Doc (Rukiya Bernard) has made a new life for herself repairing the wounded after the attack on the Citadel. She meets Joline (Caroline Cave), a resistance fighter, and they are just about to get close when Callie (Macie Juiles), who was last seen in Episode 1.6, shows up and recognizes Doc. Callie was rescued by Axel of all people. Axel is still a vampire, but he is a very disciplined vampire and he definitely holds a grudge against the doctor.
Other things happen in the episode, but not that many. Atanasia is killed by a masked, sword-wielding assailant. Axel runs through the blood Doc steals for him more quickly than Doc expects. He will need to either feed, or be bitten by Vanessa very soon. (Doc and Axel don’t know where Vanessa is.) Mohammed keeps giving himself suicide missions to atone for previous sins, but he keeps surviving them. He is currently being protected by Flesh and Lucky. Continue reading →
“Seriously? Blood pact with the vampires? Bare-chested swordsmen? It’s like Cuckoo’s Nest meets Camelot.”
— Susan [when Theo is practicing with the quarterstaff]
Theo gives Vanessa a sword. Flesh leaves the group to minister to the flock of the late Micah (whom he killed). Sam reunites with Mohamad. And while Vanessa’s bite made the Doc human again, it did not make her want to be human.
Those bells the gang was following led them to an enclave of humans led by Micah, a guru-ish psychiatrist/minister whose wife Magdalene was turned vampire some while ago. Micah and Magda (Gwynyth Walsh) struck a deal that involved giving the vampire a regular supply of fresh blood and all the newborn babies she could eat. (Micah didn’t tell the others about that last part.)
Flesh (Vincent Gale) looking much more relaxed after some therapy, tells Vanessa he is remaining in Eden. Flesh acted out his fantasies after he was turned into a vampire. Does everyone do that?
Sam spots Mohamad’s Nirvana t-shirt on a clothes line. He goes looking for his friend and gets locked in a basement storage room by Xavier (William “Big Sleeps” Stewart). From the contents of the room, Sam figures out what’s going on. He breaks through a rather flimsy wall and finds Mohamad. Then, for no apparent reason, he kills Xavier. Sam definitely has blood lust issues.
Usually the funniest bits in VAN HELSING come from Susan (Hilary Jardine), but in this episode there is a scene where Micah is confronted by Theo about giving the babies to Magda. That’s not funny, but what happens in the background is. Flesh (Vincent Gale) had earlier been handed a knife with which he was supposed to kill Mohamad and Sam (who were captured after Xavier’s murder). Micah (Tom Cavanagh) reveals to the group something that Flesh told him in confidence (that Flesh had fantasized about killing his family before being turned vamp). So, while Micah continues to defend his actions to the group, Flesh is milling about behind him with the knife in his hand getting more and more pissed off as the scene progresses. One imagines he is trying to decide just where to stab the guy. He finally decides on the neck, and Micah is no more.
Christopher Russell as the former high school phys-ed teacher Theo, shown here honing his skills with the quarterstaff
When the gang leaves the compound, Flesh decides to stay behind. He has changed clothes and looks quite a lot like Father Mulcahy from the TV version of M.A.S.H.
Doc (Rukiya Bernard) is tough to figure out. Before The Rising, she was anything but timid, standing up to the military and demanding information from her sister. Now she looks scared of everything. Last episode she confessed to Axel that she was no hero. (Axel forgave her.) This time she tells Vanessa that she closed the door on Axel and let him die. (Vanessa did not forgive her.) Then she goes to Magdalene and pleads with her to make her a vampire again. Her timidity is a puzzle, as is her need to be honest about it against her own best interests. Doc might have benefited from a session with Micah. She has scientific training. Why isn’t she analyzing her own behaviour?
Magdalene (Gwynyth Walsh) with two unidentified vampire escorts
Magda doesn’t like the taste of Doc, and her bite has no effect. Doc is still human. Magda tosses her aside and, in a bit of very confusing symbolism, Doc finds herself on the ground surrounded by the skeletons of babies. We do learn from this that a vampire cured by Vanessa’s bite cannot be turned vamp again. Nor do the bodily fluids of such a person cure a vampire. Those cured by Vanessa seem to possess a passive immunity. The sun is brightly visible through the trees during Magda’s encounter with Doc. The volcanic clouds are dispersing rapidly.
With Theo, Vanessa has sex for the first time since waking from her coma. She bites him in the process, and learns that nothing happens when she bites a human. Learning that may have been the main purpose of having sex with him. She tells Theo that the bite was unintentional, but it looked like she did it on purpose.
Sadly, Emma (Christie Burke) stays at the compound and does not join Vanessa and the others. Unless and until Doc rejoins them, the gang consists of two couples. Vanessa and Susan, and Sam and Mohamad.
New mom Peggy (Pippa Mackie) with Magda’s hand at her throat.
According to TV Wise, all episodes of VAN HELSING Season One will be available to stream on Netflix UK beginning sometime in December.
Pippa Mackie (Peggy) will be Bronwyn in the romantic comedy #ROXY, a modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. The story is set at Bergerac High, with shy, big-nosed computer genius Cyrus (played by Jake Short) in love with Roxy (Sarah Fisher) who is at the same time infatuated with star athlete Chris Newville, the new kid in school. Cyrus uses social media to help Chris win Roxy’s heart. Filmed near Edmonton, Alberta, #ROXY will be released in the US on 1 March 2017.
