Eps 1 – Night Zero – Horror News TV The Strain Fan Podcast

It is Night Zero for Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his CDC colleagues when an airline direct from Berlin lands at JFK airport and stops cold on the runway with no signs of movement or life. Horror News TV The Strain Fan Podcast Co-hosts Doc Rotten and Dave Dreher ride along with Eph, Nora and Jim as they investigate the mysterious strain that infected and killed all but four of the crew and passengers aboard the quarantined flight.

Season 1 Episode 1 – Night Zero
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The first episode of the hit FX horror TV show, The Strain, starts off with its mystery in full tilt as a mysterious creature infects an entire airplane. Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan spin a scary, gory and intriguing premiere episode. Along with Dr. Goodweather and the CDC, the show introduces us to Professor Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) and the evil duo of Eldritch Palmer (Johnathan Hyde) and Thomas Eichhorst (Richard Sammel). The pilot contains graphic scenes including beating hearts, hungry parasites and a shrouded vampires who sucks blood and beats in heads. And the most chilling moment is the realization that “love” will drive them (the infected) home.

As always we want your feedback so drop us a line at dave@horrornewstv.com or docrotten@horrornewstv.com and we’ll talk next week as we continue to bring you our 13 nights of fear with HORROR NEWS TV THE STRAIN FAN PODCAST.

A very special thank you goes to Joe Melluzzo and Night Spirit for giving the podcast permission to use of their new hit song, Fire, in the intro and outro of the show. Check them out and tell them the Horror News TV The Strain Fan Podcast sent you their way! Check out the show notes for links to You Tube, iTunes, Amazon, Facebook and The Night Spirit website.

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Doc Rotten

Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.

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3 Responses

  1. Charles says:

    I think it’s great that one of you has read the books and one of you hasn’t. Having read the books, it would have been nice to hear about how the tv series diverges from the books.

    Also, I think it would have been more effective if they didn’t show what happened on the plane and just started with a dead plane on the apron. If I recall, that’s how the book started. The episode on the plane, when viewed a few times starts to look silly with the stewardess sitting on the door to keep if from being opened.

    Some other silly things (and I say this as someone who wants it to be a good series) include the air traffic controller who seems like a nitwit and has never actually seen a plane up close. I can only assume that he has never flown anywhere or been allowed out of his seat.

    The medical examiner who isn’t wearing a bio suit is a bit ridiculous, especially when the CDC doesn’t even know the real cause of the virus. The medical examiner scene (like the little girl going home) reminded me of Salem’s Lot.

    The only really creepy thing was watching the coffin being removed from the hangar and “The Master” smashing the head of his victim. Hopefully, it gets better.

    • Charles,

      Thank you for your feedback. And I am grateful you are listening to (and hopefully enjoying) the podcast.

      Yeah! The medical examiner was a complete buffoon and produced the largest groan moment of the week for me – because of how idiot and stupid his character was behaving. However, I did enjoy the payoff with the heart, the worms and the creatures. I have to admit I did not notice the air traffic controller – I guess I will chalk it up to enjoying Andrew Divoff so much. [shrugs] But, you are right.

      As for creepy, as I suggested above, I enjoyed the two hearts scenes (Abraham and the MedEx), but the end scene with the little girl coming home is what resonated with me. I really responded to the notion of “Love will drive them home” and found it a frightening concept. These will be the most vulnerable characters, those who have lost loved ones.

      Thank you,


    • Charles says:

      Obviously, I have read the book, so the loved ones will be key. All the best, gentlemen!

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