VAN HELSING – Season 2 Episodes 3 & 4 – SPOILERS
Lucky (Andrea Ware) knocks out Joline (Caroline Cave) with one punch, preventing her from sounding the alarm as Flesh and Mohammed escape. (Flesh had been imprisoned after he revealed his vampire past, and Joline was in enough trouble after allowing Doc to make off with blood to feed Axel, so she wasn’t about to try to help anyone else.) Lucky’s punch ties in nicely with the reveal that Julius was once a professional boxer. (We find out that Julius became a vampire after throwing a fight in 1936 to get money to pay some less-than-charitable nuns to continue caring for his dying mother.)
Dr. Sholomenko was not lying in the season opener. Dylan’s self-destruct mechanism kicks in and she turns into a big pile of dust in her mother’s arms, causing Vanessa to let out a primal scream that is heard for quite some distance. Doc and Flesh each hear the scream from different locations in the woods, so they cannot be very far from one another and will likely be reunited soon.
After Dylan’s death, Vanessa goes on a vampire-killing spree. In an effort to calm her, Julius (Aleks Paunovic) tells her a boxing story, about how he once almost defeated Max Baer (long before Baer became heavyweight champ in 1934), but was knocked out in the final round because he lacked patience. Vanessa seems to be starting to like Julius.
Vampire Sam (Christopher Hyerdahl) feeds on a bunch of bullies at what used to be the Randolphe Juvenile Detention Center, and befriends Felix (Bzhaun Rhoden) who was a recent focus of their torture. The only problem is that he thinks Felix is Mohamed, or at least he keeps calling him that. Vanessa recognizes Sam’s work when she sees it and tracks him down, setting up a fight between them for next episode. Sam probably won’t survive that fight. It is interesting that Sam is not deaf anymore. His hearing has been restored, but becoming a vampire has not healed his mind.
Mike and his significant other Chad Johnson are in charge of a tribe of young refugees, and their tribe (The Johnsons) is easily the most likeable bunch of humans to turn up on VAN HELSING so far. They treat each other with respect, are not rampantly paranoid, and sometimes actually seem to be enjoying themselves. Mike and some friends rescue Vanessa and Julius from some gratuitously gross vampires called skinners (so called because they like to skin people). Because The Johnsons militarize children, and practice the editing of literature and history, Vanessa suspects there may be things even more evil beneath the surface of the community. Julius disagrees.
Three quotes from Andrea Ware as about Lucky:
“They wanted someone outside of the box for this role. Extremely tall and physically intimidating were listed, something you don’t see often in a casting breakdown. Having the opportunity to play a role where my height is celebrated felt incredible. Not only that, Lucky was described as a fearless leader; she is a woman with character who is smart and brave with a “devil may care” attitude.” (Tell-Tale TV)
“I think Lucky is intrigued by Vanessa, I’m not sure she fully understands what all the fuss is about, but she’s beginning to trust Flesh and she has good instincts. I think Lucky and Vanessa would make a pretty kick ass team.” (TV Series Hub)
“There is also another scene later in the season where you will see a different side to Lucky and I look forward to the fans getting to know her on a deeper level.” (Hidden Remote)
Darren Mann (Ryan) will be Vladimir in TWISTED BLUES, the story of a young woman named Mia (Brittany Benjamin), who, while dealing with an abusive relationship in an unique way, stumbles into true love. “Mia’s journey becomes both the metaphysical and physical example…to identify the issues of identity, gender, developmental and emotional abuse,” said director Jac Muldor. “We are all connected to the reality that eventually we have to tackle – the fact that women (and some men), all over the world are victims to violence.” TWISTED BLUES was filmed entirely in Dubai. No release date has been announced.
Donny Lucas (Chad Johnson) is a recording engineer in MIDNIGHT SUN, a romantic drama based on the 2006 Japanese film Taiyô no uta. Midnight Sun is about Katie (Bella Thorne), a 17-year-old confined to her house during the day by a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly to her. Katie’s world becomes wider when she ventures out to play her guitar for travelers after dark, and, one night, she meets Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she has secretly admired for years. Katie hides her condition from Charlie, and the two embark on a summer romance. Filmed in Vancouver, MIDNIGHT SUN will be released in the US on 23 March.