The Strain weekly recap: ‘Occultation’ moons New York

the strain weekly recap season 1 episode 6 s01e05
There’s nowhere to run to, baby. Nowhere to hide.

For the poor souls trapped in New York on FX’s The Strain, the safe zones are becoming few and far between. A blood-thirsty menace rages throughout New York City, thanks to an ancient, evil virus brought into America’s borders via Regis Air 753, and on this week’s episode, “Occultation,” the bad blood finally boils over, thanks to an ill-timed eclipse, and an impossibly fast rate of infection.

The Strain S01E05-2Rat exterminator Vasiliy Fet has seen the menace first hand. Traumatized by his run-in with sewer-dwelling monsters only a few episodes back, Fet returns to work and finds that his colleagues have turned. He’s forced to “release” his boss and secretary Loretta by bathing them in sunlight, watching them cook before his very eyes.

Convinced now that there’s a “horrible pestilence” running through the five boroughs, Vasiliy heads to Brighton Beach, in one last bid to convince his estranged father to leave New York and take Vasiliy’s mother with him. Stubborn as ever, the father refuses, instead chastising Vasiliy for turning down an architecture scholarship at Cornell University in lieu of a career as an exterminator. Disheartened, but not defeated, Vasiliy leaves his father behind (“I tried,” he sighs), to confront his true calling: Killing pests.

Though he’s not an exterminator by trade, low-life criminal Gus Elizalde shows promise as a vampire killer in his own right. After being forced to return to the employ of Nazi vampire Thomas Eichorst, Gus executes one final job — dumping the nasty remains of Regis pilot Captain Redford into the East River — before heading back home into Manhattan with his good pal Felix. There, in the darkness of an eclipse-powered day, Gus and Felix are confronted by a monster in what would normally be broad daylight. Gus fells the thing with one well-deployed bash to the brain, but not before some of the vampire’s deadly worms make contact with Felix’s flesh. Now, it’s only a matter of time before Gus’ pal turns.

The monster Gus faces down is a familiar one. It’s the morgue medical examiner, killed to the tune of “Sweet Caroline” so many episodes ago. As it turns out, he’s back up and running in full vampire mode; when New York is bathed in sudden darkness via the eclipse, the examiner (and several other vamps) take the opportunity to feast on commoners, including two federal agents who have Ephraim Goodweather in their custody. With the feds dead, Eph manages to get out of his handcuffs and back to the streets; he immediately beelines it for fellow vampire-killer-in-arms Abraham Setrakian’s pawn shop up in Harlem, hoping to figure out the next move.

The Strain S01E05-3

When he arrives, Eph’s relieved to see that his partner and sometimes lover, Nora Martinez (and her mentally frail mother), already under Abraham’s protection. An exhausted Abe, who just barely survived torching a funeral home filled with vampires all by himself some hours earlier, sizes up his guests — these strangers suddenly turned allies. “You’re both ready,” he snarls. “Good. I have a new plan.”

What that plan entails remains to be seen. Does it involve recruiting more allies, as Abe hinted at once upon a time? If so, Fet and Gus seem like strong candidates for the gig. Does Abraham’s plan involve initiating destruction on a wider scale throughout New York? At this point, the Big Apple seems all but lost to the vampire plague; perhaps it’s time for extreme, city-leveling measure.

The Strain S01E05-4For his part, Eph seems game for anything that will end in the contagion’s collapse, just as long as his estranged ex-wife Kelly and their son Zachary are safely outside of New York’s city limits — which is not looking likely at the moment, unfortunately. Right now, Kelly and Zach are still at home, having just watched the eclipse from the safety of their Woodside, Queens abode. It won’t be safe for long.

At his office, Kelly’s live-in boyfriend Matt confronts a pair of blood-hungry strangers, the results of their showdown unseen, but certain nonetheless — the man’s become vampire chow. And as we’ve seen from past experiences, newbie vampires always return home to the ones they love. It’ll be no different for Vampire Matt, returning him to kiss the ones he loves the most.

Unless Kelly and Zachary get a move on soon, the ones Eph loves the most are in imminent danger. It echoes the cold, harsh words of Thomas Eichorst: Love is a blessing, but it also binds, chokes, and strangles. Apparently, love also sucks — and it’s currently poised to suck the blood right out of Ephraim Goodweather’s family.

Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Room 104,’ German thriller ‘Beat,’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: Room 104 returns for a second season, Robert the Bruce fights for Scotland's throne, and more.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in November, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Dracula’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The 10 best 'Black Mirror' episodes are thought-provoking, disturbing, mesmerizing

After watching all 19 episodes across four seasons and one special, we've selected and ranked the best Black Mirror episodes released so far. Read on to find out if your favorite episode from the award-winning Netflix series made the list.
Podcasts

Disney+ makes some noise, follow-up films for 'Deadwood,' 'Breaking Bad'

This week on Between the Streams, we'll discuss the newly renamed Disney streaming service, Disney+, and it's new show focusing on Rogue One's Cassian Andor. We'll also talk about new films for Deadwood and Breaking Bad, and much more!
Movies & TV

Cassian Andor series and 'Mandalorian' details expand Star Wars' future

Disney has sky-high expectations for its Star Wars universe, with plenty of plans for the franchise on the big screen and television over the next few years. Here are all the upcoming movies and TV shows, both rumored and confirmed.
Home Theater

Don't wake the baby! How to connect headphones to a TV

Do you need to connect a pair of headphones to your TV? Our handy guide will show you how to hook up your headphones in a variety of ways, whether you're using wired headphones, wireless headphones, or gaming headsets.
Home Theater

Bask in the glory of your home theater with these 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays

What good is a 4K TV if you don't have the means of pushing it to its limits? Here are our favorite 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, all of which are nothing short of stunning. It'll make you wonder why you haven't always watched movies this way.
Home Theater

PlayStation Vue adds more local channels, bringing the total to over 600

PlayStation Vue is Sony's answer to live TV without the need for a cable or satellite TV subscription. To help you understand the service, its plans, and numerous features, we've created this handy guide.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Buster Scruggs,’ ‘Missing Link,’ ‘Mowgli’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's new trailers for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Mortal Engines, and the first trailer for Missing…
Movies & TV

Michelle Yeoh reportedly in talks for stand-alone ‘Star Trek’ show

Reports claims that actress Michelle Yeoh is in talks to reprise her Star Trek: Discovery role in a spin-off series. The series will focus on Georgiou being recruited into Section 31, a secretive organization within Starfleet.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (November 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.