VAN HELSING – Season 1 Episodes 8 & 9 – SPOILERS
John (David Cubitt) gets drunk and tries to rape Susan. Vanessa kills him with a brilliant knife throw to the neck (another indication that she has had some sort of military training). Later, Susan (Hilary Jardine) kisses Vanessa, who doesn’t seem to mind, but also doesn’t react in any passionate way. Vanessa admits to Susan that she is experiencing a sort of blood lust and that she enjoyed killing John. Susan responds: “Like my dad always used to say, ‘Life’s good when you enjoy your work.'” (Speaking of blood lust, have you noticed that Sam tends to go a bit overboard when bashing vampires with that softball bat of his?)
Vampires cannot give birth, and so Dr. Sholomenko is attempting to cure that problem by using human females as surrogate mothers for vampire babies (thus far without success). After offering Sheema (Naika Toussaint) a bowl of fruit (apparently apple trees have flourished in the volcanic shade), a pet canary, and a comfy place to stay, Rebecca (Laura Mennell) shows her Sholomenko’s research and tells her: “Do my bidding, or I’m sure you’ll make an excellent vessel.”
Quaid (Jennifer Copping), miraculously unharmed though she was apparently turned into a vampire and shot several times in a previous episode, is kissed by Rebecca and then released. Once back at Resistance HQ, she is debriefed by a suspicious Taka (Ryan Robbins), Sheema then wanders in and accuses Quaid of being a traitor. Taka believes the wrong story and kills Quaid, though it might have made more tactical sense for him to keep her prisoner.
Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) meets a cute woman named Emma (Christie Burke) who is foraging for medicinal herbs in the woods. All we know about Emma is that she seems naive and flirtatious, and appears to have little fear of vampires. While they are hiding from two strange hooded figures, Emma kisses Mohamad to stop him from talking.
Vanessa recovers her file. (Axel stole it and kept it from her.) The file calls her “Missing Hemo Project NO. Y7UH982“, and an entry on the day of The Rising says that she has been “potentially located”, and that a squad of Marines has been dispatched to recover her and return her to The Farm. If Vanessa was a test subject and didn’t know it, it seems possible that her husband was some kind of Orphan-Black-style monitor. Perhaps The Rising happened before a post-divorce monitor could be assigned.
It is also possible that the military was attempting to give Vanessa’s powers to other soldiers by exposing them to some sort of radiation at The Farm. (Could being bitten by a radioactive vampire turn one into an anti-vamp?) Soldiers with enhanced strength who heal rapidly would be valuable. But if Vanessa escaped, why does she have no memory of that?
OTHER STUFF: Nobody kisses Doc, but Axel hugs her when she freaks out. Axel is killed by a vampire while trying to rescue Gorman. Doc finds out that The Farm is radioactive, and the gang (what’s left of it) escapes through a ventilation shaft. The ambulance runs out of gas, so Vanessa decides to follow the sound of church bells wherever that takes her. It does not seem entirely unlikely that when they reach the church they will find Mohamad and Emma there.
Christie Burke (Emma) will be Clover in LOVE EVERLASTING, a film about Bridger Jenkins (Lucky Blue Smith), an outsider with a lifelong dream to see the ocean. Trying to escape a dangerous family situation, Bridger and his mother embark on the journey of a lifetime, but end up stuck in a small, remote town. Then everything changes when Bridger meets and falls in love with Clover. The film will be released on iTunes in the US and the UK on 15 November. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Aleks Paunovic (Julius) won the UBCP/ACTRA award for Best Actor for his performance as Lee in the 2015 film NUMB, which is about a couple searching for stolen gold in the frozen north. NUMB was nominated for twelve Leo Awards, and is available on iTunes Canada. It has been released in twenty-four other countries but not, as yet, in the US.
Ryan Robbins (Taka) will be Emil Ducette in THE SHACK, a mystical adventure based on the novel by William P. Young. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) is facing a crisis of faith. He receives a mysterious letter urging him to go to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack follows the instructions in the letter (which he believes to be from God) and meets three strangers from whom he learns truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy. Filmed in Vancouver, THE SHACK will be released in the US on 3 March, and in Germany (as Die Hütte – Ein Wochenende mit Gott) on 6 April.