"SEALED IN BLOOD"
Written by Myla Lichtman
Directed by Richard Milton
This chapter does not begin with the usual entry in Dracula's
journal recounting the events of the previous chapter.
Presumably this is because this chapter opens with Dracula where
we left him previously, trapped in an old silo, so he has not
had the chance to update his writings between chapters.
This version of the Dracula character does not seem to have the
ability to turn into a bat. He tries and fails to jump up to the
hole in the silo ceiling to escape, but if he could make the
transformation he could just fly out.
In this chapter, we see that both Antoinette and Christina are
able to move about in the daylight. Does this mean that they
have only been bitten twice by Dracula and not the third time
required to make them complete vampires?
After his narrow escape from a burning death in the sunlight,
Dracula retires for the day to the coffin in
the cellar of his home. When he awakes again in the evening, he
still bears some scars from the sunlight that struck him.
Dracula's dogs, Desdemona and Othello, seem to like wine. He
gives them some (from the finest of Napoleon's vineyards) while
musing on his fate to always be alone.
The cliffhanger ending this week: Dracula is about to bite Mary
for the third time to transform her into a true vampire!
Don't miss Chapter XIV: THIRST FOR DEATH
"THE LAST GASP"
Written by David Bennett Carren
Directed by Alan Crosland
When Keller is led into Thorval's command center in Chimera at
22:28 in the episode, the large images projecting above the
control panel remind me of the original Enterprise
bridge set on Star Trek.
In this episode, we see that Princess Tera has undergone
another transformation at the Silver Door and is now played by a
third actress. Plot-wise it is explained as Tera's desire to
find a look that will enchant Marshall Donner and make him her
lover. It seems like a weak plot point though. I wonder if the
producers kept losing or changing actresses for some other
reason during the course of the shoot? The first actress to play
Tera was undeniably attractive, but not much of an actress. The
second and third actresses portraying her each hold their own.
All three actresses have a similar look as well.
When going up to the surface, the Chimerans must wear air filter
masks. For some reason it seems the women always wear white
masks and the men black.
This week's cliffhanger: Princess Maya is trapped no the surface
with a torn filter mask, unable to breathe the air!
Don't miss Chapter 11: RETURN TO CHIMERA
As Dr. Johann Schmidt answers the laboratory phone at
41:31 in the episode, we see he is wearing one of the
conspirators' rings, informing us early in the scene that he is
not the friend he might appear.
This week's cliffhanger: Susan's motorcycle sidecar is
sent plummeting over a cliff!
Don't miss Chapter Ten: TERROR FROM THE SKY