VAN HELSING – Season 2 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
Sheriff Walt Turner (Tom McBeath), a dark version of SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT’s Buford T Justice, pulls Wanda the Ambulance over as the gang heads south searching for Vanessa (who was taken by a group that Axel assures us was not the military. “They had training, though”, he admits.) Sheriff Turner, an only slightly exaggerated embodiment of the American way, is extremely impressed with Axel and his military record and invites everybody for a barbecue. Overtly sexist and racist, Walt causes Doc (Rukiya Bernard) to tell him to “eat shit” at one point, and when Scarlett (Missy Peregrym) expresses a hatred for guns, Walt asserts that “bullets are life“.
Initially, it seemed like the Sheriff and his good ol’ boy deputies might be planning to cook and eat their new guests, but it turns out that rather than waylaying strange humans passing through, they feed on captured vampires. (Cooking — slowly at a low temperature — apparently makes vampire meat safely edible for humans. This implies that the cause of vampirism (bacteria, virus, or parasite) is destroyed by the cooking process, and what’s left is no longer vampire, but human. (Could inducing a sufficiently high fever in a vampire also result in a cure?) So Julius is correct later on in the episode when he calls Sheriff Walt and his buddies cannibals.
The modern meat-eating fetish and the cruelty it imposes on other species is dramatically illustrated as we are shown Big Mama’s cooking process. The feral is nailed to the table crucifixion style with nails through the hands and feet. She is then supposedly killed by a drill to the brain before being put in a smoker, but Julius (having once been a vampire) knows that won’t kill her. Julius surreptitiously puts the vampire out of her misery, but is caught doing that by Big Mama, so he is forced to kill her as well. The gang’s escape plan falls short of success and they are on the verge of being executed (in a quite complex and mad way) when the Sisterhood arrives.
Another of Scarlett’s powers, the ability to see in the dark, manifests. She sees the Sisters coming before anyone else does. (We still don’t know what happens when she bites someone.) Axel and Scarlett flirt a bit. If a relationship between them develops, Vanessa will likely gravitate toward a relationship with Julius when she returns.
Somewhere in the woods nearby, while searching for Mohamed (who in the previous episode was kidnapped by Sam), Flesh and Lucky stumble upon Dimitri, his minions, and the Sisterhood. Dimitri has captured Jolene (Caroline Cave), along with Cassie and some others. Temporarily giving up the search for Mohamed, Flesh and Lucky wait for nightfall, and free many of the captives, setting up a possible reunion for Doc and Jolene.
Nels Lennarson (Deputy Danny Douglas) will be Hank in ANTHEM, an adaptation of Joanne Proulx‘s novel, “Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet”, about Luke (Cameron Monaghan), a teenager who foresees the death of his best friend Stan (Alex MacNicoll), and makes the mistake of telling people about it. When his premonition becomes reality, Luke must deal with being considered a freak by the entire town, and it doesn’t help that he’s beginning to fall in love with Stan’s girlfriend or that he keeps having more premonitions. “Yes, Luke predicts death, but sometimes death teaches us to live,” director Robin Hays told The Hollywood Reporter. “To me, that’s what this story, this film, is about: the moments we should pay more attention to and the spaces between those moments.” ANTHEM was filmed in Vancouver last spring. There is no word yet on a release date.
Billy Wickman (Deputy #1) is Clint in FINDING SANTA, the story of Grace (Jodie Sweetin), a single woman who lives and breathes Christmas all year, and has been in charge of her small New England town’s Christmas parade since she moved back home and took over her parent’s Christmas store. When the parade’s usual Santa, Tom (Jay Brazeau), is injured, Grace needs to find a replacement in time, and the only option seems to be Tom’s son Ben (Eric Winter), who hates Christmas. Filmed in Ladner, British Columbia, FINDING SANTA will next air on The Hallmark Channel on 8 December at 10pm.
THE FANGIRL ZONE PODCAST — Fangirl S and Steve (along with occasional guests) discuss many of the same shows covered by this blog including VAN HELSING. It is often insightful and always a lot of fun. Below is their take on VAN HELSING 2.8.