Social media is hopping over the show's blend of gross-out effects, monsters and atmospheric horror. We'll obviously have to wait a little while to see if that combination translates to ratings success for FX, but in the meantime, let's see what Twitter had to say about the show's premiere, shall we?
Vulture's reviewer, Matt Zoller Seitz, set the tone of discourse early, questioning series lead Corey Stoll's hairpiece ...
"Perhaps the hairpiece will speak in the voice of Alec Baldwin." http://t.co/xswSIvdLu0— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) July 11, 2014
... Apparently something on other people's minds as well.
WHY couldn't Corey Stoll get the same wig people from Midnight in Paris to do his wig in The Strain?!— Danielle GEE (@danimop) July 14, 2014
The use of Neil Diamond's inescapable hit during one gross-out scene had some viewers reeling.
Nuthin like listening to Neil Diamond while your life flashes before your eyes #TheStrain— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) July 14, 2014
The coroner's shocking lack of basic hygiene precautions in the aforementioned scene was noteworthy as well.
Bet you're rethinking touching that damn thing without gloves on now, aren't ya! #TheStrain— Akela Cooper (@AkelaCooper) July 14, 2014
This is a really good point: Have characters in movies and television ever seen a movie or TV show where the seemingly-crazy old man turns out to be right? Or does that trope just not exist in Fiction World?
Word of advice: When a crazy old guy says decapitate and burn the bodies, you damn well better do that. #TheStrain— Christian Johnson (@NerdPoetics) July 14, 2014
Other people just focused on the show's eye-grabbing (double meaning!) publicity campaign ahead of the premiere.
Thanks 'the strain', i just barfed on La Brea. Ps. i hope that worm gets a spinoff http://t.co/4O7HoHjYXO— David Spade (@DavidSpade) July 8, 2014
Finally, at least one Twitter user was left with the nagging feeling that a vampire/worm-monster epidemic isn't that far off. Guess we'll all just have to tune in next week to find out.
Can't sleep. The Strain could happen. Prove that it couldn't.— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) July 14, 2014