VAN HELSING – Season 1 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
Brendan (Terry Chen) and Catherine (Sarah Desjardins) prepare to exile Mohamad, who has confessed to the murders, into the vampire controlled streets of Seattle.
Vampires cannot draw sustenance from the blood of other vampires. So says Dr. Sholomenko. But they can derive pleasure from vamp to vamp nibbling. Dimitri (Paul Johansson) and his sister Atanasia (Gia Crovatin) bite each other for a while and seem to enjoy it a lot. Vampires heal rapidly, and apparently with little or no scarring. Vamps do seem to age, but more slowly than humans. Dimitri says he is three hundred years old and he looks sixty. His sister looks twenty-something, so women likely age more slowly than men once they are infected by the vampire bug.
Rebecca’s apartment – electric lights
throw pillows, candles, and maps
Rebecca is a vamp of a different sort. She lives alone, and her apartment is well-kept. The couch and chair have no fewer than eleven neatly arranged throw pillows. There are electric lights (her building must have a generator) and candles that show some use, probably during power outages. There is a work desk with rolled up blueprints, and framed maps hang on the walls. (One of these is of Italy.) The blinds are left open allowing some daylight to enter. One wonders about the practicality of those tight leather pants she wears in this episode. When she catches Sheema (Naika Toussaint) stealing building plans she does not devour her. Nor does she have sex with her. Rebecca lets Sheema go, and even lets her keep the blueprints she stole. Is she really being merciful? She might want the resistance to attack Julius and/or Dimitri so that she can exploit the result to her own ends.
Rebecca captures Sheema
Vanessa finds Susan (Hilary Jardine), and after a bit of a wrestling match, turns her human. The two of them escape from Julius. Susan tells Vamessa that she turned Dylan over to the police, but doesn’t know what happened to her after that. She also tells Vanessa that she called Dylan’s dad, who said he would come for her.
Atanasia’s back showing recent bite marks from her brother Dimitri. Presuming they have done this before, her back heals with little or no scarring
Another murder with a victim missing an index finger leads to a coup at the hospital. Catherine (Sarah Desjardins) grabs Axel’s gun and the recently arrived refugees take over. “Sorry, Axel,” she says. “Hey, that rhymes with asshole. I just figured that out.” Though the rhyme is imperfect, Axel has to be the most likely suspect in the murders. He seems quite ruthless in his attempts to protect Vanessa, and the two victims were those who placed the most strain on his resources.
Mohamad confesses to the murders, and is tossed out on the street, despite the fact that nobody thinks he did them. It’s a reasonable bet that he’ll meet up with Vanessa and Susan. What they’ll do after that is anyone’s guess.
Jennifer Spence as Aki, and Helen Shaver as Pearl in DOWN RIVER. The role of Aki won Spence the 2014 Leo Award for Best Supporting Actress. DOWN RIVER is now available on iTunes.
Jennifer Spence (Karen in VH episode one) will be Grace Day in several episodes of the TV series TRAVELERS, which will premiere on Showcase in Canada on 17 October, and on Netflix everywhere else, later this year. The series is set centuries in the future, where survivors of a catastrophe send their consciousness back through time and possess 21st Century minds. The possessed then find one another and team up to execute missions aimed at saving humanity from a dreadful fate. — Spence is also Carmen in the polyromantic comedy series YOU ME HER which airs on DirecTV’s Audience Network. The show has been renewed for two more seasons of ten episodes each, but no premiere date for season 2 has yet been announced. DirecTV subscribers can catch up on the first season of YOU ME HER online.
Dimitri and Atanasia
Gia Crovatin (Atanasia) will be Paige Sullivan in the crime drama FINDING HER, about a New York City reporter (played by Johnny Whitworth) who fights a racist system to help a family track down their missing daughter. FINDING HER will be released in the US this December. And Crovatin will be Jess in THE DEPTHS, a neo-noir indie about two screenwriters who decide to fully explore the depths of murder and crime within their story only to discover their obsession with their work has made it all too real. A trailer is available on YouTube
“We have a wonderful and terrifying road ahead planned for Vanessa, her allies and her enemies.”
VAN HELSING has been renewed by SyFy for a Second Season of 13 episodes.
—- Neil LaBute
Production is expected to begin on the second season in January of 2017.