Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci
Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett
Sam has a reflection in his coffin lid during the first scene of the episode, noticeable when he and Horace are closing and subsequently covering the coffin with a cloth.
Continuity: Al says "Oh Sam, you leaped out of the country!" and seems genuinely surprised, despite Sam leaping to both Russia, Japan and the middle of the ocean, not too many episodes back.
Al: I think you've leaped into a...
Sam: A what?
Al: A vampire.
Sam: A vampire?!
Al: I know, it sounds strange, but you should see the guy in the waiting room. He looks like a cross between Bella Lugosi and a sick corpse. He's got all the markings of the undead.
Sam: And you have all the markings of the braindead.
Al: You should see this guy, Corrington, Sam. He's a first-class flesh eater. He's got all the classic signs: He's got a pale complexion, the beady eyes, the lustful stare.
Sam: Al? You just described yourself.
Al: Vampires are not merely blood seekers. They are sexually obsessed. And many of them possess insatiable carnal urges beyond the grave. Now what does that tell you?
Sam: It tells me that vampires and holograms have a lot in common.
This is one of the several episodes from the series that proves, to the characters, the factuality of urban legends and supernatural phenomena. Other episodes include:
"A Portrait fro Troian" (ghosts) from Season Two, as well as
"Temptation Eyes" (psychics),
"Ghost Ship" (The Bermuda Triangle),
"It's a Wonderful Leap" (angels) and
"The Curse of Ptah-hotep" (mummies) from Season Four, and
"Star Light, Star Bright" (UFO's) and
"The Beast Within" ("Bigfoot") from Season Five.
Nigel's butler, Horace, resembles, in look, demeanor, and voice tone, the character "Lurch" from the 1964 television series The Addams Family.
The Addams Family was well-known as a series regarding a satirical inversion of the ideal American nuclear family, which was depicted as an eccentric wealthy family who delight in everything grotesque and macabre. The Addams Family, however, was never really aware that people find them bizarre or frightening, and despite their seemingly "spooky" presentation, they appealed as a family oriented comedy series.
This marks one of the many horror references in "Blood Moon".
Drake's lover, Claudia, shares a name with a character from the famous 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.
Interview with a Vampire's Claudia is much different than Drake's, however. In the novel, Claudia is an orphaned child turned into a vampire by the novel's protagonist, who must sit by and watch his beloved "daughter" go mad over time after years of being trapped in the body of a child but acquiring the mind of an adult.
Actress Kirsten Dunst played Claudia in the subsequent 1994 movie of the same name.
Al tells Sam that Nigel "looks like a cross between Bella Lugosi and a sick corpse."
Bela Lugosi (1882-1956) was a famous Hungarian actor who starred in many classic horror films in the early twentieth century. He is best known for originating the role of Count Dracula in the 1931 film Dracula.
Nigel's dog is named Vlad, a clear reference to Vlad the Impaler, a Romanian prince who was the basis for Count Dracula.
In this episode, Al tells Sam the legend of the Blood Moon; a ceremony in which once every ten years a ritualistic sacrifice must be made to Count Bathory, who was "personally responsible for the death of 650 virgins..." who believed "that their blood would rejuvenate him and give him eternal life."
Although the story is correct, the character is not. This allusion is more likely a reference to Elizabeth Bathory, a Polish Countess who, in the early part of the seventeenth century, would ritualistically murder virgins and bathe in their blood to retain her youthful appearance and good looks. Bathory, known as the Blood Countess, later died when the aristocrats of the time punished her by locking her up in a room of her castle in solitude; appropriately the same punishment Al says The Count received.
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