VAN HELSING – Season 3 Episode 13 – SPOILERS
In “Outside World“, Vanessa made Mohamed human again and said: “At least I saved one person in all of this.” It turns out that is not so. Sam finds Mohamed and (probably at the urging of The Oracle) takes him to Renfield House, where Scarlett and Axel have met up with Vanessa in their quest to find and kill the Fourth Elder. What transpires with all these folks in the same room is complicated, but after much wailing and gnashing of teeth, Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) kills Mohamed, and Vanessa kills Scarlett. Mohamed dies because to become an Elder, Sam had to kill the one that he loves to completely detach himself from humanity.
Scarlett’s death makes no apparent sense. Vanessa does not feed on her sister to gain strength in the fight against Sam, she just allows Scarlett to die. After Scarlett’s death, The Oracle tells Vanessa that she did not need to kill her sister, since she was already dark because her actions (in “Love Bites“) resulted in the death of her daughter. (It is true that, had she left well alone, her daughter would probably still be a happy and healthy vampire.) Axel is pissed off at the pointlessness of Scarlett’s death, and leaves, after vowing to kill Vanessa if he ever gets the chance.
Each of the departing main characters was featured in an episode at the end of Season Three — Mohamed in Episode 3.10; Axel in 3.11; and Scarlett in 3.12. (Axel, having been bitten by a Daywalker, is almost impossible to kill, but he can’t become a vampire, so even if he wanted to actively try to kill Vanessa, he has no potential allies. It is difficult to see how he might fit into Season Four.)
The Oracle (Jesse Stanley) has the ability to paralyze voluntary muscle functions below the neck. She does this to Sam, Vanessa, and Axel at various times. We know from previous episodes that she can cause both humans and vampires to have visions that are quite realistic, and she also seems to be a bit of a mind reader, always aware of everything inside everyone else’s head. She was involved in the car crash that apparently killed Vanessa’s original foster parents, the Sewards. The Oracle has telekinetic abilities as well, because she turned the lock on the door to the labyrinth without touching it. Who or what exactly is this creature?
On The Oracle’s instructions, Sam uses the accumulated totems to unleash a beam of light that causes him to grow horns and presumably gives him Elder powers. He does battle with Vanessa near the open casket holding the perfectly preserved body of Lily Van Helsing. Lily gets splashed with blood, wakes up (on the second splash), and joins Vanessa in the fight.
Meanwhile, in Denver, Sarah (Rukiya Bernard) is in the clutches of corporate evil, personified by an as yet unnamed character played by Neal McDonough (Damien Darhk on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW). He finds out that Sarah killed Caitlyn and takes over as Sarah’s blackmailer, forcing the Doc to create bullets tipped with a massive dose of vampire repellent to use against The Sisterhood. Armed with these, humans venture into the vampire-controlled part of town. Julius (Aleks Paunovic) insists on leading the way, only to find that Frankie is dead. Callie is alive, but caged by The Sisterhood, so Julius still has something to fight for. He calls Scab out for personal combat.
Sarah gets a printout of the genetic analysis of The Dark One‘s blood. She seems startled by the result.
Almost all the ‘ships have sunk. Scarlett died shortly after commencing a committed relationship with Axel; Frankie died almost immediately after getting involved with Julius; and Mohamed and Sam’s relationship ended in Mohamed’s death. The only surviving romance is between Sarah and Joline, and they are being kept apart by Evil Corporate Guy.
The Oracle describes the totem of the First Elder as the “bracelet of Abaddon”. That is the first overtly biblical reference on the show. Everyone’s been expecting The Dark One to be Dracula. It will be extremely disappointing if he turns out to be Beelzebub.
Chelsey Reist (Kelly in “Been Away“) will be Violet Zuerst in LAND OF NOD, a film which follows Detective Caizer Zuerst as the investigation of an overdose draws him into a money laundering case. Written and directed by Rogan Christopher, LAND OF NOD is currently being filmed in Vancouver. The story will address the relationship between two of that city’s biggest real-life challenges: the opioid crisis and the lack of affordable housing.
Reist is also Annie in BENCHWARMERS 2: BREAKING BALLS, a sequel to THE BENCHWARMERS (2006). In this one, after a freak accident ruins Ben’s chances at the major leagues, he joins a competitive softball league for lawyers. Chris Klien reprises his role as Ben, and John Lovitz is back as Mel Carmichael. BENCHWARMERS 2 will be released on DVD on 29 January. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Rukiya Bernard (Sarah) will be Megan in the romantic comedy ONE WINTER PROPOSAL (sequel to last year’s film ONE WINTER WEEKEND). Cara (Taylor Cole) and Ben (Jack Turner) return to the resort where they fell in love to celebrate her latest novel and his new company. They ask Cara’s friend Megan along, hoping she will get together with Ben’s friend Sean (Dewshane Williams) who is now the resort’s doctor. Ben is planning to propose to Cara, but he is worried because he has read the revised ending to her new book, and the lead characters, who once were madly in love, are splitting up. ONE WINTER PROPOSAL will premiere Saturday 12 January at 8/7c on The Hallmark Channel.
Christopher Heyerdahl (Elder Sam) will be Mayor George Maynard in TOGO, the story of two key figures in the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska (The Great Race of Mercy), in which dogsled teams worked in relays to transport diphtheria antitoxin over nearly 1100 kilometers in the middle of winter to save the town from an epidemic. At the time, a dog named Balto got all the credit, and an animated feature (available on Netflix) was made about Balto in 1995, but it was Togo and his owner Leonhard Seppala who covered the most difficult part of the trip in temperatures of minus 30 degrees and gale force winds. Togo was born sickly, and only weighed 22 kilograms as an adult. Many considered him too small to be a lead dog. The film is currently in production in Alberta, and is expected to debut on Disney’s new streaming service in the fall.