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Guilt, and of course Strigoi, comes for everyone on The Strain

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Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • Eichorst burning his stump clean isn’t a bad opening image at all.
  • While I haven’t always been a fan of some of The Strain’s flashbacks, they manage to serve an emotional purpose this week, giving us some insight into not only Fet’s fraught relationship with his father, but also suggesting that the Strigoi he’s dealing with now are perhaps the result of, in a sense, generational violence.
  • The latest plan to stop The Master: use the blackbox (which is actually orange!) from JFK Flight 753 to isolate the Master’s “silent” signal, and then use that to track his location.
  • Palmer and Eichorst make up one of the season’s more intriguing relationships. The two need and despise each other. With Palmer getting a dose of The White from Setrakian at the end of the episode, their whole dynamic could change. Palmer isn’t a lifeless body just yet.
  • Setrakian calls the grisly scene in Fet’s parents’ apartment an “act of mercy,” in the hopes of moving him closer to forgiving his father and himself. After all, everybody needs to be focused right now.
  • Speaking of which, Setrakian also offers up these words of wisdom: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and to discover that the prisoner is you.”
  • More plans for the Master, this time from Setrakian: construct a cage made of silver and lead in order to detain him and prevent him from communicating with the Strigoi. Great plan if, you know, they actually get anywhere near him ever again.
  • “Again with the dynamite, Mr. Fet?”
  • So Setrakian posits that there were more Ancients on the ship that Palmer was barred from, which is bad news for anyone who considers themselves human.
  • As is made clear by Eph, Dutch, and Quinlan’s trip into Queens, there are parts of New York that look like a warzone now. This struggle isn’t ending any time soon.
  • I’m not sure the connection between Fet’s father feeling guilty about his father’s actions during WWII and Fet’s job as an exterminator is as impactful and relevant as this episode seems to think it is.
  • Not a single scene with Justine Feraldo this week. Instead, “Collaborators” gets a little more personal with its main characters while also setting the table for the last few episodes of the season.
  • As fun as Eichorst burning his stump is, the gross-out shot of the night has to go to Quinlan’s unique way of cleaning blood off of his sword: by licking it clean with his stinger.