The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the “Moonlight” episode “B.C.”
Who knew vampire blood was a drug?
This may have been the most inventive angle on “Moonlight” yet. Imagine a drug that can strip away all your inhibitions to make you sexually aggressive and downright slutty — and yet not register as a narcotic or controlled substance on any meter. Where’s the bad in that?
As we learn in the opening of this week’s “Moonlight” episode, “B.C.,” the drug — called “black crystal” — can be toxic if made from vampires paralyzed by pure silver. The silver apparently leaches into the blood and if it accumulates in human blood, can kill.
How did we find this out? Beth (Sophia Myles), who would much rather be seeking out dead bodies, begrudgingly covers a modeling exhibition where the featured model drops dead in front of the cameras. Yippee!!! Beth is suddenly thrilled about the story. As it turns out, there are high levels of silver in the model’s blood.
In the meantime, Josef (Jason Dohring) is bent out of shape over a 500-year-old vamp named Lola (Holly Valance) whom he claims stole a million dollars from him. Josef hires Mick (Alex O’Loughlin) to follow Lola, who has acquired metric ton of silver.
Beth does her own investigating of the model’s death by crashing the exclusive club where black crystal is being served. She is enticed by Lola, who is the head boss at the club and manufacturer of the drug, to try it and feel what it’s like to be a vampire.
D. A. Josh (Jordan Belfi) is on the case of the dead model, who is the third in a string of similar cases, and is soon dismayed to find both Beth and Mick together, working on the case, or doing who-knows-what-else. Josh is clearly threatened by Mick and fighting to keep Beth, who is just as clearly becoming preoccupied with, and strongly attracted to, Mick.
Beth goes home and tries a small amount of the vamp blood, and suddenly looses all her inhibitions. She goes to Mick’s place high on the drug, and gets extremely sexually aggressive with Mick, soon begging him to turn her into a vamp. Mick, struggling with his own attraction to her, resists and instead tries to get her through the drug effect with the old cold-shower-fully-clothed trick.
We eventually get to Lola’s vamp blood factory, which is reminiscent of the lab doing the Litchfield experiments on “The X-Files.” There are rows and rows of vampires in tanks paralyzed by silver water, being drained of their blood, but still alive and begging to be rescued. Creepy.
Mick, in action-hero mode, blows up the vamp blood factory with Lola paralyzed in a water tank.
The banter and palpable sexual tension between Mick and Beth is starting to take on a life of its own and is becoming the backbone of the series.
Vamp blood as a drug that can’t be determined to be narcotic or illegal is a neat twist. That it led to Beth becoming as aggressive with Mick as she did led to some of the funniest moments in the episode.
Very little has been said about Kevin Weisman being in four of “Moonlight’s” episodes, including this one. It’s great to see him in the role of Beth’s camera operator, but having been the inimitable Marshall on “Alias,” bumping him down to glorified extra does seem to be a misuse of a great actor.
What Didn’t Work
I would still like to see Jason Dohring’s role get beefed up from occasional chat buddy to a more central character in the series. Like Kevin Weisman, Dohring also feels like a glorified extra.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“B.C.” was written by Erin Maher and directed by Paul Holahan. “Moonlight” airs on CBS Fridays at 9 p.m. ET.