After devouring several humans, Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Felix (Bzhaun Rhoden) are relaxing together in the woods, when that dark female figure (now in the credits as The Oracle) appears to Sam and tells him to kill the one he loves. Sam thinks she means Felix, and so he does that. Then The Oracle tells him that Felix was not the one he loves, and Sam knows he has to go after Mohamed.
Meanwhile, Mohamed (Trezzo Mahoro), still trapped in the bunker, hallucinates Cara (Emily Haine), whom he killed in “Be True” to prevent her from becoming a vampire. (Strangely, Cara has blood on her chin.) She gives him advice on how to escape from his underground prison. Either Sam’s variety of mental illness is communicable, or the Elders are setting up a grudge match between Sam and Mohamed to see if Sam is worthy of joining their number. 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.
– also Alex Paxton-Beesley, Shawn Doyle, Katie Boland
Tamy Gillis and Amy GoodMurphy on the set of THIRTY-SEVENTEEN in Coquitlam, B.C.
Tammy Gillis will be Claire in THIRTY-SEVENTEEN, a film about a software mogul named Adam Vine, who has everything in life with the exception of pleasant memories from high school. He reluctantly attends his 20th class reunion and has such an amazing time that he offers his all of his former classmates one year’s salary to do one more month of the 12th grade with him. Written and directed by Michael Coleman (Happy the miner in ONCE UPON A TIME), THIRTY-SEVENTEEN will be released in Canada on 1 December.
Gillis will also be Jen in episodes four and five of THE ARRANGEMENT, a series about Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista), a young actress who auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster opposite Kyle West, one of the world’s top action movie stars. Kyle’s mentor Terrence and his wife Deann run a self-help organization called the Institute of The Higher Mind. After Megan’s audition leads to a first date (and more) with Kyle, she is presented with a contract that would change her life forever. Some have suggested that the plot bears some similarity to the story of Tom Cruise, his ties to Scientology, and his relationship with Katie Holmes, but the network has issued a statement that the project was not inspired by anyone in particular. The ten episode series will premiere on E! in March 2017. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Katie Boland and Megan Park in New York City during the filming of the webseries WE’RE ADULTS NOW, which they co-created, wrote and star in.
Katie Boland and Rosanna Arquette will star in NEVER SAW IT COMING, a thriller directed by Gail Harvey and based on the Linwood Barclay novel of the same name. The book’s central character, Keisha Ceylon, is a fraudulent psychic who watches the news for stories of missing family members. She gives it a few days, then moves in, tells these families she’s had a vision, that she may have some clue to where these missing people are. And by the way, she charges for this service, and likes to see the money up front. Keisha finally has a “vision” close enough to the truth to make one of her clients feel threatened. Filming will begin in winter 2017.
Alex Paxton-Beesley as Kira Fletcher in episode 5.15 of HAVEN (The episode is not yet available on Netflix)
Alex Paxton-Beesley will co-star with Ryan Robbins in PURE, a six episode miniseries that tells the story of a newly-elected Mennonite pastor who sets out to rid his community of drug traffickers by betraying a fellow Mennonite to the police. But instead of solving the problem, Noah’s actions trigger an ultimatum from a Mennonite mob leader. In order to protect his family he must become involved in the mob’s activities. He decides to cooperate in order to secretly gather enough evidence to dismantle the organization. Filming has already begun on location in Nova Scotia and Alberta, and PURE will be part of CBC’s 2016/17 season.
Shawn Doyle is Owen in the film AWAY FROM EVERYWHERE, based on the 2009 novel by Chad Pelley, which also stars Joanne Kelly and Jason Priestley. A struggling writer (Doyle) just out of rehab reunites with his estranged brother (Priestley) and becomes romantically involved with his brother’s wife (Kelly). The film had its world preniere at the Atlantic Film Fest in Halifax. It will next be screened 22 September at 2pm at Cinefest Sudbury.
Doyle will also be Police Chief Peter Welland and Anna Paquin will be Detective Annie Ryder in the eight episode CBC mystery series BELLVUE. In the pilot, a transgender teen goes missing, and Annie finds evidence that suggests foul play, but finds herself in a difficult position as she must cast suspicion on people she has known all her life. BELLEVUE began filming in Montreal in September and will premiere in winter 2017.