Mia Maestro as Nora Martinez
David Bradley as Abraham Setrakian
Kevin Durand as Vasiliy Fet
Jonathan Hyde as Eldritch Palmer
Richard Sammel as Thomas Eichhorst
Jack Kesy as Gabriel Bolivar
Natalie Brown as Kelly Goodweather
Miguel Gomez as Augustin Elizalde
Max Charles as Zach Goodweather
Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch Velders
Robin Atkin Downes as voice The Master
Brenda Bazinet as Pauline McGeever
Lizzie Brochere as Coco Marchand
Ron Canada as Mayor George Lyle
Kathleen Chalfant as Abraham’s Grandmother
Doug Jones as The Ancients
Daniel Kash as Dr. Everett Barnes
Ron Lea as Harrison McGeever
Robert Maillet as Jusef Sardu / The Master
Stephen McHattie as Vaun
Sammy Silver as young Abraham Setrakian
George Kelebay as Sardu’s Brother
Tanya Allen as Sarah
“BK, NY” is the first episode in Season 2 of The Strain. It first aired on July 12, 2015 .
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The episode begins with a flashback to 1932, when Abraham Setrakian was a young boy. Here, his grandmother tells him the story of a kind, Polish nobleman, Jusef Sardu, who is afflicted with gigantism. Sardu’s brother, ashamed of Sardu’s condition, holds the belief that the blood of a great wolf will cure him of the ailment. Sardu is taken on a hunting trip with his brother and a few others to seek out a great wolf for this purpose, but the group finds that they are not alone. Sardu’s brother, along with the others, leave Sardu in search of whomever, or whatever, is moving in the woods around them. As time passes and they fail to return, Sardu follows the trails of the hunting party to a cave, discovering that they had all been brutally slaughtered. Sardu finds the creature in the cave and tries to kill it, but it is too powerful, and so quickly subdues him. The creature makes it clear to Sardu that his current form is becoming frail, and so he takes over Sardu’s body by transferring the parasitic Strigoi worms to it. Afterwards, Sardu returns to the town, using the local children for feeding.
The Strigoi that Jusef Sardu encountered.
In New York, present day, Setrakian searches for information pertaining to the whereabouts of the Master. He heads to Bolivar’s theater to find such information, where he finds, instead, Vaun and a small group of other Strigoi accompanying him. Setrakian is then kidnapped by the group and taken to the Ancients. They make a deal with Setrakian, agreeing that once the Master is found, Setrakian will report his location to them immediately. Setrakian remains silent on this agreement, keeping it hidden from Eph and the others. He asks them to accompany him to his storage facility, as he needed to gather a few items of his. While they searched the warehouse for Setrakian’s storage locker, they stumbled across an elderly couple who had been hiding inside one of the storage lockers. Once Setrakian’s locker is found and his items are removed from it, Strigoi begin closing in on them. The group is forced to fight their way through the Strigoi, but at the cost of the elderly couple becoming infected. Eph’s decision to use them as test subjects for a bio-weapon wins out over Fet’s decision to off them where they stood.
Vaun, Setrakian, and Gus
Due to the Master’s prolonged exposure to sunlight, his body is deteriorating and dying, and so he requires a new host. The Master commands Eichhorst to bring him blind children, who are later turned into Strigoi. However, they are not average Strigoi. Due to their lack of one sense, all of their other senses are unusually heightened, more so than an average Strigoi’s. These new Strigoi are called “Feelers,” and they are primarily used as trackers. The Feelers are given to Kelly (memory fully restored), under the command of the Master, as well as Eichhorst. Her orders are to find her son, Zach, as well as lead the Master to Setrakian.
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Bubbeh (Setrakian’s grandmother):
There once was a great nobleman named Jusef Sardu. Since childhood, he suffered from gigantism. His body was aged, his bones were bent and riddled with aches, so he was forced to walk with a cane. His was a beautiful sword-cane with a white-gold handle and a silver blade. His disease made him aware of the frailty of life. So as a result, he was very kind to others, especially children. However, Sardu’s brother, the baron, was shamed by his sibling’s affliction. He organized a hunting trip with his brother and his cousins, because he believed the blood of the Great Grey Wolf could cure the disease afflicting Yusef. Day after day, they walked in search of the Great Grey Wolf. But something other than a wolf was alive in the woods. And it started hunting them. One by one, the members of the hunting party left until Jusef found himself completely alone. A certainty grew in his heart; his brethren were dead, and it was up to him to kill the beast or die trying. When he finally encountered the creature it was not a wolf at all. It was an ancient, hungry being. And as it gazed at the giant’s body, it smiled.
The Master: Young hunter. So, you think you’re going to kill me with that? I can smell the silver on the blade. Do you think you are faster than me? This body is frail, brittle. My will, my soul I pass unto you. As a blessing, I bestow them.
Bubbeh: Sardu returned to his village weeks later, but was never again seen outside his castle walls. Not in daylight that is. Some say he was much changed. And soon, young children began disappearing from the village, vanishing from their beds at night. And while no one ever saw Sardu again, some say they heard his cane in the night. Evil lurks in the world, Abraham, in many forms.
