Eat Them Before They Eat You
Chris and Sophie's denouement comes when he admits that he loves her. The episode "My Girlfriend's Back and There's Going to be Trouble" is the fallout of that admission. From Chris's standpoint, he really believes there's going to be trouble. He's a teenager. He doesn't know better.
"Then you love me too?" "Of course I do, Chris." Well of course she's developed feelings for him. They live in the same house and she's not a rock. But does she mean that she loves him in the same way that he thinks? She's also a vampire looking for a blood meal at the same time. I bet she loves Max and Gustav, too.
"Girl goes squirrelly." She loves Chris, but she's never in love with Chris. Harsh to say, but she just strings him along whenever she has nothing better to do. Alexa Singleton's timely arrival gives her the chance and reason she needs to bow out of a more intimate connection with Chris.
In the case of both Sophie and Alexa—not to mention Chris and Max—Lucard only goes after them to get at other adults (who attacked him). There's a missing scene, between here and the last episode, where he finds out that Sophie is once more human. What would Lucard's reaction be?
My vote is for, "Oh well!" Really no where in the series does he pay attention to her specifically, when she's human. "Beautiful skin tone, but yours is even finer." So he might keep her around as a zombie to dishearten Gustav. There's nothing to say he would make her a vampire again.
"My greatest fear is that she may have left the country. If that's true, we may never see her [again]..." Beyond rushing to the rescue, Gustav's reaction to Sophie's vampirism is noteworthy. The fact that he says this line at all suggests that maybe he is tired of caring for her. How much easier would his life be if she wasn't in it?
"All I did was kiss her." Chris develops this sense of entitlement from "saving" Sophie. And does she make a Freudian slip with her reaction to being rescued? I heard "no, no" not "oh thank God!"
"Not that you took much convincing." She wasn't chasing him down to knock him over and steal his lunch money. He never even considers that she was a vampire trying to bite him. He's all surfaces. What you see is what you get.
"Finally there was a way to deal with all those splinters." He's no Mr. Tickler, but this is really the only time Chris was written as just plain funny. But the poor thing is just giving Sophie more ammo. As far as she knows, he never even tried to admit to Alexa his feelings for Sophie.
"Greta, Mr. Singleton is fifteen minutes late, and I'm leaving." Nobody in their right mind would keep Lucard waiting. Was he in the reception area waiting for Lucard to come? Was he intentionally trying to one-up him in that way? I actually like Ted Singleton as antagonist for both Lucard and Gustav.
He's equally rude and insensitive to both of them. How would Eileen Townsend be, if she were a man? The only real difference between them is intelligence and manners (which tends to come with intelligence). At least she gives the appearance of being intelligent by being sensitive and polite.
She's an underdog. He's a top dog. We're predisposed not to like him because he threatens Lucard—and his position.
"You may not realize that I have a network of corporate spies to rival any in the world." He never means for this information to leave the room, and presumably it doesn't. Gustav already knows or guessed this. Or does he?
Gustav reports that Lucard's power comes through his "secret holdings all over the world." We see that he has files on Lucard Industries. But all companies have certain information that must by necessity be on public record.
Undoubtedly Helsing knows more about Lucard's business than the average person on the street, maybe even the average shareholder. But does he have any real knowledge of this network of agents? Surely he could find ways to anonymously expose them with little or no danger to himself.
"With his corporate connections, he's in a position to take over the world!" Gustav is a historian, not a financier or economist. Of course Lucard has corporate connections. He runs a multi-billion dollar business.
Is Lucard's ultimate goal to take over the world? He's been a political figure before. While being able to get people to do what you want is always good, maintaining it on a continual basis is a lot of work and hassle.
"Not even in the top ten I'm afraid." Does Lucard want to be the richest man on the planet? That one I'll buy, simply because economic power doesn't usually carry with it pesky revolutions, and can shy away from unwanted political responsibilities. He may already be, but it's just not publicly known.
"Time and motion, Dr. Smythe: those are my concerns… because they create money." Lucard isn't greedy, in the pesky common way we think of greed. His home and office aren't crammed with stuff. Money is an efficient way to get people to cooperate with him in all things. And in democratic nations, money puts him on par with nobility.
"I'm comfortable." Money is also what allows him to live well and with little fear of detection. Having the most money would enable him to keep his life going indefinitely.
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