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"The Strain" evoked John Carpenter's "Assault on Precinct 13" this week, along with pretty much any other classic "siege" movie, in a tense hour that claimed one of the show's main characters. Not that we didn't see it coming. Jim Kent (Sean Astin) was doomed to die once we saw him unwittingly allow the vampiric outbreak to happen in the series' pilot episode. His eight-episode arc followed all the typical beats: Betrayal, shaming, reconciliation, redemption. And now, of course, »


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