The Strain is listed as a horror drama. I felt like it dipped its toe across a few genres. For me it was more like a tragicomedy. The main character Dr. Goodweather always wore a knowing smirk on his face, as if he knew something no one else did. I enjoyed watching this series. They did a very good job taking the time with each character's development.

There are a few episodes where the NY rat catcher Vasily Fet, played by Kevin Durand, and Charlotte, played by Rhona Mitra, must acquire a warhead from a North Dakota missile site to put an end to the Strigoi and the Masters reign of terror in New York.

Missile sites in the ground in North Dakota are Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM).

This is where I strained to keep watching.

The “missile” site in the show appeared to be made out of brown plywood. None of the site items were to scale. The exterior of this plywood site was built above ground instead of level with the site grade. You have to be able to drive a payload transporter over the top of the launch tube before you open the launcher closure door. This truck has the chain hoist in it. In these pics the door is already open and the truck positioned.
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When the action turns to the interior of the site, they mixed ICBM systems together. It showed a Titan missile work platform stored against the wall. This is how it should have looked for the area they were in. The tube is accessed by a solid metal “diving board” and work is performed in an installed work cage that you bring with you. You can see the hoist rigging is already attached to the RS.
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See, the guy in the work cage is indicating no discrepancies with a hand gesture!
Then in order to gain access to the missile, Vasily says he will take the other entrance, through the launch control center. That does not exist at these sites in North Dakota land, and was also part of the Titan ICBM system. There is a buried equipment room that has no access to the missile. You have to go through this Personnel Access Hatch after unlocking the A-circuit door, its the only entrance.
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And then there was the warhead. I don't know what that's supposed to be in the show, maybe Minuteman I from the 1960’s? It looked like something North Korea would build. This is what they are supposed to look like.


There are three independently targetable warheads under a reentry shroud (RS). Even if you could gain access to a site, you're not picking up the RS without a crane.
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There were quite a few other discrepancies.

I'm not even going to get started on the shows version of the ability to dial up or down the kiloton output on a MMIII nuclear reentry vehicle. Here is the info on the MMIII.
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If a show is going to add technical elements of ICBMs into a story line, I suggest you go and look up your own pictures on the web. I would appreciate it since some of us that bled for years keeping a weapon system online are not mentally yanked out of our enjoyment of a show to try and reconcile in our brains what our straining eyes have just seen. All that aside, I did enjoy the series, good job.
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