A Couple of Points -- Bats in the Attic


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Lawrence Lei and "Bats in the Attic" tend to be fan favorites. Yet there's been no fan speculation to date that I'm aware of as to what ultimately happens to him. This episode touches a lot of the themes that get little or no attention elsewhere in the series. But don't misunderstand me. I like the split-personality wacko as much as anyone does.

"Who is invading my territory?" Here we find an interesting notion: vampires of a certain age (or type) are as Lucard is. They master a locale; create new vampires and also new zombies. Note that we see none of Lucard's vampires having their own zombie servants.

He implies in this scene that another vampire creating zombies is a threat to his position. Did Lucard find this zombie wandering the streets? Did Mr. Sway-Sway show up on his doorstep with the paper that morning?

"There are just too many vampires these days." And Lucard himself is in no way responsible for that, not at all. But the arrival of poor Lawrence Lei does put him in something of a tizzy.

"This is a marvelous sanctuary. I will make it mine." Contessa Suarez, Nosferatu, and even Varney are presumably capable of making zombies. Must a vampire be free and independent of a 'master' in order to create or control them? Do Lawrence's go on walkabouts because he automatically relinquishes them when his other personality emerges?

"Have you had time for a bite?" But Henri Wolfe, the captain of police in "Get a Job," seems to make Julia Heisenberg into a zombie before handing her over to Lucard for the finishing touches. Literary Dracula makes a big deal out of giving his blood to the ladies.

"Once Lucard is gone, I'll give the two of you the gift of vampire life." Is 'vampire life' the exchange of blood from a master-less vampire? I can't imagine that Lucard meant to make Vincent a vampire—but there are extenuating circumstances with that one.

"I have a rogue vampire to hunt down." Do other master-less (or old) vampires in Lucard's territory turning zombies loose make Lucard look like 'less of a vamp' in the eyes of his line? Is this a macho thing? Or is it just a public exposure concern?

"You haven't seen my typewriter by any chance?" What would motivate Gustav to write his memoirs? It isn't as though he could say he taught 'vampire' history and his son was turned into one. In the original order, this episode came before "I Love Lucard." Is this a cleverly disguised pre-emptive strike to distance himself from Lance Burton?

"I found this really neat bookstore." Yes, this is the same child who scoffed at the notion of reading for fun in the second episode. No doubt Gustav thinks Max's coming along nicely. But so does Lucard, otherwise why spare him yet again?

"Stick to business, okay?" By this point, Sophie realizes that she can have Chris wrapped around her little finger without getting emotionally involved. She can do something mildly diverting, with her Shakespearean lyrics a la café poetry, and he'll just follow her lead. If they stayed on the continent any longer, he'd be on a lead.

"Fine, but I know someone else who can help." This is really the only point in the series where Max actively dislikes the Sophie/Chris relationship. He does everything but lock them in a closet together by this point in the show. Yet as soon as he realizes this means his brother would rather devote time to the high-maintenance girl than his wants, forget it. Or is it all a clever plot on Max's part so that he can do as he pleases?

"I'll tell you only if you don't get mad at me for disobeying your orders." Max just runs out the door anyway, and his older brother in no way tries to stop him. Gustav's no better at reining him in, either. What kind of family life do the Townsends really have in Philly?

"Lucard?" "No, he knows better than to send one of his zombies here." Max is only too eager to blame Lucard for the zombie on their doorstep, despite all the encounters he's had with vamps unrelated to Dracula. This kid is willing to believe in Lawrence's sincerity, as he is with anyone who befriends him. He really thinks the bookseller can help, despite Lawrence's reaction to hearing about Lucard.

"And be on the lookout for vampires! They're everywhere!" If Max would just learn to take Lucard's advice, there would be at least five or six episodes fewer in this series.

"Long ago, when Lawrence was turned into a vampire..." Presumably all that Lucard knows about pitiable Mr. Lei by the time he says this is he's a vampire, who's making zombies, and has a split personality. So here's more fodder for the time not type theory.

"I'm going to make you live forever." Would Sophie actually have succeeded in making Chris a vampire? Lucard certainly wouldn't give a fig whether or not Chris survives her attentions. And if she kills the boy, accidentally or not, she'll get a permanent spot on Gustav's "evil" list.

"So I'll just seal you away. And make this world a better place for vampires like me." What is Lucard going to do to poor Lawrence? Will he be sensory deprived for a decade or six just to see what happens? Will he be shipped to Varney for analysis bulk-rate?

"Did you know that you can kill a vampire with a church sexton's shovel? Or seal a vampire in a coffin with a silver nail and a hammer." It sounds good, but I looked for these cures in The Vampire Book. The search for these methods was a bust. So keep your garlic, holy water, seed packets, wild roses and hawthorn bushes.

I did, however, find something of interest for Dracula and D:tS fans. The character of Abraham Van Helsing is based on a Hungarian scholar, Arminius Vambéry. It was his acquaintance with Bram Stoker that led to the location change from Austria to Transylvania. Vambéry is even given a small cameo as himself through letters to Van Helsing. Perhaps Lucard was living in Vienna after the London debacle (wink, wink)?


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