Van Helsing tugs at the heartstrings with one bloody pull at a time!
Season 2, Episode 1 “Began Again”
Aired on October 5, 2017
Written by Neil LaBute, Suki Kaiser and Tristin Morton
Directed by Michael Nankin
*Spoilers contained within*
After a long, hot summer, Van Helsing has returned for its much anticipated second season. The new episode picks up right where the season one finale left off with Rebecca (Laura Mennell) holding Vanessa’s (Kelly Overton) daughter, Dylan (Hannah Cheramy) who has been turned. Like any mother would, Vanessa attacks Rebecca to save her daughter. As the two fight, Dylan joins the fray, showing off her newly-acquired skills before disappearing. Vanessa leaves Rebecca to burn in sunlight as she races off to find Dylan. Along the way she reunites with Mohammed (Trezzo Mahoro) and things get heated between the two. Flesh (Vincent Gale) is on his own now where he meets a resistance fighter named Lucky (Andrea Ware). The two join together to escape the facility but do not entirely trust each other and neither do the resistance fighters.
While we do see appearances by Dmitri (Paul Johansson), Julius (Aleks Paunovic) and Taka (Ryan Robbins), the main focus of this opening episode is Dylan. The opening scene was bloody, but in between the blood splatter were teardrops. Vanessa is forced to face the reality that her daughter is now one of the monsters she has been fighting. However, she refuses to give up on Dylan. Kelly Overton has two children of her own and being pregnant during filming makes those maternal feelings even more authentic. Hannah Cheramy is a talented young actress who has a great career ahead of her. In this episode, Dylan is essentially running on instinct. She attacks, feeds and runs just as any wild animal. However, Hannah does such a great job in the role, you feel bad for Dylan and want Vanessa to save her. Neil LaBute has picked up where he left off with Van Helsing season one by delivering a well-written story.
I am so happy Van Helsing is back for a second season. It has the perfect mix of horror, action, suspense, drama and talented acting. This opening episode was amazing and set the tone for what will be a fantastic second season which will hopefully lead into a third season. The Dylan storyline is engaging and emotional. I cannot wait to meet any new characters that may appear as the season goes on, including Missy Peregrym’s character, Scarlett Harker. If you haven’t caught up, season one of Van Helsing is available on Netflix.
Van Helsing airs Thursday nights at 9pm on Syfy. Check your local listings.
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)