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The Strain (TV Series) (Seasons 1 – 4)

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What is it?

The American horror drama television show The Strain.

What is it about?

This is how FX describes this television show:

The Strain is FX’s high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, former head of the Center for Disease Control, Canary Team in New York City.

After he and his team were called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism, Eph and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers waged war for the fate of humanity itself.

As the final season begins, nine months have passed.

The world has fallen into darkness, and the strigoi are in control.

The explosion at the end of season three triggered a global nuclear apocalypse.

The resulting nuclear winter liberated the strigoi allowing them to move about during daytime, and enabling the Master to establish a totalitarian regime.

Preying on the fears of the populace, the Master and his minions have created an unsettling alliance in “The Partnership.”

The majority of humans are now working for the strigoi, operating with a single understanding – collaborate or die.

With the world in disarray and our heroes disbanded, each of them will have to overcome personal hardship and defy death for even the smallest chance at fighting back.

All the while, the Master reigns supreme, furthering his scheme for the end of the world as we know it.

In the face of annihilation…do our heroes have what it takes to save humankind?

The Strain hails from Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Carlton Cuse, along with Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.

J. Miles Dale, Gary Ungar, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle also serve as Executive Producers.

The series, based on del Toro and Hogan’s best-selling The Strain Trilogy, is produced by FX Productions.

Final Thoughts

This television show started with some promise (potential) but it slowly got worse as the seasons went on and it became average and it went on too many seasons, and the final episode dragged and it was predictable in my opinion and in my brother GC’s opinion.

My brother GC and I did like some of the interactions between some of the characters sometimes, especially some of the funny moments with the character Abraham Setrakian, who was one of our favorite characters.

The end,

-John Jr

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Dreams

A Rich Man And Pea Coats | A Woman In A Bar / Restaurant / Apartment | Construction Work

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Dream 1

All that I can remember of the first dream is an old rich man with whitish colored skin with whitish colored hair and maybe some of his friends being brought pea coats and other types of clothing to look at/try on inside a building, outside in the city/wherever an outbreak/attack/something like that started that was possibly related to the television show The Strain, but that is all that I can remember of this dream.

Dream 2

All that I can remember of the second dream is going inside what possibly was a bar/restaurant/apartment/house/building where I lived in one of the rooms across from the bar that was like my brother GC’s room, my memory is unclear but I remember seeing a tall somewhat overweight woman with whitish colored skin with long yellowish colored hair who had nice long somewhat athletic legs and she was showing a lot of legs and maybe she had a t-shirt and/or small dress with an open very short whitish colored fur coat/whatever covering the top of her shoulders and she had somewhat heavy eye liner/eye lash makeup/whatever and she somewhat reminded me of an American version of the female character from the television show The Strain named Dutch Velders (played by the actress Ruta Gedmintas), and I had a strong desire/need for some physical and emotional contact and I found her attractive so I asked her if she would eat/drink/talk/watch television with me in my room/bedroom and she said yes.

I walked her to my room/bedroom and then I went back to the restaurant/bar area to get our food/drinks on trays to take to her, at the bar was a man with whitish colored skin with dark-colored hair and maybe facial hair who kept looking around like he was expecting someone and wondering where they went, and I returned with our food/drinks to my room/bedroom.

I wanted us to sit on my bed next to each other eating, drinking, talking, and watching television; and after that I hoped to at least cuddle while talking and watching television, if more than that happened that was okay with me, if that was all that happened I was perfectly fine with that.

I just seriously wanted basic physical and emotional contact and cuddling while talking and/or watching television and/or sleeping was exactly what I wanted and hoped for, and so I was a bit in a rush for this to happen so I wasted no time in sitting on the bed as closely as I could to her as we talked/ate/drank/watched television.

This did not last long and she asked for a bit of space so I sat in a chair next to my bed, after we finished eating/drinking I tried to sit on my bed again with her as we talked and watched television and I started trying to cuddle with her which was a bit awkward because she was tall and taller than me and my bed was a twin sized bed but she kept complaining about/rejecting various cuddling positions so that stopped, since cuddling did not work out I started trying to make out with her instead but that was eventually rejected as well and she laid down and she asked for some space so I sat on the end of my bed while she laid on my bed as we watched television, she then said that she was tired so I probably turned the television off and she started to complain that she was too tall/long for my bed so I asked her to lay straight and properly on the bed so that I could see if she could fit and she barely could if she slightly bent her knees so she did this, and she asked for some space so I sat in the chair again.

It was clear that she was not interested in me or with cuddling with me or anything, it seemed that she just used me and was going to use my bed/room/bedroom and eventually ask me to leave my own room/bedroom so I would have to sleep on a couch in the bar/restaurant/somewhere else, and so I started collecting our dishes so that I could go wash them (I remember finding her fork but not her tray and other dishes, and so I had to ask her where she put them); and then I noticed the man at the bar again, I then assumed that he had been waiting on the woman, and so I told the woman about him hoping that she would leave and it worked (I think that she was originally with the man, he probably walked off to get her something, and then we met and she left with me after forgetting about him).

