VAN HELSING – Season 1 Episode 12 – SPOILERS
Vanessa shows a photo of Dylan
to work camp inmates.
Mama (Christina Jastrzembska) and Magdalene (Gwynyth Walsh) are no more. Dimitri kills Magda with an arrow to the heart, mostly out of irritation at not finding any humans to kill when he attacked Eden. (Magda probably was not the one who warned Theo and his buddies to flee. It was more likely Doc who did that. Doc does not appear in this episode, but she must be up to something.) Mama nurses Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) back to health after Vanessa blinds him by shooting him in the face with a flare gun, but rather than give Mama information about Mohamad (whom Sam still cares for), Sam kills Mama with her own sword. Julius, who had been summoned to the citadel to meet with Dimitri, returns to find Mama dead. He does not know about Sam, so he might blame Dimitri.
Two collaborators are captured by Vanessa. Mohamad explains: “They’re called the Red Brigade. They collect the blood and drive the trucks, inform on humans. The vampires give the collaborators better treatment.”
When humans become vampires they retain phobias. Sam (we are told by Mohamad) nearly drowned as a child, and since has been afraid of water. Vampire Sam finds it difficult to cross a shallow creek. Sam’s hearing deficiency is corrected when he becomes a vamp, so it most likely was not congenital. Perhaps his near-drowning also caused the hearing loss.
We learn that Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) was once a boy scout. He seems to have abandoned that organization’s ideals, though, because he lies to Vanessa about the possibility of Dylan being in the work camp. Is he, like his sister Sheema, working with the vampires? He doesn’t want to be changed into a vamp and tells Sam that, but doesn’t try to kill Sam when he has the chance. Does he want Vanessa to change Sam back to human? It seems doubtful that she would voluntarily do that.
Vanessa and Mohamad are captured by Dimitri and we get a tiny bit of information about Vanessa’s past when Dimitri, holding Vanessa aloft by the throat, says to her: “You look just like your mother.” So Dimitri knew Vanessa’s mom. We know that female vampires cannot give birth, but can a male vampire impregnate a human? Could Vanessa be Dimitri’s daughter?
Taka (Ryan Robbins) fixing the electric.
When Dimitri (Paul Johansson) decides not to kill Julius (Aleks Paunovic) for his insubordination, he also confides the existence of even older and more powerful vampires called The Elders.
DIMITRI: “It is not yet your time. The Elders still need us to find the answers. To resurrect them. Restore them to their dominion, and allow them to live for a thousand lifetimes. We cannot do this if we are divided.”
JULIUS: “The Elders, they are all gone.”
DIMITRI: “Are they? Restore my faith in you and I will show you the truth.”
Taka (Ryan Robbins) and Sheema discuss a pending Resistance attack on the citadel, an attack that might inadvertently rescue Vanessa and Mohamad. The citadel might not be the actual target of the planned Resistance attack. Taka was very conspicuous in not telling Sheema any details. Could he be suspicious of her?
Parker Brando (the collaborator with the cattle prod and the neck tattoo), is the son of Canadian soul legend Jayson Hoover (of Jayson Hoover and the Epics). Brando’s video, Mystery Man is on YouTube, as is a short documentary on Jayson Hoover.
Alethea Sholomenko (Cole) is Tammy in HIGH LOW FORTY, the story of long estranged brothers who reconnect on a road-trip home to say goodbye to their father on his deathbed. The film was shot in California and Texas and will be released sometime next year. Sholomenko will also play a secretary in episode 4.7 of ROGUE, titled “Bifocals” which will air on DirecTV’s Audience Network, most likely sometime in May, 2017. It is a strange coincidence that Sholomenko (not a very common surname) is also the name of the human doctor (played by Duncan Ollerenshaw) who works for Dimitri and Rebecca.
Barbara Wallace as the old woman who tells Vanessa there are no children in the camp.
Barbara Wallace (Old Woman) will be in two made-for-TV movies in 2017. She is Norma Delieze in the thriller INFIDELITY IN SUBURBIA, the tale of Laura (played by Sarah Butler), a woman who, in a moment of weakness, has an affair with a handsome and charming young contractor named Vince. Laura ends the affair. But Vince’s cravings run darker than Laura imagines, and he is building a special room just for her in her basement. INFIDELITY IN SUBURBIA is directed by Calgary’s David Winning, and will air on Lifetime sometime next year. — Wallace will also be Mrs. Johnson in MY BABY GONE, a Pender Street Pictures production in which a pregnant woman becomes friends with a new neighbour who is also pregnant. But the new neighbour has been faking pregnancy to get in a position to steal her baby.