Maya Nadine’s character (who is not named) readies her longbow.
Catherine Lough Haggquist (Beth) will be Dr. Suzanne Warren in the TV series BEYOND which is is about Holden (Burkely Duffield), a young man who wakes up after 12 years in a coma and finds that he has supernatural abilities. The ten episode series finished filming last August, and will have a two hour series premiere on the Freeform Network on 2 January 2017 at 9pm. — Haggquist is also Dana in the comedy THIRTY-SEVENTEEN, about a billionaire who pays his old high school classmates to join him for one more month of the 12th grade. THIRTY-SEVENTEEN will be released in Canada on 1 December.
Maya Nadine (unnamed Eden hunter), who appears in the episode’s credits as Maya Chang, is a certified hatha yoga instructor in East Vancouver. She launched the blog Yoga Time With Maya last February.
Hades works on a drawing of Bo, which may enable him to take Bo’s form
Christopher Russell as Hephaestus
Bo and Lauren’s second breakup lacked the intensity of the first, but that might well be expected. As Tamsin told Bo in Episode 5.8: “You and Lauren, you two will always be a couple, even when you’re not.” Still, the breakup scene was the most intense moment of the episode. What led to the second split? Even after Judge Megaera helps Bo figure out her “inner justice”, the succubus is still unable to understand why Lauren needs to end things. Despite everything that has recently transpired, Bo still says the relationship is perfect, and does not need fixing. The Laura Marling song NIGHT AFTER NIGHT seems amazingly apt in describing Lauren’s reasons for leaving. “night after night / day after day / would you watch my body weaken / my mind drift away?”
Mimi Kuzyk as Judge Megaera. Megaera is one of the Furies. In Greek myth, the Furies were a trio of harpies who visited madness on those who offended the gods.
A more impressive thing was Rachel Skarsten making Tamsin much more interesting by softening the character. Instead of Tamsin’s usual snark, we got a sort of detached wimsey from her. This was most noticeable in the scene at the Dal, with the gang trying to figure out what Zee was up to. On paper, the lines don’t seem exceptional, but go and listen to Skarsten’s delivery and you’ll hear what I mean.
TRICK:“Why was Zee at the courthouse?” TAMSIN:“It’s ground zero. The elevator crash is where it all started.” DYSON:“Where Zee, Hera, and Iris first possessed their human bodies.” BO:“I have a feeling that courthouse is sitting on something big.” TAMSIN:“Lucky courthouse.’ (pause) ‘I swear that was my inside voice.”
A sad and contemplative Lauren Lewis before the breakup
Later, after the breakup, Bo cries when Tamsin suggests ordering pizza, because pizza reminds her of Lauren. Tamsin’s effort to comfort Bo, at the expense of her own emotional well-being, is the episode’s best moment. Tamsin goes so far as to (reluctantly) have rebound sex with Bo. But she doesn’t really do that. Hades assumed Bo’s form, and it was Hades she was snogging at the end of the episode.
Elisa Atristain-Garcia, in her TV debut as a nurse at Lauren’s clinic. Here, she tries to revive Heratio, and in a minute or so will be rewarded with a swarm of bees.
Zee took the Aegis Shield to Hepheastus to have him forge a weapon, not for herself, but for Bo. After some body hopping, Zee ends up back inside Elizabeth after resurrecting Hera, who is still in Kevin’s body. With surprising ease, she persuades Hera to return with her to myth (limbo), probably to avoid whatever Hades is planning. The weapon that Hephaestus made for Bo was a gold and adamantine horseshoe and even Trick can’t figure out what it’s for. The fire horse Pyrippus might have something to do with it.
Dyson and Alyssa (Lisa Marcos) have sex, and immediately afterward Dyson gets a call telling him that Alyssa’s husband Kevin has emerged from his coma and is himself again. This sort of thing has happened to the wolfman so often that he has become philosophical about it. At least he was able to care for Alyssa, which allows him hope for the future.
The nurse (uncredited) who replaced the one killed by Heratio. So far, at least three clinic nurses have been killed. Will she be number four?
Christopher Russell (Hephaestus) will be Rob, a young lawyer (constantly bullied by his boss and two arrogant sons} who falls in love with a candy heiress in the made for TV movie MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE, which will air on The Hallmark Channel Saturday 17 October at 11am.
Harry Judge as Bo’s legal adversary in Judge Megaera’s court.
Harry Judge (Max’s Lawyer) will be Ryan in MANHATTAN UNDYING, about a vampire looking for an artist to paint her portrait so that she can see her image for the first time. Also in the cast of that is David Kash (Seebeck in Faetal Justice) who is also the brother of Linda Kash, who played Kenzi’s mom in End of a Line).
Mimi Kuzyk (Megaera) stars as Aunt Margaret in STEEL, a film about a depressed TV journalist subject to panic attacks. Kuzyk will also be Milly in the movie DEADLY VOLTAGE, which is about a family forced to work together to survive a deadly lightning storm. Neither production as yet has a scheduled release date.