VAN HELSING – Season 1 Episode 7 – SPOILERS
Vanessa and the gang abandon the hospital and escape Dimitri’s attack in a beefed-up ambulance that Axel has maintained for just that purpose. Turns out that the booby-trapped door from last episode opened onto a rear stairwell that led to the ambulance. They were warned of the attack when Mohamad fired a flare gun he found from the roof of a nearby building to illuminate the streets, revealing the approach of the attacking vampires. Axel correctly deduced that it was Mohamed who fired the flares, and knew his location, but when the gang sped away in the ambulance, they did not rescue Mohamad.
Gunfire was heard in the distance before the vamp attack. Axel identified it as being from military issued weapons. Best guess is that Axel is trying to locate whoever fired those shots.
When the vampires attacked, many showed little concern for preserving their own lives. One would think that exceptionally long-lived creatures would exercise more caution, in order to longer enjoy their near-immortality. Most of them have only become vampires since the eruption, and haven’t had time to get bored.
Vanessa recovers from the wound suffered last episode after Doc makes an incision and finds a broken vampire tooth inside. It is possible that the tooth was continually re-infecting the wound as it tried to heal.
In the episode’s opening scene, Dimitri gifts Dr. Sholomenko (Duncan Ollerenshaw) with a steak dinner. While eating, the Doctor describes the progress of his experiments to find a serum to counter Vanessa’s bite. He tells Dimitri that he is using vampire children as test subjects to speed up the results. This worries Dimitri and he asks why. Sholomenko tells him: “They are rapidly growing organisms, alive with cell division.” This means that not only do vampires age, but children who have become vampires mature in much the same way they would have had they remained human.
A messenger from Julius arrives and when Dimitri doesn’t like the message, the ancient squeezes the fellow’s head until it bursts, scattering brains all over the Doctor’s meal, which the Doctor nonetheless continues to eat (at Dimitri’s urging). Sholomenko should avoid the brain bits, not just because of the cholesterol, but because eating them might turn him into a vamp.
Catherine (Sarah Desjardins) dies. Mohamad, who is with her, cannot save her. Before she expires she tells him that she lost track of Callie, and we are left to wonder if Callie might have been turned and become one of Dr. Sholomenko’s lab rats.
All of the vampires in VAN HELSING are addressed by their first name only (or by a nickname, as in the case of Flesh). It’s pretty much the same for humans. Aside from Vanessa Helsing and Axel Miller, we know the last name of no regular character except for Dr. Sholomenko, and his first name is a mystery.
Bethany Brown (Grace in episode 2) will be Detective Bethany Doyle in nine Season Four episodes of ROGUE, a series that centers on Grace Travis (played by Thandie Newton). Grace is an emotionally conflicted undercover detective who is haunted by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s mysterious death. Marci T. House (Major Stoker in VH episode 2) will play a doctor in episode 4.1 of ROGUE, which will air on DirecTV’s Audience Network in summer 2017.
Brown is also Tammy Lloyd in MY HUSBAND IS MISSING, a film about a woman (Daphne Zuinga) whose husband has been kidnapped. She and her daughter (Nicole Muñoz) put themselves in danger by assisting police in their investigations. That film premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network on 1 October.
Christopher Heyerdahl (Sam) will be Gagnon in TIN STAR, an epic drama about murder, grief, and revenge in a remote mountain town. Set in a once-idyllic village overrun by migrant workers from a nearby fracking facility and swamped by a rising tide of crime, it tells the sometimes funny tale of police chief Jim Worth (played by Tim Roth), whose peaceful life is shattered when a newly arrived gang murders his infant son in a botched attempt to assassinate him. Dustin MacDougall (Shade) will play a “big oil worker” in the first episode, and Kevin Hanchard of ORPHAN BLACK is also in the cast. The ten episode series began filming in Calgary last April, and will air on HBO in North America and on Sky Atlantic in the UK early next year.
John DeSantis (Gustov) will be Coach Davage in three episodes of the family comedy MECH X4, which has been renewed for a second season ahead of its Season One premiere. High school freshman Ryan Walker discovers he is a technopath with the ability to control technology with his mind. His superpower awakens a 150-foot robot known as MECH-X4, and Ryan can command it. When another monster begins to attack Bay City High, Ryan recruits his two best friends and older brother to help him while he pilots the robot, and the team must quickly learn to work together to save their school (and ultimately the world). LOST GIRL’s Ali Liebert appears as Principal Gray in 12 episodes. The first season will premiere with back to back episodes on the Disney Channel Friday, 11 November at 8:30pm.
Of the actors credited in this episode, males outnumbered females by 14 to 5, and two of the five female characters died. This is the second of four VAN HELSING episodes directed by Amanda Tapping.