The Strain, coming to FX this July, will likely be an infectious, unstoppable force and not just in the context of the story. Here are a couple of reasons why:
1.) Guillermo del Toro: The creator of Pan’s Labyrinth and the novel the show is based on (alongside author Chuck Hogan) is a legendary creative mind and the fact that he’s making his television debut (especially with this material) is very exciting.
2.) The producer of Lost: Carlton Cuse, the executive producer of a little show called Lost, seems like an excellent choice to assist del Toro in bringing this story to television. Lost is pretty great for a couple of reasons – it’s full of intrigue, excellent characters, and swift action; I’m sure we’ll see some of that here.
3.) CSI: Transylvania: Excuse the play on words, but many critics have made such statements, so here’s the bottom line – it’s something fresh! Sure, comparisons to The Walking Dead are inevitable, but an ancient evil epidemic associated with vampirism has yet to be seen on AMC’s frontrunner.
4.) “Horrific” television: Thanks to FX, we’ll get another supernatural show to cautiously watch with the lights turned down besides American Horror Story. Here’s to hoping we see more and more of this kind of stuff on cable.
5.) Corey Stoll takes center stage: Stoll is a solid new face who’s shown his abilities most notably on Netflix’s House of Cards, but also in Liam Neeson’s recent Non-Stop. As the show’s lead, Stoll plays Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the CDC Canary Team in New York City. Goodweather’s called in to investigate an unknown viral epidemic that unfortunately turns out to be associated with ancient strain of vampirism. Bummer.
Now that you know a little more about the show, you can batten down the hatches and prepare for The Strain when it hits small screens July 13. Check out a promo for the show here and get pumped!