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'The Strain': The 4 creepiest moments from the season 2 premiere

Season 2 | Episode 1 | “BK, NY” | July 12, 2015

FX’s The Strain is back, and it didn’t pull any punches in the gore department. There were enough worms, vampires, and blood to last the rest of the season. Last we saw our Scooby Gang, they had trapped the Master, forcing him into the sunlight, but failed to kill him as planned. Now, with the infection spreading through New York City, the group is more determined than ever to find a way to stop him and his minions.

There was no shortage of creepy moments in the season two premiere, so let’s break down the four most chilling moments from the episode.

1. The making of the Master

The premiere kicks off with a flashback of Abraham as a very young child, being told the origin story of the Master by his grandmother. The Master’s human name was Jusef Sardu (Robert Maillet), and he was just a sweet man who loved children (which he fed like birds in the street) and suffered from gigantism. He decides to take off into the woods with a group of men from his village who claimed the blood of a mysterious gray wolf could cure his ailing body.

Let’s cut to the creepy stuff. Out in the woods, Jusef heads into a cave, where he finds a strigoi sucking the rest of the men dry. The strigoi (who could speak but looked decrepit) decides to transfer his worms to Jusef. The strigoi shoves some worms and dirt into Yusef’s mouth, and just in case that didn’t do the trick, he projectile-vomits a few gallons of worms all over Jusef’s face. This is the definition of overkill, people. It looked like poor Jusef was swimming in ramen noodles, and we’re cool with never seeing that again.

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2. The Ancients are hungry

Abraham is kidnapped by Vaun (the head honcho of the hooded strigoi), who brings him to meet the three Ancients. The Ancients need Abraham’s help in locating the Master, and Abraham doesn’t really have a choice but to comply. If you’re thinking, “Yay! The Ancients are good guys because they want to take down the Master too,” think again. They might not approve of the Master’s methods, but they’re still blood-sucking creatures with no regard for human life.

It’s dinnertime for the three old geezers, who just woke up from a catnap. Abraham watches as a naked man is led out in chains and secured between the three strigoi. The Ancients shoot out their probosces and start feeding as they lurch toward the man, devouring him as he screams. This had to be the absolute creepiest and most disturbing moment of the entire episode, and it went on about six seconds too long. We’ll spare you the traumatizing GIFs from this scene.

We hope that Gus (who’s still palling around with the Hoods) realizes that even though these guys might provide temporary protection, they should not be trusted. We’re hoping an opportunity to escape presents itself to him so he can go join Team Eph.

3. In the name of research

Abraham needs to pay a visit to a storage unit he owns, so Nora, Eph, and Vasiliy accompany him. While there, they find a couple hiding in their storage unit. They also get attacked by a horde of strigoi and narrowly escape. It was a pretty badass fight scene, with added drama due to the lights being out.

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Unfortunately for the couple, they got nicked by a strigoi in the process. Nora shines the blacklight on their faces to see worms squirming under their skin, but just as Vasiliy is about to kill them, Eph tells him they need the couple alive.

The creepiest part of this scene wasn’t the gang of roving strigoi—it’s the decision to use the couple as lab rats. While necessary in finding a cure (or virus, in this case), it signifies a turning point in the group’s mentality. This will mark the first point in which the group will have to grapple with the issue of maintaining their humanity. Torturing and testing innocent humans as they transition will undoubtedly cause controversy among the group.

4. Kelly’s new children

A school for blind children has been given the opportunity to leave the city for a safer place in New Jersey, but we know it won’t end well as soon as we hear the transport was arranged by Eldritch’s company, Stoneheart. As expected, the children are led straight to Eichhorst. As if that’s not 50 shades of messed up enough already, we see Kelly (Eph’s proboscis-slinging wife) being granted the “gift” of speech and control of her own thoughts.

The gift-giving doesn’t end there. She gets to be a mommy again … to all the blind children who have been buried under a mound of dirt and transformed into new creatures—strigoi with special powers. We’re left with an image of Kelly twitching and reaching out for her new babies, dubbed “The Feelers.”

Were you impressed with the season two premiere of The Strain, or did you find it lacking? Let us know what scene you thought was the most spine-tingling, and what you hope to see as the season progresses (you know, like more Vasiliy). Until next time … #FangsOut.



The Strain airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on FX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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