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.)
Ivory (Jennifer Cheon) about to be bitten by a Daywalker she thought she had killed.
Ivory (Jennifer Cheon) and Scab (Rowland Pidlubny) are still making their way back to The Sisterhood from the caves where the Van Helsing twins found The Elder. Weakened by hunger, they are rescued from predatory humans by some of Dr. Harrison’s modified vampires (called Daywalkers because they are unaffected by sunlight). These creatures show amazing ability to recover from injury. Ivory puts a steel rod through the brain of one of them, and a railway spike in the eye of another. Both recover from their injuries in a matter of minutes. The leader of the Daywalkers bites Ivory and transmits his healing power to her.
Scab prepares to be bitten (theraputically) by Ivory
Ivory similarly transmits the power to Scab as the two of them lie on the railway tracks in front of the tank car under which they had been trapped. The tank car has a white poison placard (number 2312), and the interesting thing about that is that Kim Stanley Robinson wrote a novel titled 2312 about a city on Mercury called Terminator that was built on tracks so it could always remain in the planet’s habitable zone. In the novel, a meteorite, which turns out to be of artificial origin, destroys the tracks, cooking the city in the heat of the sun. The presence of this placard could be meant to suggest that the volcanic event that caused VAN HELSING’s vampire apocalypse was intentionally triggered. Continue reading →