Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick - The 100 ) and his buddy are on an expedition to the Bolivian Highlands in 2015. They are following a rumour that there is a centuries-old man living in the jungle. The good news is, the rumours are true. The bad news is, the reason for the man's apparent immortality is vampirism. Yes, after the success of The Strain this is the new vampire apocalypse show.
Three years later, the US Government is experimenting on vampirism. Not an attempt to weaponise it for the military-industrial complex, but in order to cure normal diseases. A swine flu outbreak in China has reached thirty percent mortality rate, and conceivably be the next Spanish Flu epidemic. The scientists have rushed into human trials, using volunteers from Death Row. Yes, they are giving vampiric super-powers to convicted serial killers. What could possibly go wrong?
Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Atomic Twister ) is hired to babysit the newest test subject. Literal babysitting, because she is a twelve-year-old girl. Rather than hand her over to the doctors for medical experimentation, he goes runabout with her.
Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick - The 100 ) has flashbacks to before the expedition to Bolivia. He wanted the serum for eternal life because his wife had early-onset Alzheimers.
The scientists have a new test subject - a young African-American man. He may be a death-row convict, but he is a Gordon Good-Brother. His integrity and intelligence are impressive. When the other vampires commune with him telepathically, he does not want to be part of their creepy clique.
Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Atomic Twister ) is still on the run with the kid. His ex-wife, Dr. Lila Kyle ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ), gets a lot more to do this week. The plan is to go public with their knowledge of the secret experiments. Of course, all this will do is slow attempts to defeat the swine flu epidemic. Also, it is ironic that the one person who might be the least objectionable as a vampire is also the one who is most reluctant to have the treatment.
Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Atomic Twister ) has his old job back. Yes, he killed a lot of his cow-orkers in the security team but now he has the run of the secret base again.
The flashbacks are of the blonde vamp, Shauna Babcock ( Brianne Howey ), as she tries to convince the Head of Security not to have her executed for eating one of the janitors. She basically comes out with a lot of self-pitying crap about how bad her life was before she was sentenced to death.
One of the guards snaps under the pressure. He gets a vantage point on a roof and uses a high-powered rifle to hold the whole installation hostage. Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Atomic Twister ) volunteers to go up and talk him down.
Dr. Lila Kyle ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) and her protector contact a journalist in the hope of going public with a story about the vampires from death row.
The flashbacks are of the Black vampire. His relationship with the woman he was convicted of killing was a lot more complicated than at first glance.
A big-shot from the US Military-Industrial Complex arrives at the secret base. He is from the American DOD, and he is now the new boss. The CDC no longer funds the project - it is now a military operation. The plan is to weaponise the vampires. Of course, the scientists tell him it is a bad idea. However, one scientist has a plan to make the vampires docile and controllable. It involves telepathic dominance.
Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Atomic Twister ) does not trust the new boss or the DOD (Department of Defence). Instead, he plans of escaping with the girl.
The flashbacks are of Fanning. He was friends with the wife of his best buddy, Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick - The 100 ). They have a shared agenda - to save the wife from her alzheimers.
Dr. Lila Kyle ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) and her protector seek sanctuary with Catholic nuns. This will mean she is no longer part of the main storyline, unless something is done to drag her back in.
A murderous bloodsucker is on the loose, and the goons have to hunt him down in order to keep their operation a secret. The DOD boss wants to use the little girl, who has a telepathic connection with the other vamp. Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Atomic Twister ) objects, so he gets dragged along to protect the girl.
Dr. Lila Kyle ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) was being escorted to the secret base against her will. Unfortunately she only has one guard, and he does not have the ability to spot an obvious ambush.
Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick - The 100 ) does not care about the escapee. His wife has made a miraculous recovery from alzheimers, so his first priority is to give her a second honeymoon. His second priority is to kill his love rival.
The flashbacks are of the female scientist bonding with the female vampire. They watch The Fly (1986) together, so this episode passes the Bechdel test. Unfortunately there is a falling out of sorts. The blonde is just a complete bitch.
Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Atomic Twister ) and Dr. Lila Kyle ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) have been abducted. The flashbacks are of them spending time with their daughter.
The security people have discovered that all the vamps are linked to Fanning. He is the Master Vampire, and if he dies then his whole bloodline will die. Since none of the scientists believe in vampires, none of them saw this trope which played a major role in Vampire Diaries .
The DOD boss plans to upgrade security, but he has a long way to go. Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick - The 100 ) tried to destroy the vampires, but still has his security clearance.
This illustrates one of the major problems with script-writing. When a hero gets a villain in his gunsights, he shoots to kill immediately. In contrast, even if the villain's intention is cold-blooded murder they intentionally delay doing the deed as long as possible,
The DOD boss has upgraded security, with a new team he has brought in. He gives the regular staff the day off, so they throw a big party.
Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Atomic Twister ) and Dr. Lila Kyle ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) start their rescue attempt.
The vampires have got their twelfth member, so the escape plan is now underway. And since the vamps can telepathically control their victims, anyone might already be under their influence.
All the little black girl cares about is her book - an old paperback copy of A Wrinkle In Time .
Dr. Lila Kyle ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) gets bitten. The good news is, Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Atomic Twister ) can get the cure. The bad news is, he and it are locked in the basement.
Brad and the lady scientist lock themselves, and the cure, into the main vampire's old cell. Yes, the most secure prison cell in the entire building. The episode hinges on them somehow getting out of it. Was there a secret escape hatch, where the vamp could have escaped at any time?
To up the ante a bit, the prison has a self-destruct. It is on a timer, so our heroes have two minutes to escape before the building explodes.
Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar - Atomic Twister ) and Dr. Lila Kyle ( Emmanuelle Chriqui ) make their getaway. When the main story takes up again, it is thirty days later. They have made a home for themselves in rural Oregon, with MC Gainey ( Lost ) as their friendly neighbourhood hillbilly, but the rest of the world has gone to hell.
The twelve vampires all headed back to their home towns. This means that there are a dozen different cities full of infected people, and there are a dozen states that have civil emergencies.
Shauna Babcock has headed home to Las Vegas, Nevada. She made a deal with the head of security. He feeds her the occasional ex-convict, and in exchange she does not attack innocent people. However, neither of them is happy with this arrangement.
Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick - The 100 ) tries to organise mass-production of a cure. He wants to make it himself, and does not tell anyone to look for the little girl. Presumably the bible-bashing woman tells him not to. Unfortunately the only other suggestion is to nuke the vamp-infested cities.
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