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TV Review: The Strain 4.3 “One Shot”
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The Strain
Season 4 Episode 3: “One Shot”
Directed by Kevin Dowling
Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Created by Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Ruta Gedmintas, Max Charles, Rupert Penry-Jones
Air Date: Sunday, July 30th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for last night’s episode of The Strain!

Last week on The Strain, Gus (Miguel Gomez) convinced his cousin to sneak him and his crew into The Partnership factory where he worked so they could steal supplies. Of course, that went left. Eph (Corey Stoll) decided to join the rebels and they came up with another plan to hurt the strigoi. Setrakian and Dutch (David Bradley, Ruta Gedmintas) were captured – Setrakian to the unknown and Dutch to a B+ blood type breeding factory, where she planned an escape that went awry.

Spoilers below.

The Strain 4.3 “One Shot” review: Fet, Quinlan, and Charlotte (Kevin Durand, Rupert Penry-Jones, Rhona Mitra) trudge through the snow hunting for food, on their way to the silo with Roman (K.C. Collins). They arrive at the silo and find the people there predictably dead, and someone shoots Quinlan (No!!!). Fet is trying to figure who is shooting, while Quinlan tries to heal himself. It is a lone scared soldier, and there’s a bit of a siege. Fet takes him out and Quinlan finishes the job. But there is another snag… a piece of the nuke is missing. Roman assures them that the strigoi most likely did not destroy the piece, but stashed it somewhere.

Eph and the rebels cook up some rat poison blood thinners for the strigoi tankers and set up a fake car accident. This gives them enough time (heart-stopping last minute time) to poison the blood in the tanker. After 2 hours and no movement, they decide (stupidly) to go in and see what’s what. They find a bunch of dead and dying strigoi. The Master (Jonathan Hyde) knows almost immediately, and Eichorst (Richard Sammel) feels like it is a break in rooting out the “terrorists.”

Zach (Max Charles) is feeding a rat to his snake when the cute maid comes in. She takes some fruit, and his pet strigoi scares her away. Zach realizes about the fruit and chases after her to give it to her. Zach shows her the power he has over the strigoi. He’s very lonely and takes her to The Museum of Natural History, where he goes to think. He offers her whatever she wants, and what she wants is food to feed the kids she lives with. I wonder what Eichorst and The Master will think of that? I’m thinking they will not like the softer side of Zach.

Zach goes to The Master to ask about the lack of food, but he turns it back on him saying it was because of the nuclear blast.

“What about the survivors?” Yeah, Master… what about them? He is offered a terrible choice. Zach is still very immature and sticks with the strigoi.

There wasn’t a lot of direct strigoi vs human action this episode, as our heroes got closer to really hurting their oppressors. They are using their brains now instead of their blind action hero parts. “One Shot” passed in a flash.

Some thoughts:

– I do like the parallel guilty feelings of both Zach and Eph for the nuclear bomb. They are so against each other yet so similar.

– No Dutch, Gus, or Setrakian… booo!!!!

– Eichorst was only in the episode briefly, but his scene was my favorite. I really hope there is some sort of showdown between him and the Master.

– Knowing Cuse, this show is going to end on a controversial note.

The Strain airs Sunday nights at 10pm Et on FX.


The Strain | Season 4 Ep. 3: One Shot Trailer | FX

Quinlan and Fet discover that stealing a nuclear warhead isn’t easy when they encounter an unexpected enemy. Eph and Alex concoct a new weapon to use against the strigoi. Frustrated with his seclusion, Zack discovers a love interest.

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