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Season 2 | Episode 9 | “The Battle for Red Hook” | Aired Sept 6, 2015

Best episode yet? The Strain‘s latest episode, “The Battle for Red Hook,” was exactly what we needed from the show. The fact that this week’s episode wasn’t spread out among too many characters kept the momentum going. Sure, we missed Quinlan and Gus (no, not you, Eldritch), but a focused plotline this week paid off and allowed for a more engaging episode than we’ve been seeing this season.

We have to admit that we even liked Eph and Zach in this episode, so that’s saying something. We’ve been dying for the show to make us care about these two characters, and this week, we did.

We weren’t the only ones impressed with the episode, either.

Let’s dive into a few of the most important moments from the episode.

The Strain - Justine Feraldo

The great battle of Red Hook: There was no shortage of action this week. Eph goes to Justine Feraldo to let her know that Red Hook is not vampire-free, like she believes it to be. Feraldo chooses to believe him, which leads to an epic showdown between a ton of strigoi and the people of Red Hook. Eichhorst shuts off the power in the area, keeping Team Human from being able to use its UV spotlights. A street battle ensues, with Dutch deciding to take part in the battle. Thanks to Nora and Fet, the power gets turned back on, the strigoi fry like bacon, everyone high-fives, and Feraldo takes a deep breath because she definitely thought she led everyone to their death.

Here’s what we hope happens as a result of this scene: The people of this city stop going out to nightclubs and upscale restaurants as if dead people with throat tentacles aren’t lurking around every corner. It’s the one thing we just can’t handle with this show. These people can’t be that stupid … right? We also loved Feraldo in this episode, and hope she becomes a more frequent part of the show.


The Strain - Kevin Durand as Vasiliy Fet

Kelly gets closer than ever: Eichhorst gives a depressed Kelly a pep talk, and while Nora, Fet, and Zach are on their mission to turn the power back on, Kelly makes her move. She gets dangerously close to snagging Zach. Fet manages to hold her off while Nora and Zach run away. Kelly’s worms start oozing out and Fet comes way too close to being infected, but he releases her and she runs off. If Fet dies, we riot!

It looks like Kelly isn’t giving up her fight for her son any time soon. Something tells us that by the end of the season, she might be successful. If she does snag Zach, what does she plan on doing with him? Is she hoping Eichhorst and the Master make him a free-thinking strigoi like herself?


The Strain - Thomas Eichhorst

Setrakian gets a leg up on Eichhorst: Setrakian enlists the help of Eph to take out Eichhorst. They don’t succeed, but they do manage to get in a few good shots. Eichhorst retreats after being wounded, but Setrakian seems disappointed that he couldn’t seal the deal. We understand his disappointment, but if he’s really trying to take out Eichhorst, he needs to step up his game. He could have gathered the whole team, brought UV lights with him, or snagged those nifty guns the police are using. Setrakian, we know you like to keep it old-school, but you might want to think about making some upgrades to your approach.

We’ve talked before about our frustrating with the response of the people of New York (not to mention the world) to the vampire infestation. Are you still bothered by the unrealistic lack of response from the Federal government and the media? Perhaps the citizens joining in on the Red Hook fight is a step in the right direction.

Let us know your thoughts on the episode and the season! We’ll catch you next time. #FangsOut


TeamTSD (Liz and Lindi)

The Strain airs Sundays 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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