VAN HELSING – Season 2 Episode 2 – SPOILERS
Doc (Rukiya Bernard) has made a new life for herself repairing the wounded after the attack on the Citadel. She meets Joline (Caroline Cave), a resistance fighter, and they are just about to get close when Callie (Macie Juiles), who was last seen in Episode 1.6, shows up and recognizes Doc. Callie was rescued by Axel of all people. Axel is still a vampire, but he is a very disciplined vampire and he definitely holds a grudge against the doctor.
Other things happen in the episode, but not that many. Atanasia is killed by a masked, sword-wielding assailant. Axel runs through the blood Doc steals for him more quickly than Doc expects. He will need to either feed, or be bitten by Vanessa very soon. (Doc and Axel don’t know where Vanessa is.) Mohammed keeps giving himself suicide missions to atone for previous sins, but he keeps surviving them. He is currently being protected by Flesh and Lucky.
While Vanessa is trying to manage Dylan’s vampirism, Julius shows up and seizes the kid, intending to use her to get to Dimitri. After some wrestling, Vanessa bites him and turns him human. He thanks her. But Vanessa’s actions raise a question. Why didn’t she bite Rebecca?
It would be unfortunate if Doc and Joline don’t get together, because romantic relationships on VAN HELSING are almost non-existent. Sam and Mohammed might have had one, but there was never any direct evidence of it. (Then it was learned that Sam is a serial killer.) Rebecca occasionally banged a human slave, but there was nothing romantic about that.
The closest thing to a fully realized relationship on the show so far was the incestuous one between Dimitri and his sister, but Atanasia is killed in this episode by a sword-wielding masked person in black. It seems that as soon as two characters are shown to have romantic interest in one another, some catastrophic event intervenes.
Even though humans spend most of their time running away from and defending themselves against vampires. Even though vampires are usually busy plotting the destruction of humans (and even though death is a commonplace event), among the surviving characters there remain a few possible romantic pairings.
Joline and Doc seem like they want to be a couple. Joline acted against orders, allowing Doc to escape with blood for Axel. Clearly she has feelings for the Doctor, who certainly seemed to return the interest until Callie and Axel arrived.
Lucky (Andrea Ware) and Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) are a good fit. Both are ascetic, military types. Theo (Christopher Russell), last seen in Episode 1.10, is still alive and might have been the masked person who killed Atanasia with a thrown sword. He and Vanessa could rekindle whatever it was they began last season. Julius (Aleks Paunovic), grateful to be cured, might also vie for Vanessa’s affections. Emma (Christie Burke) once nursed Mohammed back to health, but each of them had a hidden agenda at the time, and that prevented anything from developing between them. Things have changed considerably for Mohammed now, and were they to encounter each other again, the situation might be different.
Alison Wandzura (Nicole in seven first season VH episodes) will be Amy Ellis in THE CROSSING, the story of a group of refugees from a war that hasn’t happened yet, who seek asylum in a small American fishing town. (The country these people are seeking refuge from is a future version of the US.) Federal Agent Emma Peralta (Sandrine Holt) and Sheriff Jude Miller (Steve Zahn) are the main characters in this allegory that is built around a conspiracy. A trailer is available on YouTube. THE CROSSING will premiere on ABC in the US sometime in January 2018.
Ryan Robbins (Taka) will be Jack Anderson (the husband of Lilah Anderson?) in the TNT series SNOWPIERCER, set seven years after the events of Bong Joon-Ho’s 2013 South Korean science fiction film which was based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. The Snowpiercer mythology describes a highly stratified society suffering the after-effects of a catastrophic climate engineering experiment that left the Earth in an ice age, and forced surviving humans to live on a massive experimental train powered by its own perpetual motion. (The film version ended with the train’s derailment by an explosion-triggered avalanche.) Production is underway on the series, and SNOWPIERCER will premiere in the US in 2018.
Hilary Jardine (Susan) is Gabriella in WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE, a horror film written and directed by David Fowler, in which a random bear attack during a camping trip leaves a family trapped by a demon worshiping cult known as The Circle. Fortunately, an infiltrator in the cult’s ranks is in contact with a former cult member named Grady (Ben Cotton), and between them they devise a rescue plan. No release date has been announced. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Jardine will also be Hilary in PRODIGALS, a film by Michelle Ouellet based on a stage play by Sean Minogue about a man from the big city who returns to his small home town to testify on behalf of an old friend who is on trial for murder. Once there, he struggles with a desire to restart a relationship with an ex-girlfriend, as well as with his friend’s expectations for him to save the trial. PRODIGALS will have its world premiere at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival (29 Nov – 3 Dec).