In a flashback, Willem, also known as Hansen, uses the sperm of unidentified donors to fertilize the two ova that will become Violet and Jack
Hansen (Neal McDonough) has been in disguise for quite some time. Bathory (Jesse Stanley) calls him by his true name, which is Willem, and urges him to show his true form, which he does not do. (Beginning in Episode 4.8, Dakota Daulby will play a character named Willem.) It turns out that Jack and Violet are the results of in vitro fertilization of Van Helsing ova, harvested from a very young Vanessa and Scarlett by Abigail (or rather the woman who pretended to be Abigail Van Helsing in “Base Pair” and “Black Days“). The fathers are unidentified military personnel. Jack and Violet are half-sisters, and each have roughly an equal chance of being either Vanessa’s niece or her daughter. Continue reading →
Vanessa (Kelly Overton) cures two vampires by allowing them to feed, and seems to be enjoying it.
The Oracle, Ivory (Jennifer Cheon Garcia), and Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) get together to raise Michaela (previously referred to as the Second of Three) from her coffin. Michaela is displeased that so few members of Ivory’s sisterhood have survived. (It is not mentioned why this is so, but one suspects that Vanessa has been curing the membership at an alarming rate.) Micheala calls the Oracle by her real name, Bathory. Are Michaela (Heather Doerksen) and Bathory (Jesse Stanley) two of the three unnamed “sisters” referred to in Stoker’s novel? In the short story Dracula’s Guest, published two years after Bram Stoker’s death, one of the three sisters is called Countess Dolengen of Gratz. (The other two are not named.) Gratz (with or without the T) is a city in Austria located some 300 kilometers from the castle in Slovakia where Countess Bathory was imprisoned and allegedly died. (Her grave has never been found.) Continue reading →
Michael Malarkey is Cinch Barton in the crime thriller A VIOLENT SEPARATION, about a small town deputy sheriff (Norman, played by Brenton Thwaites) who, in 1983, covers up a murder committed by his older brother Ray (Ben Robson). Norman becomes romantically involved with the victim’s sister (Alicia Debnam-Carey), complicating the coverup. The story brings to mind the Springsteen song “Highway Patrolman” (from the Nebraska album). It will be Debnam-Carey’s first film appearance since THE 100 killed off her character. A trailer is available on YouTube. Directed by the Goetz brothers, A VIOLENT SEPARATION was filmed in and around New Orleans, and will be in select theatres and on VOD in the US on 17 May.
According to The Washington Post, and The Navy Times, the US Navy is drafting guidelines for the reporting of UFO sightings following a surge in what the Navy called “a series of intrusions by advanced aircraft on Navy carrier strike groups”. In some cases, pilots — many of whom are engineers and academy graduates — claimed to have observed small spherical objects flying in formation. Others say they’ve seen white, TicTac-shaped vehicles. Last year, the FAA released radio traffic recordings of commercial pilots reporting UFO encounters.