The Strain (2014–2017)
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The Third Rail 

Setrakian leads Eph, Fet and Nora in the hunt for the Master's lair. Left behind at the pawnshop with Mariela, Zack risks his safety for Mariela's sake.


Deran Sarafian


Guillermo del Toro (created by), Chuck Hogan (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Stoll ... Ephraim Goodweather
David Bradley ... Abraham Setrakian
Mía Maestro ... Nora Martinez
Kevin Durand ... Vasiliy Fet
Jonathan Hyde ... Eldritch Palmer (credit only)
Richard Sammel ... Thomas Eichorst (credit only)
Jack Kesy ... Gabriel Bolivar (credit only)
Natalie Brown ... Kelly Goodweather (voice)
Miguel Gomez ... Augustin 'Gus' Elizalde
Ben Hyland ... Zach Goodweather
Robin Atkin Downes ... The Master (voice)
Adriana Barraza ... Guadalupe Elizalde
Anne Betancourt ... Mariela Martinez
Francis Capra ... Crispin Elizalde
Robert Maillet ... The Master


Fet unsuccessfully tests a UV light bomb at the basement of Setrakian's pawnshop. They prepare to go hunting the Master and Eph asks Zach to stay with Nora's mother, leaving the keys with the boy. The annoying Mrs. Martinez is hysterical and Zach decides to leave the spot to bring cigarettes to calm her down. Meanwhile Gus returns home and finds the fate of his family. At the subway tunnel, Setrakian and his team hunt down the Master, but it is not an easy task. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

pawnshop | one day | flare | coffin | trick | See All (36) »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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USA | Canada


English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Zach leaves the store, he grabs two packs of Morley menthol cigarettes. The Morley brand first appeared in the X-Files as the Cigarette Smoking Man's preferred brand. See more »


At the pawnshop, Zach is seen reading a book about vampires. The text is exactly the same as the Wikipedia article on vampires, repeated a few times. See more »


References The X-Files (1993) See more »


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Better than the last one, but still has some major flaws.
26 September 2014 | by Brettyboy007See all my reviews

This episode was better, because they didn't have the useless Dutch side storyline. But they introduced a single episode side storyline in which Zach has to go get cigarettes for Nora's unstable mom. Don't these people ever watch movies? If there is a big riot going on and especially after Zach saw his mom's boyfriend as a vampire, why would he even wanna leave. Just lock her in the bathroom or something if she's annoying you. That's a bad part on the writer's front.

The main storyline with the group hunting The Master was great though. It had a lot of intense moments and the ending was a great cliffhanger ending.

Hopefully in these last two episodes, they will wrap up season 1 nicely with no more side story lines. Finish strong.

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