On the ongoing subject of Blade's relative unimportance to this show, especially compared with Krista (Jill Wagner), I will give that theme a rest this week and merely refer you to insightful comments posted last week by techjitsu and others. I live in hope of a Blade-centric episode one day, and this almost promises to qualify at first, as the daywalker has to transport a pregnant woman (Vanessa) whose unborn baby Marcus wants for something to safety. Or take her someplace, they are on a train to Paris anyway. Turns out Blade (Kirk Jones) is taking her to see a doctor he trusts. "Delivery" -- get it? Their travel is punctuated by several brief fight scenes, and it turns out she's not actually pregnant -- at least in the conventional sense.
Krista goes to an art opening with Marcus, and has one of her signature poignant moments, this time while looking a depressing painting made by a fellow Gulf vet. Her uncle shows up, and tells Krista her Mom has taken ill.
Chase (Jessica Gower) survived! Now Marcus sends Krista to Berlin the complete Chase's mission to bring the pregnant woman back to him. Krista objects, briefly. OH COME ON!!! Marcus has a whole frikkin' clan of vampires that he allegedly controls and he sends Krista?!? Again?!?!
She's only been a vampire a few weeks and hardly trustworthy. That wacky Marcus is so smitten with her though, and -- more importantly -- the cranky engine of the plot creaks forward, and we gotta get Krista back in the field Arrrgh. A lot of what follows in this subplot plays like low-rent Alias, read Sydney for Krista, Vaughan for Blade, and House of Chthon for SD-6.
On other tracks: instead of Krista and her Mom, for a change this week's dream sequence features Blade and his Mom. The money quote: "If I'd a know what a murderous son of a bitch you'd turn out to be, I'd a killed you in my womb," says dream-Mom, very thematically. And the dream goes downhill from there, as she forces Blade to drive a -- err -- blade into her pregnant belly. Damn, no wonder Blade doesn't say much from week to week, not with carrying that kind of thing around in his psyche.
Before setting off in her assignment, Krista visits her Mom in the hospital, where it turns out Mom has leukemia and needs a blood transfusion -- which Krista can't comply with, being undead and all. This causes her uncle to believe she's a junkie. It so sucks to be a vampire trapped between the lightness and the dark.
Chase meanwhile, is suffering, burned to a hideous crisp, and I guess that is what it takes for Marcus to notice her again after he first caught sight of Krista.
Charlotte, the kid vampire -- I mean, the pureblood -- reads the riot act to Marcus over his many dubious leadership moves of late, and --- bless her heart -- the kid (Emily Hearst) acting the role almost pulls off it off, which is all that can be asked, I think.
Krista's team ends up in Paris, about to raid the doctor's and take the girl back to Marcus, when Krista's pulls off a sweet double-cross. But this leaves her with the problem of making it believable to Marcus that she fought Blade, got what she was after, and still managed to lose her entire team and allow Blade to escape again. She makes Blade give her a nasty wound across her face and eye. As if Marcus didn't have enough to hate Blade for yet. Near the end of the episode we see that Chase is healing up nicely. A quick scene to check in with the cop investigating and hunting Boone and we are out. Previews look interesting and -- if they are accurate -- we will be delving deeper into Blade's wretched childhood next week.
For some real action, a promo ran tonight that promises Spike is airing three James Bond movies back-to-back this weekend.