My Babysitter’s a Vampire “Village of the Darned” Recap
Ethan’s sister, Jane, needs to sell Moleos (chocolate covered donuts) to earn a business badge for the Mole Troop she’s in. One of the parent’s of her troop-mates comes over with her two overly active (and bratty) children and gets a very reluctant Ethan to babysit them while she and Mrs. Morgan go out dancing. Sarah comes over to help him watch the kids, as do Benny and Rory, but the children are eerily quiet and well-behaved, so Sarah leaves with Erica for their council-regulated feeding. Clearly having learned nothing since the pilot movie, Ethan, Benny, and Rory go upstairs to play video games, while the kids stay downstairs and nosh on Moleos. Later, when they check on the kids, they see paintings of a red door all over the living room walls. When Ethan puts his hand on one of the kid’s shoulder, he gets a vision of chanting children and a mysterious troop leader. In town, the troop leader from his vision is handing out boxes of Moleos, and Erica and Sarah hear chanting in the distance.
At school the next day, Ethan and Benny are walking through the halls when students start leaving excitedly. Confused, they ask Principal Hicks what’s going on, and he explains that classes have been canceled because all of the teachers have left. Then, he takes a bite of a Moleo and leaves without another word. Ethan concludes that the donuts must have something to do with the adults leaving (including his mother) and the kids acting strangely. After being beaten up by a pack of possessed kids led by the troop leader, Ethan goes home to keep an eye on Jane, while Benny tries to come up with something to satisfy Erica and Sarah’s worsening hunger (they haven’t been able to feed because everyone has left town). While in Grandma’s room, Sarah picks up a random vial with red liquid in it and shares it with Erica, and they both grow tails. Benny finds a book on Grandma’s desk called The Sacred Order of the Moles by Val Mudrap, as well as an article with a picture of her, which confirms that she’s the troop leader who’s been charming everyone.
At Ethan’s house, they find him on the ground, having been knocked out by an enchanted Jane, and explain the situation. A girl named Muldvaarp (an anagram for Val Mudrap) is half human, half mole, a charmer, and the keeper of the key to the underworld. She plans on leading the children to a door in the ground (the same door the kids were drawing), which will take them to the underworld. They rush to the site, where they watch Val open the door with a large key. After a pick-me-up drink from Benny, Erica and Sarah protect the kids, while the guys try to take down Val. Her key is also a magical staff, which allows her to take down Benny in one hit, and Rory in a few more. Left on his own, Ethan pushes Val into the door, where her hands become mole paws before she and the door disappear. The next day, Sarah asks Benny what was in the energizing drink he gave them and he admits that it was his blood, which unsettles Erica, as she enjoyed it very much.
Similar to The Brewed, this episode began near the end of the story and then jumped back to the beginning. I thought it was an enjoyable episode despite the fact that I didn’t understand the whole Val Mudrap thing no matter how hard I tried. I don’t know what her motivation was; why did she want the kids to have eternal freedom? Was she alone in the underworld and wanted playmates, or did she just like taking kids to the underworld for fun? Where did she come from, what set her off and made her do this? And besides tying the entire story together, what does her being a mole have to do with anything? Is there some mole lore that I don’t know about? What was in that book she wrote? I don’t think I should have this many questions.
As uneventful as it was, I was glad to see a bit of what Sarah and Erica get up to as vampires, though I find it difficult to like them when they’re so ill-tempered. However, their bad attitudes were justified, as they were so hungry they could barely stay on their feet (though Rory seemed to handle the blood drought just fine). Benny trying to put something together for them to eat made my annoyance about what happened in Doug the Vampire Hunter dissipate (it bothered me that Sarah bugged Ethan for blood instead of Benny). It was a bit silly that the potion they drank just happened to give them tails but lucky it did, as it helped them keep the kids safe (and provided for a laugh out loud moment with Erica slapping Benny with her tail). Ethan’s the weakest of the group, as he only has visions (which aren’t very helpful during a battle) and seems uncomfortable with fighting, so I liked how everyone helped as best they could (Rory was particularly impressive) but that he had to step up and was successful.
While it’s been more than clear that Ethan and Sarah are the flagship pairing-to-be, very little has been said about Benny and Erica (another pairing I think many people expect to happen one day), so I was pleased that we finally got something solid on that front. I was intrigued on two points: the fact that Benny looked uncomfortable (guilty?) about what he’d done, and that Erica was so concerned about how much she loved his blood. I’m curious what that will do to her behavior around him. Sure, it could be as simple as her finally returning his feelings but she’s always been incredibly bloodthirsty and impulsive… do we have to worry about her biting Benny now? Finally, a few minor irritations: I thought there were too many hisses from Erica and Sarah to Ethan and Benny; we get it, they’re vampires and the boys are terrified of them. It’s getting old, them jumping back in fear every time they bare their fangs. Also, I don’t know what’s going on with the closing scenes of these Season 2 episodes but they continue to end very awkwardly.