Blade: The Evil Within
Back at vampire HQ, we find Marcus fears the dreaded "pure bloods" (those born as vampires) who might threaten his autonomy of the House. And as soon as he mentions his concern to Chase, a pure-blood shows up at his door wanting a little face time. Yep, we are definitely in Anne Rice country this episode, as the pure blood is a young girl -- a child vampire in Victorian dress.
After last week's detour as a kidnap victim, minor supporting-character Blade (Kirk Jones) is back on the vampire pregnancy investigation this week. He will also leave Detroit tonight to ... err ... chase Chase to Berlin where she's sent on some maternity-related mission for Marcus. Blade is able to travel light and sail right through the airport metal detectors, because he is met by a sexy German customs agent who reloads him with firepower.
With Chase out of her hair for the moment, Krista has a chance to creep all over the mansion again looking for a sample of the Aurora vaccine the steal Blade. We viewers have known what Aurora is for so long, I keep forgetting our heroes are still supposed to be in the dark about it.
Anyway, Marcus catches her and -- Bond-villain fashion -- fills her in with some enticing details of his plans for world domination. He'd better hurry, 'cause he is on the pure-blood's radar, if not their shit-list.
Earlier, Krista and Blade do have one nice character scene, when Krista visits the Blade-cave to jack up on blood-substitute serum. Her undead fate is really starting to wear on her. She doesn't get to enjoy her superpowers much, she doesn't have the advantages of being still half-human like Blade, and she knows she will never see the sun again. Blade practices tough love, saying, "the next time you do see the sun it'll be the last thing you over see."
Blade himself is such a static character. He comes in each week, roughs up an informant, has his two fight scenes and then he's out. Not a lot to grab onto there, would be nice to see him develop a little inner-conflict or something before the season ends. From the preview, looks like he will be forced to interact with an regular innocent human being next week. Might be interesting to see how he handles that.
One last thing. Chase has a great episode. Some sharp one-liners, and she finally got an assignment beyond babysitting Krista. And then .... Oh well. Damn. Just when you start to appreciate a villain ...
(This Sunday at 1pm, Spike is running a six-hour marathon of all episodes to date (including the two-hour premiere) if you need to catch up.)