Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E12&13, Last Rites and The Master

 Since BGH was getting an amazing make over last week, I skipped out on the recap of Episode 12, “Last Rites.” It’s not like you missed much, so I’ll sum it up before the recap of the finale.

Once the subject of mere speculation and fantasy, it's been announced that the much beloved TV series "Twin Peaks" will be returning to TV on Showtime in 2016. David Lynch and Mark Frost will still be at the helm, and it's rumored that Kyle McLaughlin will reprise his role as the lovably deadpan Dale Cooper. A few days ago, David Lynch tweeted this cryptic message to fans:


Well here we are again, having patiently waited all week for an episode that would finally spring the series into action and once again let down.

Well for anyone who read the books, Episode 10, “The Loved Ones,” finally delivers a bit of what we had been anxiously expecting. Kelly transforms into a vamp! Just a bit of a heads up, if it’s not obvious – Kelly being a vampire will be a major plot point throughout the series.

Unfortunately after the excitement of episode 8 and the week long anticipation for the continuation in Episode 9, “The Disappeared;” we were let down by the show falling back on its slow motion planning. Last night’s episode starts off with Kelly Goodweather’s friend Diane dropping off Zack at a completely darkened house with only a shadowy figure in the window present. As a rather brazen character who also happens to be a mother – this is a terrible idea. But atlas, like most people involved in a apocalyptic situation – she naively goes with it.

HALLEUJAH!!!!! I think we can all agree that The Strain found its groove in Episode 8, “Creatures of the Night.” Sparing us the initial and always short-lived opening stunner – Episode 8 smartly decided to just consistently provide the action throughout. WHAT A CONCEPT!

Book Vs Television: The Strain S1:E7 For Services Rendered

As always the opening of episode seven, “For Services Rendered,” is an immediate attention grabber. Seeing Joan’s husband obliviously hang out in an empty country club (I guess his 19 hour flight drained him of his common sense) and pour himself a drink is a little stupid, but hey, maybe part of him can foresee this being his last. A slight slow burn leads up to every man’s nightmare of returning late from a business trip and seeing your wife transformed into a hideous life (and blood) sucking monster. Joan has by far been the most intensely creepy transformation.

Let it be said that I have quite overactive imagination. While I don't typically get scared of horror movies too much anymore, I am terrified that the things I watch on TV and the movies will somehow happen to me in day to day life. While this is probably the root of some deep seeded anxiety issue, I just like to think of it as a cute little quirk, so let's just go with that. That being said, I love watching shows like "Scare Tactics" that set out to prank the living daylights out of unsuspecting victims. Because it's funny, as long as it's not happening to me, you know?

Fresh off the heels of thriving horror series' like "American Horror Story" and "The Walking Dead", ABC brings us "666 Park Ave", which debuted Sunday night at 10pm and is off to a promising start. The opening scene packs quite a punch and gives us a peak at just what this old apartment building and it's owner, Gavin, will have in store for us this season. Lets take a look at what the pilot episode gave us shall we? There are slight spoilers ahead, but I'll try to stay away from the major stuff.

The key players:

Just a quick blurb (yes, it's a word!) to let fans and those poor schlubs (Yes, it's a word!!) know that The Walking Dead SEASON TWO is now available to watch instantly on Netflix (Yes, it's a real company!)!!

In the second season of this grim and gripping zombie drama, Grimes and his cohorts continue to search for sanctuary in a ruined and dangerous landscape, hoping that in time, science will halt the epidemic.