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This week is awesome because on Bluray from Carlton Cuse, Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a chance to stunningly recap THE STRAIN: The Complete Second Season.

Oh yes, lets get right to it as the second season begins with a young Abraham being told by his grandmother about Jusef Sardu who suffered from gigantism. When his brother takes him to find the great wolf thinking it would cure him, Sardu instead finds a creature taking out his brother. In one fell swoop, he is infested and becomes a monster himself.

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Now, the older Abraham (David Bradley) is meeting with the Ancients to make a deal to find the Master. Not telling Eph (Corey Stoll), Nora (Mia Maestro) or Fet (Kevin Durand) about it, they go with him to find objects in a warehouse. Quickly they are attacked by a strigoi-couple that are infected and Eph wants to use them to come up with a weapon.

Meanwhile the Master needs a new body in the form of Gabriel Bolivar (Jack Kesy) and tells Eichhorst (Richard Sammel) to gather children to make a group of Feelers, basically kid vampires. Zach’s mother, Kelly (Natalie Brown), becomes the mother figure to the Feelers and she uses them to find her son. Eichhorst  learns that Abraham may be in possession of the Occido Lumen, a document that contains a way to kill the Master.

Palmer has a new assistant, Coco Marchand (Lizzie Brochere), who does her job exceedingly well and is trusted by him to the point of a romantic relationship beginning. Eph and Nora are discovering that the anti-strigoi weapon might not be as affective as they hope. Enter the Silver Angel (Joaquin Cosio), a man who once had an action B-movie career but an injury put a stop to that. He becomes part of the group when Gus (Miguel Gomez) recognizes him but at the same time falls for Aanya (Parveen Kaur) discovering she is his daughter!

Eph test the anti-strigoi weapon again and discovers it works and now he travels to Washington D.C. to try to get help in mass producing it. The whole trip is going to put the group in danger but Eph does get help a National Guard contact. Back at home a new strigoi named Quinlan (Rupert Penry-Jones) is upset that the Master has not been destroyed and tells the Ancients so.

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Kelly hasn’t backed of from finding Zach as Fet and Abraham find the Feelers’ nursery. Discovering where Zach is located she begs her son to join them. Eph and Nora are able to show Zach that the creature standing before them is not his mother. That isn’t about to stop Kelly from trying again!

When the power it cut, the group knows they must do what they can needing the UV lamps to stop the strigoi. The next step is to take out Palmer and Eph and Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas) make a plan that doesn’t go well. Now the police become involved and that is Palmer’s in.

Eichhorst is also having a good time torturing Dutch after the police deliver her to the monster. The gang isn’t about to let this go down and a rescue mission is explosive.

The Lumen is still up for grabs but Abraham comes face to face with Rudyard Fonescue telling him that the Occido Lumen could save them. Fonescue doesn’t listen and leaves with the Lumen. A bidding war between Setrakian and Palmer cause demands from both sides and the fight begins.

In the middle of everything is the confrontation with Eph and Nora when she discovers what he did in Washington D.C. as well as Fet learning that Dutch is returning to her former lover.

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It all comes to a tension filled finale when Quinlan has Abraham in his sights and just when they think the Lumen is in their hands, they are attacked. The Master is furious at Palmer for letting it all happen and doles out punishment accordingly. That isn’t the only horror as the group begins to be torn apart and scattered to the wind and sea!

Can they find their way back before the Master rules?

Stoll as Eph continues to amaze me with the directions his character takes. He is a smart man clearly but he lets his emotions get away from him. This season Eph really does go all in which is scary because that means crazy is about to hit season three. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

Bradley as Abraham has always been a favorite of mine. Of course being a Harry Potter fan I wasn’t sure what to expect from this character when the show began. What has come from this role is that I have completely forgotten Argus Filch and am totally invested in the path that the character Abraham has taken fans. Such an amazing job!

Maestro as Nora goes through serious changes as well this season and it’s brought on by Eph’s lunacy and the mother role she has taken toward Zach.  Kesy gets his shot at being the Master now and trust me he looks good doing it. Sammel as Eichhorst is still so creepy or is it just me. Don’t get me wrong I am thrilled with his performance and the creepy factor is a major plus for this role.

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Brown as Kelly gets a chance to be a Mom again, well sort of in a twisted weird Guillermo Del Toro sort of way which is always awesome. Cosio as Silver Angel gives us the strength of a man who sees a new purpose, Brochere as Coco Marchand totally tripped me out in the relationship with Palmer, Kaur as Aanya has a crush in Gomez’s character of Gus. Gomez is a strong character that continues to grow in doing what’s right.

Penry-Jones as Quinlan is frakken awesome. He doesn’t take much from the Ancients nor does he seem to fear the Master. There is something to be said for being one of the rare characters that knows what to do, jumps in and does it and doesn’t look back!

Durand as Fet is a stunner! I am absolutely a fan and have been prior to THE STRAIN and now with this series no one should be surprised at what a major talent he is. Of course I get a double thrill chill when I see him pop up in the series VIKINGS. The fact that he is so versatile brings nothing but the best to THE STRAIN.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE STRAIN four tubs of popcorn out of five. Okay so I’m holding back a tub because I want to see what season three brings. Season Two not only brought in new characters but expanded on those we already have come to know. There are so many twists and turns that make THE STRAIN an absolute joy to watch – except for the six days in between episodes that is.

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THE STRAIN SEASON 2 Bluray and DVD include the special features of Deleted Scenes, Meet the Crew of THE STRAIN, The White Room, Audio Commentary on “Night Train” featuring Carlton Cruse, Gag Reel, Beyond the Page and Sentient Strigoi.

Executive Producer/Director/Writer Carlton Cuse along with Co-Creator and Executive Producer/Writer Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan have brought something unique to television and that’s always what I expect from FX!

Get ready for season three coming in less than a week because to wait any longer is torture!

In the end – the hunt is on!