Eps 7 – For Services Rendered – Horror News TV The Strain Fan Podcast

With episode 7, The Strain reveals what is up with Lawyer Joan Luss (Leslie Hope) in all her vampire glory. The ending leaves Doc and Dave shocked and excited for future episodes. And that is just one small tasty nugget found in For Services Rendered. All that and more on this week’s episode…

Season 1 Episode 7 – For Services Rendered
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The Strain continues its trend with a fantastic opening and a killer ending. With episode 7, the writers are finally starting to boil the middle into an intelligent, scary concoction. The dialog this week is witty and sharp with the banter back and forth between a young Abraham Setrakian and Thomas Eichhorst  being the show’s highlight. But even still, it is the show’s surprise ending that is what will be remembered – just what the heck is going on?  Doc and Dave have lots to discuss as the recap episode 7 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.

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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’ve been listening to the podcasts, but haven’t had time to post comments. I agree that the episodes are getting better, but it seems the people are getting dumber. Do you know anyone who saw what the cab driver saw who would get out of the car (gun or no gun) to fight what appears to be monsters when he could drive away? I don’t. If you know anyone like that, then Darwin was right.

    Episode 8 was a bit of a disappointment. As if the dumb cabbie wasn’t enough, Hassan, the guy at the convenience store was even worse. It’s almost as if these two can’t see what is happening around them for some reason. Their stupidity defies belief. At least Hassan can’t just drive away.

    All that being said, I like the flashbacks. Although, I don’t remember the Jim (Sean Astin) character from the books, at least he had a chance at redemption.

    Pet Peeve: Those worms are supposed to spill out with the “blood” when the strigoi are dispatched. Why is Nora able to kneel next to Jim after he is shot in the head? There are a lot of inconsistencies.
    By the way, I agree about the medical examiner. Why would he wonder down an alley when there were plenty people on the street. I’d think he be satiated after the two awful, awful, awful cops became meals for him.Did I say those cops were awful. I mean they were awful!

    One good thing about tonight’s episode is that it explains the differences between strigoi like Eichurst and the others.

    • Charles,

      It does seem like people are acting quite “dumb.” The cabbie in episode 8 at least knew to drive away quickly. Ha! Hassan. Hmmm. Hassan. I guess he felt more safe in his “cigarette box” than he did following Abe and Fet out into the night. They did say the vampires were after Abe and Eph, so perhaps there is reasoning to not follow them. I’m curious if Hassan hiding behind the barrier of his little fort was enough to keep the vampires from sniffing him out. We do not see what happens to him. Eh?

      Nice catch with the inconsistency featuring the worms and Nora’s proximity to them post Jim’s…demise. They do seem to play fast and loose with the mythology as it fits the story. Nora did not have to kneel next to Jim to express the emotion of the scene. Hmmmm. Lazy? Or rushed?

      Episode 8 is my favorite of the show so far, it has a very cabin-in-the-woods feels to it and it made the most of it.

      What did you think of that cameo? Woot!


  2. Charles says:

    A couple of other things. The lawyer’s husband can’t tell that his wife’s eyes shouldn’t look weird like they do on the television? They must not see each other often. Also, that was a very big house number on the house.

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