Nitpicks* You know, for being The Master's “favorite son,” Bolivar sure has been absent from the proceedings.
*Again with the worms, guys?! Do we not remember the scene in the book where a worm slithers across the floorboards, up a woman's leg, and forcibly enters through a lower orifice? UV Lamps. Slice 'em, and fry 'em guys.
Notes*The recurring theme of Love vs. Survival showed itself multiple times this week. Dutch's story about her family problems, Setrakian's flashback about his wife, and Nora's vanquishing of her mother all put this thread to the test. In each case, what had to be done was, in fact, done.
*Holy shit! Stephen “Nite Owl” McHattie is Quinlan? You really can't tell with the makeup and voice modulation.
*I kind of like consolidating the Setrakian flashbacks/Nora's mom subplots into The Strain, as the first book kind of just zooms towards the finale after a certain point. This helps even the story out, while ensuring that the next couple of seasons can streamline and focus on the Occido Lumen plot /Quinlan's origin story.
*Please let the writers include more Eichorst next season, as he's actually in The Fall and engages in a bidding war with Setrakian for the Occido Lumen – a book that sheds some interesting light on the whole subject of vampirism.
Nods*A lot of material from The Fall has been shifted into this episode. Primarily, the Young Setrakian Chronicles, featuring his wife, were taken from interludes in the second book. Strangely enough, they leave out the fact that Setrakian met her while he was a professor, and was eventually disgraced by his relationship with her, his student.
*Palmer doesn't really figure into the rest of the second book as much as he does in The Strain on TV.
*Nora's mother also dies in The Fall, which is where she was introduced in the first place.
*Gus eventually becomes part of The Clan, as he's employed by its leader, Mr. Quinlan – one of oldest vampires in existence.