Having read Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's books, I was a fan before The Strain was announced as a TV show.
As casting came together and I learned that Del Toro/Hogan wrote the pilot and would be involved, I knew FX had a hit on its hands.
That said, The Strain Season 1 Episode 1 far exceeded even my expectations. This is a cinematic experience, with vibrant hyper-real colors, a brilliant score and an outstanding cast.
Since I'm obviously a fan, you will notice I won't generally "critique" the episodes. I'd much rather theorize, ask questions and engage with other fans. It's my hope you guys hit the comments so we can share a weekly discussion about The Strain here at TV Fanatic.