GHOST WARS – Season 1 Episode 9 – SPOILERS
Paolo (Andrew Moxham) is missing. He dropped by to fix Sophia the Mortician‘s generator and that was the last anybody saw of him. Sophia (Sharon Taylor) popped out of a pod at the end of the previous episode right after the pod ate Bake Sale Carol (Kathryn Kirkpatrick). Pod-modified Sophia tried to throw Father Dan into another pod, but the priest has a tolerance for pod-induced euphoria, since he has been getting high that way for quite some time. He escapes and burns down the house (which belonged to Dottie, who died in episode 1.6.)
Karla’s husband might have been fed to a pod in Dottie’s house. That means that a pod-modified Paolo might have popped out, or he might have been killed in the fire Father Dan set. The new folks from Lambda found something in the ashes, carried it out on a litter, and took it to the lab. Paolo’s death would be good news for Deputy Norm (Jesse Moss), whose main activity seems to be hanging out in the Chieftan Pub, drinking beer and trying to get back with his ex, Karla (Sonja Bennett).
Father Dan might be a less than perfect priest, but he drives the coolest car in Port Moore, a black, 1963 Plymouth Belvedere.
Pod-modified Sophia has difficulty making direct physical contact with dead bodies, which will present a problem in her line of work. (She tried to touch Melanie Bainbridge’s corpse and pulled away quickly.)
Daphne Holt (Carmel Amit) is the CEO of Lambda. She arrived in Port Moore by helicopter with a bunch of support personnel and we learn that, to the outside world, the island on which Port Moore sits has disappeared. Here’s some dialogue between Roman Mercer and Daphne Holt that reveals a lot more.
DAPHNE: “How much do you know about the history of Port Moore?”
ROMAN: “I know that it was a Russian whaling town. Then Spanish. Then it was Russian again. Why?”
DAPHNE: “Port Moore is positioned near an intersection of lay lines and they’re considered concentrations of energy. The intersections even more so.”
ROMAN: “I know. My mom was a medium.”
DAPHNE: “Centuries ago, a meteor crashed into Port Moore. Shortly afterward, half the town died. They said it was influenza, but it was something else.”
ROMAN: “This is it? This is the meteor?”
DAPHNE: “The energy released when the meteor hit temporarily opened a rift between two realms, and before it closed, something got left behind from the other side. That’s what killed the townspeople.”
ROMAN: “That sounds like the Whistling Man. The local legend.”
DAPHNE: “That’s part of the meteor that brought him here.”
ROMAN: “So, wait. You’re trying to re-open the rift?”
DAPHNE: “If we can re-open it, maybe we can stabilize it. Learn about it. Control it. Reverse it.”
ROMAN: “OK, so why am I here?”
DAPHNE: “I know it’s not the accelerator, which leads me to suspect that the problem is the artifact. We’ve run every possible test on it and we’re stumped. I need to know what you see. I need to know what I’m missing.”
Billionaire Daphne helped her terminally ill mother (Laura DiCicco) die. (Her mother begged her to do that.) She feels guilty about it, and her Port Moore project is all about bridging the gap with the afterlife. Apparently, the only other person aware of Daphne’s motivation is Dr. Clark (Ryan Robbins).
Roman sees the meteor fragment change size and colour in his hands. He does not tell Daphne about this. Despite the ghosts, there are still plenty of secrets in Port Moore.
Tammy Gillis (Jane) will be Deputy Marissa Staub in SIREN, a fantasy drama set in Bristol Cove, a town which relies on mermaid legends to drive the tourist trade. The arrival of a mysterious girl (Ryn, played by Eline Powell) proves the folklore to be all too true, and the battle between humans and the sea takes a vicious turn. It seems that these mermaids are predatory, and they have returned to claim their right to the ocean. The pilot episode is directed by Scott Stewart, who also directed the pilot for the SyFy series DEFIANCE. Filming was completed in November, and SIREN will have a two-hour premiere on the Freeform Network on 29 March at 8pm. A trailer is available on YouTube.
And Gillis has an as yet unspecified role in the romantic comedy FROZEN IN LOVE, about struggling bookstore owner Mary (Rachel Leigh Cook) and professional hockey bad boy Adam (Niall Matter), who are teamed together to help facilitate an image makeover for Adam. The two soon realize that opposites attract and find themselves falling in love. FROZEN IN LOVE will premiere on The Hallmark Channel on 13 January at 9pm.
Kristin Lehman (Marilyn McGrath-Dufresne) will be Miriam Bancroft, wife of the wealthy, five hundred year–old Laurens Bancroft, in the ten episode science fiction series ALTERED CARBON, based on the 2003 novel by Richard K. Morgan. Miriam is only two hundred and fifty years old, but will do absolutely anything to survive for another millenium. SciFi Vision asked Lehman what she could say about Altered Carbon: “I can’t at all; I’m so sorry,” said Lehman. “I’ve got non-disclosures up the yin yang on that one. It’s bold and vast, it’s operatic, it’s ambitious, and it’s of a huge scale, and I loved doing it.” A trailer is available on YouTube. The first episode of ALTERED CARBON will be available on Netflix on Friday, 2 February 2018.
Lori O’Connell, who made her TV acting debut as Melanie Bainbridge in this episode of GHOST WARS, will be Eline Powell‘s stunt double on Freeform’s SIREN. She also doubles for Hannah Marks on DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY on BBC America. O’Connell is the author of When the Fight Goes to the Ground: Jiu-jitsu Strategies & Tactics for Self-Defense, an instructional Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu book which offers a complete guide to ground fighting principles and techniques.