TV Club: The Strain: “By Any Means”

Eph and Nora have a working lab now. Setrakian is diving into his ancient research in hopes of finding a new way to kill the Master. Fet and Dutch are taking back their city one building at a time.

“By Any Means,” perhaps even more the than last week’s premiere, establishes that the characters of The Strain are all in a new place. The threats and evils of last season are hardly gone, but right now, Eph and his merry band of vampire killers have moved on (somewhat) from the Master and are focused on different things. After all, a fully functional lab and silver grenades is a long way from the raids and failure that dominated the last few episodes of the first season. There’s almost something resembling hope in their camp.

It’s a change of pace that does work well for the show in some …

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