This episode of Van Helsing we follow all those people we probably don’t care about all that much and feel somewhat irrelevant.
I think we have a weird dichotomy of stories - we have the main epic storyline of Vanessa and Scarlett taking down the elders. It’s epic and focused and the centre of the storyline.
Then we have Denver which is… ok? And we have Scab and Ivory and it’s like… why? Why do we care about these people, these side characters in other people’s stories? Or Sam and Mohammed - why, where do these people fit?
To have a whole episode on these side plots without any real foundation to them is just distracting - on the plus side the writers seem to be finally bringing these plot lines together into something coherent and maybe, finally, making them relevant
Scab has decided to join the Sisterhood. He’s gone on a weird journey, since two episodes ago he didn’t see why he and Ivory needed the Sisters then was demanding they obey and serve him but now he decides he wants to be a memory and begs to join - even when that joining requires him being castrated. He’s now a loyal member of the Sisterhood and loyally following Ivory
Meanwhile Axel is leading the survivors from San Francisco to Denver and losing his shit in an epic temper tantrum when they’re attacked by day walking vampires and one of their members is bitten. He has a right to be annoyed since they blatantly ignored what he told them for their own safety but he still has an epic shitfit that probably won’t help anyone
Further up the road they find a van that has broken down full of people heading to San Francisco (and carrying weird blue rocks), including pregnant woman Kit. Axel wants to help despite Dre’s misgivings because Axel is now a nice guy and not super suspicious of anyone
The leader insists that there’s a ship in San Francisco taking them to Hawaii where no-one is infected with vampirism. Axel, having just come from vampire infested San Francisco thinks this is a super super bad idea and tries to talk them out of it and instead says they should go to Denver where there’s a safe community developing
Leader guy isn’t having it. At which point Axel becomes super high handed trying to overrule him which makes sense for the character because he’s always kind of being “I know best” since season 1, only Vanessa’s Honey badgerness managed to push it back - and he’s clearly feeling super protective of Kit. Leaderguy super over-reacts and actually points a gunt at Axel
This ends up with him dead and their group joining Axel’s group travelling to Denver