Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Occultation” | Aired Aug 17, 2014
The people of New York are in for a rude awaking. While this episode starts with the FBI interrogating Eph as if he’s a murderer, it ends with them being gravely sorry they didn’t listen to him when he said there was a terrible infectious disease sweeping the city. When a lunar eclipse shrouds the city in darkness during rush hour, the vampires have a prime opportunity to spread their love worms far and wide. Here’s everything you need to know about what went down in this episode of The Strain.
Seriously, please put your face back on: We kick things off this week with a scene of Thomas (sans face prosthetic) literally reeling in his prey. As if the header photo wasn’t enough, we have this GIF for you to enjoy below:
He has some guy attached to a chain in a white room. Thomas uses a crank to pull him by his chain until the prisoner’s head is on some medieval-looking feeding table. Apparently, going over and just grabbing the guy is not dramatic enough for Thomas’ taste. We’d also like to add that it looks like Thomas was feeding the prisoner junk food. If we were vampires—especially classy ones like Thomas—we wouldn’t be infusing our dinner with Funyuns and Yoo-hoo. We’d be feeding them filet mignon and San Pellegrino. You are what you eat!
Man on the run: Eph solidifies the fact that while he may be a workaholic with extreme control issues, he loves his family more than anything. While on the run from the police, Eph heads to his home, where his wife is shacking up with her boyfriend, Matt. Eph is freaking out and telling her that she needs to take their son, Zach, and get the hell out of Dodge. He doesn’t tell them that they need to run from a vampire apocalypse, just that the disease that is spreading will kill them if they don’t get out of New York City. Matt overhears this on the stairwell, and instead of giving Eph the benefit of the doubt, he calls the police.
The police show up and take him in, and his wife gets super-pissed at Matt. She pretty much tells him that he’s a guest in their house, and if he ever oversteps those boundaries again he’s out. We’re all about fierce females holding their ground, so this gets a huge “Hell yes” from us. Over at the police station, the two cops who have Eph in custody have already marked him as a criminal. They don’t take anything he’s saying about the strain seriously, and one of them punches Eph in the face. It was a bit dramatic, but karma gets him later. Eph finally convinces them that he knows where the bodies from the morgue are, and he says he has to take them there. By this time the eclipse is in full swing, and while the three of them are in the car stuck in traffic, they see the medical examiner in full-vampire mode. Remember this guy?
One of the cops feels the need to intervene with the medical examiner breaking into someone’s car, and once he realizes the medical examiner is a vampire with a protruding tentacle set on sucking his blood, it’s too late for him to turn back. He, along with the other cop who punched Eph earlier, gets bitten by the vampire, and Eph takes the keys to his handcuffs with a big “I told you so.” Sorry not sorry, dudes.
Son of a biscuit, Samwise! After being absent from last week’s episode, Gus has a big part to play this week. He continues his streak of making terrible decisions to try to save his mother from being deported. He’s summoned from his boxing session by one of Thomas’ men, and he brings his friend along with him. They meet Thomas in some creepy underground tunnel. Thomas tells Gus that since he “checked out the cargo,” he broke the deal and now is required to do another favor.
Gus isn’t down to be bossed around anymore and decides it’s a good idea to punch Thomas. Thomas doesn’t even flinch, and flings Gus against a wall with ease. When Gus asks Thomas what he is, Thomas replies, “I’m your salvation or your downfall. Your choice.” Why does he insist on being so dramatic all the time? Gus and his friend are left with no choice but to comply. The mission: Hop in a car, head to St. Sebastian’s hospital and get rid of a body. Guess who drives them to the hospital? Jim Kent. It’s extremely hard to understand how Jim hasn’t learned his lesson yet, but lunar eclipses tend to bring out the crazy in people. Together, the three of them get a body bag from the hospital and transport it to the river. The bag opens at one point and a vampire proboscis pops out. Gus and his friend take this extremely well (seriously, how did they not have a panic attack?) and toss the bag in the river. Fan-freaking-tastic. Did they just contaminate the water supply? Jim knows what these things are and that their worms spread the disease, and he still let them toss it in the water. Why would he not just burn the body instead? Jim wins the award for the most idiotic character on TV.
New favorite character alert! Vasiliy goes into work to find it completely empty. Where is everybody? No, they’re not all at a rat-trapping convention in Vegas. They’re just in the back room transforming into vampires. Vasiliy goes back there to investigate, when he hears a noise and finds his boss hunched over against the wall. His boss suddenly attacks him, shooting his proboscis at him. Vasiliy manages to shed light into the room through a window and watches his boss twitch and burn to a crisp. His response to seeing this is, “OK then.” He sees the secretary in the corner and burns her to death without thinking twice. Vampires with shooting throat tentacles? What’s the big deal?
Vasiliy’s next stop is to his parents’ house, which he apparently hasn’t been to in two years. His dad is home and we learn that he’s a borderline genius who’s writing a book about Ukrainian architecture. We also find out that Vasiliy’s dad is ashamed of Vasiliy because of where he works—hence, Vasiliy never visits his parents. Before you get to hating his dad, he also let us know that Vasiliy had a scholarship to study architecture in graduate school. Maybe his knowledge of building foundations will come in handy? Vasiliy tries to warn him to take his mom and get out of the city, but it doesn’t look like pops is going to be listening to any of that. Can Vasiliy just team up with Abraham and Eph already, so we can have a trifecta of vampire-slaying awesomeness?
Hashtag heart problems: Abraham has it rough this episode. The poor guy is literally saving the world and he has a heart condition. While Abe is at one of the victims’ homes (looked like the pilot’s wake to us), he finds a coven of transitioned vampires in the basement. He slices one of their heads off, and before he can get the rest, he starts having heart pain and is unable to take his pills in time. Fortunately, he heads upstairs into the sunlight before getting eaten. He still gets the job done by leaving the oven on with a burning flame, but he knows that moving forward, he can’t do this alone. By the end of the episode, Eph, Nora and her mother are all in his batcave ready to rock. Not sure what Nora’s delusional mother can do to help, but hey, if she’s down to clown, we’re cool with her joining the team.
We are getting closer every week to seeing our Scooby gang of vampire-hunters unite—only now waiting on Vasiliy to meet up with Eph and the gang. But even then, will they be enough to rid New York City of vampires before they take over the world? Sound off with your predictions below and tells us what you think will happen next. Until next time … #FangsOut