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Van Helsing: Murder, Survival and A Mother’s Intuition

Van Helsing

Universal Monsters Universe has returned from New York Comic Con and we cannot wait to tell you all about it.  In the meantime, we hope you all tuned in to watch the latest episode of Van Helsing on Syfy.  In the previous episode, we learn about Flesh (Vincent Gale) and the horrific acts against his family when he was a vampire.  However, he and Doc (Rukiya Bernard) do get a sort of happy ending.

“Coming Back”  Aired 10/7/2016 *****stars

Written by Jonathan Lloyd Walker

Directed by David Frazee

*spoilers contained within*

The latest episode of Van Helsing opens with an intimate moment between Rebecca (Laura Mennell) and a young servant who she quickly makes a meal out of.  The scene switches to the hospital where Flesh wakes up to see Cynthia’s (Avery Konrad) body hanging from a rope.  Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) and the others question Flesh about what he saw and try to figure out why she would kill herself.  John (David Cubitt) begins jumping to his own conclusions especially after Doc determines it was murder made to look like a suicide.  Vanessa (Kelly Overton) sets a fire in the bathroom so she can sneak out to find her daughter Dylan when Mohammed (Trezzo Mahuro) offers to join her to find his sister.

This episode was great because it’s the first one that dives right into the premise of the entire show which is Vanessa setting out to find her daughter after she has been “dead” for three years.  We get a heartbreaking scene where she returns to her house and sits on Dylan’s bed, crying over a picture of the two of them.  In one scene, we learn everything about maternal instinct.  Behind the tears there is intuition, anger, strength and determination.  Vanessa knows in her heart Dylan’s alive and gets clues that she is.  She will let nothing, not even a world full of vampires, stop her.  Along the way, she meets a group of survivors including a little girl.  She sends them with Mohammed while she shows a vampire hoard what a 12-gauge shotgun can do.  It was nice seeing Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) get more screen time.  Even though he is mute, he is always trying to interact with the group as best he can.

I really like how Van Helsing is turning out.  While it seems like another post-apocalyptic horror survival show, it is different because the vampires are characters too.  They have their own world and interact with it just as the humans do.  There are a lot of emotional and psychological elements to the show.  Syfy has a hit on their hands and here’s to it being a long-term hit as time goes on.

Van Helsing airs Fridays at 10pm on Syfy.  Check your local listings.

(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)

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Joe Grodensky

Joe is a man of paradox. Joe is mysterious yet an open book. Joe is outgoing yet introverted. Joe is part wolf and man. Joe's favorite monster movie? Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).

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