The Strain season one finale has Eph still uneasily wearing the label of strigoi hunter with Nora, Setrakian, Velders and Fet. At the start of the episode Palmer pays a visit, along with his head of security Fitzwilliam, to Abraham’s shop to collect the old man’s weapons. While there, Eldritch discovers the heart of Setrakian’s wife. He also finds out that he has not been turned and he is not pleased. He gets angry and Eichorst tells him that he will eventually serve at The Master’s side for eternity eventually but for now the strain of infection will not be passed on and that Palmer should think of it as another test.
The Strain season one penultimate episode begins with Eldritch Palmer waiting in pain and fear for The Master to show up and grant his wish for immortal life as a strigoi. Abraham Setrakian is reacting badly to the group’s failure to kill the vampire leader under the subway. Zach says nothing of his little adventure while looking after Nora’s mother. Setrakian speaks to the heart in the jar in his basement and remembers his first encounter with The Master.
In The Strain: The Third Rail Setrakian and his little team of strigoi hunters are starting to slowly gel as a cohesive unit. Neither Vasiliy Fet or Eph Goodweather will be the best of friends or the president of the other’s fanclub but they are learning to work together. At the start of the episode, Fet is testing the UVC bulbs and the experiment goes up in flames. Eph recommends making the bulbs fluctuate like a strobe and when Vasiliy makes a joke in agreement the doctor gets angry. The exterminator explains that he likes the the strobe idea which calms Goodweather down.
After last week’s episode of The Strain, Creatures of the Night, where the infected Jim Kent was shot by the newest member of the group, no one is clamoring to join the Vassily Fet fan club in The Disappeared. Eph and his crew race home to check on his ex-wife Kelly and son Zach and just before the van arrives the boy has discovered that his mother’s boyfriend has turned into a monster. His father arrives in enough time to save Zach from infection and he dispatches the now turned Matt.
Philip Seymour Hoffman and his untimely death has made headlines across the world and in the sense that the surprising news of his demise has stunned fans of actor, it feels almost like Paul Walker revisited. Both men were well known; Walker for the Fast & Furious film franchise and his philanthropic philosophy and Hoffman for his powerhouse acting skills. The news that Hoffman had been found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment with a needle in his arm, the apparent victim of an overdose, has shocked the Hollywood community.