Van Helsing explores Sam’s twisted past
Season 2, Episode 11 “Be True” Aired 12/21/2017 ***** stars
Written by Jackie May
Directed by Jonathan Scarfe
*spoilers contained within*
Happy Holidays everyone! We hope you all had a monster of a time this holidays season with your loved ones! We sure did! On the December 14th episode of Van Helsing, Vanessa (Kelly Overton) must find a way out of the lab she was taken to after she was kidnapped. While the facility and its staff seem well-mannered and want to help cure vampires, Vanessa discovers that they are the exact opposite. They are using her and the rest of the patients as experiments. One of the doctors even poses as her mother, recounting Vanessa’s childhood memories. On last Thursday’s episode of Van Helsing, Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Mohamad’s (Trezzo Mahoro) game of cat-and-mouse comes to a haunting conclusion. The episode opens with a flashback from when Mohamad met Sam and rescued him. We fast forward to Sam taking prisoners, including someone important from his past, then tying them up to be bled out for food and sacrifice. Is Sam pure evil or did his past dictate his brutal nature?
If you thought Kelly Overton’s performance in the above mentioned episode was an emotional sucker punch, Christopher Heyerdahl’s and Trezzo Mahoro’s performances packed a real wallop. This episode, directed by Jonathan Scarfe (Axel), was tragic yet beautiful at the same time. The symbolism and flashbacks made the viewer rethink Sam and why he became such a monster. Yet, inside that monster was still a man with thoughts and feelings. At this point in the season, Mohamad is near death. His wound is festering, he’s being held captive and has not eaten. He tries valiantly, with the help of Cara, to bring Sam back to the light but pays a huge price for it.
We did it Helsingers! It was officially announced last week Van Helsing will be back in 2018 for a 3rd season! It is episodes like this that made a convincing argument for that 3rd season. They were intellectually and morally stimulating. They made viewers question what they thought they knew from previous episodes. Neil LaBute is an amazing showrunner and found the right mix of action, horror, comedy and drama for the show. The best part of this season, which helped earn a 3rd season, was the addition of Missy Peregrym as Scarlett Harker. It gave Vanessa an equally strong female character to work with and added to her backstory.
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)