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 →
Flesh (Vincent Gale) climbs out of his grave, but sadly discovers that Lucky was not resurrected as well.
The Elder wakes Vanessa with a bite. She tries to kill him before he can explain that he has been sent by her sister and is bound to serve them, so he takes on other forms in an attempt to calm her down. First he appears as her dead daughter Dylan (Hannah Cheramy) and that might have worked except that in that form he knocks Vanessa across the room, disturbing the illusion. So then he becomes Scarlett, but that just makes Vanessa more violent. Finally he takes on the form of Susan (Hilary Jardine) and that is just right. Despite the unreality of the situation, Vanessa can’t bring herself to harm this fantasy. The Elder and Vanessa are finally able to communicate. Continue reading →
“Seriously? Blood pact with the vampires? Bare-chested swordsmen? It’s like Cuckoo’s Nest meets Camelot.”
— Susan [when Theo is practicing with the quarterstaff]
Theo gives Vanessa a sword. Flesh leaves the group to minister to the flock of the late Micah (whom he killed). Sam reunites with Mohamad. And while Vanessa’s bite made the Doc human again, it did not make her want to be human.
Those bells the gang was following led them to an enclave of humans led by Micah, a guru-ish psychiatrist/minister whose wife Magdalene was turned vampire some while ago. Micah and Magda (Gwynyth Walsh) struck a deal that involved giving the vampire a regular supply of fresh blood and all the newborn babies she could eat. (Micah didn’t tell the others about that last part.)
Flesh (Vincent Gale) looking much more relaxed after some therapy, tells Vanessa he is remaining in Eden. Flesh acted out his fantasies after he was turned into a vampire. Does everyone do that?
Sam spots Mohamad’s Nirvana t-shirt on a clothes line. He goes looking for his friend and gets locked in a basement storage room by Xavier (William “Big Sleeps” Stewart). From the contents of the room, Sam figures out what’s going on. He breaks through a rather flimsy wall and finds Mohamad. Then, for no apparent reason, he kills Xavier. Sam definitely has blood lust issues.
Usually the funniest bits in VAN HELSING come from Susan (Hilary Jardine), but in this episode there is a scene where Micah is confronted by Theo about giving the babies to Magda. That’s not funny, but what happens in the background is. Flesh (Vincent Gale) had earlier been handed a knife with which he was supposed to kill Mohamad and Sam (who were captured after Xavier’s murder). Micah (Tom Cavanagh) reveals to the group something that Flesh told him in confidence (that Flesh had fantasized about killing his family before being turned vamp). So, while Micah continues to defend his actions to the group, Flesh is milling about behind him with the knife in his hand getting more and more pissed off as the scene progresses. One imagines he is trying to decide just where to stab the guy. He finally decides on the neck, and Micah is no more.
Christopher Russell as the former high school phys-ed teacher Theo, shown here honing his skills with the quarterstaff
When the gang leaves the compound, Flesh decides to stay behind. He has changed clothes and looks quite a lot like Father Mulcahy from the TV version of M.A.S.H.
Doc (Rukiya Bernard) is tough to figure out. Before The Rising, she was anything but timid, standing up to the military and demanding information from her sister. Now she looks scared of everything. Last episode she confessed to Axel that she was no hero. (Axel forgave her.) This time she tells Vanessa that she closed the door on Axel and let him die. (Vanessa did not forgive her.) Then she goes to Magdalene and pleads with her to make her a vampire again. Her timidity is a puzzle, as is her need to be honest about it against her own best interests. Doc might have benefited from a session with Micah. She has scientific training. Why isn’t she analyzing her own behaviour?
Magdalene (Gwynyth Walsh) with two unidentified vampire escorts
Magda doesn’t like the taste of Doc, and her bite has no effect. Doc is still human. Magda tosses her aside and, in a bit of very confusing symbolism, Doc finds herself on the ground surrounded by the skeletons of babies. We do learn from this that a vampire cured by Vanessa’s bite cannot be turned vamp again. Nor do the bodily fluids of such a person cure a vampire. Those cured by Vanessa seem to possess a passive immunity. The sun is brightly visible through the trees during Magda’s encounter with Doc. The volcanic clouds are dispersing rapidly.
With Theo, Vanessa has sex for the first time since waking from her coma. She bites him in the process, and learns that nothing happens when she bites a human. Learning that may have been the main purpose of having sex with him. She tells Theo that the bite was unintentional, but it looked like she did it on purpose.
Sadly, Emma (Christie Burke) stays at the compound and does not join Vanessa and the others. Unless and until Doc rejoins them, the gang consists of two couples. Vanessa and Susan, and Sam and Mohamad.
New mom Peggy (Pippa Mackie) with Magda’s hand at her throat.
According to TV Wise, all episodes of VAN HELSING Season One will be available to stream on Netflix UK beginning sometime in December.
Pippa Mackie (Peggy) will be Bronwyn in the romantic comedy #ROXY, a modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. The story is set at Bergerac High, with shy, big-nosed computer genius Cyrus (played by Jake Short) in love with Roxy (Sarah Fisher) who is at the same time infatuated with star athlete Chris Newville, the new kid in school. Cyrus uses social media to help Chris win Roxy’s heart. Filmed near Edmonton, Alberta, #ROXY will be released in the US on 1 March 2017.
Maya Nadine’s character (who is not named) readies her longbow.
Catherine Lough Haggquist (Beth) will be Dr. Suzanne Warren in the TV series BEYOND which is is about Holden (Burkely Duffield), a young man who wakes up after 12 years in a coma and finds that he has supernatural abilities. The ten episode series finished filming last August, and will have a two hour series premiere on the Freeform Network on 2 January 2017 at 9pm. — Haggquist is also Dana in the comedy THIRTY-SEVENTEEN, about a billionaire who pays his old high school classmates to join him for one more month of the 12th grade. THIRTY-SEVENTEEN will be released in Canada on 1 December.
Maya Nadine (unnamed Eden hunter), who appears in the episode’s credits as Maya Chang, is a certified hatha yoga instructor in East Vancouver. She launched the blog Yoga Time With Maya last February.