Eldritch Palmer: I was under the clear impression that he was going to be here! Thomas Eichhorst: The Master will attend or – will not attend, according to – Eldritch Palmer: Please! Spare me the “he will or he will not” spiel. It’s tiresome. This is the most significant part of the next phase of operations! Now, where is he? Thomas Eichhorst: I see a little of the Master’s white in your veins has made you bold, Eldritch. But as a friend, I’m telling you, being too bold – may not be wise right now. Eldritch Palmer: Eichhorst, honestly? You’re not my friend, and I don’t give a warm shit what you think. Don’t try and manage me. I’m not one of your foot soldiers. I am the Master’s partner. Thomas Eichhorst: His partner? Hmm, Of course. The Master will be very interested to hear that. [Dutch and Ephraim are sharing a drink] Dutch Velders: To survival? Ephraim Goodweather: To victory. [They drink] Ephraim Goodweather: [about Dutch’s project] What the hell is this? Dutch Velders: I won’t know really until it’s finished. Ephraim Goodweather: Well, how will you know when you’re finished? Dutch Velders: When I know what the hell it is. Ephraim Goodweather: That’s a Zen riddle. Too bad my job is so results-oriented. Dutch Velders: You still have a job? Ephraim Goodweather: Oh, yeah. Saving the human race. Dutch Velders: Oh, right. I forgot. References
"BK, NY" is the first episode in Season 2 of The Strain. It first aired on July 12, 2015 . The episode begins with a flashback to 1932, when Abraham Setrakian was a young boy. Here, his grandmother tells him the story of a kind, Polish nobleman, Jusef Sardu, who is afflicted with gigantism…
The Strain Season 2 Premiere Review: BK, NY
Gore fans have a field day as the Ancients have a feast. Here is our review of The Strain Season 2 episode 1.
When last we left our intrepid vampire hunters, The Strain failed to stick a landing on the otherwise awesome season one. Instead of giving fans a send off worthy of the classy gore-fest, fans got an episode filled with heroic characters standing around, mouths agape, as the Master and his minions all escaped. It was a strangely paced illogical bit of head-scratching melodrama to cap off a fantastic season.
Thankfully, season two of the coolest vampire show on TV (and these days, its only competition is the Vampire Dairies, oh Twilight, what hast thou wrought?) starts off on the right foot to give returning fans a profoundly entertain hour plus of gory, heart stopping vampire action. Things start off classy with an always-welcome Setrakian flashback. Last season, the best parts of the series were the flashbacks to Abraham Setrakian’s youth. From the Nazi death camps to happier times, fans got a full look into the boy that would grow to become the badass octogenarian vampire killer.
This week, fans got to see an even younger Setrakian hear The tale of Sardu, a kind noble inflicted with gigantism, from his old nana. Sardu’s sad tale eventually saw him transformed into the Master in a stunning sequence that was directed by Guillermo Del Toro his own damn self. It was probably the most Del Toro thing this avid Del Toro fan has ever seen and it gave a really unique and cool origin to the show’s main protagonist. The whole thing had this really cool Brian Lumley/Robert McCammon vibe. But most of all, it showed that the Master and Setrakian have been barreling toward a collision for almost a decade and that even the Master’s story has an air of tragedy and humanity to it.
Onto the present, where Setrakian, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasily Fet, Dutch Velders, and little Zach Goodweather have fortified themselves to plan their next move against the vamps. The show does a really subtle job of allowing the viewer to experience the chaos of a vampire-infested NYC as every scene has some kind of background siren or other audible bits of chaos that serve as a reminder to just how far the Big Apple has been penetrated.
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One moment of significance happened when Setrakian was abducted by that third party group of vamps. You remember-the street gang like vamps who took Gus Elizalde into the fold last season. Sadly, Gus just kind of stood around looking menacing this week, but we did get to learn the origins of this other group of vampires as they offered Setrakian their services. But lest we forget that these vampires are not in any way on the side of the angels, we got to witness the elders feed on some poor hapless schmuck. Yeah, they may not be bent on world domination like The Master but these ain’t the sparkly kind of vampire either.
As for Eph and the gang, Eph seems to be hitting the bottle hard (might be celebrating the coming Ant-Man premiere because this is indeed the week of Corey Stoll) but is still able to work with Nora in finding a scientific way to stop the spread of the vampire contagion. The series has always struck a great balance between science and folklore, myth and practicality as each member of Setrakian’s crew brings either a classical way to combat the vampires or a very modern way. For Eph and Nora, it is science, and despite Eph’s drinking, the two are still working on a way to take down the vamps from a cellular level. Fet is still banking on a solid piece of rebar though.
As for some stuff that wasn’t as effective we had the inevitable clash between father and son as little Zach was having a very difficult time accepting his mom had turned. If you want to know what these scenes were like, check out the few episodes of The Walking Dead after Carl kills Lori, rinse, repeat. More effective character work was the bonding session between Dutch and Zach.
But what about the bad guys you ask? Well, The Master is dying and has a plan in place to replace the giant Sardu body with a new form to control. Thomas Eichorst is still the smarmiest, most vile big bad on TV, and Eldritch Palmer got even more creepy (if that’s possible) as he has fallen for the newly introduced real estate femme fatale character- Coco Marchand. Eichorst’s advances and job proposal to Marchand were slimier than any of the vamp killing scenes in this week’s episode. Also, believe it or not, The Master and Eichorst hatched their most vile plan yet. For some reason, The Master dispatched his Nazi flunky to kidnap a bus load of blind children. By episode’s end, Eichorst gives the children to Kelly Goodweather, Eph’s transformed wife. The poor blind kids had been transformed into something-other. “Feelers,” Eichorst called them and yeah, YEESH!
Grue fans need look no further than the Ancients’ feeding ritual and a heart in throat, video game like chase through a storage facility. The acting was top notch especially by David Bradley, whose Setrakian continued to strike a balance between elderly weariness and profound inner strength. The Strain might have ended in a disappointing fashion last year, but this week’s episode reminded gore hounds why this series is one of the most proudly horrific shows on TV.
Gore fans have a field day as the Ancients have a feast. Here is our review of The Strain Season 2 episode 1.