At some point she or they left and I got approached by several men in suits who either I worked for or they offered me a job, they probably worked for an intelligence agency or the government somehow, and they told me that they have been probably investigating the woman who uses people for various purposes (food, drink, money, information, shelter, et cetera) probably because she was suspected of stealing and selling classified information that she got from an intelligence agent/government worker/politician/whoever she used; and they wanted me to hang out with her again, but I can not remember why or what my mission was exactly (maybe they wanted to catch her in the act of doing something illegal, and so maybe I was to be used as bait/a trap as they watch/record everything).

I told them that the woman was gone but they told me that she would be back shortly, they said that she does not usually take long when using people and so she would be back soon after using the man who she probably left with to return to find someone else to use, and so I waited and they were correct; and I remember talking and playing pool with the woman in the bar/restaurant, but that is all that I can remember of this dream.

Dream 3

All that I can remember of the third/last dream is that it took place during a nice day in my parent’s yard and I had my automobile parked by the back door with the back door of my automobile open, and I was laying in the back of my automobile laying down relaxing and enjoying the moment and the nice day/view.

I somewhat went to sleep and then I woke up hearing construction noises and machinery/equipment/vehicles in the distance, some in my parent’s yard, and some across the street where the abandoned mobile home is; and I saw some construction workers in all three locations with two of them in my parent’s yard using an old wooden box to hold an object that they were sawing or something like that.

The two construction workers noticed me laying there in the back of my automobile and they probably thought that I was dead and/or they wanted to ask me for permission to use the old wooden box to saw objects on/whatever, I tried to pretend that I was sleep as I saw them getting closer because I did not feel like being seen/bothered, but when they got closer I stopped pretending and I sat up to see what they wanted but I can not remember what they wanted.

After they walked off I noticed that a new house was being built where the abandoned mobile home should be and it already had a frame and most of its roof, the side of the fence separating it from The B House was removed, and the new house was probably going to be connected to The B House to form one long rectangular house; and so it seemed that our neighbors at The B House now owned both properties, but I woke up.

After waking up I found out that construction work really was taking place at the abandoned mobile home, they seem to be working on the roof, and so maybe my mind heard the sounds of this as I slept and dreamed of it.

The end,

-John Jr

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Dreams

The Strain | The Lucid Dream Games

Dream 1

I started to get nervous about my upcoming job interview yesterday and I got a headache and I went to bed later than I wanted to, I had a hard time going to sleep but once I went to sleep I was sleeping good until I woke up during the night and my mind remembered the upcoming job interview, and so then I knew that my sleep/dreams/dream recall would continue to be interrupted and that I would experience the usual negative physical reactions that I get in times like these.

I kept waking up throughout the night from a repeating dream about the television show The Strain which I watched several episodes of last night, each time there would be slight variations involving the character Abraham Setrakian forming his team to fight the vampires and there was something about pea coats/clothing and many other things that I can not remember, and I would wake up feeling sick to my stomach from the anxiety; and so I could not sleep or dream or remember my dreams normally throughout most of the night, but I do remember part of my last dream which went lucid at the end.

Dream 2

All that I can remember of my second/last dream is that it took place on a gray day in a dream world that was controlled by a cruel military dictatorship it seemed like something from The Hunger Games film or something like that, there was a resistance group starting to fight back I think, and so a military helicopter with snipers was hovering over our neighborhood looking for them as everyone was supposed to stay inside their houses or risk being shot by the military.

I was either in the resistance group or I wanted to help them because I was tired of the military/government killing/torturing/enslaving us so I ran outside to sneak through the alley which looked like a fictional longer version of the alley by my parent’s house with fictional houses on both sides of it, when I got to the end of the alley there was a fictional version of the field by my parent’s house, and in the middle of the field was an old broken chicken/duck coop/cage in dirt/mud with the wire and wood broken and in a pile mostly; and on the other side of it was a house with a small tree in front of it like in real life.

I decided to try to shoot the helicopter down with a guided missile I think that I have no idea of where it came from, I did not lock the weapon on its target unfortunately, and I shot at it without aiming properly; and so I am not sure if I even hit it or not, and I remember running across the field toward the broken chicken/duck coop/cage so that I could walk calmly on the other side of the house where they could not see me if they survived and/or if other soldiers came to find who shot the guided missile.

After passing the broken chicken/duck coop/cage a mean-looking male soldier with whitish colored skin with short yellowish hair in military-style haircut wearing smooth whitish colored hard armor over most of his body except for his neck and head (it looked a bit like stormtrooper armor and the armor of the soldiers on The Hunger Games films like smooth shiny hard lightweight plastic-like armor) holding a light machine gun walked from the other side of the house where I was about to walk, and he looked ready to kill something.

I yelled to the soldier: “He went that way!” while pointing in the direction behind him on the other/left side of the house, he looked back like he was going to believe my lie, but then he turned back toward me and he started shooting his light machine gun at me; and so I started running and dodging, but I noticed that I did not hear bullets flying by me or ricochet oddly like his gun sounded like it was shooting but there were no bullets.

