Axel Miller is one of my very favorite characters on Van Helsing and I have truly loved his development on the show up until now. When he revealed to Scarlett last season that he’d had a sister once, but she had disappeared without a trace, I just knew we were going to revisit this storyline at some point.
This week’s Van Helsing picks up just a few hours after we left off in “Pretty Noose”. “Like Suicide” felt like a straight up continuation of the events we watched last week, and both episodes could have easily been a two-parter special, instead of leaving us hanging for a week. After all, the last time we saw our heroes, Axel had been taken by the B’ah and Scarlett’s life was hanging by a thread after being poisoned.
We made it to Denver! We made it to San Francisco! Our crew has split up and each group has finally made it to their intended destination in “Pretty Noose”, even though things didn’t quite go according to plan for everyone. Last week’s episode was more about laying the ground work for the rest of the season, and I have to say — knowing what’s coming next — they did an exceptional job.
You know, when I started Van Helsing, I wasn’t expecting much. I had a long weekend on my hands, no plans, and this show featured an actress I liked, so I thought why not? It’s not even my kind of show, as I really, really don’t do horror of any kind ever.
But I decided to give this a chance and, boy, am I glad I did. Once you get past the graphic stuff — and it’s really, really gross and gory and there’s a lot of blood — Van Helsing is really, really good. Compelling characters, great storylines and amazing mythology. I burned through the first two seasons in a weekend and I just couldn’t get enough.