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Old 09-16-2014, 05:48 AM   #31
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Anybody besides me still watching this? It's not scary at all and the characters behave like idiots. I get more disappointed with each episode.
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:51 AM   #32
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I am. I agree with your points, but I'm still enjoying it.
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:31 AM   #33
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I think it has gotten better and better with each episode and in fact - has become the Monday morning cooler talk show at work.

We are loving it.

[well to be fair - The Leftovers was the Monday morning cooler buzz show and The Strain was second until this week.]
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:45 AM   #34
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I've been enjoying it a lot. I'm a little worried, though, because (spoilers for my general view of the books, not specific things that happen)
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I thought the first book was great, the second was OK, and the third was unreadable (I almost never quit in the middle of a book, but this was one of the rare occasions where I couldn't force my way through). If the series makes it that far, it will be interesting to see if it, unlike the books, can keep my interest throughout.

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Old 09-16-2014, 11:40 AM   #35
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But...
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There are murderous vampires walking the streets, killing people willy-nilly but apparently nobody calls the police, FBI, National Guard, the Guardian Angels, or anybody.

I can't stand hacker girl. Slow the entire internet and all wired and wireless communications to a standstill? C'mon.

I couldn't stand Eph's wife's best friend. Glad she died a gruesome, painful death.

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Old 09-16-2014, 11:57 AM   #36
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I'm still watching it an enjoying it.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:50 PM   #37
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I think it's great. It has definitely gotten better over the course of the season. I really liked the episode with

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Old 09-16-2014, 06:59 PM   #38
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I really enjoyed the last episode.

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Providing the audience the perspective of the wife as she was turning was great. It reminded me of the dog's perspective in King's "Gerald's Game".

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Old 09-16-2014, 07:13 PM   #39
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I really enjoyed the last episode. * SPOILER *
What it reminded me of was
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An episode of the series "Fear Itself" - the episode, called New Year's Day, followed a woman wandering around in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. It's all from her perspective, and the twist at the end is that she's one of the zombies, not one of the survivors as we've been lead to believe.

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Old 09-17-2014, 01:22 AM   #40
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I've been enjoying the series. It's pretty stupid, perhaps even stupider Helix and The Following combined, but still enjoyable to watch.

My biggest issue is the same one cheesesteak has,

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There's no way this would remain covered up. Even with the Internet down, the amount of mayhem would be newsworthy. Reporters would find out about it and report about it in paper publications. The police department would be aware of the increase in killings. The hospitals would be aware of sick people coming in and turning. It's just beyond belief that anyone in the city would not be aware by now what was happening


My second biggest issue is

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I don't see how that ginormous tongue thing fits inside of a human body, and the human still looks mostly human


These two items require enormous suspension of disbelief. My favorite episode so far was

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The gas station. It felt like with a bit more length, it could have easily been a standalone movie.

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Old 09-17-2014, 07:41 PM   #41
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My second biggest issue is

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I don't see how that ginormous tongue thing fits inside of a human body, and the human still looks mostly human

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They've shown that the virus causes massive mutations inside the human body. I'm guessing that one of them is that the host no longer needs its lungs? So the tongue thingy that lives in the throat could easily stay retracted/coiled up in the lung cavity.

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Old 09-18-2014, 07:34 AM   #42
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I have this series recorded, but haven't decided whether to watch it. I gave Extant 2-3 episodes and was bored so I dropped it. I did not watch Tyrant at all. Now that the series has been on awhile, did it hold up? Worth watching?
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:34 AM   #43
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I think it is. The Strain is one of my favorite shows now. But it is TV. Every TV show ever made has issues. If you nitpick you would never watch any show or would never be able to enjoy any of them.
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:23 AM   #44
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Every TV show ever made has issues.
Except The Wire.
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:18 AM   #45
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Id rank them: The Strain, Tyrant, and Extant. I really like the pace of The Strain.

Tyrant is good, I'm still watching, but I don't see how it's a comparable show to the other two.

Extant I gave up on after about six episodes. Seemed to be a typical, predictable network show.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:38 AM   #46
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I have this series recorded, but haven't decided whether to watch it. I gave Extant 2-3 episodes and was bored so I dropped it. I did not watch Tyrant at all. Now that the series has been on awhile, did it hold up? Worth watching?
I'm putting it down as more entertaining than Tyrant or Extant. Of course, it depends on what you're into. My wife wouldn't make it through 3 minutes of The Strain.

(I'm lucky we can watch Under The Dome together, with that damn bisected cow in the opening sequence each and every episode)

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The Strain is one of my favorite shows now. But it is TV. Every TV show ever made has issues.
Successful TV is TV that makes you not care that it's not real. The Strain, while being one of the most absurd shows that I watch, the absurdity doesn't bother me as much as Under The Dome, The Following, or Helix.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:09 PM   #47
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Is The Strain Any Good?

The show is entertaining but I don't expect much. I'm an episode or two behind right now but I'm glad it was renewed for another season.
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:51 PM   #48
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I love this show. I really enjoyed the books as well.

There are some imperfect moments and the pacing varies, but the overall story is great to me.

I did not appreciate how they handled the basement scene last week and thought that was only done for shock value. But it is about to get real!
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