VAN HELSING – Season 2 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
Vanessa has been having vivid dreams that are quite like visions. She has one of those about Susan, and in that dream, she and Susan seem to be lovers. (Maybe there could be some webisodes focusing on Vanessa’s dreams?) In the dream, Susan tells her: “You woke me up. Now I wanna do the same for you.” Susan leads her to the red door and urges her to go through. When Vanessa actually returns to the The Farm (she was last there in episode 1.9), with Axel and Doc tagging along, she finds that the much dreamed about door is coded to open with the number on her military file along with her name. She also finds her sister.
Julius (Aleks Paunovic) dreamed about the red door, but not about Susan, so Vanessa’s dreams are not spreading telepathically. The shared dream must have been implanted into the subconscious of those involved in the military project with something specific as a trigger, possibly the vampire apocalypse. It wasn’t triggered in Vanessa earlier, because looking for the door was superseded by the urgency of looking for Dylan. Is Vanessa transferring memories chemically with her bite, along with the cure? How else would those Vanessa has cured have dreamed about the door?
Vampires (we are told) don’t dream. Doc, Flesh, and Julius dream, so vampirism does not permanently damage the brain, and that means production of dopamine is likely inhibited by the disease. Doc will figure this out, given the chance. Dimitri dreams, and that probably has to do with Vanessa and her sister, and the military project of which they were once a part.
Much to Doc’s surprise, Vanessa refuses to bite Axel and turn him human again. She uses Dylan’s death as an excuse, but Dylan and Axel seem to have had little in common (unless Vanessa suspects Axel of secretly being another of her relatives). Her refusal to orally rescue Axel might prod Doc into discovering a better delivery system for the cure. A bite is dramatic, but the cure is likely transmitted by Vanessa’s saliva mixing with the subject’s blood, or other bodily fluids. (If this is so, she could, in theory, French kiss a vamp back to health, and if blood from the subject was necessary, she could take a little nip out of the tongue. But it is doubtful that most vampires would hold still long enough to be cured in that way.) Given the use of the labs found at the military facility, Doc might devise a compound made from essential Vanessa stuff that could be delivered via the tip of an arrow.
Vanessa meets her sister Scarlett (Missy Peregrym), and they find a key that was concealed by mama Van Helsing when Vanessa was a child. It is not known exactly what the key opens. Then the office phone rings. Vanessa picks up, and a female voice on the other end asks “Who is this?” and it kind of has to be her mom, but we don’t know that yet. Then Dimitri and his goons arrive.
Scarlett doesn’t have rapid healing powers like her sister. What are Scarlet’s powers, and have they been triggered yet? Vanessa’s vampire-like attributes must come from somewhere. Did they come from Dimitri? Did Dimitri’s ability to dream come from Vanessa?
Elsewhere, Lucky and Flesh haven’t been seen since they kissed. Sam is still roaming the woods. Axel has escaped and his whereabouts are unknown. Mohamed is presumably still wounded, and Julius is, much to Doc’s delight, afraid of needles.
From SyFy Wire – Showrunner Neil LaBute on Susan’s brief return:
“There was and is a lot of love for both Hilary Jardine and her character Susan in our offices, on the set and now on the Internet. She was a real joy to work with and developed into one of my favorite characters so far on the show. People who watch also seemed to hate seeing her killed off so we looked for a legitimate way to bring her back and I think we did that in this episode. She and Kelly Overton had great chemistry together — there’s a world where those two go off and have a hit detective series or a romantic series together and everybody is happy — but the brutal landscape of Van Helsing is such that we lose a lot of people along the way. Who knows if she’ll show up again (along with a few other alums) but I for one would be happy to make that work out in additional seasons.”
Fiona Vroom (Wendy in “Stay Behind“) is Erin in MISS CHRISTMAS, a seasonal romance starring Brooke D’Orsay and Marc Blucas (Buffy’s Riley Finn). D’Orsay’s character is the official tree finder for Chicago’s Radcliffe Tree lighting and is desperate to find the perfect tree. A letter from a young boy promising his tree is perfect sends her to a small town where she learns the young boy’s dad (Blucas) isn’t willing (for very good reasons) to part with the pine. MISS CHRISTMAS will next air on The Hallmark Channel 17 November at 6pm. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Bethany Brown (Doc’s sister Grace in “Seen You“) is a New York waiter, and Marci T House (Major Stoker) is an airline representative in THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, the story of two strangers (Kate Winslet and Idris Elba) who must figure out how to survive the extreme weather conditions of a snow covered mountain after a plane crash strands them on it. Once they realize help is not coming, they set out across hundreds of kilometers of wilderness, pushing one another to stay alive and keep going. The film is currently playing in US theatres, and a trailer is available on YouTube.
Gwynyth Walsh (the baby-eating vamp Magdalene in Season One) will be Perry MacDonald in the true crime drama FINAL VISION. The movie tells the story of Jeffrey MacDonald (Scott Foley), an Ivy League-educated US Army doctor, who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the 1970s. The story is told through the eyes of bestselling author Joe McGinniss (Dave Annable), whom MacDonald asked to write a book (Final Vision: The Last Word on Jeffrey MacDonald) about the trial, and it begins as a story about an innocent man being railroaded by a flawed legal system, but FINAL VISION goes on to relate the twisted psychological tale of a far more sinister man. FINAL VISION will air on the Investigation Discovery Channel in the US on 10 December at 8pm.