As if things weren’t chaotic enough, the Vatican’s forces enter the fray. While Maxwell wants Millennium’s undead forces defeated, he also has no qualms with slaughtering the innocent residents of London as they are Protestant heathens.
Even Anderson doesn’t like what’s happening. Interestingly enough, it isn’t the needless slaughter of innocent bystanders that irks him. On the contrary, he tells Integra that sneak attacks like this are rather smart. No, Anderson doesn’t like the power trip that Maxwell is on and he decides to put the arch-bishop in his place.
On top of that Alucard returns in grand fashion. His entrance was a nice eerie nod to Stoker’s novel, Dracula. It’s especially fitting as this episode establishes once and for all that Alucard is, in fact, Vlad the Impaler. Both Anderson and Maxwell realize this as Alucard unleashes his army of familiars, ie the victims from whom he has drank blood. It is enough for both the Nazi vampires and the holy knights who still look like KKK members to table their conflict, choosing instead to put their focus on Alucard’s forces.
It’s revealed that the Major was hoping for Alucard to do this. Not only will it result in a lot of bloodshed (which it does), but as those souls are what makes Alucard so powerful, he is now a normal vampire and is more vulnerable than he has ever been. Even Anderson notes this as he resolves to take this opportunity to end their conflict once and for all.
For some reason, this episode can’t seem to keep track of things very well. Alucard transforms into his original form, donning medieval garb in the process, but then he’s back to his traditional red trench coat for no reason. Anderson makes a charge against Alucard, getting seriously wounded in the process, but the fact that he can regenerate is completely forgotten. I get what they were trying to do with him here, but his status as a metahuman makes the whole thing more than a little nonsensical. Alucard than gets his powers back for no reason near the end of the episode. They really should have done a better job of paying attention to their own continuity.
One thing that comes to the forefront is Anderson’s insane desire to kill Alucard. His vendetta becomes so important that he sacrifices his humanity by impaling himself with Helena’s nail, one of the nails with which Christ was crucified.
This leads to one of the rare moments of sincerity from Alucard as he pleads with Alexander not to go through with it as it would turn him into a monster no different than Alucard himself. It was actually one of my favorite parts of the episode despite the fact that it was only such a brief scene between the two.
I’m not going to lie, this episode was a bit of a letdown. It didn’t have the same wow factor as some of the other episodes did, which is surprising as this usually delivers on that. It had some moments here and there, but it stands as one of the weaker entries in this OVA series.