The two become partners and as Henry faces an old enemy, Vicki becomes more open to the previously unknown supernatural elements around her. They discover that the killings have a purpose and they must stop the perpetrator or face hell on earth.
This episode introduces all the characters and sets up the Vicki/Mike/Henry love triangle. There are plenty of sparks among the three leads and as Vicki’s relationship with the frustrated Mike is rekindled it feels real. Vicki’s and Henry’s mutual attraction is also believably handled. Standard vampire conventions are dispensed with – Henry wears a cross, has a refection, and has no aversion to garlic. There is plenty of snappy, well-written dialogue. The only thing that lets the episode down is a fairly poor villain which shows the obvious lack of a decent budget.
Episode three, "Bad Juju", deals with voodoo and zombies and is not based on any of the original books. Vicki is visited by a young woman named Angelique who is searching for her missing brother. After Angelique and her escort are attacked, Vicki attempts to defend them but the assailant seems unresponsive to her attacks, kills Angelique’s escort, then knocks Vicki to the ground and takes off after Angelique. The police arrive with Celluci in the lead, resulting in a heated discussion about Vicki’s involvement. This leads to a magic moment where Vicki storms off indignantly, and Celluci calls out “Garbage can, 12 o’clock” just in time for Vicki to avoid a collision.
Vicki turns to Henry for help, who identifies her assailant as a zombie and advises Vicki to drop the case. Kyle Schmid gets his chance to shine here with Henry’s “don’t forget what I am” speech. As they are drawn further into the investigation, it becomes apparent that Angelique may not be what she appears, and Vicki becomes the victim of a voodoo curse.
This episode manages to improve on a good beginning with some brilliant throwaway dialogue such as Vicki and Henry questioning a barman, “I’ll have a beer, and him… you don’t want to know”, and Henry’s comment on zombies in the movies, “Don’t trust the movies – look what they did to vampires”. Hopefully the series has a sound base to build from, and if they can avoid the old Kolchak trap of each episode turning into a “monster of the week” formula, it could be around for a long time to come.