Hilary Jardine (The Elder disguised as Susan in “Fresh Tendrils”) will be Claudette Fletcher, a former State Department employee turned freelance consultant, in the eighth and final season of HOMELAND. The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Matheson, a bipolar CIA operative. At the start of the final season, Carrie is recovering from seven months in a Russian gulag when National Security Advisor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) asks for her help in engaging the Taliban in peace negotiations. Carrie and Saul’s Afganistan mission, at least initially, does not go as planned. Season eight of HOMELAND will premiere on Showtime on 9 February. A trailer is available on YouTube. Continue reading →
VAN HELSING – Season 4 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
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.
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.)