Eps 10 – Loved Ones – Horror News TV The Strain Fan Podcast

With episode 10, The Strain continues with the search for Kelly Goodweather, Eph’s ex-wife who went missing last episode. Through a series of flashbacks following Kelly’s journey and an desperate crusade by Eph, the audience learns Kelly’s true fate while leaving many mysteries wide open.  All that and more on this week’s episode…

Season 1 Episode 10– Loved Ones
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The Strain begins to set up the events for an epic showdown between Eph, Nora, Abraham and Mr. Fet again The Master, Eichhorst and Palmer. This week Eph struggles with the realization that Kelly may be lost when he discovers the bodies of her best friend Diane and her son. Fet and Dutch pay a visit to Palmer but are surprisingly released by Mr. Fitzwilliams, Palmer’s right hand man.  Doc and Dave have lots to discuss as the recap episode 10 of The Strain.

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 TubeiTunesAmazonFacebook and The Night Spirit website. “Night Spirit is a modern metal group that adds a powerful twist to the music and story that will bring you into a different world. Please join Night Spirit at www.Facebook.com/Thenightspirit to connect with us directly, and www.thenightspirit.net for more info on us.” – Joe Melluzzo


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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7 Responses

  1. Charles says:


    I will tell you that if it wasn’t for the podcast (especially with Boardwalk Empire back on), I’m not sure if I’d watch the show in it’s original broadcast…if at all. Keep up the good work. This episode was pretty bad. I think one of the challenges, especially with details like the worms, is the rotating directors. It makes it hard to have a consistent product.

    I’m not sure why Kelly goes back to her boyfriend instead of going for her son first, but whatever. She gets what’s coming to her. As for Nora, I don’t think she’s that annoying. I think it’s that she’s forced to play this is woman in a love affair limbo. Eph loves me, Ef loves me not, Ef…wait a minute, he never actually said he loved me. He loves his wife. By the way, glad to see the wife’s friend go. She was a BITCH!

    I hope they don’t show the master’s face again, it makes him look like the rufus troll. Can’t be scared if you’re laughing. Stay hidden, stay mysterious. How does Eichourst keep a straight face?

    • Wow! Thanks Charles, we will take that as a compliment. So glad you are enjoying the podcast.

      I am curious though. What could they do to amp up the series, to make it “Must Watch!” TV?

  2. Charles says:

    By the way, not to say I told you so, but…I did tell you so. This might have been better as a miniseries. I thick that was in one of my first comments on the site.

  3. Charles says:

    You’re welcome. I listen to a couple of other podcasts once in awhile (mostly because you guys haven’t uploaded yet), but listen to this one every week. A couple of times, I’ve listened to the podcast more than once before I post. You guys have interesting insights that the others don’t always have. Just work on getting the names right. Lol.

    Okay to answer you’re question:
    1. Pick one director, like maybe Peter Weller or Guillermo (unlikely, so back to my first pick). Guillermo knows the material, whereas some of the others don’t seem to know it well enough or at all.
    2. Give importance to things that are important, like the worms. In the books, they are very important and to be avoided like…well, the plague. I think (in the books) one even crawls up a woman’s leg and into her rectum. You simply cannot go around killing those things (vampires) with a rock hammer without getting blood on you. It may look badass, but it would be disastrous in real life or in the book.
    3. Give characters some credit. Do you know anyone (cab driver or not) who would see vampires flinging their tongues around and not step on the gas and get the hell out? Yes, crazy shit happens in NY, but not that crazy. They wouldn’t get out of their cabs and try to shoot these things. They act as if they see thiis everyday and dammit I’m gonna teach these punks a lesson. WTF? Really.
    4. Following up with number 3, what hacker wouldn’t have a thumb drive or something with a backup? Normal people back shit up, but she didn’t think to?
    5. Learn how shit works. Eph’s kid was looking for internet service, not a cell signal. I don’t wander around the house to get a better WIFI signal, though I may do that with my cell. He has the wherewithal to get a laptop to get a signal (a Mac, by the way), but it doesn’t occur to a hacker to try and find a WIFI connection. Even if she didn’t have a thumb drive, why not stash a copy of the program (or something to reverse what she’d done) somewhere on the net, just in case her client decides to change his mind? How about just doing something like that for insurance when working with clear bad guys?
    6. Back to number one, changing directors around is a nice gimmick, but it’s shit for consistency. We need consistency!
    7. Though that ship has sailed, they should have made it a miniseries (I think someone really intelligent mentioned that early on. Can’t think of his name right now, but cool dude.). I say this because it could have forced them to focus, instead of feeling the need to add filler and dead episodes. Also, for a miniseries, it probably would have been one director or 2 at the most.
    8.Better actors.in some cases.
    9. Have a better arc. Where is bolivar? Where is his agent? She’s probably the only black character on the show (other than the maid), and she was kind of smart. I don’t remember if she was in the books or not…or for how long.

    I think that’s it. Ansel’s arc and storyline was pretty good. I liked the lawyer as well. More strong performances like those would help. The show is having more than a “finding it’s groove” problem, Sometimes it’s downright awful! You may get away with it with people who haven’t read the books, but for people who have and were stoked to see The Strain come to life, you’re gonna lose them.

    A side note: I watched the first season of The Dome, but only watched the first episode of the second season. It would have been so much better if it ended the first season. Now, it’s like Gilligan’s Island. Will these ragtag group of people ever get off the island? Well, my friends. we’ll see in the next side splitting episode.

    There is power in having great quality and knowing wen to to stop. The Strain seems like it’s dragging on. “We committed to 13 episodes and dammit, we’re giving them 13 episodes no matter what or my name isn’t Thurston Howell III!” You know Mr. Howell III, 10 really great episodes would have been so much better. That being, said, I will watch this Sunday, so I can listen to the podcast on Monday or Tuesday (he said hopefully). Enjoy the weekend and work on those names. You guys each need a personal assistant to kick around.

    • Haha, yeah, it is sooo hard to remember those names at midnight when we record the show. Even though we have the entire cast on a show note workflowy.

      Do you mind if I read your 9 points on the show Monday? 🙂

      • Charles says:

        I have no problem with it. Please feel free to read them. Maybe I’ll check out the other shows you follow. I used to watch Hannibal and I like dark, but man, Hannibal is way to dark for me.

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