The Strain 2.13 “Night Train” (Finale) review: Eph, Nora, and Zach leave to bring Zach to his grandparents, and try to get that bioweapon going in DC. The little gang said their sad goodbyes. Except Setrakian. He plays grumpy old man to the end. As you might expect, DC doesn’t work out. We’ll get back to that.
The bid for the Lumen is on. It’s Eichorst vs Setrakian in a dignified setting, which turns undignified immediately after stepping out of the place. Palmer snatched the funds away from Eichorst at the last minute, which caused Setrakian to run away with the book. Eichorst flipped the f*** out. Love when that happens. Palmer paid the ultimate price. The Master (Jack Kesy) swooped in (because that’s how he travels – by swoop) and killed Coco, as Palmer dropped in despair. That, I was expecting, even before this – Palmer’s hubris. It also ended that love story that bothered me a bit.
Quinlan gives the “Braveheart” speech to Gus’s group of criminals. That speech works every time, in every movie and tv show. They do rise up and fight like “warriors.” There is a heart-stopping moment when we (and Angel) think that Gus exploded.
He didn’t, and the standoff between Gus and Quinlan and Setrakian and Fet, came to an uneasy alliance, as Quinlan realized the common enemy unites them far more than he thought.
I found the lack of Dutch disturbing.
I knew by the way Eph was all lovey-dovey with Nora that she was probably going to die. She’s been a calming force on the team. At first I didn’t like her that much, but she slowly grew on me. I think that was the plan of the writers – to make me love her as Eph does, so that her death is devastatingly shocking. She is an original core member, with us for two full seasons, and her death hurt us. I was unhappy with the way Zach was portrayed. He really cared for Nora, knows what’s up with the vamps, yet went willingly with his strigoi mom while Nora lay dying.