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The Strain Season 4 Episode 6 Review: Tainted Love

Love is in the air but so are gallons of blood and death as The Strain continues to bring a mega-ton warhead of intensity.

This The Strain review contains spoilers.

The Strain Season 4 Episode 6

Three love stories highlight this week’s episode of The Strain as Zach, Fet, and Quinlan all experience loves won and loves lost in a week of betrayal, blood, and heartbreak. Look, in the world of The Strain, this new dystopian world where the strigoi rule humans like cattle, love is a complex thing. How can one truly love another when one’s lover could be dragged off and made into a veal chop by the strigoi overlords at any moment? But that doesn’t stop a few of our cast from trying. And the results are brutal to say the least.

Let’s begin with Vasiliy Fet and his lady love, the sharp shooting Charlotte. The Strain has pulled off some impressive story gymnastics with Charlotte this season. After all, the Mid-Western badass crackshot kind of came out of nowhere. It was like, the season opened, and there Charlotte was. Fans discovered her backstory on the run, and somehow, despite her shoehorned inclusion, Charlotte has become a vital part of the team that dreams of taking down the strigoi. For a few seasons, the show’s central romance was between Dutch and Fet (and then Dutch and Eph), but Charlotte just stepped in, and she has been so effective and compelling, that it seems like the Dutch/ Fet romance never really happened.

I’m sure it helps that Dutch is locked in a major life and death struggle in New York, but really, the loving focus has been on the warriors Fet and Charlotte, and it has worked. Sadly, Quinlan knows that love cannot survive in the face of the Master (we’ll get to Quinlan’s romance in a bit), and encourages Fet to let Charlotte go. This week. Fet, Charlotte, Quinlan, and their plot convenient pal, the expert on all things nuclear, Roman, are able to secure a plane and take their nuclear payload to New York. Hot on their trail is the recently arrived Eichhorst who chases his pray with the diligence and hunger only a former Nazi can muster (again, let’s review now, kids- Nazis are bad). Before Fet and company take off, Charlotte proclaims that she’s leaving because she doesn’t want to take part in the NYC suicide mission. Fet must let go of his lady love, and Quinlan approves because the immortal knows that love has no chance of surviving in the face of the strigoi.

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As Eichhorst is about to bring down the plane, Charlotte snipes the Nazi (which is a good things my fellow Americans, because, lest we forget, Nazis are always bad) which allows Fet and company to escape with their nuclear payload. So let’s unpack that. Fet and Charlotte let their romance go, they bid each other farewell, and they have somewhat of a happy ending. Yes, they are no longer together, hunting, staking, kissing, and killing, but Charlotte’s actions allowed her beloved to escape and complete his mission.

Little Zach Goodweather’s romance does not have a happy twist. In fact, his love for Abby ends so brutally that it leaves the character of Zach completely irredeemable. I know what you’re thinking, how can Zach ever be redeemed? The little shit blew up New York? But the series often reminds the viewer that Zach did not press the nuclear trigger that gave the strigoi their victory out of evil or ambition; he did it in a rash state of fury over seeing his mother killed by his father. Okay, I can buy that a little. No kid will be able to watch daddy kill mommy without some huge psychological damage, and in this case, that psych damage manifested in a nuclear explosion. But this week, when Zach discovers that his crush Abby has a boyfriend, he responds by first confronting her and then by feeding her to his little skittering bodyguard.

Yeah, Zach feeds the innocent young girl to his personal strigoi pet, much to the delight of the Master. So Zach willingly murders a vital young girl, feeds a young woman to his pet knowing that Abby was charitable and kind. Instead of dealing with rejection and moving on (after all, Zach is the most pampered human on the planet), he feeds Abby to his monstrous babysitter. Now, Abby is a strigoi in service to Zach. There is no coming back from this. Zach is now as big a monster as Eichhorst and the Master. That’s some deft horror and family drama right there.

Our final tale of love in the time of the strigoi is the continuation of Quinlan’s flashback. Last week, we learned that Quinlan once fell in love with a woman named Luisa. Luisa helped Quinlan rediscover his humanity and using pancake make-up, a wig, and kindness, Luisa brings Quinlan back to the light. This week, the Master catches up to Quinlan and we must endure the moment where Quinlan discovers his twitching beloved and her daughter drained by the Master and almost transformed into strigoi. So when Quinlan slowly removes his make-up, – his mask of humanity- he is leaving his human side behind for the final time. Because without the love of Luisa there, is no hope for humanity.

Quinlan knows while the Master still exists, there is no chance for love to thrive, and he brings this realization from the past into the present and shares his heart aching insights with Fet. When Quinlan convinces Fet to let his love for Charlotte go, because love never can survive in the shadow of the strigoi, Quinlan sets the stage for Charlotte’s shooting of Eichhorst and Fet’s escape. Since Fet abandons love, hope in the form of a nuclear payload survives. Awesome.

So Fet lives to fight another day, Quinlan is by his side using his tragedy as a weapon, and Zach continues to be a Joffrey level of little prick. Through all that, a nuclear bomb is on its way to New York to deliver death to the Master so love can live again! Great stuff this week on The Strain as the final battle ramps up.

Love is in the air but so are gallons of blood and death as The Strain continues to bring a mega-ton warhead of intensity.

Tainted Love

David Bradley as Abraham Setrakian
Kevin Durand as Vasiliy Fet
Richard Sammel as Thomas Eichorst
Miguel Gomez as Augustin ‘Gus’ Elizalde
Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch Velders
Rupert Penry-Jones as Mr. Quinlan

Tainted Love is the sixth episode of the fourth season of The Strain.

Contents

  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Images
  • 3 Deaths
  • 4 Trivia

Summary [ edit | edit source ]

Fet and Quinlan have to figure out how to get the nuclear bomb back to New York, while a desperate Eichhorst draws near. Love struck Zack tries to learn more about his new crush, but makes a devastating discovery.

Tainted Love is the sixth episode of the fourth season of The Strain. 1 Summary 2 Images 3 Deaths 4 Trivia Fet and Quinlan have to figure out how to get the nuclear bomb back to New York, while a desperate Eichhorst draws near. Love struck Zack tries to learn more about his new crush, but makes…