VAN HELSING – Season 1 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
Vanessa is bitten by a mutant sewer-dwelling vamp. Not only are such beasts apparently immune to the effects of Vanesssa’s blood, but their saliva must contain something that inhibits Vanessa’s rapid healing, because the wound they inflict on her does not heal properly. Susan and Vanessa go back to the hospital, where the security code on the door has still not been changed. (It’s still 1936.) There they precipitate a counter-revolution which frees Doc and the others and leaves Axel in charge once again. (When Doc tells Vanessa what has happened in her absence, she challenges Brendan with a quote from Tony Soprano: “Is this the way you repay me?”)
Catherine (Sarah Desjardins) and young Callie (Marcie Juiles) are having a blast exploring the hospital, but when Callie tries to open a door marked “Do Not Enter”, she springs a booby trap. The trap does her no harm because she’s so short, but had it been Catherine attempting to open that door, she would have been cut in half. This freaks Catherine out and she retaliates by poking Axel with a sharp stick through the bars of his cage. All that happens before Vanessa’s counter-revolution. We never do find out what was concealed behind the booby-trapped door.
No progress at all is made toward figuring out who killed Cynthia and Roger and took their fingers, except for Sam becoming a bit more suspect due to questionable lip reading involving a hand held mirror.
A couple of resistance members put Sheema (Naika Toussaint) on a table and prepare to torture her. They suspect her of luring them into a trap with those blueprints she brought them last episode. Sheema is saved from this unfair predicament by Rebecca who kills the would-be torturers and rescues the young human. Rebecca has an extraordinary sense of smell and tracked Sheema by her scent. It seems at least possible that Sheema will be grateful that Rebecca has spared her twice, and will transfer her loyalties to her rescuer.
That metal throat opener of Rebecca’s (see previous post) might be useful in enabling her to drink someone’s blood without an exchange of fluids. That would mean that the human involved would not be turned. She could feed off of Sheema (for instance) in a controlled way, allowing her to remain as she is. Were this technique to be employed more generally, it might enable the vampires to avoid running out of edible humans.
Brendan (Terry Chen) and his group follow Mohamad into exile in the mean streets of Seattle. Callie elects to join them, although she clearly has divided loyalties.
At the very end of the story, Doc is preparing a slide of Vanessa’s blood. She cuts her fingertip with the edge of the glass slide, and, after a moment’s hesitation, begins to suck blood from the cut.
Jennifer Copping (Quaid) will be Jodi Winters in the dark musical comedy INWARD EDWARD, in which an eccentric marriage counselor obsessed with love discovers that he has the gift to see what is really going on inside his patient’s minds. Directed by Sonia Suvagau the film is described on its Facebook page as “the beginning of an impactful story, a first peek into a vast universe of mysteriously musical beings”. Copping will also be Schauna in RABBIT, a film which seems to be about an itinerant boxer. Other cast members include Lee Majors (once the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN) and Derek Hamilton (once a Maritime Provinces Golden Gloves champion). RABBIT has a tentative release date of 1 October 2017.
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Aleks Paunovic (Julius) will star as Jamie in the horror comedy PUPPET KILLER. a macabre satire about the correlation between violence in film and television, and violence in reality. (Jamie is convinced that his childhood puppet is a magically animated killer.) It is the first feature film directed by Lisa Ovies, and she said this about the project: “It has been almost two years since I came up with this idea and I can’t explain the joy I feel watching it come to life. I created my production company because I was tired of waiting around hoping for opportunities and ready to start kicking down doors. Five years later I am making my dream film with the strongest cast I have ever been honoured to work with.” PUPPET KILLER completed filming in Vancouver last January, and should be released in Canada later this year.
Rowland Pidlubny (Scab) will be Benny Arcaro in episode four of the CW series FREQUENCY, which is about an NYPD detective who communicates with her late father through his old ham radio (which is somehow transmitting from 1996, the year he was murdered). She gives her dad information that allows him to thwart the killer, but his survival has tragic consequences in the present. Episode four will air on Wednesday, 26 October at 9pm.