DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Reginald the Vampire episode “All the Time in the World” has spoilers. Proceed at your peril.
Welcome back, baby vamps! For this week’s Reginald the Vampire episode, we take a step back from our eponymous protagonist to shine a light on Maurice and Angela’s story. “All the Time in the World” boasts compelling, nuanced performances from Mandela Van Peebles and Savannah Basley as we see their characters’ complex relationship take a turn for the antagonistic. I love a good backstory, and it’s nice to finally fill in some blanks regarding Maurice’s past and fractured bond with Angela. Now we need to know how and when Angela became a vamp.
Ready to delve into “All the Time in the World”? Let’s get to it.
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We open with a flashback to Oakland in 1972, wherein Maurice (Van Peebles) and Angela (Basley) enjoy some bloody sexy times. Maurice gushes about changing the status quo via the Black Panthers now that he has all the time in the world. He draws blood from Angela’s leg in different places. It’s all very erotic.
Meanwhile, in the present, Reginald (Jacob Batalon) is taking out the trash at the Slushy Shack when Mike (Ryan Jinn) zooms into view, scaring the bejesus out of him. Vampire super speed! Mike and Reggie talk about Maurice ghosting them. Reginald regrets breaking his promise to Maurice regarding the “glamouring other vamps” thing. Mike urges Reggie to skip town to save his skin. However, our titular vamp wants to stay and give the Assessment a shot. He asks Mike to help him train, which the latter declines.
Later (we’re back in 1972), Maurice wakes a sleeping Angela to inform her of an incident. He ripped the head off of a cop who shot him. Well, this officer fired his weapon at Maurice because racism, so is it really so bad that Maurice rid the world of one less racist? Angela starts packing their belongings and informs them of their impromptu trip to Paris. They might stay there for a decade, perhaps two — only until this situation blows over. Vampire aside, Maurice is still a Black man, and this is America…
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Maurice asks Angela to make a pit stop in Portland before they leave the country. Maurice wants to bid farewell to his mother. Angela persuades him to keep the visit short and sweet, as they should be on the road. Meanwhile, the scene seamlessly shifts to the present day, with Maurice standing in front of his mom’s now empty house. A for-sale sign is in the yard.
Then, we see Maurice and Angela sitting at the dinner table with Maurice’s mother (Lucia Walters) and a young boy who lives next door. Maurice’s mom asks Angela to say grace before they eat. As a creature of the night, Angela passes on it, much to the former’s dismay. Maurice swoops in and delivers a quick prayer in Angela’s stead. You can already sense the tension mounting between Maurice’s mama and Angela. Angela even goes so far as to try to have sex with Maurice in the kitchen, well within earshot of his mother.
Now, we’re back in the present. Maurice meets the man who resides next to the house, Mr. Landry (Adrian Hough). The two get to chatting, and Maurice asks him if he knows where to purchase a rare herb. Maurice is a big tea drinker, you see. Something’s fishy about this Mr. Landry character. Methinks he might be the young boy from the flashback. Mr. Landry mentions that some unbelievable events happened in Maurice’s mom’s home.
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Next, in Flashback Land, Maurice and his mother talk about Angela. Naturally, she’s not a fan. Why wouldn’t she say a prayer when called upon? That’s certainly not the Christian thing to do. She asks Maurice if he married Angela or if she’s pregnant. None of the above. They’re just undead!
Meanwhile, Penelope (Georgia Waters) brings Angela a burner phone with Nikki’s contact number. Penelope asks her boss if she’s sure she wants to reach out to the infamous, formidable Nikki, who sounds like a serial killer but cranked up to an 11. Here’s hoping she lives up to the hype. Back in the past, Angela pulls Maurice aside and urges him to see reason — it’s time they pack their bags and depart for Paris. However, Maurice isn’t ready to say goodbye to his mom. Not yet.
In the present, Mr. Landry spots Maurice walking by his front porch and offers him a cup of tea. Maurice declines. I reiterate, there’s something amiss with this fella. Angela chats with Eve (Hannah Levien), who’s visiting Akron from another district. She’s also high up on the vampire hierarchical ladder as the regional manager of the Yukon. Eve claims her visit isn’t entirely aimless; she heard Maurice was back in Angela’s life and had to see the proof up close. Angela explains that Maurice brought angel’s blood into Akron, but his progeny is a more significant issue. She calls him the “fat vampire.” Ick. I understand the reasoning behind the language; however, it still feels gross because it’s rooted in hate coming from Angela.
