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THE STRAIN Season Finale Review – “Night Train”

The Strain season two has officially wrapped! First off, thanks for joining me as I reviewed the whole season. I usually tend to not do this kind of thing, but I’ve had fun, even though my feelings for this show have wavered. But now we’re here at the second season finale. “Night Train”, the title of the season finale, just aired last night on FX and had all of Twitter abuzz with excitement, dread, and sadness because we’ll now have to wait a whole year for new episodes of The Strain to premiere. I may not have been dreading it as much, but I was a bit excited to see how this past season would wrap up.

Based on the dissappointment of the last episode, I was hoping it’d be a grand and epic finale full of strigoi and nicely wrapped storylines. Again, I was disappointed. I didn’t wish for it to go in this direction, but the finale fell into the troublesome traps that past episodes this season have fell for. For one, lots of talking, not enough action. This has happened in the past, and while I always agree that we do need discussion to further plot, etc, there is a moment where it becomes too tiresome and we just need/want some strigoi action. Sadly, not enough happened to grab my attention, minus a few scenes. And even though scenes which began grand, ended very shortly, with little to nothing happening. I’m used to it by now, but for a season finale, you think they’d go all out with the violence and strigoi craziness.

This episode is titled “Night Train” and is a big hint as to what this episode will circle around. Yep, you guessed it. A night train. Not all of this episode, but a good chunk, and in my opinion where the best scenes took place, happen on a night train that Eph and Nora have taken. But just when they think they’re safe underground in a very fast moving vehicle, terror strikes and all hope is lost. What follows is a pretty attention grabbing set up of strigoi and one of the more heartbreaking moments of the season. (No spoilers here, folks.) I found it entertaining at first, but just when I thought it would become great, it became just fine.

THE STRAIN -- "Night Train" -- Episode 213 (Airs October 4, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured: (l-r) Mia Maestro as Nora Martinez, Natalie Brown as Kelly Goodweather. CR: Michael Gibson/FX
THE STRAIN — “Night Train” —  Pictured: (l-r) Mia Maestro as Nora Martinez, Natalie Brown as Kelly Goodweather.
CR: Michael Gibson/FX

Lots more happened in this episode and I find it harder and harder to keep up with everyone’s different arcs as the weeks have progressed, as some characters would just disappear and return at a later date. It’s almost too late to give you a brief description as to what has become of who in this episode, but just know that certain characters like Dutch or Feraldo just didn’t make an appearance at all, while the rest of the characters will be facing who knows what in season 3. I think that’s what was most disappointing to me in this “season finale”. We have no idea what is to come in the next season. It wasn’t necessarily a cliffhanger of any sorts, instead we were just fed new information, making season 2 feel more like 2a. It didn’t make me excited for season 3 at all, sadly, so I’m not even sure if I’ll want to continue this journey with The Strain anymore. Only time will tell. Once we start getting more promos for the new season, I’m sure I’ll be on bored, I just wish this finally would have ignited a spark of excitement in its viewers.

What did you think of the season 2 finale of The Strain?

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Travis Grimm

Travis Grimm

Travis has been a self-proclaimed geek ever since being introduced to Star Wars before he could speak. He spends most of his free time reading comics, watching TV, collecting toys, blogging, and traveling the US to attend all sorts of conventions. He also likes coffee quite a bit.

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