Monday, April 3, 2017

Van Helsing - Season 1 (2016)

Is it spoiler to say why this is called Van Helsing? It is one twist in last episode but it is quite easy to guess one of the main characters is Van Helsing in series called Van Helsing. This is zombie apocalypse series with zombies replaced with vampyres. It was done to be cheap Walking Dead rip-off but it turned out to be more than that. It is based on comics but series got made because someone wanted their own Walking Dead.

Van Helsing happens three years after vampyre uprising. Vampyres rule post-apocalyptic world. They have enslaved most surviving humans. Few are still there to fight vampyres. Vanessa was attacked first of the uprising. She felt into near death state. After three years she wakes up into very different world. Her blood turns vampyres back into humans which makes vampyres try to capture her.

Van Helsing is not meant to be binge watched. Each episode is too packed. After few episodes you feel you need a break to let everything to sink in. Fast phase don't give enough time for characters to grow. Some deaths are not impactful because of this. Too many times heroes find easy way out of hopeless situation.

First couple episodes have pointless flashbacks. After them series start to work better. Story has clever writing and good twists.Anything could happen to anyone. Situation could change in matter of moments. Characters are flawed which get them into troubles.

I am not sure what to think about Van Helsing. It does many things correctly and has great things going on. But it feels bit rushed and heroes get out of troubles too easy compared how dark and realistic everything else is. Last episode ends in few big cliffhangers. I surely want to see where this is going.

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