VAN HELSING – Season 4 Episode 12 – SPOILERS
Jack (Nicole Muñoz) and Violet (Keeya King) jump start Hansen (who was severely damaged by Bathory’s torture) with a shot of untainted human blood directly into his heart. (They use Nicholson’s blood because he isn’t a Van Helsing, and has never been a vampire.) Once awake, Willem (Dakota Daulby) puts a hand on each daughter’s head and does a sort of one-way mind meld, allowing them to see his thoughts. They learn how and why they came to be. They also become able to read the three pages Jack recovered from the back of that Bosch-like painting where Hansen had hidden them.
Hansen, back when he was Willem, promised Abraham’s daughter (Rhonda Dent) that he would work against the Dark One from the inside. And he did that, even making use of torture and Nazi eugenics data. The question is: How is he the only vampire to be able to rebel against his vampire nature and accomplish this?
Two of the pages are instructions for opening the portal to the dark realm. The third page tells how to open a portal to this world from that place. Hansen disguises himself as Colonel Nicholson and traps Bathory. Meanwhile, Jack and Violet proceed to open the portal, but not before getting a warning from Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) that Bathory (Jesse Stanley) has something up her sleeve.
Before the portal is opened, Ivory and Jack kiss. Here’s the conversation that led up to that:
IVORY: “I believe in you, Jack.”
JACK: “The last person who told me that, I lost her. I don’t wanna feel that again.”
IVORY: “Well, is it worse to feel, or to stop yourself from feeling? I mean, that’s what makes us better than them.”
JACK: “I hope you’re here when I get back.”
IVORY: “I promise. With all my heart.”
When Jack refers to the last person who told her that, she likely means Shelley (Jessica McLeod), who killed herself after she was bitten on the day of the Rising (Episode 4.9). Jack may have justification in her worries. Almost every romantic relationship begun on VAN HELSING has ended in tragedy. One still has hope for Doc and Jolene, but we have not seen Doc for quite some time. Phil was reunited with his wife, though, and they are both still alive and happy.
One worries about Jack. Remember in Episode 4.7, when she is in the Dark Realm and opens that tomb and is surrounded by a coil of smoke, and Abraham tells Violet and Vanessa that the Dark One has awakened? In the episode following that one, Bathory brands Jack on the forearm with a pentagram. When Jack uses her blood as part of the portal-opening ritual, some of it runs down her arm and into that brand.
Jack and Violet open the portal and walk into it. Not long after (in the blink of an eye, Ivory says), the portal spits them back out. Jack tells Ivory “The Dark One is gone”, and then her heart stops, and Axel calls for a medic. Violet then goes into convulsions and begins foaming at the mouth.
Hansen told Violet and Jack that either of them could destroy The Dark One with one bite. What exactly would happen if the Dark One is killed or cured? Even if Dracula is patient zero, and directly or indirectly sired all other vampires, there is no indication that killing its sire has any effect on a vampire. Max said that he was sired by Dimitri, and Dimitri pre-deceased him. Julius was cured by Vanessa, but Scab remained a vampire.
Shannon Kohli, who directed this episode of VAN HELSING, also directed ALL JOKING ASIDE, a film about 21-year-old Charlene (Charlie) Murran (Raylene Harewood), who really wants to be a stand-up comic. In her first comedy club appearance, she is heckled from the stage by Bob (Brian Markinson), who once was a successful comic but descended into bitterness and alcoholism after his marriage collapsed. Charlie does some research on Bob and decides that he is going to be her mentor whether he likes it or not. Kohli told Sabrina Furminger of the Vancouver Courier that, like Charlene, she recognized the value of a mentor early in her career: “One of the DPs who hired me for 15 films was a man in his late 60s, and you never would have thought that he would have taken a chance on a young female camera operator, but he did,” Kohli says. “I saw that parallel between Charlene and Bob. I thought, ‘This is so similar that sometimes you just find unlikely champions.’” ALL JOKING ASIDE has completed production in Vancouver. No release date has been announced.
Kheon Clarke (Special Op #1) is Julius in the sci-fi comedy GABBY DURAN & THE UNSITTABLES. Based on the novel by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners, the show stars Kylie Cantrall as Gabby Duran, who has always lived in the shadow of her mother (who is a successful writer) and her bright younger sister. Gabby gets an opportunity to shine when Principal Swift (Nathan Lovejoy) asks her to babysit an unruly bunch of displaced extraterrestrial kids who have been hiding out on earth disguised as humans. New episodes of THE UNSITTABLES air on the Disney Channel Fridays at 9pm.