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Reginald motivates himself to rigorously train for the Assessment without Maurice while we see that Mr. Landry is more than meets the eye. He has a secret room! Mike visits Reggie to take him up on the training offer. He also vows to tell Reginald his story when this is all over. Does Maurice know that Mike betrayed him by working as a spy for Angela?
Next, in Portland in 1972, Maurice’s mom learns roughly why her son left Oakland. Maurice informs her of his impending trip out of the states. Maurice vaguely tells her about a friend who lost his way while withholding the detail about killing a cop. Maurice’s mama comforts him, reassuring him that he can stay with her as long as he likes. Angela overhears their conversation. Uh-oh.
Then, Angela claims she’s okay with Maurice staying with his mom. It’s all good! I don’t believe a word she’s saying here. Angela offers a tasty meal to prove she’s fine with Maurice’s decision — a woman lying on his bed. Angela encourages him to feed while she watches the door. Except that she doesn’t, and Maurice’s mom bears witness to her son sucking the blood out of a woman’s neck at the urging of Angela.
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Maurice’s mother grabs a bat with which to defend herself. She knows Angela’s a vampire and prays her son isn’t as corrupt. Angela corners the other woman. In the present day, Eve informs Angela that “the abomination” was born under her watch. Ergo, she’s as much to blame as Maurice for turning Reginald.
Maurice wakes the following morning after his engorging himself on blood. He finds his mother lying face down in the foyer with two bite marks on her neck and blood pooling around her. Frantic, he calls out for Angela. Suddenly, his mom sits up, and it’s clear that Angela made her one of them. Maurice takes his anger out on Angela, even though she thinks she did the right thing. Now he can spend eternity with his mama!
The newly-christened baby vamp isn’t having any of this. Maurice’s mom is a devout Christian; now, she feels like an abomination. Despite Maurice’s vehement pleas to avoid the sun at all costs, his mother bids farewell to her son and steps into the light. She burns to ash instantly. The young boy from next door watches her burn from behind a bush.
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Later, Angela confronts a miserable and grieving Maurice, who hasn’t moved from his post on the porch steps since his mother died. She urges him to get moving since it’s now dark outside. Maurice threatens to get his vengeance someday. Somehow. Angela leaves in a huff. This was when they became immortal enemies.
Back in the present, Mr. Landry asks Maurice for assistance with lifting something. He leads Maurice into his secret room. We learn he is the neighbor boy, and he plans to make Maurice pay for taking away the one person in his life who felt like family. Mr. Landry explains that he’s been training for decades for this moment despite the naysayers around him. Maurice tries to glamour him, but Mr. Landry is immune to it. After realizing there’s no harmless way to dissuade the older man, Maurice swiftly breaks his neck. Maurice heads into Mr. Landry’s greenhouse to find the vampire-killing herb he was looking for earlier.
Meanwhile, Angela tries calling Nikki. The latter doesn’t answer, so she ostensibly abandons this course of action. Seconds later, the burner phone rings, and Angela picks up. She informs Nikki that she needs to be rid of Reginald.
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“All the Time in the World” showcases the downsides to immortality and how the bigotry coursing through the vampire elite isn’t so different from our real world. Notice how the pervasive racism in 1972 wasn’t eradicated by 2022? In addition, Maurice and Angela’s story is heartbreaking, fueled by Van Peebles and Basley’s inherent charisma and layered portrayals.
It might seem like nothing happens, especially without Reginald and the Slushy Shack gang. Still, that final scene with Angela phoning Nikki brings us closer to the Assessment and meeting some dangerous vamps. Plus, it appears Maurice is still hellbent on exacting vengeance on Angela, so their precarious “truce” will surely crumble sooner rather than later.
Here’s hoping Reggie passes the Assessment with flying colors and proves them all wrong. 🩸
Reginald the Vampire airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on your Syfy affiliate.
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