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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 13, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Based on Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's vampire novel trilogy, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City investigate a rapidly spreading virus that may be related to vampirism.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 10, 2014
    Enter The Strain, which just may turn out to be the best-executed, most cleverly constructed and most universally enjoyable fright-monger of them all.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jul 14, 2014
    Campy, creepy, and convincing, The Strain is oddly riveting, with a gleeful, pulpy momentum propelling the plot.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jul 14, 2014
    Ominous, creepy and utterly engaging, The Strain is like the perfect drive-in movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jul 7, 2014
    Beneath the hamminess and questionable mythology lurks a terrifying tale about a viral outbreak linked to vampirism.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 11, 2014
    [The first episode is] a little dawdling and predictable and unsure of its tone, with cardboard characters and flat dialogue. Things pick up after that, though--once everyone’s been brought onstage and the story set in motion, the episodes have more snap, and the horror scenes go from pedestrian to actually creepy.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 9, 2014
    At times the portentous dialogue can sound hokey, but for the most part, the slick pilot and three subsequent episodes set the tone for a series with enough of a hook to get under one’s skin.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jul 9, 2014
    Despite a great deal of visible effort, the first four episodes of The Strain never succeeded in making Corey Stoll's epidemiologist character even remotely compelling. Unfortunately most of the other characters are even more superficial and predictable, which made it nearly impossible to stay engaged when they began doing dumb things. The only real bright spot in The Strain is David Bradley.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 9 out of 30
  1. Jul 23, 2014
    Difícil hoje em dia encontrar uma série verdadeiramente original. Quase tudo passa necessariamente pela recriação ou recombinação de elementos vistos em outras produções. No caso, "The Strain" funciona bem e trás elementos que certamente podem ser associados a filmes como "A Hora do Espanto", "Alien", mesmo com o personagem Voldemor de "Harry Potter", entre tantos outros. O que a torna muito boa, ao menos nos dois primeiros episódios já lançados, é o enredo um pouco mais complexo que não permite compreender ao certo a natureza da ameaça e a atmosfera de suspense que isso gera (algo em falta). Expand
  2. Jul 13, 2014
    I love it already, the characters are attractive and compelling, the atmosphere is spooky and this thing could go in a lot of directions. Should be fun! Expand
  3. Jul 13, 2014
    Very entertaining, an extended summer blockbuster.

    It's good they get the CDC stuff out of the way in the first episode, it's not very
    authentic in many obvious ways -- but so what, no need for the bio-hazard suits after episode 1 ;-)

    Hopefully they'll wind up the story line in 1 season, or do 1 season for each book, and not drag it out -- it could easily turn into another Walking Dead, with luck it won't.
  4. Jul 14, 2014
    The Strain Pilot was very good and I loved it. It wasn't that disgusting yet, but the whats' next trailer shows that the rest of the season is going to be very good and disgusting. Expand
  5. Jul 20, 2014
    I'm a big Del Toro fan and for the most part this series delivers as a summer popcorn thriller. It does have some problems, including clunky dialogue and smart people doing incredibly dumb things to advance the plot. That being said, there are plenty of moments of genuine suspense and the vampiric creatures are fantastic, especially the master. I was on the fence between giving it a 7 or 8, but I'm rounding up just for the fact the show has made vampires terrifying again. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2014
    The show has a semi-interesting premise, but the dialogue and acting are just laughable. It's really hard to get the feeling of dread they want you to feel with Corey Stoll saying all of that cringey dialogue in that horrible toupee. Expand
  7. Jul 21, 2014
    It has been a long time since i ve watched something so predictable and lame as this pilot. Bad dialogues, poor scenarios, predictable story and plot lines, mediocre acting. Definitely not worth any more time spent on this.
    Personally disappointed as the man behind this is Guillermo del Toro!

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