it takes Fet all damn day to get to where they need to go. But first, he finds Zach’s message for his dad and radios this to Eph. Eph heads into the tunnels and doesn’t find Zach, but he finds Eichorst at his utmost pettiest. When a Nazi vampire calls out your shitty parenting, you know you’ve made some poor life choices. Before Eichorst can kill Eph, Dutch comes in for the save and chops off Eichorst’s hand. He decides it’s time to go for real.
Thousands of strigoi converge on all of Faraldo’s checkpoints and the park, making her victory a hollow one.
The Strain S3E6 = 8/10