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Icarus (I) (2017)
7/10
Doping in Sports
20 January 2019
"Icarus" is an interesting documentary for fans of sports. It shows in details the scheme adopted by Russia to improve the performances of the athletes using prohibited drugs. The documentary is very well made but there is always a doubt whether it is totally trustworthy or not. There are evidences but how far they are absolutely truth or mixed with propaganda is difficult to be judged by the viewer. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Icarus"
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The Strain: Dead End (2015)
Season 2, Episode 11
9/10
The Mediocre Salesman with Power
20 January 2019
Eichhorstt tortures Dutch in a room of the Mayfield Hotel. He recalls his relationship in 1931 with his coworker Helga when he was a mediocre salesman. Meanwhile Gus helps Aanya and her family to go to a secure area and Angel decides to stay with him. Vet, Eph and Nora try to find Dutch in a closed wing of the hotel. Setrakian confronts Fonescu and is left tied to a chair.

"Dead End" is another great episode of "The Strain". The 1931 segment shows the danger to give power to mediocre people and is excellent. The sick Eichhorstt torturing Dutch is gloomy is this creepy episode. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Dead End"
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The Strain: The Assassin (2015)
Season 2, Episode 10
8/10
The Sniper
20 January 2019
Eph and Dutch plot a scheme to assassinate Palmer while moving to the lecture of Justine. Meanwhile Setrakian searches for the Occido Lumen looking for Rudyard Fonescu following an address list with Fet and Nora. Justine advises the residents of Upper East Side that IRS will charge 1% of each real estate value to get the protection and free zone under the protest of the wealthy class. When Eph shoots, he misses Palmer and hits Coco instead. Dutch and he are arrested and Dutch is taken from the cell. However the vampires attack the precinct killing the police officers and Eph escapes with Fet and Nora to look for Dutch.

"The Assassin" is another great episode of "The Strain". The invincibility of Eichhorst is becoming annoying, escaping every time that he is attacked by Setrakian and his team. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "The Assassin"
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The Strain: Battle for Red Hook (2015)
Season 2, Episode 9
9/10
Full of Action Episode
20 January 2019
Eichhorst finds a means to breach and invade Red Hook with Kelly and a group of vampires targeting the power plant to shutdown the power energy and turns the place into blackout. While Justine organizes the defense with the local population, Fet, Eph and Nora try to restore the power. Meanwhile Setrakian confronts his old enemy Eichhorst.

"Battle for Red Hook" is a full of action episode of "The Strain". The vampires are defeated by Justice and the local resistance but Eichhorst again escapes from Setrakian and Eph repeating the clichés. Kelly insists in taking Zach with her but the annoying boy seems to be smarter. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Battle for Red Hook"
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The Strain: Intruders (2015)
Season 2, Episode 8
8/10
The Owner of the Occidod Lumen
20 January 2019
Eichhorst teaches and Kelly learns how to make up her face to disguise as human. Eph wants to buy a rifle and goes with Zach to the dealer Jimmy Wu. On the arrival, he finds that Jimmy has been shot and he needs to be submitted to a surgery. His daughter get the necessary medical material for Eph to operate her father. Then she gives a sniper rifle to Eph that wants to assassinate Palmer. Nora presses Eph and he discloses what happened in Washington and that four people died. Cardinal McNamara negotiate the Occidod Lumen with Palmer and Setrakian to get a better offer. However he is visited by Eichhorst that wants the book and before he turns into a vampire, he tells the name of the owner of the book to Setrakian. Kelly succeeds to cross the Red Hook´s border and tries to convince Zach to open the door.

"Intruders" is a good episode of "The Strain" with several entertaining segments. The annoying Zach is badly performed by the junior actor and his grimaces on the face. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Intruders"
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The Strain: The Born (2015)
Season 2, Episode 7
8/10
Mr. Quinlan and the Annoying Triangle of Love
19 January 2019
Dutch goes to her apartment to bring clothes with Fet and they meet Nikki hidden in the spot. There is a problem of relationship among the trio. Setrakian and Fet go to Palmer´s factory and find that it is a nest of the vampire children They are attacked but the mysterious vampire called Quinlan, who was a gladiator in the Rome Empire, saves them. Fet blows up the place and The Master escapes from the trio, frustrating and upsetting Quinlan. Eph returns from Washington and has the intention of killing Palmer.

