VAN HELSING – Season 4 Episode 7 – SPOILERS
Violet (Keeya King) joins Vanessa at the place she had first seen her in a dream. She is surprised to find Jack there as well, and explains what she found out about Hansen (Neal McDonough) and how she and Jack were created. Jack has suspected none of this, and it makes one wonder why she was permitted to leave home. (Maybe Hansen has spent too much time masquerading as a human, and became attached to his “step-daughters”, but how and why did he choose Jack to protect by allowing her to leave?) Vanessa says that the place where they find themselves is not real, and compares it with the places where Scarlett and her mother died, making a point of saying that the unreality of these places does not mean that what happens there is any less real. (Although Scarlett’s body did disappear.)
It is difficult to know exactly what to call some things. There is this six-sided thing full of water with leaves floating on top, surrounded by what appears to be the graveyard of the Van Helsings. Vanessa finds two hand prints in the stone under the surface of the water. She knows from what happened at the end of season two that they are locks that only a Van Helsing’s hand can open, so she gets Jack and Violet to each put a hand in one, and not much happens until she joins hands with the two of them. A beam of light shoots skyward like when Sam became the Fourth Elder. Then Violet and Vanessa are transported to the “dark realm”, another sort of virtual reality (?) where they meet Abraham Van Helsing (Michael Eklund), the guy who started the whole vampire hunting thing.
Jack (Nicole Muñoz) is similarly transported, but to another part of the realm, and hears a voice beckoning her toward a small rectangular tomb. She slides the stone top off of it and is quickly enveloped by smoke, with a voice saying “be one with me“. The lights go out in Abraham’s study and he advises Vanessa and Violet that the Dark One has been awakened. Almost immediately after that, Jack joins all the other Van Helsings in the now darkened study.
The women are returned to the six-sided thing, just in time to be unable to stop Bathory’s ceremony to awaken Dracula (Tricia Helfer), who appears in a cloud of smoke that emanates from a pentagram marked with Van Helsing blood. Sam is destroyed in the process, and his horns, which he displayed during the ceremony, are the only part of him that does not burn. (There was also a pentagram on the cover of the tomb from which the cloud of smoke that enveloped Jack emanated.)
Dracula turns out to be something of a diva. She is very unhappy that only Bathory (Jesse Stanley) is there and not her other two brides as well. Then Vanessa tells the newly liberated Dracula that she wants to stand by her side instead of bowing to her. Dracula falls for this, turns the six-sided thing into a portal to the dark realm, and lets Vanessa get close enough for her to do exactly what Abraham did many years previously. The two of them tumble into the depths together and are trapped. Once again the candles are lit in Abraham’s virtual study, indicating that hope (?) has been restored.
Jack tells Violet to take the amulet and run. She does that, and then Jack is left in the clearing with Bathory.
Is Dracula really so gullible that she falls for the same trick from both Vanessa and Abraham? Perhaps Dracula is not The Dark One. If so, who or what is possessing Jack?
Where will Violet go with the amulet? She can’t safely go home. If she runs into Axel, he’ll be able to recognize who she is because of the compass that Vanessa gave him (which points to the nearest Van Helsing). Julius is running around out there somewhere as well, and though he doesn’t know everything about Violet’s past, he knows enough to be able to help.
Tricia Helfer (Dracula) is Alisyn Camerota in BOMBSHELL, a film about the women who brought down former Fox News boss Roger Ailes. (Camerota co-hosted Fox and Friends for many years before jumping to CNN, where her job at present seems largely to attempt to explain the pseudo-journalistic antics of her former network.) The film stars Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil, and Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson. Ailes is played by John Lithgow. BOMBSHELL will have a general release in the US and Canada on 20 December (and for some reason in Saudi Arabia one day earlier). A trailer is available on YouTube.
Trezzo Mahoro (Mohamed in “Everything Changes“) will be Geke in the romantic comedy GODFREY, about a man who changes his identity from day to day as a means of coping with a personal tragedy. Godfrey (Nick Thune) crosses paths with Sara Dash, at a gallery opening. Sara (Cleopatra Coleman), who is struggling with writer’s block, decides to try to unravel the mysteries of Godfrey’s personas, and use them as a basis of a new novel. (Coleman is also Rya in IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON.) Written and directed by Ken Mok, GODFREY recently completed filming in Vancouver. No release date has been announced.