The concept of a creature trapped outside of their time is always a tragic one, and the titular vampire of this episode was no exception. She was the lone survivor of her kind, having woken up long after a war that ended with the destruction of her kin. Considering how she was awakened, confused and starving, it’s not easy to fault her for killing the first human she saw. Of course, it’s certainly not acceptable behavior, as it may well have been when she and her race were at their prime, but the fact that she spared a young couple later on makes me think that she was really was just draining humans to survive, and not out of any particular sense of ill will. Had she received the chance to become accustomed to human culture, as Tilarna has, she might have even become an ally. Unfortunately, you could just as easily say she was too set in her ways to change. Given how readily she refused the warlock’s offer of aid, even at the eventual cost of her life, it really feels like she could have been an interesting, if decidedly neutral, addition to the cast. At least Tilarna seemed to relate to her to some degree as a fellow fish-out-of-water.
A prophecy was hinted at this episode – one that just might refer to Matoba. This series has certainly adopted the admirable yet frustrating tactic of introducing plot elements without explaining them, which is why I’m still hung up on latena. Tilarna said that the fairy bombs were powered by that substance, but if the vampire this episode was draining latena from humans, then it’s just life force, isn’t it? In this case, I actually wouldn’t mind if the action put itself on hold for a moment so that Tilarna could explain what exactly latena is. Still, it’s refreshing to watch a series with no clear audience surrogate. Matoba knows a great deal about fairies, and can even speak their language to a degree because it’s his job to police both humans and fae and he’s good at it. At the same time, Tilarna has valuable insight to give that comes in handy with crimes involving those from her world, even if the show tends to undermine her a bit by having Matoba refer to her as a police dog not once, but twice, with no repercussions. All I’m asking is that these two be allowed to act like professionals who respect each other and learn from each other’s methods, without unnecessary conflict and bickering that honestly feels lazily written, anyway. On the upside, there was an instance of anti-fairy racism that was shot down hard by the new police chief, and that was a sight to behold. Plus, Matoba would have gone to bat for Tilarna if the chief hadn’t deliberately beat him to it. The more I think about it, the smarter it is that the chief stopped Matoba from losing his cool. After all, if Matoba had retaliated, the harassment would have likely continued, but since the chief put his foot down, that should be the end of it.
From this point on, there may be several case-based episodes ahead where Zelada recruits potential allies in the background. I was concerned that he wouldn’t be a very formidable villain, so it’s nice to know that his abilities mean that he could quite literally be anyone at any given time, so long as they die first. Even so, hopefully another villain will be introduced soon. As troublesome as a rogue warlock can be, without any real plan or ambitions of his own he’s hardly the intimidating force to hinge the rest of the season on.