"The Born" introduces the good vampire Quinlan, a promising character. The triangle of love Fet, Dutch and Nikki and the spoiled Zach are the annoying segments of "The Strain". Coco and Palmer together are also irritating. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "The Born"
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The Strain: Identity (2015)
Season 2, Episode 6
8/10
The New Host
19 January 2019
Eph makes important contacts in Washington introduced by his friend Rob Bradley and he has a brief affair with the pharmaceutical representative Leigh Thomas. The mysterious vampire contacts the Ancients and tells that he will help to destroy the Master. Kelly and her creepy children ambush Nora and Zach that hide in a church and are saved by Setrakian, Fet and Fitzwilliam that is infected while Kelly flees. Brad, Leigh and Eph are ambushed by a Stoneheart killer. The Master chooses his new host.

"Identity" is the best of the recent episode of "The Strain". Unfortunately promising characters die. The mysterious and powerful vampire will be certainly an attraction of the show. My vote is eight.

Title (Brail): "Identity"
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The Strain: Quick and Painless (2015)
Season 2, Episode 5
8/10
Who is the Mysterious Vampire?
19 January 2019
Eph decides to go to Washington expecting to meet an old friend about his research and shaves his hair in disguise. He uses fake documents and travels by train. Eph stumbles upon Dr. Barnes and they fight and Barnes fall of the train. Nora and Dutch meet Justine and negotiate the release of Fet, explaining how to identify the infected one. Setrakian meet Alonzo trying to find the Occido Lumen. The he meets Fitzwilliam tha joins his team. Fet and Dutch team up with the police to help and teach them how to fight the vampires. Meanwhile a mysterious vampire arrives at the airport.

"Quick and Painless" is the best recent episode of "The Strain", with engaging segments. The greatest question is who the mysterious vampire that arrives in New York is. The turbulent travel of Eph is also tense. Fet, Dutch and the poice squad form a great team. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil):"Quick and Painless"
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The Strain: The Silver Angel (2015)
Season 2, Episode 4
7/10
The Occido Lumen
19 January 2019
Gus has dinner at an Indian restaurant where the former Mexican wrestler and actor Angel that was his idol works. Setrakian recalls his search with Palmer for the book Occido Lumen that was burnt by a Mother Superior. Palmer hosts a meeting with financial leader at his office and they are slaughtered by the vampires while leaving the building. Eph and Nora infect vampires but the Master orders them to commit suicide. Fet explodes the subway tunnel but is arrested by the police.

"The Silver Angel" has an annoying beginning in black and white with the fight of "The Silver Angel". The rest is basically filler with a good conclusion. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "The Silver Angel"
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The Strain: Fort Defiance (2015)
Season 2, Episode 3
7/10
Setrakian´s Secret
19 January 2019
Eph and his friend stop Zach in a bus while trying to return home to search his mother. There is a friction between Eph and Zach. Eichhorst assigns Bolivar to protect Palmer under his protest. Staten Island is declared free of vampire outbreak by Justine and the Mayor asks her to use the same method in New York City. Setrakian uses a worm to prepare a liquid that he drops into his eyes. Nora revives him and he explains that he uses the product to fight the Master. Vaun and Gus plot a plan to kidnap Palmer; however they have a surprise at his office.

"Fort Defiance" is an episode where the viewer learns a secret about Setrakian. The unbearable attitude of Zach is the annoying part of the show. The surprising attack of Vaun and Gus is the most interesting part of the show. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Fort Defiance"
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The Strain: By Any Means (2015)
Season 2, Episode 2
7/10
Creepy Children
18 January 2019
Eph and Nora begin to study the effects of alternative treatment to the infection in the old couple. Setrakian studies how to destroy The Master and finds the reference to Occido Lumen and he believes Palmer has the possession of this book. During a lecture at a food distribution center, Setrakian confronts Palmer and learns that he does not have the book. Kelly brings creepy children to sniff Zach´s belongings and hunt him to find his location.

