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Quinlan is exactly what 'The Strain' needs

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “The Born” | Aired Aug 23, 2015

And just like that, with the addition of one single character, the show gets exponentially better. New favorite character alert! FX’s The Strain gave us hooded vamp Quinlan’s backstory last night, and showed us why he may be he most badass new character on TV. It only took one flashback sequence for us to be completely enthralled by him. His presence provides a jolt to the show, which has been a little slow in the plot-development department.

Is Quinlan the most exciting thing to happen to The Strain yet? Let’s discuss.

In the last episode, we saw Quinlan (Rupert Penry-Jones) confront the Ancients about their crappy attempt at killing the Master. We know he’s looking for some humans to fight during the daytime, so the Ancients give him Abraham Setrakian’s name. Quinlan shows up at the Master’s hiding spot (an old factory) to introduce himself to Setrakian, who’s already there with Fet. In the most kickass scene so far this season, Quinlan saves Fet and Setrakian from the creepy Feelers, killing them in under a minute. He was firing shots and ripping out probosces like it was nothing.

Quinlan - FX/The Strain

We don’t know exactly how Quinlan was created, but we do know he’s a half-breed who was nicknamed “The Born” back in the day. He’s been trying to hunt down the Master his entire life. He’s also a former undefeated Roman gladiator. Check out this clip from the episode for a look at his glory days in the arena.

How is it that the addition of one character can make the show so much more exciting? A lot of book readers have been waiting for this moment and are thrilled about Quinlan, but we’ve refrained from reading the series—and we’re still obsessed with him. The show has successfully kept us on our toes and had us on the edge of our seats, but the introduction of Quinlan adds an entirely new element. Don’t get us wrong—this doesn’t in any way lessen our love for Fet and Gus—but Quinlan is a breath of life that the show desperately needed.

We’re not alone in our love for him. Check out what fans were saying about Quinlan last night on Twitter.

Later in the episode, Quinlan comes face to face with the Master and Thomas, and a battle royal almost takes place—until Fet sets off explosives downstairs and ruins everything. We’re surprised Quinlan didn’t retaliate by killing Fet, but apparently, that’s not how he rolls. Before the Master gets away, though, he lays down a harsh “yo mama” joke and sends Quinlan into a fury.

Let’s get this straight: Quinlan is a half-breed and the Master killed his mother. We’re going to go ahead and guess that the Master is Quinlan’s evil father, which is highly disturbing.

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Are you as excited about Quinlan as we are? Do you think he’ll be teaming up with Gus next to help take down the Master? Share your thoughts below, and we’ll catch you next week. #FangsOut


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The Strain airs Sunday nights at 10/9C 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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