For Van Helsing, imitation isn’t the sincerest form of flattery
Season 2, Episode 4 “A Home” ***** stars
Aired October 26, 2017
Written by Jeremy Smith & Matt Venables
Directed by Jason Stone
*spoilers contained within*
Last week’s episode of Van Helsing was a bloody, grueling, emotional roller coaster ride that left us in tears. Vanessa (Kelly Overton) had to make a decision no parent should ever have to make: kill someone to save her daughter or use herself to save her daughter at the risk of her daughter’s life. Rather than take the life of another, she lets Dylan (Hannah Cheramy) suck her own blood. While it works for a small amount of time, Dylan stays in the sun too long and disintegrates in Vanessa’s arms. She unleashes a blood-curdling scream that makes Julius (Aleks Paunovic) cringe.
In this week’s episode, Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) is on the hunt for more members of the Deliquents. He is particularly fond of Felix (Bzhaun Rhoden) but as a friend and not a prey. Sam refers to Felix as Mohammed because he thinks Felix looks like Mohammed. In the woods, Vanessa and Julius are caught and trapped by a group of vampires who skin their victims alive. They are saved by a group of survivors known as the Johnsons led by Mike (Phil Burke). Julius is convinced that the group is legitimate and wants to be a part of them. Vanessa is skeptical after befriending one of the children in group named Troy (Cory Gruter-Andrew) and noticing signs of abuse.
There is a lot to be said about this episode regarding the parallels of Julius and Sam. Sam was a survivor who became a vampire and Julius was a vampire who was turned back to human. As a vampire, Julius was ruthless and powerful yet as a human, he is gentle, caring and just wants to live in peace. In last week’s episode we got a brief history of him back in the 30’s when he was first turned so that he could save his dying mother. As a human, Sam was deaf and could barely speak yet there was a dark side to him. This is brought out when he becomes a vampire and seeks a replacement for Mohammed in the form of Felix. While he does have limited intelligence, he is essentially an untamed, feral vampire looking for his next meal. Vanessa is now a broken woman and does not trust the Johnsons, or anyone else for that matter whether they are human or vampire. It is easy to understand why after losing Dylan which the bright light she had in such a dark world.
Van Helsing has been kicked into high gear this season and the results are amazing. The show is getting more violent, more suspenseful and more emotional. We are fining out things about these characters we would have never known before or thought possible considering how they were introduced. The tragedy and heartbreak in these backstories and current events make us empathize and relate to these characters regardless of whether they are human or vampire, good or bad. As soon as the current episode ends, you’re counting down to the next one!
Van Helsing airs Thursdays at 9pm on Syfy. Check your local listings.
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)