VAN HELSING – Season 2 Episode 12 – SPOILERS
The gang is almost entirely reunited, but not with Vanessa, and not for long. Jolene (Carolyn Cave) and Doc (Rukiya Bernard) finally get back together, and Julius (Aleks Paunovic) is brought to Crooked Falls by a puzzled, scar-faced vampire who wants to know why this particular human won’t turn into a vampire when bitten. Young Callie turns up as well, having somehow acquired the ability to repair electronics.
Callie shows Jesse how to repair the radio, and this seems like a good thing, until she gives their co-ordinates to the first person she contacts. (The sound of a helicopter approaching at the end of the episode prompts Axel to exclaim “damned apocalypse!” Could this be the same helicopter that was used to kidnap Vanessa in episode 2.9? If so, it’s a good thing that Scarlett and The Boss have left on an excursion to prevent Dimitri from using the key to free The Elder. If Crooked Falls is captured, they won’t be.
Doc (who reveals to Jolene that her first name is Sarah) points out that everyone who travels with Callie dies, but given the rather short life-expectancy of VAN HELSING characters, singling out Callie is hardly fair. But it does seem at least possible that whoever taught Callie about fixing radios sent her to Crooked Falls to find out its exact position (46.26.16 North and 116.39.42 West).
Vanessa is being held in another (presumably nearby) mountain fortress by Dr. Harrison and Abigail, both of whom worked with Vanessa’s mother at The Farm back in the 70s. They tried (in episode 2.10) to make Vanessa believe that Abigail is her mother, and succeeded for a while, but Vanessa eventually figures out that Dr. Harrison was not really attempting to cure vampirism, but instead was searching (shades of ORPHAN BLACK) for the fountain of youth. Harrison hasn’t aged a day since 1976. (Abigail, after being exposed as a fake, told Vanessa that her mother was accidentally infected with a serum from a “special vampire” (Dimitri?) during her pregnancy, and that gave Vanessa and Scarlett their powers.)
A new type of vampire, likely created by Dr. Harrison, is abroad in the land. These neo-vamps are immune to sunlight, and are even better at healing than the old sort of vampire. Lucky and Flesh are devoured by some of them, and are probably permanently dead, because we see their grave markers, just like we saw Susan’s grave marker in episode 1.11.
The Elder comes to Scarlett in a dream and tells her that he can no longer communicate with Vanessa. This could indicate that Vanessa is dead. It is also possible that Vanessa communicated with The Elder (and others) via an implant of some sort, which would also explain how Dr. Harrison and his people were able to find her. One of the bullets fired by Abigail might have damaged or destroyed the implant without killing Vanessa.
At the time of her death, Lucky (Andrea Ware) believed she was pregnant. If she was, that would mean that having been infected with the vampire virus did not affect Flesh’s ability to reproduce.
Scarlett, like Vanessa in “Base Pair“, encounters a woman who claims to be her mother, and to be searching for a cure for the vampire virus. The woman Vanessa found was lying. The Boss (Andee Frizzell) looks and acts like a Van Helsing, so she might be telling the truth.
Axel, it seems, hasn’t gotten over being abandoned by Doc at the end of Season One. When she shows up alone, he assumes that she abandoned Julius as well. When Julius arrives at Crooked Falls, he corrects Axel, but Axel never apologizes for misjudging Doc.
VAN HELSING has been renewed for a third season by SyFy.
Jillian Fargey (Ella Harker) is Ellyn Found in THE MIRACLE SEASON, the true story of a high school vollyball team that, after the tragic death of their star player Caroline Found, band together under the guidance of their coach (Helen Hunt) in an attempt to repeat as winners of their state championship. THE MIRACLE SEASON will be released in the US on 13 April. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Shadow the Dog made her TV debut in this episode. She also played the title role in the award-winning 2013 short film SHADOW, written and directed by Autumn McAlpin, about a professional surfer who suffers a career-ending injury and finds hope through the companionship of a three-legged dog.
Paul Johansson (Dimitri) who directed “Crooked Falls”, also co-wrote (with Nick Cassavetes and Andrew Levitas) the script for HAVE YOU SEEN HER, an international romance to be directed by Cassavetes (best known for THE NOTEBOOK). Johansson told Dave McNary of Variety: “Nick and I have literally been on the verge of writing this for years. We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Rob and Andrew who have put us on a very fast path to production.” Johansson was Allie’s Mom’s ex-boyfriend in THE NOTEBOOK.