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.)
The gang is almost entirely reunited, but not with Vanessa, and not for long. Joline (Carolyn Cave) and Doc (Rukiya Bernard) finally get back together, and Julius (Aleks Paunovic) is brought to Crooked Falls by a puzzled, scar-faced vampire who wants to know why this particular human won’t turn into a vampire when bitten. Young Callie turns up as well, having somehow acquired the ability to repair electronics.
Callie shows Jesse how to repair the radio, and this seems like a good thing, until she gives their co-ordinates to the first person she contacts. (The sound of a helicopter approaching at the end of the episode prompts Axel to exclaim “damned apocalypse!” Could this be the same helicopter that was used to kidnap Vanessa in episode 2.9? If so, it’s a good thing that Scarlett and The Boss have left on an excursion to prevent Dimitri from using the key to free The Elder. If Crooked Falls is captured, they won’t be. Continue reading →
Scab (Rowland Pidlubny) prepares food for Dimitri’s followers. Pidlubny’s Scab is the best Igor (villain’s assistant) in a long time.
Sheriff Walt Turner (Tom McBeath), a dark version of SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT’s Buford T Justice, pulls Wanda the Ambulance over as the gang heads south searching for Vanessa (who was taken by a group that Axel assures us was not the military. “They had training, though”, he admits.) Sheriff Turner, an only slightly exaggerated embodiment of the American way, is extremely impressed with Axel and his military record and invites everybody for a barbecue. Overtly sexist and racist, Walt causes Doc (Rukiya Bernard) to tell him to “eat shit” at one point, and when Scarlett (Missy Peregrym) expresses a hatred for guns, Walt asserts that “bullets are life“. Continue reading →