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EPISODE DIRECTED BY TELEPLAY BY ORIGINAL AIRDATE
S04E10 - "The Last Stand" J. Miles Dale Chuck Hogan & Carlton Cuse Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:00/9:00c on FX

Episode Synopsis: In the series finale, Quinlan devises a desperate plan, but the costs are enormous. Eph wrestles with his conscience, Fet undertakes a suicide mission, and Dutch and Gus dig in for battle as humankind makes its final stand against the Master and his Strain.


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Posted by
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9 months ago
ArchivedStickied postModerator of r/TheStrain

EPISODE DIRECTED BY TELEPLAY BY ORIGINAL AIRDATE
S04E10 - "The Last Stand" J. Miles Dale Chuck Hogan & Carlton Cuse Sunday, September 17, 2017 10:00/9:00c on FX

Episode Synopsis: In the series finale, Quinlan devises a desperate plan, but the costs are enormous. Eph wrestles with his conscience, Fet undertakes a suicide mission, and Dutch and Gus dig in for battle as humankind makes its final stand against the Master and his Strain.


Remember!

  • This is a spoiler-friendly zone! - Feel free to discuss this episode without spoiler code.

  • NO book spoilers! - Anything from the books that is not mentioned in the episode needs to be wrapped in the spoiler code -- including any character names

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I just finished season 3! I might have killed him tbh. OH MY GOD. I’ve never hated a character as much as I hate him. Stupid. Literally I’d denounce him as my son. My jaw is clenched so tightly right now.

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Posted by4 days agoGilded1

You can go to the end of the post to see the links, or you can read the post and my opinion about it all.

I've read and written fanfics for most fandoms I've been in. Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek, Marvel, Star Wars. I am not ashamed to say it because I believe that it's a valid form of artistic expression and thansk to it has been discovered great stories and creative minds. Neil Gaiman, Isaac Asimov, Barbara Hambly, Guillermo del Toro and Andy Weir, great fantasy and scifi authors, had devoted their free time to creating fanfics for their favorite original stories, from Sherlock Holmes, LOTR, to Doctor Who, and this is no different.

I want to pay tribute to this fanfiction and this author in the best possible way I can think now that the show has ended and the fandom is almost death; telling you about it.

Some things first.

  1. Is not the common fanfic you would read, about fuffly things, author's fantasies, smut without plot or even OOC characters. It has nothing of it.
  2. It has a realistic plot, better than the show itself, and even credible original characters.
  3. It has Quinlan all over it in the best possible way.
  4. Do you want to know more about The Strain Universe?? good, this is has a lot about it, not only the show.
  5. It erases season 4 COMPLETELY at the point of becoming its own season.

Two years ago was my incursion into this Fandom, small and somewhat isolated in the vastness of Tumblr. Among people who mourned the death of certain characters and others who speculated how the final episode of season 3 of the show could end, I found an user who posted very good analyzes about the character of Mr. Quinlan and the show/books in general, quickly I started following her blog.

There were analyzes about the character's backstory in ancient Rome and his motivations, also criticisms about how writers were not doing things right, creating plotholes and discontinuity in the plot. For me was the perfect blog to follow because I also was pissed.

Some time later, this fan started publishing a fanfic in a separate blog. At that point I had already read most fics on the fandom and I was quite frustrated with it all, so I started reading hers somewhat resilient + curious.

The first chapter comes and... wow, it wasn't what I thought it was gonna be. It wasn't cute or full of romance, but intriguing, shocking, dark, with introspective parts, realistic descriptions and characters that quickly caught my attention.

When she had three chapters published daily of an intriguing and at the same time shocking story, she asked readers if they wanted the story to continue that way or in a different way.

I panicked, thinking that she wanted to end the story right there, with we all wondering what was going to happen. I had not been so involved in a story for a while, and it quickly caught my attention. There was no more episodes of The Strain airing, and the hopes and necessity for a new story were very big, so I contacted this person and told her that it was her decision, and it was an incredible good start, very different from other stories I've read before.

The vast majority of the fanfics that I have read, being honest, are lazy, poor writed, with poorly handled canonical characters. Because, lets face it, the traditional goal of fan fiction is not to produce great works of English Literature. It seems that the vast majority of fanfic authors prefers to project their own visions and desires on how they want the characters to behave/be instead of writing them AS THEY ARE, as we see them in the shows and the canon.

This was different.

And when I asked her why she was writing that story I felt very identified.

She was annoyed and also frustrated with the direction the show was taking, at the same time, intellectually fascinated by the character of Mr. Quinlan, his mentality and backstory, curious about his story about a centurion and a gladiator, frustrated by how little was about him on the books and show, and angry at the writers because, from her point of view, they were incapables of seeing the potential that a character like that has in the plot. I understood it, because I felt the same way.

She also wanted to tell her own story, with her original character, because the plot of The Strain had great potential, that they didn't seem to want to explore in the show.

The first thing that surprised me about this particular fanfic was the narrative quality of the author, who published daily, and also the great descriptive skills she had, about the characters and situations, both original and canonical, the catastrophic situations of the show at the end of the third season, and also her own original story, which was intertwined with the canonical one in an almost natural way, as if was the way the show should continue.

The second things was the ability she had to exploit the religious lore and mythology, not only from the books, but of her own researchs, together with the great amount of information that she gathered about communication, engineering, military and medical technology. Like.. it was A LOT.

A few things that I could remember from her first chapters are: Geolocalization, programming, electrical and computer engineering, medical diseases, information and operation of military weapons, historical acuracy of roman and ancient eras, description of martial arts movement and hand-to-hand combat.

