My fabulous friend, entertainment correspondent Justine Browning, introduced me to the scary new series, The Strain. The series airs on FX and comes from Guillermo del Toro, the filmmaker who gave us Pan's Labyrinth. Remember this from Pan's Labyrinth?
In a post 9/11 New York, members of the Center for Disease Control fight a virus detected onboard a ghost airliner. A commercial airliner lands at JFK. But everyone onboard appears to be dead. Everyone. Passengers and crew. But they're not dead. Their bodies now host a virus that turns people in vampire-like creatures who resemble zombies. Just about all these creatures wind up having a bad hair day due to the terrible transformation. When the human bodies are corrupted by the worm host and the people turn into monsters, they seek the ones they loved as humans to feed on them.
Corey Stoll played the bald party boy politician who goes into recovery on House of Cards.
David Bradley plays the old Armenian vampire hunter. His longtime nemesis, a German with waxy skin, is played by Richard Sammel.
The prisoners are wearing striped uniforms, historically accurate for those Holocaust times. You see the yellow 6-pointed stars the Nazis made Jews wear in the camps. That was Nazi disrespect for the Star of David. Did anyone notice that the young Armenian and some of the other men had soiled pink triangles over their Stars of David? I'm pretty sure I saw triangles.
During the Holocaust, Nazis forced homosexual male prisoners to wear pink triangles. That symbol was used defiantly by Act Up. When angry gay men like playwright Larry Kramer and others grew impatient with our government not addressing the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s, Act Up was formed and used the pink triangle in this slogan on posters, T-shirts and buttons: