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 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.

That being said, let me tell you how I felt watching a few of the final episodes of the last season. If you haven't watched the show, stop reading.

Imagine if your favorite show is the Game of Thrones and your watching intently when a new character suddenly shows up called, Sir Sandcastle of Beachlandia, played by David Hasselhoff. Sir Sandcastle whips out a sword that is so obviously made of cardboard and and yells “Surfs up dudes!”

Yeah, that feeling. It's the same one I experienced watching final episodes of The Strain.

There are a few episodes where the rat catcher Vasily Fet, played by Kevin Durand, and Charlotte, played by Rhona Mitra (why not, she was killed off on The Last Ship) 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 North Dakota are Minuteman III ICBM.

This is where they lost me. I'm not sure if they had just given up, or ran out of budget for production. There are a few problems with veering into reality when you don't do your homework. All links link back to available pictures on the web.

The “missile” site they went to appeared to be made out of brown plywood. The exterior of this plywood site was built above ground instead of level with the site grade.

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...act=mrc&uact=8

Then when the action turns to the interior, 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.

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...woPHmCD8OxdX2w


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 frozen land, and was also part of the Titan ICBM system. There is a buried equipment room that has no access to the missile.

http://wikimapia.org/2885412/Minutem...h-Facility-A-2


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.

http://www.themilitarystandard.com/m...an/reentry.php


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. 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 nuclear weapon.


So in conclusion, if you want to add technical elements of ICBMs into a show, I suggest go on Facebook. There are hundreds of previous missile guys on there. Pick their brains. Hell, there's even whole group pages dedicated to the history of Missile systems. Or you could look up your own pictures on the web. Or even hire someone for technical expertise. I would appreciate it so that some of us are not mentally yanked out of our enjoyment of the show to try and reconcile for ourselves what it is we have just seen. All that aside, I did enjoy the series.