Previously on The Strain, “One Shot”
No New Friends
I’ve made peace with the fact that Gus’ purpose is to give the viewers insight into what it’s like on the streets for the regular people just trying to survive, and I don’t mind when his storylines are this much fun (unlike his brief and boring romance with the girl from the restaurant).
One of Gus’ men is attacked and robbed for the goods he was carrying. He eventually dies, but not before telling Gus and Creem that his attackers plan on taking over their territory of operations. Gus tracks one of the attackers to a warehouse and learns that their competition is a group of ex-cops. He devises a plan for a sneak attack, but Creem wants a less subtle entrance. Gus’ plan wins out and they’re victorious in taking down the cops and seizing their product, but this is only after Creem saves all of their asses when they’re pinned down.
The look on Creem’s face when the crew congratulate Gus on a plan well done without acknowledging what he did is absolutely hilarious. He’s not here for Gus’ shine and I’m going to enjoy watching this partnership implode because of it.
Desai takes his wife out for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant reserved for trash-ass human collaborators. Being a trash-ass human collaborator is a definite appetite buzz for his wife, but not so for Desai. He just wants to enjoy his steak-at-the-expense-of-human-life in peace, but Eichorst crashes their meal just to tell Desai that he’s shitty at his job. He wants Desai to begin inducing labor for the pregnant mothers at six months, cut their recuperation time, and impregnate them again immediately. This sounds like TrumpCare.
Since the heat is on Desai, he puts more heat on Dutch to be his liaison with the other women being held. Her friend encourages her to do it since it might provide an opportunity for Dutch to snag a keycard needed to escape. Of course, some of the other women now view Dutch as being a kiss-ass, trash-ass human collaborator… and she’s not even getting steak out of the deal!
Dutch is tasked with comforting a pregnant woman who’s about to have a c-section. Despite her misgivings, Dutch does as she’s told and tells the woman everything is going to be okay. When they remove the baby, they won’t even let the mother see her. Dutch freaks out in the operating room, contaminating everything probably, and runs out by taking Desai hostage.
She runs right into the factory operation where people beg for their lives in cages before being placed on hooks and drained.
Dead New Friends
Eichorst wastes no time in tracking Eph and his rebels to their current hideout. Two truckloads of strigoi descend upon them and Alex’s brother is infected. Alex can’t bring herself to kill him, so Eph does it after they promise to “make ’em pay.” Later, with their entire team dead, Eph confesses to Alex the role he played in the start of all the mess they’re in… he admits to spawning the shithead who set off the nuke. He also admits that sometimes he hopes Zach is dead and I was like, “Welcome to the club, Eph!”
They figure out that the “units” being transported out of the city are humans and they’re being shuttled to a beautiful suburban community called “New Horizons” — except that’s probably not where they’re going at all. See human factory above.
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