Dylan (Hannah Cheramy) appears to Vanessa as though she had aged naturally since her death
On her way (presumably) to Renfield House to find the fourth Elder (and possibly The Dark One), Vanessa encounters The Oracle. We get to see the oracle up close in daylight and she has blood on her chin like a vampire might. (This brings back fond memories of Dmiitri and Rebecca, who had table manners.) Vanessa recognizes The Oracle as the same person who took her from the scene of the car crash that killed her foster parents, the Sewards. (One assumes that the Sewards were killed in the crash. We don’t know that for sure, but it was a head-on with a formidable-looking pickup truck and they haven’t been seen since.) Continue reading →
Vanessa spends most of the episode in the body of her great-grandmother Lilly Van Helsing who has just arrived in 1896 Hong Kong by steamship with her maidservant Siobhan (Siobhan Williams) and her husband Edward Hawkins (Adrian Hough). Edward has traveled there for business purposes, and is to meet with the head of the East Asia Trading Company. Lily meets with Agnes, the wife (?) of the colony’s Governor, whose maiden name is Seward. “My father”, Agnes says, “was a faithful servant to your grandfather Abraham.” Vanessa learns that vampire activity is suspected in the area, and Agnes gives Lily/Vanessa the address of Mr. Tsui (Lee Shorten), a shopkeeper who knows about vampires, and has “ominous and important things” to share with her. Continue reading →
Lillian Van Helsing (Julie Lynn Mortensen) arrives at Renfield House on a stormy night in 1906 with her husband (?) Edward Hawkins.
In pursuit of his totem, Elder Susan (Hilary Jardine) leads Vanessa, Scarlett, and Axel to an abandoned psychiatric hospital, but even after devouring the local who guided them there, The Elder says that someone is clouding her mind and she cannot pinpoint the location of the artifact. The others go exploring without her, and discover a different sort of vampire living in the derelict facility. These vampires have phosphorescent blood and eyes, and some of them have the power to remotely exert physical pressure on the brain of their attacker, and they can only be killed by a blow (or bullet) to the head. Eight of the nine vampires are killed, but Scarlett bites one of them and turns him human.
Renfield House was established in another year ending in six.
*R.M. Renfield was the solicitor who, in the 1931 film DRACULA, traveled to Transylvania to visit the Count and make arrangements for his move to London. The carriage in which Lillian traveled to Renfield House was quite similar to the one Renfield rode in, but hers had an apparently human driver.
The newly re-humanized fellow is Dr. Karloff (Brent Stait), who apparently once ran the asylum before he became a vampire. (The most famous Karloff – Boris – is best known for his portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster, but the naming of this character is likely an homage to the 1946 film BEDLAM, in which he played the head of that institution.)
In a flashback to 1906 (the fifth VAN HELSING flashback to a year ending in six), Lillian Van Helsing (Julie Lynn Mortensen) is checked into Renfield House (the very same asylum that Vanessa and the gang are investigating) by her husband Edward Hawkins. (There was a Hawkins in Stoker’s novel. He was Jonathan Harker’s employer, and he left Harker and his wife a lot of money when he died.) Lillian is also looking for something, but she finds something she did not expect, a creature with unusual powers (listed in the credits as a “psychic vampire”), so she must have been looking for something else. The creature kills her quickly. Continue reading →