Black Tek administrator Caitlin (Enid Raye-Adams) has Joline arrested for spreading the truth about the side effects of vampire repellent. She wants Doc to make the repellent work better.
CAITLIN:“It took our best people months to discover the link between Black Tech’s repellent and the outbreak. You did it in 48 hours.” DOC:“Maybe they’re not your best people.” CAITLIN:“We want to take this country back. Make it great again. Make it safe. Bottom line, we need you.” DOC:“Look, Caitlin, let her go or I won’t help you with any more of this bullshit you think is America.”
Using Joline as a hostage, Caitlin forces Doc to cooperate. Doc demands a gene sequencer and a vampire as conditions of her assistance and gets both. The first thing she does sequence the genetic makeup of The Dark One’s blood. Then she calls Caitlin saying she’s had a breakthrough. When Caitlin gets there, Doc releases the vampire. After Caitlin is bitten (she hasn’t taken her own medicine, probably fearing the side effects), Doc kills the vampire, and then puts Caitlin out of her misery.
Doc, who has a natural immunity to vampire bites, probably hasn’t taken the repellent, so her aggressive violence can’t be blamed on that. The important thing is that Doc ran The Dark One‘s blood through the gene sequencer, and we learn from Caitlin (before she dies) that Black Tek (the company that employed both Caitlin and the late Dr. Harrison) has tendrils extending far beyond Denver. Continue reading →
Ivory (Jennifer Cheon) about to be bitten by a Daywalker she thought she had killed.
Ivory (Jennifer Cheon) and Scab (Rowland Pidlubny) are still making their way back to The Sisterhood from the caves where the Van Helsing twins found The Elder. Weakened by hunger, they are rescued from predatory humans by some of Dr. Harrison’s modified vampires (called Daywalkers because they are unaffected by sunlight). These creatures show amazing ability to recover from injury. Ivory puts a steel rod through the brain of one of them, and a railway spike in the eye of another. Both recover from their injuries in a matter of minutes. The leader of the Daywalkers bites Ivory and transmits his healing power to her.
Scab prepares to be bitten (theraputically) by Ivory
Ivory similarly transmits the power to Scab as the two of them lie on the railway tracks in front of the tank car under which they had been trapped. The tank car has a white poison placard (number 2312), and the interesting thing about that is that Kim Stanley Robinson wrote a novel titled 2312 about a city on Mercury called Terminator that was built on tracks so it could always remain in the planet’s habitable zone. In the novel, a meteorite, which turns out to be of artificial origin, destroys the tracks, cooking the city in the heat of the sun. The presence of this placard could be meant to suggest that the volcanic event that caused VAN HELSING’s vampire apocalypse was intentionally triggered. Continue reading →
Scab (Rowland Pidlubny) prepares food for Dimitri’s followers. Pidlubny’s Scab is the best Igor (villain’s assistant) in a long time.
Sheriff Walt Turner (Tom McBeath), a dark version of SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT’s Buford T Justice, pulls Wanda the Ambulance over as the gang heads south searching for Vanessa (who was taken by a group that Axel assures us was not the military. “They had training, though”, he admits.) Sheriff Turner, an only slightly exaggerated embodiment of the American way, is extremely impressed with Axel and his military record and invites everybody for a barbecue. Overtly sexist and racist, Walt causes Doc (Rukiya Bernard) to tell him to “eat shit” at one point, and when Scarlett (Missy Peregrym) expresses a hatred for guns, Walt asserts that “bullets are life“. Continue reading →