Dracula (Tricia Helfer) looks amused as she greets Jack and Violet. She drinks tea, though she does not offer any to her visitors. There is fruit on the table which, if real, must have been grown somewhere in the Dark Realm.
In the Dark Realm, Dracula (Tricia Helfer) sits Jack and Violet down and tells them an alternate tale of their origins. According to Dracula, the two were conceived on the same night with two separate human mothers. Their father was Willem, and he did this at the Dark One’s behest. (She instructed him through his dreams.) Is Dracula’s story a plausible one?
In the first season of VAN HELSING, Dimitri (Paul Johansson) employed Dr. Sholomenko (Duncan Ollerenshaw) to find a way for vampires to have children. As far as we know, he did not succeed. It follows that, if vampires can impregnate human females, the offspring created from such a union would not be vampires. Violet and Jack are not vampires, but they can do the same things that Vanessa and Scarlett could do (heal rapidly and cure vampirism with a bite), and Willem/Hansen did not have those abilities. So Dracula was probably lying, and Hansen was telling the truth. Continue reading →
Max Borman (Richard Harmon) contemplates one of the severed heads before using it as a target .
Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) stops to lend assistance to Max Borman (Richard Harmon), who was being attacked by a vampire hitchhiker he had (unknowingly?) picked up. Max, who looks like Elvis gone insane, offers Axel a job running booze and weapons, and it turns out that Max is the fellow in charge of Loveland, the place where Phil’s wife is incarcerated. Axel finds this out accidentally when he makes a delivery for Max and sees Phil (Vincent Gale) and Jolene (Caroline Cave) being held captive. He pays them little attention and leaves quietly, but one suspects he’ll be back for them. (Axel’s weapons were confiscated at the prison gate so to conduct a rescue mission he will need to go out, reclaim his weapons, and surreptitiously come back in.
Bearded and brooding, Axel plots revenge against Vanessa
Max occasionally snorts solicite (the vampire repellent that doesn’t work on Daywalkers), saying it “snaps your brain into a very nice sweet spot”. He also threatens to ship Jolene “back east”, and the impression one gets is that being sent there is not a good thing. (Almost everything on VAN HELSING has taken place in either the Denver area or the Pacific northwest, and because the volcanic eruption that caused all this made radio communication difficult, we have little information about what things are like elsewhere in the world.)
Vanessa meets Jack (Nicole Muñoz) and Monica (Tammy Gillis), leaders of a band of survivors. Jack (and a functioning karaoke machine) persuade Vanessa to stay the night. The inference is strong that Jack and Vanessa had sex that night, and there is certainly a strong attraction between the two. (The last time Vanessa had sex was in Episode 1.10.) Jack tries to persuade Vanessa to stay longer, but cannot. It’s not certain just where Vanessa is headed with such urgency, but she found a drawing of a cross in the Van Helsing History of Vampires book that acts like a compass, always pointing in the same direction no matter which way the book is turned. When Vanessa leaves, she gives Jack her sword, saying she just doesn’t need it anymore. (She tells Jack she has had a spiritual awakening. From now on, instead of killing vampires, she will cure them.)