During the following months, the fanfic grew, not only with the chapters that she continually published on Ao3 and her Tumblr sideblog, also with amazing fan arts from her original character and situations from her fic, created by other fans of the show (which she started to upload to her fanfic in Ao3)

During all the time of hiatus between season 3 and 4, I also dedicated myself to create, as an obsessed fan, my own fan arts, in gratitude for her time writing that story that at that point exceeded 100 chapters.

Part 1 ended with 124 chapters in February 2018, and she immediately started to write part 2. Meanwhile, season 4 of the show started to be advertised, and instead of feeling excited by it, a was damn anxious.

I was completely hooked on the story she was writing, and I was wondering if the show would do the same in only one season.

"They will not" she said to me "They already wasted their time, they don't know how to create good plots, or even handle the characters".

The season 4 aired and, oh gods, she was so damn right.

In the meantime, I was still reading her fanfic, to the point of becoming more important to me than the canonical story which seemed to go into a tailspin episode after episode. And also becoming, without a doubt, in the best fanfic I've read in my life in fandoms.

At the end of the show, she was still halfway through the second part of her story, and now it's coming to an end, something that causes me great sadness because, honestly, I wouldn't have spent so much time on this fandom had it not been for her story, and all the time chatting with her from the moment I contacted her.

The first part of her story has 124 chapters, and the second part, at the time I am writing this, has 117.

As you did read in the speech I've just given you, I totally recommend this, if you miss The Strain, if you are frustrated and disgusted with how it ended, if you are annoyed by the inconsistency that exists between the books and the show, or are just curious and thinking how things could have been if they had taken a different course. Also, of course, if you like to read a long story with a very good plot.

Straining for Originality by Essenceanddescent:

First Part in Ao3: A Savage Inconvenience

Second Part in Ao3: An Insatiable Ache

Complete Fanfic series in Ao3: Straining for Originality

Blog of her Fanfic: Straining for Originality on Tumblr

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We just finished it in about 2 weeks time. Over all, a little cheesy writing but I liked it (except fuck u Zach) Something caught my eye while watching it and it might not have any significance but I thought I’d try here. When the locations are brought up on the screen several letters are usually underlined. Does it spell anything out if compiled together?

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He said Deo damnatus, which is Latin for "God condemns" (or "God has condemned me") when he broke his leg because of that sniper that shot him in the fourth season. He also tried to avoid violence with people (humans) most of the time, even though he was a fucking killing machine that could have easily finish them off. Not to mention he basically loved that 1888 woman and her lovely child back then. He was also a good "human being", I think.

Which was Quinlan's relation with God in the books? Was something about these even mentioned?

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  1. Flashbacks showing Quinlan's training in martial arts and combat systems, his relation with love, friendship, religion and the passage from "savage" to "civilized" human-strigoi hybrid.
  2. A good choreographed fight scene between Quinlan and the Master in the final episode (season finale)
  3. Flashbacks about Quinlan and his relation with wars through ancient history all over the world (seriously, he killed thousands!!!! just read the comics!)
  4. Some scenes regarding the Master and Crhistianity, alongside with atheism and other cultures.
  5. Quinlan and Vaughn flashbacks.
  6. Zack not being an asshole (the less he talks, the better)
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And I still get very disappointed at what this show could have been If it didn't follow the adventures drunken Eph, and his worthless son. Such a missed opportunity..

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Quinlan's character, in small words, represents a great philosopher, a very intelligent, confident and decisive person, plus an ELITE soldier (and martial artist). However, the writing of the series was TERRIBLE, because in several occasions, it made him do stupid and irrational things that don't go along with a 2000+ year individual.

It was perfectly portrayed by Rupert Penry-Jones, though... so, now you know; don't blame the characters, but the writing.

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Does anyone have a gif of when the ancients step down and starts destroying strigoi right before they get nuked? Cause its pretty dope.

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They had

Feraldo and the cops- extra weapons and manpower. Plus access to anything

The sunhunters- too bad they're kidnapping went wrong

The ancients- if they would have cooperated or at least took part in the fight, that wouldve been vital

Quinlan- super speed and strength. same as the ancients could have done more imo

Eventually Palmer- just too bad the master turned him

Creme- cremes people had everything and the black market but were too greedy

The lumen- didnt even find it useful

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How come the people in New York are all feral but the nazi dude is like a normal person, though in monster form.

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Seriously, I completely get the hate for Zack now. Horrible character, bad acting, obnoxious.

Vaun and the Sun Walkers, however, were interesting and badass...only to all get outwitted and destroyed by a sick old man approximately 30 seconds after being introduced.

Still enjoyed the show, but these were the worst factors imho.

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Great show overall. The one thing that bothered me is Eichhorst would never shut the hell up. He had pretty much everyone in his grasp and could have killed them but he just wouldn't shut the fuck up.

Otherwise a great watch.

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Instead of the ancients paying so much for it or risk Palmer getting it

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okay i have a promo item from the show that was sent out to reporters to hype the show up before it came out .... i am trying to find out any info i can about the item ...it is Abraham’s Organ (heart in a jar) and it is pretty freaking cool ...i want to know if anyone can help me answer questions about it how many were made? where something like this could be sold? and for how much could they go for? have you ever seen something like this for sale anywhere and if so where? really just anything about it at all ..thanks so much

oh and here is a link to a article about it and there is a picture there of it as well

https://uproxx.com/hitfix/fx-teases-the-strain-by-sending-beating-hearts-to-reporters/

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