"By Any Means" is another average episode of "The Strain", where the reference to the Occido Lumen and Kelly´s children are the best parts. The rest is only filler. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): Not Available
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The Strain: BK, NY (2015)
Season 2, Episode 1
7/10
Searching for the Cure
18 January 2019
In 1932, the grandmother of Abraham Setrakian tells the story of the gentle nobleman Jusef Sardu and how his life changed after a hunting party with his brother and friends. On the present days, Setrakian seeks out The Master but he is abducted by Vaun and his vampires that asks him to tell the whereabouts of The Master to his group when he found him, and Setrakian agrees. Later he goes to a storage facility with Eph and Nora to bring some objects and they stumble upon an old couple hidden inside the locker. When they are leaving the spot, they are attacked by vampires and the couple is infected. Eph decides to use them as guinea pig searching for the cure. The Master needs a new host since his body is decaying and Eichhors stops a bus with blind children to feed The Master.

"BK, NY" is a reasonable episode and the beginning of the Second Season of "The Strain". How the Master changed his body in 1932 and Eph and Nora preparing to research a cure for the infection are the only novelty. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): Not Available
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Vikings: The Most Terrible Thing (2019)
Season 5, Episode 17
7/10
The Mad Queen and The Powerless Leader
17 January 2019
In Wessex, Alfred learns that his brother died and later Judith tells him that she poisoned her son Aethelred. Alfred wants to lead his army, but Ubbe tries to persuade him to command the Saxon army instead. In Iceland, Floki witnesses what he has built with his madness and a family is slaughtered in a betrayal.

"The Most Terrible Thing" is the weakest episode of "Vikings" so far. Judith turned into a mad queen in a pointless attitude. The terrible segment about Floki and his settlers in Iceland has become stupid and the intention is this storyline is to be a filler in this series. Floki now is a powerless leader and could die and end this annoying segment. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "The Most Terrible Thing"
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Vikings: The Buddha (2019)
Season 5, Episode 16
7/10
Surprising Conclusion
17 January 2019
In Kattegat, Ivar learns that Harald was defeated in Wessex and plots to navigate with his army to loot the Saxons. Harald arrives at York, introduces Magnus and fight a group of rebels. Hvitserk learns Buddha´s teachings from an Asian slave. Lagherta is missing and King Alfred keeps his word giving lands to Ubbe and Torvi; however, Bjorn decides to leave Wessex with Gunnhild to team up Harald to overthrow Ivar from Kattegat. In Iceland, Floki receives the starving Helgi that tells that his family is dying. In Wessex, Judith plots a scheme and poisons a conspirator.

"The Buddha" presents the sequel after the Battle of Wessex showing the fate of each character. The weakest segment is Floki and his settlers. The greatest surprise is the last scene that was absolutely unexpected. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "The Buddha"
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The Strain: The Master (2014)
Season 1, Episode 13
7/10
The Master and the Ancient Vampires
17 January 2019
Palmer asks Fitzwilliam to take Setrakian´s belongings in the pawnshop, including his wife´s heart, to Stoneheart. Later Fitzwilliam decides to leave Palmer after becoming aware of what is happening. When Maggie Pierson and Barnes visit Palmer and she tells that she would recommend Martial Law in NYC, Palmer invites her to go to the terrace and throws her off on the street and Barnes soon agrees with Palmer that Martial Law is not necessary. Gus meets the Ancient Vampires that are sleeping but need a human that can move in the daylight to help them in a war. Meanwhile Eph, Fet and Setrakian plot a plan to hunt down and defeat the Master. Fed leads them through the tunnels and they need to fight the vampires and soon Setrakian meets the Master. The showdown will begin.

