VAN HELSING – Season 3 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
The Elder wakes Vanessa with a bite. She tries to kill him before he can explain that he has been sent by her sister and is bound to serve them, so he takes on other forms in an attempt to calm her down. First he appears as her dead daughter Dylan (Hannah Cheramy) and that might have worked except that in that form he knocks Vanessa across the room, disturbing the illusion. So then he becomes Scarlett, but that just makes Vanessa more violent. Finally he takes on the form of Susan (Hilary Jardine) and that is just right. Despite the unreality of the situation, Vanessa can’t bring herself to harm this fantasy. The Elder and Vanessa are finally able to communicate.
In what might be a dream Vanessa was having before she was wakened by The Elder, we see the events of the day in 1986 when Vanessa was separated from her twin sister Scarlett. The twins’ foster parents take the girls to the Harker’s home, and the Harkers choose Scarlett. On the drive back, the car with Vanessa and her foster parents (the Sewards) has a head-on collision with a pickup truck that is driving on the wrong side of the road. (The collision appears to have been intentional on the part of whoever was driving the pickup.) The Sewards are killed, but Vanessa herself is relatively unharmed. She gets out of the car, and a tall, shadowy female figure approaches and reaches out to her. (This is the fourth VAN HELSING flashback to a year ending in six. See previous post.)
*There was a Seward in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dr. John Seward was the administrator of an insane asylum. His mentor was Vanessa’s great-great-great grandfather, Abraham Van Helsing.
If the crash was intentional, whoever was behind it had to be able to predict where the Sewards would be, and they must have known where Scarlett was, even if young Vanessa did not tell them afterward.
The Elder enables Vanessa to communicate with Scarlett and her dying mother, and Vanessa learns that each of The Elders has a totem that can lead them to The Dark One (presumably Dracula). To free The Dark One, at least several of the totems must be used together. (It is unlikely that all of them are necessary, or else eliminating any one totem would trap Dracula forever.) Abby tells her that the location of the totems are hidden in the family book, and that despite her best efforts, she was unable to find them.
Vanessa goes in search of the book, which she knows is in the possession of the woman who pretended to be Abigail in Episode 2.10. On the way, she spots one of Dr. Harrison’s guards who is still alive. (The Elder was supposed to kill all of them, but was apparently inefficient about it.) Vanessa uses the blood of the guard to supercharge herself. Perhaps the guard was turned by The Elder. If so, Vanessa’s bite would have turned her back. For whatever reason, Vanessa decides not to kill her. Instead, she drags the guard somewhere out of sight.
Vanessa quickly locates fake Abigail (Colleen Winton), who admits that she was responsible for introducing The Dark One‘s blood into Vanessa and Scarlett when they were young, without their mother’s knowledge. Vanessa seems to take great pleasure in killing fake Abigail.
Axel, Jolene, Doc, Callie, Flesh, Julius, and Jesse arrive in Dr. Harrison’s helicopter, which they got control of after they killed Dr. Harrison and his men. The events in Crooked Falls that led to Harrison’s death revealed that Doc and Julius heal very rapidly since they were bitten by the neo-vamps (modified vampires created by Dr. Harrison). It seems likely that all ex-vampires, once bitten by neo-vamps, gain the rapid healing power. (Doc took a bullet for Jolene, indicating that Jolene has no such gift.)
Flesh must also have been bitten by Scarface and his tribe. He climbs out of his grave, and is very upset that Lucky has not risen as well. “There wasn’t much left of her,” Doc tells him. Axel would also acquire that power were he to be bitten, but that might not be true in the future. (Scarlett mentions that Scarface and his ilk are transforming (into what she does not say).
Callie (Macie Jules) continues to demonstrate powers far beyond those of normal children. When Julius wonders aloud what the repeated flybys of Harrison’s helicopter is about, she replies laconically “Recon”. Callie also can handle a gun. She shoots the last of Harrison’s men, and looks quite professional doing it.
Vanessa splits the group into two parts. She, Scarlett, Axel, and The-Elder-disguised-as-Susan will pursue The remaining Elders and their totems. Julius, Doc, Callie, Jolene, and Jessie take the helicopter to Denver, which Vanessa has discovered is safe from vampires, possibly due to a drug being shipped there by the late Dr. Harrison. Vanessa holds back certain information from those going to Denver, indicating that she does not entirely trust them. She trusts Doc, though. Doc is given a few drops of the blood of The Dark One as a backup in case what Vanessa has should be lost. Now that she knows that The Elders can appear to be anyone, could it be that she suspects that one of the others might not be what they seem?
Michael Patrick Denis (Ted Seward) will be Thomas Reardon, the computational neuroscientist who created Internet Explorer, in “Pseudocode”, episode two of the six-part limited series VALLEY OF THE BOOM. The show, which stars Bradley Whitford as Netscape president James Barksdale, and Lamorne Morris as (fictional) investment banker Darrin Morris, will describe the epic browser wars, and tell the true inside story of the internet’s infancy. Executive Producer Ariana Huffington told Deadline: “What Matthew [Carnahan] captured so brilliantly at the birth of the intent is how dramatically different it was then than it is now. The mood we are going to see here is a mood of idealism, triumphalism. It was expected to basically change the world.”
Showrunner Carnahan added: “Right now, we are losing our net neutrality. We are at a scary scary moment, in my opinion, this is the time to tell stories like this.” VALLEY OF THE BOOM will premiere in January 2019 on the National Geographic channel.
Fiona Vroom (Wendy in “Stay Inside”) will be Miss Gillies in the TV adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s film SNOWPIERCER, set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland due to a failed climate change intervention. It centers on the remnants of humanity, who reside in an immense, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Miss Gillies is described as “an encouraging and well-rounded school teacher who is responsible for educating Snowpiercer’s next generation”. (In the movie the teacher was played by Allison Pill.) Steven Ogg, who plays Pike in the series, told ScreenRant that SNOWPIERCER will premiere on TNT in June 2019.
Vroom will also be Ivy in SANTA’S BOOTS, a gender-switched retelling of Cinderella that will star Megan Hilty as Holly, who, while working as an elf at her family’s department store, falls in love with the store Santa (Nick, played by Noah Mills). Unfortunaely, Santa disappears suddenly, leaving behind only one black boot. Maddie Phillips, who will appear in two VAN HELSING episodes later in Season Three, is also in the cast. SANTA’S BOOTS will air on Lifetime Saturday 8 December at 8/7c.
VAN HELSING showrunner Neil LaBute will showrun the sci-fi adventure series THE I-LAND, which will star Kate Bosworth as K.C., one of ten people who wake up on an unfamiliar island with no memory of who they are or how they got there. The mysteriously marooned group will soon discover the island to be full of life-threatening physical and mental challenges, and will need to work together to find their way home (wherever that might be). Kyle Schmid (LOST GIRL’s Rainer) will play Moses, a hippie who maintains a laid-back vibe, even in the face of danger. Others cast so far are Natalie Martinez and Alex Pettyfer. Johathan Scarfe will direct at least one episode. The seven-episode series will be available to stream on NETFLIX sometime in 2019.