NitpicksGus and Setrakian meet in prison in the book, with Felix being infected at this time as well. However, Setrakian isn't still in prison and Gus hasn't gone yet (if at all.)
I don't remember Nora being as resistant to vampire hunting in the book.
By now, Eph would have been questioned by Barnes and the authorities on the Redfern death, in the book. This leads to a classic “innocent man on the run” plotline.
The Barbour family had two dogs, not just one. Guess Ansel just wasn't that hungry in the series.
NotesI liked it better when Jim was dead by now. He's too whiny for my tastes, and he never became super apologetic in the book. Mostly because, by now, he was in isolation and being turned into a vampire.
I'm so glad they kept the moment with Ann-Marie feeding her neighbor to her husband. The smaller stories of vampirism are going to be, undoubtedly, cut. Seeing this moment actually make the cut helps give me even more confidence in this show.
FINALLY, the word “strigoi” is uttered! Seeing Setrakian in action this week
The actor playing Ansel shares a good likeness with a young Steve Buscemi.
That stinger scene and the slaying of the Arnot family prove just how much of an influence Del Toro still has on this project, particularly the stinger scene. Jim's “shit load of shit” freak out was actually kind of funny, especially during such a serious moment.
Stoneheart is even smarter in the television version of The Strain.
NodsThe conversation between the Secretary of Health And Human Services and Eldrich Palmer hints that The Stoneheart Group is going to be showing its more charitable side in the future. If this is going where I think it's going, book readers are going to have some peeks at how aspects of The Fall have been moved to The Strain. Particularly, readers will remember that in The Fall, all of the children who went blind because of the eclipse are sacrificed to become feelers for The Master, and a lot of the ultimate endgame in The Night Eternal is all thanks to The Stoneheart Group's immense power.
Reading Assignment: nothing this week, though you should seriously check out the Mondo posters on the market. They're both pretty awesome, but Version 1 is the one I chose.
Join us next week for Episode 6 - Occultation! If you're a sentimental viewer, go back and watch the first five episodes before The Fall.