“The Strain” has arrived redefining what to expect out of vampires on TV. With Guillermo del Toro as executive producer, and pilot director, the mythical creatures are legitimately scary again.
If you find yourself choosing whether or not to tune back into the series next week, here are a five reasons you’ll want to set a DVR recording immediately.
1. Episode 1 was mostly about building the world.
It takes a lot to set up all of the places “The Strain” will go. Now that it’s out of the way, the time has come for the main course. The Master has arrived and the outbreak has moved beyond the borders of the airport. The people of New York City, and the world, are in serious trouble.
2. There are more people coming to the party.
While the premiere introduced most of the key players in “The Strain,” there are a couple you haven’t met yet. The most important is Vasiliy Fet (Kevin Durand). The exterminator is going to be a valuable tool in fighting the outbreak. He’s pretty funny, too. That’s something desperately needed with people getting infected left and right.
3. You’ve only scratched the surface on Setrakian.
Setrakian might seem like just a crazy old guy who owns a pawn shop and has a human heart in a jar. He’s the key to everything, though. He wasn’t kidding when he said he’s faced this all before. When it comes to understand what they’re up against, and actually defeating it, there’s no getting the job done without Setrakian.
4. Wait until you see The Master in all his glory.
The premiere shows The Master in his robed, but even then it was hard to get a true idea of the gargantuan size of the character. That will be revolved soon and you’ll hear his voice, which should send chills down your spine.
5. You haven’t seen the last of Guillermo del Toro.
Guillermo del Toro directed the pilot and. while he doesn’t take the reigns again in Season 1, he says he’d like to return to helm the Season 2 premiere as well.
“The Strain” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.