The third season of The Strain premieres in a couple of weeks and I’m glad decent horror is back on television. The show is based off of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s novelized vampire horror trilogy of the same name. I’m a fan of The Strain– I think Guillermo Del Toro is a genius, so naturally, I was in it to win it to from the start. The first season was dope. The second season was alright– the last several episodes of the season were pretty intense which made up for a humdrum of a season lacking the excitement and scares of its predecessor and opting for origin fluff to fill up episodes. I don’t mind origin story, but it when it’s not used to advance the story along effectively, I’d rather live with the mystery. I’m hoping this upcoming season will deliver, and provide us with the goods.
After finding out about The Strain several years back, I was super stoked to watch it come to life on television– Del Toro is quite the visionary and any project he’s attached to is usually one to keep on your radar. The vampire design reminded me of Nomak, from his directorial stint, Blade 2. My opinion swayed a little towards the negative side when I found out the show wasn’t going to be a miniseries– I was curious to see how they were going to try and drag this concept out since I didn’t think the story was sustainable or made for longevity. I looked into the novels and also felt like it would be tough to keep this going on television without getting boring. My curiosity was put to rest when they did just that and dragged the shit out. Now the characters are starting to get stale, the general plot just got stale and we got another season coming up that’s going to try and not be repetitious as they try and trudge along through the story.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s executive producer, Carlton Cuse, shed some light on the upcoming season and the plans they have for the future of the show, which means unfortunately we’re going to get more Strain in the near future. Cuse goes on to explain how they originally pitched the show as a story that could be told in three seasons. They recently started to set up the skeleton for next year’s fourth season, and that they could possibly extend this thing to a fifth. Fans of the original novelization will take note of the deviation the live action show has taken compared to the book– (SPOILER ALERT) the finale of the second season is a great example, when they killed off Dr. Nora Martinez. In the book she lives on for quite a while. On the upside, the season three trailer actually looks pretty decent. Looks like we’re going to get a great deal more action. It seems like the vampire outbreak has finally got a strong hold of the bulk of the population, to the point that the city actually looks like an apocalyptic event just happened– which it did.
I still strongly believe the show would’ve been better off as a miniseries. Not everything is meant to be long running. The Strain had a good concept to jump start the show, but I think the writers and showrunners bit off more than they could chew. Only time will tell if expanding this universe so much was worth it. In the meantime, lets enjoy the fact that we have some pretty good horror on television, which signifies the fall season is upon us and Halloween will be right around the corner. The new season of The Strain premieres on Sunday, August 28th, only on the FX network. //Arturo Padilla