So I decided that I would try to flank him and attack him so I was going to run to the other side of the field and sneak around to flank him from the left side, but then I instantly realized that I was dreaming (so the dream became a lucid dream now) so I started to smile and feel confident and I slowly started to power up as I turned around to calmly walk back to face him.

I was calmly walking and slowly powering up to keep the dream stable but as I was passing the broken chicken/duck coop/cage I noticed something crawling from it which scared me a bit, I stopped to see what it was, and it was a homeless-looking man with dark-brownish colored skin crawling out to attack me like he was crazy.

I tried to calm him down and I did not have time for this because I needed to deal with the soldier and possibly the helicopter with snipers if it was still around and any soldiers coming to help and I needed to stay calm to avoid making the dream unstable and waking up, but the crazed homeless-looking man ran to attack me crazily.

I angrily ran at him still powering up telling him that I did not have time for this and we both ran at each other and tackled each other in the air but my tackle was more powerful so I landed on top of him, but this sudden burst of power and anger and excitement caused the dream to become unstable and I woke up before I could even ask him a question or do anything else that I wanted to do in this now lucid dream.

The end,

-John Jr

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Dreams

A Continuing Dream Inspired By Agatha Christie’s Poirot And The Strain?

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Dream 1

All three of my dreams from last night seem to be a continuing dream partly inspired by an Agatha Christie’s Poirot mystery that I watched last night along with an episode of the television show The Strain which I also watched last night, well my third dream did not seem to be inspired by either of those, but the first dream was inspired by that Agatha Christie’s Poirot mystery that I watched last night.

All that I can remember of the first dream is that it took place during the day in a nice neighborhood where a rich upper class family with a large yard and nice multi-story house were having maybe a garden party where the entire neighborhood was invited, and so even poor lower class people like myself/family were invited; and I was younger/a boy/a kid again it seemed, and they had various activities for everyone to do including separate activities for the adults and kids.

I remember playing around with the other kids in the front yard near the sidewalks and street mostly, at some point I spent most of my time with one of the daughters of the rich upper class family who was a girl my age with whitish colored skin with short yellowish colored hair who was a tough independent girl who did not look or act upper class/rich at all, and for some reason a group of male bullies started bullying us (my guess was that they had racist beliefs and/or they saw us as easy targets).

We tried to ignore them but they would not leave us alone and they started surrounding us to attack us, we tried to peacefully deal with the situation but it did not work, and so they attacked us and a fight started; and the daughter and I worked together constantly moving, dodging, blocking, countering, watching each others backs, et cetera as we fought waves of bullies who kept joining the fight.

I thought that the waves of bullies would never end, the daughter and I were good fighters using smart tactics so we were easily defeating them, but there were so many constantly joining the fight that I started to wonder how much longer we could last; and oddly no one was helping or trying to stop this, I guess the adults saw that we had it under control, and eventually we defeated all the bullies and no one was seriously injured.

We worked together well as a team and I enjoyed spending time with the daughter and I hoped that we could continue to get to know each other, we continue what we were doing before the attack, but that is all that I can remember of this dream.

Dream 2

The second dream was inspired by the television show The Strain and it seemed to take place years later after the events in the first dream where I was older now but still in public school, at my parent’s house (which was possibly a fictional house) in the morning and it was time for school but I was sick and I feared that I might have a strange/unknown virus/sickness/whatever like maybe something from The Strain, and I can not remember why I thought this but I know that I had strange symptoms that I can not remember.

My mom wanted me to go to school and she possibly tried mentioning the daughter from the first dream to inspire me to go to school (we were good friends now I guess) and that I had not missed a day the entire year so far but I explained to her that I did not feel good and that I did not want to risk possibly infecting other people at school (especially the daughter) or my family so I was quarantining myself in maybe the attic or my room for now, but that is all that I can remember of this dream.

Dream 3

All that I can remember of the third/last dream is that it seemed to have taken place after the events of the second dream in the future and maybe we were seniors in high school now or we just graduated but I am not sure, the dream took place during the day, and I was riding in The BV with most of my family and the daughter from the first dream it seemed who now looked/acted like a combination of the daughter from the first dream combined with my former female classmate RB; and she was very nice/kind, intelligent, and soft-spoken and we both seemed to be interested in each other but I am not sure if we were dating yet or not.

We were on our way to a multi-story store/apartment-like building, I remember us talking about various things on the way (the past, et cetera) and I wanted to spend as much time with her as I could, and at some point we reached the building and they went inside but I stopped to straighten/organize something inside The BV before going inside; and when I sent inside the first floor was the store part/area.

I remember catching up with the daughter so that I could spend as much time with her as I could, at some point we reached the next floor, and it seemed that my aunt SE and many family members from my mom’s side of the family were on this floor having a wedding party after my aunt SE’s wedding I assume.

I remember the daughter bringing me some objects from my past, I can not remember what they were, but she was excited about them and she wanted to know more about them and the memories/stories associated with them; and I remember us having a nice moment of closeness as we talked about this as my family members had a good time celebrating, and there was more that happened in this dream (especially between the daughter and I) and the other dreams but I can not remember those parts unfortunately.

The end,

-John Jr