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Offline TacticalWargames

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The Strain
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:00:23 PM »
Is anyone going to watch The Strain. Trailer looks good and has a decent director aswell.

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Re: The Strain
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2014, 09:20:08 AM »
Yep, I'll be tuning in.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2014, 01:01:46 PM »
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Re: The Strain
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2014, 10:55:51 AM »
Pretty poor to be honest..will try another episode..thats it.

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Re: The Strain
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2014, 12:09:58 PM »
It's on the DVR.  I've yet to view it.
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Re: The Strain
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2014, 01:46:14 PM »
The writing/acting is pretty uneven. I'm in for a couple of reasons, though.

1. I really liked the books, and the story does get good. And dark. REALLY dark in places.
2. Guillermo del Toro is awesome.

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Re: The Strain
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2014, 02:31:43 PM »
The writing/acting is pretty uneven.


Yeah.  It almost seemed amateurish in parts.  But I'll give it another couple of episodes.
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Re: The Strain
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2014, 02:37:32 PM »
It wasn't very good. Too many clichés. I'll watch an episode or two more maybe, but I'm not excited about it so far.
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Re: The Strain
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2014, 02:43:22 PM »
Having first seen Cory Stoll on House of Cards, seeing him in The Strain with that head of hair is the most disturbing thing about it so far :P
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Re: The Strain
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2014, 02:20:12 PM »
This review of Episode 2 really captures what works and doesn't about the show

http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/strain-box-207142
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Re: The Strain
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2014, 04:07:11 PM »
The writing/acting is pretty uneven.


Yeah.  It almost seemed amateurish in parts.  But I'll give it another couple of episodes.

Agreed.  Some of the writing and some of the acting isn't well done.  The Hispanic sidekick chick is a rather bad actor, many of her lines came out like cheap infomercial quality.   However, the nasty blood-drinking creature looked well-done and more akin to some Lovecraftian horror than stupid twinkly vampires.  Hopefully that situation doesn't change.

I think Penny Dreadful has been a much higher quality supernatural series... AND it's got a 19th century setting.  But it's first season is over.  The only other upcoming one I'm interested in seeing is the second series of Netflix' Hemlock Grove, although it's probably as much in the Mystery genre as Supernatural thriller.  Not sure if there's anything else of decent quality out there.

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Re: The Strain
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2014, 06:16:04 AM »
Having first seen Cory Stoll on House of Cards, seeing him in The Strain with that head of hair is the most disturbing thing about it so far :P

Yeah!  Took me a second (and IMDB) to figure out where I've seen him before.  Now I can't stop staring at his hairline.
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Re: The Strain
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2014, 12:19:07 PM »
Ugh. I liked the books. I'm done with the series so that I might retain my liking of the books. What a train wreck.

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Re: The Strain
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2014, 12:21:13 PM »
I can't read, so I'll stick with the TV series.  ;) ;)
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Re: The Strain
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2014, 04:46:24 PM »
I've taken up the books now. They are far, far superior to the show. I'm not generally a fan of horror, but I'm finding the books to be surprisingly well written - tightly paced, highly entertaining and downright scary at times.

Given the quality of the source material, I would expect the show to much better than it has been so far.
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"45 minutes of pooping Tribbles being juggled by a drunken Horta would be better than Season 1 of TNG." - SirAndrewD

"you don't look at the mantelpiece when you're poking the fire" - Bawb

"Can’t ‘un’ until you ‘pre’, son." - Gus