SyFy has picked up their latest TV property in the form of a show about the offspring of the infamous vampire hunter Van Helsing ( best to stop reading now if you are too sensitive or annoyed with female led/ gender-bent films and tv shows. Otherwise, feel free to keep reading ). This new show will be the latest project in SyFy's effort to expand into the different genres of tv, and hopefully lure in fresh viewers to sample more of the network's programming.
Here's the synopsis for the show:
Van Helsing, which begins production in January 2016 in Vancouver, BC for a fall 2016 premiere, centers on Vanessa Helsing, the daughter of famous vampire hunter and Dracula nemesis Abraham Van Helsing. She is resurrected five years in the future to find out that vampires have taken over the world and that she possesses unique power over them. She is humanity’s last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.
The show, despite the ever-growing complaints about the "Fempire rising", actually sounds interesting. The series won't have any direct link to the actual Van Helsing movie the came out in 2004, or the reboot that is currently in development as part of Universal's plan to launch its Monsters Cinematic Universe ( Take note how Marvel's film universe goes by the same initials ). A show focusing on the daughter of one of the most iconic characters in the vampire-genre could help expand upon the Van Helsing mythology, while still introducing new characters and a fresh story-line.
The idea of exploring a future where vampires have risen to power, and therefore, are the dominant species provides the opportunity to explore the politics and ideas of their self-described superiority in a war-time environment. The imminent war between humans and vampires will also be a treat for fans of the genre who are curious to see how the conflict will play out. Since Vanessa Helsing will be pushing herself into a leadership position based on nothing other than her shared family heritage, it will be interesting to see how she is inevitably shaped into the leader of the human-resistance, and how she attempts to rally them against a common enemy despite some being skeptical of her right to lead due to her unusual ability to influence the bloodsuckers. If all goes well, SyFy could have another breakout-hit TV series, that is... if they don't cancel it mid-season.