DEATH VALLEY “Undead Hookers” Season 1 Episode 8 – Is it possible that with an episode titled “Undead Hookers,” Death Valley is attempting to establish a second story arch? I’m not sure how I feel about that. Sure, it gives me something to write about, but we’re not talking about high-brow intrigue here. This is still a show about cops beating the crap out of zombies, vampires and werewolves.
After one of the minor members of the UTF is turned into a zombie, Bill and Stubeck use his police-issued camera to track his undead movements across the Valley. They wind up in a Lebanese take-out place (that I’ve actually been to…it’s in Sun Valley on Glenoaks Blvd, in case you’re craving kebobs), but the zombie (or someone working with the zombie) has outsmarted them and ditched the camera. But not before they see a vampire give their undead colleague a backpack. Later, the zombie drags his carcass and the backpack into a liquor store and the whole building explodes.
So…vampires are using zombies as suicide bombers…but to what end? The humans who die in an explosion won’t exactly be drinkable. Are the vampires just trying to keep the police occupied and off their backs? Or is there something more sinister going on? Frankly, I have no idea. And because of the other story of the night, I’m inclined not to care.
For no other reason than to put her in hot pants, Dashell assigns Carla to work undercover as a vampire hooker, in order to catch johns who are paying for sex with their blood. Of course, there’s one drawback to a human playing a vampire…body heat. After catching one john with fetish that was even weirder than letting a vampire drink from him, Carla winds up with an actual vampire in her motel room. He’s come with a message for Dashell (maybe something to do with the liquor store explosion and the zombie bombers?), but before he can deliver it, John-John rushes to his partner’s rescue.
Death Valley continues to mystify me, but if there really is some long-term plot developing, I’m glad for it. The show could simply be a weekly, TV-quality gore fest, but that won’t allow it to build up the kind of audience it needs to earn a second season.
What did you think of the episode? Is Billy developmentally challenged or just a dude? Where was Kirsten during all of this? Let me know below!