Warning: Spoilers Ahead
As all of my readers are fully aware, my favorite character on The Strain is Mr. Quinlan, and even though I was royally pissed when I first learned of the reboot and recasting, I have become one of the biggest cheerleaders of the new Quinlan and think that the decision was complete genius. That being said, with Q being absent the past 2 episodes, I was starting to get agitated, and from the reactions on social media, so was the rest of the fandom. I went into episode 12 not expecting to see Quinlan once again, and so, when he does finally show up, I will embarrassingly admit that I squealed like a teenage girl. Yes, folks, our favorite new hero is back! Stay tuned for a few teasers on his role in this episode.
In actuality, I squealed twice during the screening of the episode. The 2nd time was during flashbacks that explained how Drs. Goodweather and Martinez had met, and the reason for the squeal is the fact that Sean Astin is in them as Jim Kent. For those who have been readers of mine since The Strain premiered last year, you’ll know that Jim Kent was my favorite character before Quinlan. Yeah, yeah, I know Jim was in part responsible for the vampire apocalypse, but he was a good guy with a good heart, and my little heart was nearly crushed when he died. So, seeing the character again was a big treat for me, as I’m sure it will be for the rest of the Sean Astin fans out there.
While we are learning about the history of Eph and Nora’s relationship, the fight for the Occido Lumen is getting outright ugly. As we saw at the end of last week’s episode, Creem is playing both sides and basically pits Setrakian against Palmer for the ancient book with the highest bidder taking home the prize. For those familiar with the books, this plot sounds very similar but with a twist or two.
Finally, Gus completes his first mission for Mr. Quinlan and recruits the first members of Q’s sun-hunting “dream team.” As Gus puts it, “Oh, yes, I got you 20 very hungry wolves.” Woo hoo! Gus, Angel and the bad boys are in business with an unlimited supply of silver, weapons and ammo courtesy of the deep pockets of Q. However, as it turns out, Gus isn’t a big fan of his next orders, and I have a bad feeling some of the fans won’t be either. BUT keep an open mind, everyone, OK? Once the scene plays out, think about it, try to put yourself in Quinlan’s shoes, and once you do, I think you’ll see the logic behind his reasoning. And, with next week being the season 2 finale, no doubt this little moral dilemma that Gus has been given will play a major role.
The season 2 penultimate episode of The Strain is titled “Fallen Light” and airs Sunday at 10/9c on FX.
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