VAN HELSING – Season 4 Episode 10 – SPOILERS
Somewhere near Denver, gladiatorial games are being held. Violet (Keeya King) and Julius (Aleks Paunovic) find one another as they wait to compete after being captured. Meanwhile, Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) has been driving around looking for Vanessa using that magic compass she gave him that points to the nearest Van Helsing. Instead of Vanessa, he finds Jack (Nicole Muñoz).
Jack tells Axel the story of Vanessa’s encounter with Dracula. Axel asks her “So you actually saw the Dark One?”, as though he had never quite believed in the existence of such a thing. Then Axel takes the opportunity to eulogize Vanessa: “She tried to do good, even if it meant doing some things that people couldn’t live with. She was fierce. She was determined. But she loved her daughter more than just about anything on the planet.” Jack responds: “I’m gonna get her back — me and my sister. And then together we’ll put an end to all of them.”
Axel and Jack locate the place where Violet is being held. While they are trying to figure out how to get through security, Ivory (Jennifer Cheon Garcia Warn) and Scab (Roland Pidlubny) show up and solve that problem for them.
Although the battles are supposed to be to the death, Violet refuses to kill her opponents. The events are televised, which means that radio and TV are working again. (Signals were blocked for a long time by the ash cloud.) Darius (Adam Greydon Reid), the show’s sadistic emcee, tells Violet that his audience is in a place that’s vampire-free. (He calls that place shangri-la, which might mean that he doesn’t know exactly where his viewers are. Or he might just be being poetic. He nicknames Violet “The Slayer“. Little does he know…)
Ivory and Scab kill most of the guards without any trouble, but when Scab sees Julius, he puts down his weapon (as does Julius) deciding, apparently, that this needs to be a bare knuckle fight. Most of the male characters on VAN HELSING seem to have some sort of macho personal revenge thing going. (See Phil vs Max in “Miles and Miles“.) Julius refuses assistance from Axel and insists on killing Scab personally, then manages to take Scab’s head, ending the grudge match that has been going on between them for quite some time.
Scab is the third member of the original cast (he first appeared in Episode 1.4) to leave the show this season. The other two are Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl), who died re-awakening Dracula, and Phil (Vincent Gale), who took off for parts unknown after being reunited with his wife. Doc (Rukiya Bernard) hasn’t left, but hasn’t been seen since Episode 4.2.
Ivory is infuriated at Scab’s death and attacks Julius. She is about to kill him, but Violet bites her and makes her human again (there’s more than one way to slay a vamp), and that lets the cat out of the bag about Van Helsings and their powers because all of this is being televised and the President (presumably of the United States) is watching. She does not seem to be a regular viewer of the program, but it is brought to her attention by staff who monitor this sort of thing. One would expect the TV broadcast to have limited range. The President might be operating out of Cheyenne Mountain (near Colorado Springs), although she views the broadcast from the backseat of a limo and it is unclear just where she might be going if she is in Colorado.
Maybe now that Ivory is human again, we will get some more details of how she was made a vampire after being rescued from religious zealots who wanted to burn her at the stake. She was quite attached to Scab when she was afflicted with the virus. One wonders if she will continue to mourn his loss now that she has been cured, and, if she does, if that will prevent her from developing a relationship with Julius? Also, will she retain the power of rapid healing, and will her name still be Ivory, or will she revert to whatever name she was given at birth?
Trevor Carroll (Trafficker) is Louie in “Yukon – Ruf der Wildnis” (Yukon: Call of the Wild) which is the seventh episode (really the seventh annual TV movie) of FLUSS DES LEBENS (River of Life). In this latest installment, a storm drives Daniel’s family to seek shelter with Annika (Dagna Litzenberger-Vinet), who has retreated to the Yukon to process her daughter’s death in solitude. Annika reluctantly agrees to help the family when she learns that they’ve lost everything, including the heart medication that Daniel (Florian Lukas) needs to stay alive. Together with Daniel’s mother Lisa (Ulrike Kriener), his ex-wife Frauke (Milena Dreißig) and his son Linus (Taddeo Kufus), Annika overcomes adversity to bring Daniel back to civilization in time. Ruf der Wildnis aired on ZDF in Germany in September, and can be streamed on their website until 20 December.
WWE wrestler Big Show, aka Paul Wight (Carnage) will play a fictionalized version of himself in a ten-episode comedy series titled THE BIG SHOW SHOW. When Big Show’s teenage daughter (Reylynn Caster) comes to live with him, his wife (Allison Munn) and two other daughters (Lily Brooks O’Briant and Juliet Donenfeld), he quickly begins to feel outnumbered and outsmarted. Despite being 7 feet tall and weighing 400 pounds, he is no longer the center of attention. Episode ten (the Christmas episode) will be directed by Jody Margolin Hahn, and Kelly Park, who directed four episodes of ALEXA AND KATIE, will direct Episode Six. THE BIG SHOW SHOW will premiere on Netflix on 1 March.