Warning: General Spoilers Ahead
In last week’s fantastic season 3 premiere of The Strain, it ended with a scene that pretty much laid the groundwork for the next few episodes — the Master’s attempt at strong-arming Eph (Corey Stoll) into giving him the Lumen by offering up Zack (Max Charles). Dr. Goodweather is in a very dark place now. In just 23 short days, he has lost Kelly. He has lost Nora. And, now, there’s a good chance he may also lose his son. He’s very close to hitting rock-bottom, and so, if there’s any chance — no matter how remote — of getting his son back, you just know he’s going to take it. But, before we get to that, we get to check-in with 2 characters that were MIA last week — Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas) and Palmer (Jonathan Hyde).
Dutch annoyed the hell out of me last season, and that feeling continues as we head into Sunday’s episode. First, she was with our group last season, and then, she was off playing house with Nikki. That didn’t work out, and so, she was back with our group. Now, it seems she’s taken off again, but this time, she’s crawled back to her old group of hacker friends. Can this girl be more bipolar? Geez. To top it off, her hacker buddies haven’t had expert strigoi hunters, like Fet and Setrakian, to teach them how to fight and defend themselves against these things, and so, they quickly become liabilities. You probably can guess how this one ends.
Now, on to Palmer. To be blunt, this guy has crashed and burned. Due to his betrayal and the Master losing the Lumen, Palmer not only had Coco taken away from him but also his health. The white has just about worn off, and Palmer is back to being almost as sickly as we remember him in season 1. Of course, as would be expected, the Master refuses to help Palmer any further until he proves his loyalty, which causes him to turn to the one person who may hold the secret to refining the bloodworms and the white — Abraham.
Fortunately, these 2 storylines don’t occupy too much of the episode, and we finally circle back to the main arc — Eph seriously considering the Master’s offer and taking steps to obtain the Lumen. So, using Nora’s death as a cover story to visit Setrakian and Fet at Quinlan’s place (VERY cheap tactic, I might add), Eph begins plotting to steal the Lumen from the Professor. Well, Abe and Fet may have fallen for Eph’s ruse, but Quinlan (Rupert Penry-Jones) immediately sees right through it. The only question now is what will Quinlan do? Beat Eph’s ass for deceiving his friends? Or, will he decide to go rogue and join the fight with Dr. Goodweather?
Episode 3.02 of The Strain airs Sunday at 10/9c on FX.
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