In "The Master", the escape of the Master was predictable since this is the First Season of "The Strain" and would not make sense the end of the evil vampires. The segment with Gus and the Ancient Vampires seems to be the novelty for the next season. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Mestre" ("The Master")
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The Strain: Last Rites (2014)
Season 1, Episode 12
7/10
Another Filler Episode
16 January 2019
Setrakian and his team return to the pawnshop regretting not destroying the Master. He sits near a vampire heart in a jar and recalls what happened many years ago in Albania with his beloved family. Dutch succeeds to broadcast Eph using a test network and he warns the population about the vampires. Out of the blue they discover that they are under siege of the vampires that are attacking the shop. Meanwhile Gus abducts Alonso to his office first and them to visit smuggled containers at the harbor. When he opens the container, he finds a horde of vampires locked inside and they need to fight to survive. The Master visits Thomas Eichorst.

"Last Rites" is another filler episode of "The Strain" where basically the most important is the last scene. Setrakian´s past in flashbacks is not engaging and only completes the running time. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ritos Finais" ("Last Rites")
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The Strain: The Third Rail (2014)
Season 1, Episode 11
7/10
Hunting down the Master
16 January 2019
Fet unsuccessfully tests a UV light bomb at the basement of Setrakian´s pawnshop. They prepare to go hunting the Master and Eph asks Zach to stay with Nora´s mother, leaving the keys with the boy. The annoying Mrs. Martinez is hysterical and Zach decides to leave the spot to bring cigarettes to calm her down. Meanwhile Gus returns home and finds the fate of his family. At the subway tunnel, Setrakian and his team hunt down the Master, but it is not an easy task.

In the "The Third Rail", the pointless and annoying Nora´s mother is hysterical looking for an ashtray from her youth and cigarettes. What is the point of this character? Now that Gus knows what happened to his beloved mother, what will he do? The showdown between Setrakian and the Master is not promising since it is still the beginning of the series and as per the clichés, the Master will certainly find a way to flee. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Caça ao Mestre" ("The Hunting to the Master")
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The Strain: Loved Ones (2014)
Season 1, Episode 10
7/10
The Fate of Kelly
14 January 2019
Eph seeks out Kelly downtown tracking down her cell phone and is not happy with what he finds. In flashback, the fate of Kelly in the last hours is disclosed. Fet and Dutch decide to take a bold attitude toward the powerful Eldritch Palmer at his building.

"Loved Ones" is an episode basically dedicated to show the fate of Kelly. There is apparently a great flaw when she visits her friend Diane looking for Zach and she tells that he is with Matt. Diane had already gone to her house and stumbled upon Eph and Nora. So she learned that Zach was with Eph´s colleagues and not with Matt. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Entes Queridos" ("Loved Ones")
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The Strain: The Disappeared (2014)
Season 1, Episode 9
7/10
Where Is Kelly?
14 January 2019
Fet drives the truck to Eph´s house and he arrives on time to save Zach from Matt. His colleagues head to Setrakian´s shop with Zach while Eph and Nora seek out Kelly in the house. Meanwhile Gus and Felix are in jail and Felix is very ill. While they are moving to a hospital, Felix turns into a vampire and Gus is forced to kill him. While in the pawnshop, Dutch discloses to Setrakian that she and her crew were the responsible for the communication problem.

"The Disappeared" is another average episode of "The Strain". Eph has to kill and destroy Matt´s body and certainly he will not feel bad to thus action. The greatest question of this episode is where Kelly is and whether she has or not turned into a vampire. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Desaparecida" ("The Disappeared")
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The Strain: Creatures of the Night (2014)
Season 1, Episode 8
9/10
The Best Episode So Far
14 January 2019
Eph, Nora, Jim and Setrakian go to a pharmacy depot seek out ultraviolet lights to fight the vampires but the place is closed. Eph decides to break in and surprisingly there is no activation of the alarm system. They stumble upon the looter Vasilly Fet that has already taken the lamps. They negotiate to split the lamps and they go to a convenience store to buy some supplies. Out of the blue, the place is under siege of the vampires and they team-up also with Dutch Velders, who is shopping with her girlfriend, trying to flee from the place.

