VAN HELSING – Season 4 Episode 9 – SPOILERS
For a while you think you might be watching the wrong show. Then you recognize Jack (Nicole Muñoz). Jack is noticeably less drunk (or perhaps just more inhibited) than Shona (Natalie Sharp), Shelley (Jessica McLeod), Kim (Zenia Marshall), and Brittney (Matreye Scarrwener), who make up the rest of The Eagles, Jack’s college archery team. They are in Seattle for a match the following day. They don’t know it yet, but they picked the right night to break training and have some fun.
Next morning, the Rising happens. Kim is bitten and becomes the first vampire Jack kills. Shelley (who isn’t Jack’s girlfriend yet, but clearly wants to be) manages to pull Jack out of a state of shock, and with continued encouragement brings out her leadership skills and her ability to adapt quickly. They head for the nearby police station where they find that all the police have left to try to protect their families. (This complete breakdown of law and order happens in a couple of hours.) Officer Rudolph (Tony Alcanatar), the one cop they do find (a symbolic representation of government?) is intensely paranoid and shoots Shona. After that, while looking for medical assistance, Shelley and Jack encounter a dangerously useless religious woman who believes that Lucifer is behind it all. Jack tries, but cannot rescue her. The woman makes too much noise. When they finally get to the clinic the only nurse remaining there is calmly drinking blood samples and becomes Shelley’s first kill.
Cellphones have mostly stopped working, but a call from Violet (Keeya King) gets through telling Jack to head for the roof of the hotel because her father has sent a helicopter. By the time they get to the roof (with the help of an unidentified bodyguard Hansen has planted in the hotel) only Shelley and Jack remain alive. Shelley has been bitten, and they have missed the ‘copter. Shelley kisses Jack goodbye, jumps to her death, and Jack is left completely alone.
Somewhere, there is an alternate universe where this is the very first episode of the show, and the Van Helsing story plays out quite differently. It won’t in this universe, though, so we’re probably never going to see whatever happens next. The final episodes of this season will doubtless be filled with further tales of Dracula’s witchy wives and their quest for world domination. If the show is renewed, maybe we’ll get the continuation of Jack’s backstory in flashbacks next year. If that doesn’t happen, someone needs to write the novel.
Marci T. House (Major Stoker in “Seen You“) will be Reverend Sherrie White in STOLEN BY MY MOTHER: THE KAMIYAL MOBLEY STORY. Mobley (Rayven Symone Ferrell) discovers (when she tries to get a job) that she can’t get a social security card because she has no birth certificate. She soon learns that the person she thinks is her mother (Niecy Nash) is not, and in fact abducted her as a baby. THE KAMIYAL MOBLEY STORY is the first film to be released by Lifetime under the Robin Roberts Presents banner. The premiere (no date has yet been announced) will be followed by a documentary featuring the real-life people depicted in the movie.
Matreya Scarrwener (Brittney) stars as Stacy, a high school student who lives with her grandmother and uses a mobile app to talk to dead people (or perhaps only thinks she does), in Ann Forry‘s horror feature SHALL WE PLAY? In the beginning, Stacy uses the app to connect with dead relatives for emotional support, but it soon becomes clear there is a price to pay for doing that. Jessica McLeod is also in the cast. Filmed in New Westminster, British Columbia (between Burnaby and Surrey), SHALL WE PLAY? is the first feature for director Forry, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Emma Raine Walker. An early 2020 release is expected.