The Strain Recap & Analysis – Episode 101 ‘Night Zero’


Similar to the recaps for Hannibal, I’ve teamed up once again with the “What the Flick?!” team – William Bibbiani, Alonso Duralde and Ben Mankiewicz – for video discussions of each episode of The Strain. Look for these recaps each Monday after the show airs on Sunday night.

Let’s begin with The Strain‘s premiere episode, shall we? Entitled “Night Zero,” this installment brought a mysterious threat to New York City and introduced us to Corey Stoll’s Ephraim Goodweather and his team. Bibbs and I go a little easier on the series debut than Duralde and Mankiewicz do. Is this episode clunky? Sure it is, but there’s plenty to like about it, too, especially if you’re looking for some good ol’ creature feature fun.

The Strain tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

Guillermo del Toro helmed the pilot; the series is based on the book series he penned with Chuck Hogan.


  • Brain McNaile

    I liked it better when it was called Twilight

    • Keven Skinner

      did you watch the pilot? that makes negative sense

    • J Jett

      Brian McNaile, don’t you feel like a complete and utter moron for your comment? you should. you just totally embarrassed yourself. you’re ridiculous comment makes no sense. idiot.

  • mrelectriccity

    although i’ve seen several post on here about the strain i never read any of them so i didnt really know what it was about but watched the pilot and thought it was pretty good and it took me a few mins to recognize one of the main stars believe first show or movie i’ve ever seen him in with hair lol cause all the shows/movies i seen him in he was bald


    You watch guys watch Leftovers? My buddy and I felt like the only ones! How bout the size of Master’s hand on that head? The story and dialogue is clunk you’re right though