Van Helsing: Season One
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From the producers of Fargo and Hell on Wheels, Van Helsing is set in the near future where vampires have risen and taken control. Vanessa Van Helsing (Kelly Overton) is humanity's last hope for survival, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires. Enjoy every spine-chilling Season 1 episode back-to-back and uninterrupted of the series that critics rave has "got bite" and gives "Buffy a run for her money" (Hollywood Reporter).
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I'm not the biggest fan of the zombie genre, or FPSs, because I find it boring when monsters are just machine gun fodder. I think vampires should have more of a sci fi feel in that they're terrestrial aliens with a backstory and culture. These are 'talking zombies' as others said. But it's still early.
And another thing. I love the post apocalypse genre because there's no longer any rules. That Army Guy is completely ruining it for me. *small spoilers* Army Guy's leadership style is to tell someone "Sit down and shut up. No, you can't leave." And then he'll lay back and goad the poor fellow into attacking him so Major Awesome can pin the guy and prove he's powerless to resist. Making a person feel powerless infuriates me. Army Guy reminds me of Ward from Agents of SHIELD. He's a tough guy with this supreme confidence that comes from writers creating a world in which he simply is not allowed to fail. In other words, his awesomeness is not through anything he does, but it's due to the things that others *do not do*. So in Van Helsing, if Army Guy's back is against a wall, his opponent will swing an iron pipe at his head-- the one place he could possibly duck away from. Or a guy will temporarily incapacitate Mr. Awesome and not finish him off and so Mr. Awesome can come back at him ten seconds later with a machine gun and point it at his head. I waited years praying Ward would be killed off in Agents of SHIELD before I realized he wouldn't and I quit the series. I'm not gonna do the same thing here.
And yeah, Awesome Army Guy isn't even the main character. It's a chick. Of course. So in that scene where vampires storm the compound, Mr. Awesome, who is perhaps the greatest warrior on the planet, needs combat armor and an assault rifle to defeat vampires. But all the chick needs is an empty syringe and she can kill in her underpants. It's hackneyed on so many levels. And hackneyed is fine every once in a while, and I'd be fine with the series if the energy was different. If, say Army Douche gets killed (preferably by his own hubris) and Bigfoot (heyerdahl from Sanctuary) takes over.
My objections to the series is mainly due to the feel of the show. I also didn't like that vibe in SGU where the soldiers were in charge and treated the scientists like crap. If *someone* has to be in charge, I'd prefer it to be scientists or civillians in science fiction. I also don't like that distracting "Searching for my daughter" thing. So with the two main characters, I can't stand the guy, and I don't care about the girl's mission. If I find out later that the tone of the series changes, I may revisit it. But for now, I'll take a pass.
It has a low TV show budget which shows at times, such as scenes where instead of building a set they just shoot everything in near darkness (such as in the basement tunnels of the vampire lair). The writing of some characters is very inconsistent, such as (slight spoilers obviously) the blonde chick who we first encounter as a flashback next door neighbour who is a victim of domestic violence. She suddenly has mad unarmed combat skills near the level of Vanessa Helsing's when the two are out on the streets in the present when Vanessa is returning to the main group, then in a later episode in an underground military facility she's back to having no fighting skills at all. You're also wondering why don't the vampires just fly helicopters, or even drones, or tanks or even trucks to smash through the doors/walls of the hospital? They aren't mindless zombies after all, they're thinking human mind like creatures, some of which you'd imagine would have operated these vehicles when human. If no of them got pilot/drivers licences and find flying/driving too daunting, surely they at least can work out how to set fire to a place to force those inside to have to abandon it as a refuge?
Even if the main character (not Vanessa, bu Axel) wasn't a trained military guy, you'd expect everyone in the group has seen an episode of a zombie/any horror creature movie/show, and when you get into a new shelter, you'd make sure you check every room, every cupboard and hiding space for other survivors, enemies or creatures that might kill you. But these guys just go, cool real food, beer, and get wasted in one of the first rooms they come across. Even back in the hospital this guy has no issues killing hanger on's that blindly follow those that oppose him, but let's the main protagonists live. Even the guy whose wife he wants to get outside to, you either let him back outside, or you kill him, don't just let him walk around freely hell bent on revenge. You've got a mission Axel, you don't let people live who have tried to kill you or are a threat to what you're protecting.
But overall it's a watchable show, and as I said will satisfy the wait for the better shows you're hanging out for. It has the guy who played The Swede, from Hell on Wheels as a deaf guy who lifts the show whenever he's on screen. He's clearly a lot better actor than everyone else in this. Because there's nothing original going on in this show's overall scenario, individual episodes as well what happens at the conclusion of Season one you saw coming early on. There isn't really a cliff hanger, the story continues and you've just got to buy the next season to find out what happens next.