"Creatures of the Night" is so far the best episode of "The Strain". It seems that Setrakian will join the army he wished for with Fet and Dutch. The episode is tense, full of action and with one casualty of an important character. My vote is nine.

Title (Brail): "Criaturas da Noite" ("Creatures of the Night")
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The Strain: For Services Rendered (2014)
Season 1, Episode 7
7/10
Who Built and Carved the Coffin
14 January 2019
Neeva calls Mr.Luss to tell that his children are at her home and he asks her to bring them back home on the next morning. Out of the blue, he and his cab driver are attacked by the vampires and he runs inside his house where he has a surprise. On the next morning, Neeva´s daughter forces her mother to take the children back home and they will find what happened the previous night. Meanwhile, Jim serves as a bait to Eichhorst in the subway while Eph, Nora and Setrakian try to catch the powerful vampire.

"For Services Rendered" is a reasonable episode of "The Strain", where the viewer learns who built and carved the coffin. There is a new character, a lead vampire, and the sequel of the story without any surprise. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Serviços Prestados" ("Services Rendered")
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The Strain: Occultation (2014)
Season 1, Episode 6
8/10
Where Are the Footages?
13 January 2019
Eph visits Kelly and is arrested by the FBI agents that have been summoned by Kelly´s boyfriend. The eclipse that is coming to New York is a threat to the city and Setrakian is worried since it will spread the virus. Nora and her mother move to Setrakian´s pawnshop seeking shelter. There is an incident on the streets and Eph flees from FBI agents.

The greatest question in "Occultation" is where the footages made by Eph are. Why did he do not show to the FBI is another question. The boring Nora´s mother is an absolutely unnecessary character. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Ocultação" ("Occultation")
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The Strain: Runaways (2014)
Season 1, Episode 5
7/10
Filler Episode
13 January 2019
"Runaways" is a typical filler episode, with flashbacks of Setrakian in World War II being transferred to a concentration camp. There is nothing important to highlight in this episode, except that Eph is wanted by the FBI and the police. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Fugitivos" ("Runaways")
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The Strain: It's Not for Everyone (2014)
Season 1, Episode 4
7/10
Silly Attitudes
13 January 2019
After the autopsy of Captain Redfern and destroy his body, Jim confesses to Eph and Nora what he did with the box. Ansel takes an ultimate decision to protect his family. Eph and Nora decide to visit Arnot and they are attacked by Emma. But Setrakian arrives and saves them. Nora has a strange reaction for a scientist.

"It's Not for Everyone" shows Eph teaming-up with Setrakian and the silly attitude of Nora. Ansel feels the only way to protect his family but the attitude of his wife Ann-Marie is absurd. The other segments are filler only. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Não É para Todos" ("It's Not for Everyone")
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The Strain: Gone Smooth (2014)
Season 1, Episode 3
8/10
Facing What Happens to the Victims of the Virus
13 January 2019
Eph and Nora believe the corpses have been confiscated by the military and they try to assist Captain Redfern that is ill. He is hospitalized and Eph promises that he will not die. Ansel gets worse and his wife leaves home with their kids. Jim Kent meets Eichhorst that blackmails him to make Jim quiet. Setrakian tricks the judge and he dismissed the charges. He returns to his shop and gets the plane manifest. Thomas Eichhorst kills the Regis Air CEO to release fake news. Captain Redfern vanishes from his room and Jim, Eph and Nora find him in the basement.

"Gone Smooth" is another great sequel, showing the effects of the virus in the survivors. Jim, Eph and Nora faces what happens to the victims of the virus while confronting the poor Captain Redfern. Setrakian lures the judge posing of victim of the Holocaust and senile, but he will certainly be important character fighting the evil Thomas Eichhorst. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Vá Devagar" ("Go Slow")
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