What’s Worth Watching: ‘The Strain’ on FX for Sunday, August 9

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THE STRAIN -- "Quick and Painless" -- Episode 205 (Airs August 9, 10:00 pm e/p) Pictured: Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch Velders. CR: Michael Gibson/FX

The Strain, “Quick and Painless” (Sunday, Aug. 9, 10/9c, FX)

We’re only two Sundays away from the premiere of AMC’s long-awaited Fear the Walking Dead, and as we prepare to get back into zombie mode, let’s take a moment to appreciate the scariest thing currently on TV—outside of the political arena, that is, or the dialogue on True Detective. That would be what The Strain refers to as “the little spider kids,” an infestation of skittering blank-eyed mini-monsters. They once were blind children, now transformed into faster-than-speeding-bullets, wall- and ceiling-climbing vampire menaces. In the terrifying opening scene of this week’s episode, police raid an apartment building in Red Hook, Brooklyn, evacuating straggling humans and sweeping out any lurking ghouls—although those little spider kids prove to be horrifically elusive. (Sounds like a job for “city exterminator”/creature killer Fet, though first the authorities will have to release him after the subway bombing.)

In other activity, Eph plots his escape from quarantined New York to Washington, D.C., where he hopes to sell his plan to “infect the infected.” But first he needs a new ID and new appearance, which is great news to all those who’ve been waiting for Corey Stoll to shed the silly hairpiece and return to the beautifully bald state we’ve come to expect from this fine actor.

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