The Strain: Season 2 (2015)


Season 2
The Strain

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The Strain's gory action helps compensate for an unfocused narrative, while the show's political and philosophical subtext add necessary heft for adult viewers.



Critic Ratings: 22


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Air date: Jul 12, 2015

In the Season 2 premiere, Eph and Nora attempt to create a biological weapon that will kill the strigoi, but Setrakian puts the entire group at risk by searching for an ancient text. Meanwhile, the Master introduces a new breed of creature and taps Kelly to control it.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2015

Vet and Dutch grow closer on a mission to make sure neighborhood buildings are clear. Meanwhile, Eph and Nora perform experiments on their new patients; and Kelly begins her search for Zack.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2015

Gus and Vaun attack Palmer; Eph has a hard time connecting with Zack; Councilwoman Faraldo says the other boroughs are next for her extermination policies.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2015

Fet takes charge of security in Red Hook; Dutch and Setrakian head for Staten Island to look for Fitzwilliam, Palmer's one-time bodyguard; Eph and Nora witness their virus in action.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2015

Eph alters his appearance so he can leave the city, which makes Nora a reluctant parent for Zack. Meanwhile, Dutch and Nora negotiate with Justine to get Fet out of jail.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2015

Kelly goes after Nora and Zack; Eph hatches a plan to create and deploy a biological weapon; Gus finds an unlikely ally in Angel.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2015

Eph returns to New York intent on going after the individual responsible for his friends' deaths. Meanwhile, Setrakian and Fet launch an attack on the Master using Fitzwilliam's tip; and Dutch has a surprise visitor.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2015

Eph protects Zack from a surprise intruder in Red Hook; Gus urges the Guptas to make a tough choice; Fet and Setrakian are ready to buy the Lumen but discover they're not the only ones in the market.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2015

Justine goes to extremes to thwart a surprise invasion; Eph and Setrakian confront an old foe; Nora and Fet embark on an important mission.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2015

Justine gets in trouble with the mayor; Eph and Dutch work together against the Master's ally; Setrakian searches for the Lumen's true owner.

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The second season of this dramatic horror series begins with Eph (Corey Stoll) and Nora (Mía Maestro) attempting to create a biological weapon against the infected vampires, known as the strigoi, as the crisis spirals out of control. They're attempts require them to experiment on a recently infected couple, though the Master of the vampires remains relentless in resisting their efforts. Meanwhile, several cities begin aggressive plans to fight the strigoi as the virus spreads and chaos reigns across the country.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Durand
Vailiy Fet
Max Charles
Zack Goodweather
David Bradley
Professor Abraham Setrakian
Natalie Brown
Kelly Goodweather
Richard Sammel
Thomas Eichhorst
Jack Kesy
Gabriel Bolivar
Miguel Gomez
Augustin "Gus" Elizalde
Corey Stoll
Dr. Ephraim Goodweather
Mia Maestro
Dr. Nora Martinez
Jonathan Hyde
Eldritch Palmer
Ruta Gedmintas
Dutch Velders
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Critic Reviews for The Strain Season 2

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

The Strain is still camped out in the worst kind of uncanny valley, the one between the twin peaks of pulp and gore.

Jul 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The Strain has slowly wormed its way into my affections, as surely as one of the show's vampire worms burrowing into a victim's eye.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

You don't have to wait long for FX's vampire saga The Strain to deliver the creepy, cheeky shocks and gore that made the show a delightful summertime thriller last year.

Jul 27, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The Strain has been an absolute mess this season, discrediting its own reality with its inconsistent logic... and refusing to explore its characters beyond the most superficial, plot-serving levels.

Mar 6, 2020 | Full Review…

It was still much better than last season's flat climax.

Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Season 2 is a marked improvement over the first, but willfully stupid characters, circuitous storytelling, and convoluted world-building continue to keep the series from reaching its full potential.

Jan 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Strain works best when it knows exactly what it is: pulpy, goofy, comic book-like adventuring with a few creepy ideas peppered in to expand the lore.

Jul 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Even for a series that knows how to get under one's skin, these babes of the dark are incredibly squirm-inducing.

Jul 15, 2015 | Full Review…

With a talented group of actors and a B-movie like repertoire of dialogue and action set pieces, The Strain should be on the top of your must see list for the summer.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

The great thing about the emergence of The Born and their masters, The Ancients, is that the show is shifting away from being just a story of humanity vs. vampires.

Jul 13, 2015 | Rating: 7.4/10 | Full Review…

Sometimes we have to be incredibly bad before we can become somewhat good, and the good news was that The Strain came out swinging in the Season 2 premiere "BK, NY," hinting that a lot of the wrongs that made Season 1 such a chore have been righted.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

The Strain continues to rely too much on action and not enough on compelling character development. The uneven results are entertaining but hardly infectious.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Strain: Season 2

  • Jul 10, 2020
    The level is lower than the first season, but still have some good points and follow the rithmy.
  • Sep 13, 2018
    Scary and always look forward to next scary episode
  • Feb 14, 2018
    I struggled to get back into this show as the first 3-4 episodes are pretty inconsistent. The recasting of the son for a bad actor did not help and Corey Stoll is really annoying at times. The show does pick up in the 2nd half and by the end i was really entertained. overall another strong season but lacks Del Toro's assured hand this time.
  • Oct 20, 2017
    lost interest. watched 4 episodes (0.3 viewings)
  • Jul 25, 2017
    While character development is still uneven and some subplots are unimportant to the story. The characters are better rounded and more sympathetic. The action is still great and it remains scary.
  • Apr 22, 2017
    Another fantastic season.
  • Jan 28, 2017
    Season 2 of The Strain brings back all the elements that made the first so enjoyable, but still manages to keep the show feeling fresh and exciting. A little more horror, humor and gore also help to improve the show, while we dig deeper into the vampire mythos and the characters that make up this post apocalyptic vampire world.
  • Nov 02, 2016
    Not as good as the first season, especially I didn't like the mom element.
  • Oct 31, 2016
    <@ if (review) { @><@= review @><@ } @>Like this show. I would kill the boy zack. I am a little irritated that there always seems to be a pain in the butt character in every one of these stories that everyone lets live way too long. Just once, why can't the characters just kill "whiny buut-heads" just like "Bang" and then reference movies like this.
  • Sep 07, 2016
    Another great season! Keep bringin' it on!

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