VAN HELSING – Season 2 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
Remember when Mohammed (Trezzo Mahoro) was looking for his sister last season? He found her but was unable to accept that she was a voluntary vampire collaborator. This time a large chunk of the Citadel falls on Sheema (Naika Toussaint), fatally injuring her. She asks Mohammed to find Dimitri or Rebecca so that they can turn her into a vampire and save her life. She asks him several times and is quite clear about what she wants, but Mohammed still can’t accept it. He kills her instead of helping her. Last season, Mohammed betrayed Vanessa to find Sheema. This season, having found his sister, he betrays her wishes.
No time passed for Vanessa and the gang between Seasons One and Two. The attack on the Citadel is still in progress. Rebecca (Laura Mennell) is killed by Atanasia (Gia Crovatin), after having been severely wounded by Vanessa. Taka (Ryan Robbins), the leader of the rebellion, has his heart ripped out by Dimitri. Dr. Sholomenko (Duncan Ollerenshaw) is eventually killed by Vanessa, but not before telling her that that he has made alterations so that Dylan cannot be turned human again.
We find out that Vanessa can heighten her senses, especially the sense of smell, by drinking human blood. She sniffs out Dylan’s location after taking a drink from Mohammed’s neck. (He survives the incident, and for some reason does not continue to bleed after Vanessa is done sucking blood from him.)
The show has made an effort to make the idea that high altitudes are a safe haven from vampires more scientifically plausible. We see some humans surviving in a place called Crooked Falls and we are actually given GPS coordinates which reveal (upon investigation) that the place is presently known as Zapata Falls, and is located in southern Colorado, The altitude there is about 2800 meters, considerably higher than Denver which was mentioned in this context in Season One. (See previous post.)
Jesse, the only one of the three people we see in Crooked Falls to be addressed by name, is putting maps with directions to Crooked Falls inside helium-filled balloons. She then sets the balloons adrift on the wind, which she says will carry them great distances. The implication is that the mountain winds, combined with the altitude, keep the skies over Crooked Falls clear, and vampires are kept away by the sunlight. There are several towns in Colorado that are at an even higher elevation.
Flesh, the contemplative ex-vamp who now calls himself Phil, encounters Lucky (Andrea Ware) and her squad of human rebels who are attempting to blow up the Citadel’s boiler room. The rest of her squad is killed (because they stupidly walk into a trap), but Lucky perseveres, and manages to blow up “most of” the boilers. For some reason, when the boilers blow, the giant smokestacks above the citadel crumble.
Julius (Aleks Paunovic) still believes that Dimitri killed his mother. (Sam actually did that.) After learning that Dimitri is wounded, Julius makes plans to attack him in his weakened state.
When Vanessa finds Sholomenko he tries to convince her that only he can properly care for Dylan, but Vanessa’s daughter is hungry and bites the doctor, turning him into a vampire. Vanessa kills Sholomenko, and now must figure out how to live with her vampire offspring. Vanessa’s bite cannot (according to the doctor) turn Dylan human, and Vanessa can’t be made into a vamp. The two cannot harm one another, and that might form the basis for trust.
At the end of this episode, a song by Jim Boyd is playing. “When you find the one you’re looking for,” it cautions, “don’t ask, don’t ask for more.” Unlike Mohammad and Sheema, Vanessa and Dylan will likely be satisfied with finding one another, and reach some sort of accord.
Aleks Paunovic (Julius) will be Terry in the science fiction thriller VOLITION, a film by Tony Dean Smith about a clairvoyant named James (played by Adrian Glynn McMorran) who has a prescient vision of his own imminent murder, and must go on the run in an attempt to change the fate he knows is immutable. (As a child, he foresaw the death of his parents in a car crash, but was unable to prevent it.) Among others in the cast are Magda Apanowicz and Frank Cassini. VOLITION has completed filming in Vancouver, and should be released sometime in 2018.
Naika Toussaint (Sheema) will be Becky in THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN, a film based on David Baldacci’s 2013 novel about a disillusioned journalist (Dermott Mulroney) who is forced to travel by train to get home for Christmas. The trip turns into a journey of thrilling adventures, rude awakenings, and holiday magic, as he rediscovers people’s essential goodness and reconnects with someone very special he thought he had lost. Jovanna Burke (13 MILES MOVIE & THE TRUE HEROINES) is also in the cast. THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN will premiere on The Hallmark Channel on 24 December.
Vincent Gale (Phil aka Flesh) is Roger Bailey in ALL MY HEART: INN LOVE, the story of Jenny (Lacey Chabert) and her fiancé Brian (Brennan Elliott) who are busy preparing for the grand opening of their bed and breakfast. Then a storm hits Bucks County, and disrupts their plans. With money running low and time running out, Brian agrees to return to Wall Street to make quick cash, while Jenny scrambles to keep the opening on track. The movie will next air on The Hallmark Channel on 14 October at 7pm.