The Strain: Season 1, Episode 1

Night Zero (13 Jul. 2014)

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When a commercial airliner lands and stands silent, CDC agent Ephraim Goodweather investigates the plane to find that the passengers are infected by a vile plague.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vasiliy Fet (credit only)
Narrator (voice) (as Lance Henricksen)
Reggie Fitzwilliam (as Roger Cross)
Daniel Kash ...


When a plane lands in New York City with everyone on board dead, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC's Canary Project, and his team are called upon to investigate. Harlem pawnbroker Abraham Setrakian races to the airport, convinced that what looks at first like a mysterious viral outbreak might be the beginning of something infinitely more sinister. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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The reporter shown at the airport is named Ofelia Baquero. Guillermo del Toro - being one of the directors and writers - gave a nod to Pan's Labyrinth by giving the reporter that name. The lead character in Pan's Labyrinth is named Ofelia who is portrayed by the actress Ivana Baquero. See more »


When Dr. Ef enters the house, trees can be seen wrapped in burlap in front of the porch. Wrapping trees for winter in New York City is not a common practice, as winters are generally not cold enough to damage trees and shrubs; this is usually seen in places further north, like Canada, Russia, or northern Japan. See more »


[the heart in Setrakian's jar twitches]
Abraham Setrakian: Feeling hungry?
[He opens the jar, pricks his finger, and drips blood into the serum. Half a dozen blood worms emerge from the heart to feed]
Abraham Setrakian: Enjoy, dear.
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Written by Trevor Tuminski, Dave Swiecicki, Mike Keller, Jay Rink and Rich Reid
Performed by Jet Set Satellite
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Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain trilogy bares its fangs into FX.
17 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my first TV show review ever so this is how I will do them. Each episode I will do a review, then on the season finale, I will do a expansive detailed review of all the episodes of the season. Now on to the pilot review:

On July 13, the television channel FX premiered the pilot episode of The Strain. I thought the pilot was very good. It has very detailed characters and very creepy, scary moments. These are not Twilight or True Blood vampires. These are true vampires created from hell and bound to give people nightmares.

I've personally read about close to 400 pages of the first book in the trilogy and I can tell you that the pilot was pretty well close to the book. I liked how they spent a lot of time on the plane seeing what the virus did to everyone on the plane.

Ephraim and Nora are the main leads in this series. They are members of the CDC sent to investigate the plane. What they find is just the beginning of the end. I had never seen these actors before and they did a good job in my opinion playing their counterparts in the book. Sean Astin (not a little hobbit is he) plays Jim Kent who helps out Ephraim and Nora and is hiding things from them....

I was surprised Andrew Divoff was in this. I haven't seen him since Mikhail from Lost.

I'm excited to see where they take David Bradley's character or Abraham Setrakian in the show. He is a total badass in the book. I loved the people who played the survivors of the plane, and very anxious to see how they show what happens to them.

There are so many characters in the pilot and I'd honestly go on forever comparing them from their performance on the show to how they are in the book, but I will say I really like Gus's character in the book and the actor playing him.

For the special effects, I thought they were superb. Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan bring in the pilot what everyone was so afraid of in the book: The Master. And yes, he is everything I pictured him to be. His first scene is so iconic. I really wanna see his next scene. Guillermo, bring The Master in again at least 2-4 more times!

And as with every book made into a series adaptation, there are changes. But I love the changes. It's only been the pilot, so there haven't been many changes.

Scenes I absolutely loved in the pilot: 1. The plane scene 2. The Master scene 3. The morgue scene 4. Any scene with Gus 5. Eldritch Palmer's last scene (he's going to be a very evil person).

From what I can tell you, this first season still has a lot of ground to cover. Ignore the negative reviews about the acting and how they don't have room to put everything from the first book into 12 more episodes. They will.

Enjoy it. The Strain will suck you in.

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