VAN HELSING – Season 3 Episode 4 – SPOILERS
Ivory (Jennifer Cheon) and Scab (Rowland Pidlubny) are still making their way back to The Sisterhood from the caves where the Van Helsing twins found The Elder. Weakened by hunger, they are rescued from predatory humans by some of Dr. Harrison’s modified vampires (called Daywalkers because they are unaffected by sunlight). These creatures show amazing ability to recover from injury. Ivory puts a steel rod through the brain of one of them, and a railway spike in the eye of another. Both recover from their injuries in a matter of minutes. The leader of the Daywalkers bites Ivory and transmits his healing power to her.
Ivory similarly transmits the power to Scab as the two of them lie on the railway tracks in front of the tank car under which they had been trapped. The tank car has a white poison placard (number 2312), and the interesting thing about that is that Kim Stanley Robinson wrote a novel titled 2312 about a city on Mercury called Terminator that was built on tracks so it could always remain in the planet’s habitable zone. In the novel, a meteorite, which turns out to be of artificial origin, destroys the tracks, cooking the city in the heat of the sun. The presence of this placard could be meant to suggest that the volcanic event that caused VAN HELSING’s vampire apocalypse was intentionally triggered.
It was The Sisterhood that saved Ivory from the flames when the monks tried to burn her for refusing to convert to Christianity. (Episode 2.13), so when Ivory and Scab encounter three survivors bearing the grim news that The Sisterhood has been destroyed, Ivory promises them that she will rebuild it.
Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) is holed up in the same juvenile detention facility he took over in “Love Bites“, which is also the facility where he was incarcerated as a child after he poked his father’s eye out. We also learn the reason why he collects a finger from each of his kills. His dad had a habit of shaking his finger at the boy when he wanted to make a point. The last time he did that, Sam bit it off. Alone in that place with only feral Mohamed (Trezzo Mahoro) to talk to, Sam is going batty (figuratively speaking. There is no indication that he can actually change into a bat.) He hallucinates the same shrouded figure (voiced by Jesse Stanley) who whispered instructions to him as a child. Now she tells him that it is “time to end”, that he needs someone “worthy” to stand with him, and that he “knows what he needs”. (This sounds like preparation for some sort of initiation ceremony.)
Sam dumps the unworthy Mohamed for Felix (the guy he pretended was Mohamed in Episode 2.4). Felix has just learned to hunt and is much more trainable than Mohamed, who is left trapped underground in a bunker. Also, Sam ditches the necklace of severed fingers (which is likely quite smelly by now) in favour of a comparatively attractive pendant he made a long time ago that incorporates teeth from his early victims.
In “I Awake“, Lily Van Helsing killed what Mr. Tsui called The B’ah’s “second” (perhaps all Elders require one of those), and Vanessa killed an Elder and took his totem. Elevating Sam, who is a very intelligent and powerful (though flawed) vampire might be useful to The Elders, because Sam has created his own totem and maybe they don’t need specific totems to free The Dark One, they just need a specific number of them. It is possible that The Elders have been preparing Sam for this role for a long time.
Mike (Phil Burke) and Chad (Donnie Lucas), still lead The Johnsons, a tribe of humans introduced in Season Two. Mike teaches another family member, Felix (the same guy Sam will recruit to replace Mohamed), to hunt, which adds to his ability to be the kind of vampire that Sam wants him to be. Felix does contribute to the Johnson’s food supply by bringing down a large buck, but ironically, Mike becomes Felix’s first meal as a vampire.
Earlier, as the Johnsons sat around a campfire, Ethan (Shane Symons) told a story that he said was from an old TV show his mother used to watch. It is unmistakably taken from the two part Buffy episode “Becoming“, in which Buffy had to kill Angel even though he had gotten his soul back.
Phil Burke (Mike) will be Gary in the historical drama ASK FOR JANE, based on the true story of The Jane Collective, an underground network that operated in Chicago between 1969 and 1973, and helped more than eleven thousand women obtain illegal abortions. Seven of the group’s core members were arrested, and were saved from prison only by the Roe v Wade decision. Judith Arcana, a real-life member of the Collective, served as a consulting producer on the film. Directed by Rachel Carey, ASK FOR JANE premiered at the 2018 Hamptons International Film Festival. It will next screen on 9 November at 11:45am at the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Katerina Katelieva (sister) will be Sara in JINGLE AROUND THE CLOCK, a romantic comedy about Elle Bennet (Brooke Nevin), an adwoman whose plan to reunite her college friends for a special Christmas celebration gets put on hold when the agency she works for asks her to spearhead a Christmas campaign relaunch. She’s forced to team up with Max (Michael Cassidy), who has a completely different take on the Holidays. As the two work closely together and learn more about each other’s Christmas traditions, they unexpectedly (?) find themselves falling in love. JINGLE AROUND THE CLOCK will air on The Hallmark Channel on Saturday 22 December at 8/7c.
Bzhaun Rhoden (Felix) will be Harper in SPONTANEOUS, a horror/comedy that stars Katherine Langford as Mara Carlye, a student whose life is changed forever when random members in her senior class literally and inexplicably explode. Mara and her surviving friends stay close together as they wait and wonder which of them will be next. Author Aaron Starmer, on whose 2016 novel the film is based, told USA Today: “In the 19th century, people believed spontaneous combustion was real, including Charles Dickens, who featured it in Bleak House. Since then, it’s popped up in a lot of things, most famously in This is Spinal Tap and South Park. For years, I just assumed there was a Young Adult novel out there that featured spontaneous combustion, because what is a better metaphor for being a teenager than feeling like you could explode or burst into flames at any moment?” Written and directed by Brian Duffield, SPONTANEOUS completed filming in Vancouver last April. No release date has been announced.