Duncan Booker (Zach McGowan) about to explain on live TV how General Harding (Neil McDonough) threatened his life and bribed him to keep him quiet about the Roswell crash. (In reality, KSWS-TV, broadcasting from Comanche Peak just east of Roswell began operations in 1953, and was the first TV station in southeastern New Mexico.)
The evidence that Harding is working so hard to suppress turns out to be an alien autopsy video. Hynek does his usual thing and finds a way to debunk it. By the end of the episode, the Generals are having a private screening of the thing, and General Valentine (Michael Harney) tells Harding (whose support for the coverup he perceives to be wavering) “Jim, what you saw in ’47, It’s what the Soviets wanted us to see. They wanted us to panic and we didn’t. But what we found on that craft was the sick work of Dr. Mengele. What he did to those children’s bodies, disfiguring them, making them look inhuman, was unconscionable. Jim, you didn’t fall for it then, don’t fall for it now.” (One wonders what Susie would think of Valentine’s suggested Nazi/Soviet connection to UFOs.) Apparently Harding himself was never told the truth about what happened at Roswell. Continue reading →
In a flashback, Willem, also known as Hansen, uses the sperm of unidentified donors to fertilize the two ova that will become Violet and Jack
Hansen (Neal McDonough) has been in disguise for quite some time. Bathory (Jesse Stanley) calls him by his true name, which is Willem, and urges him to show his true form, which he does not do. (Beginning in Episode 4.8, Dakota Daulby will play a character named Willem.) It turns out that Jack and Violet are the results of in vitro fertilization of Van Helsing ova, harvested from a very young Vanessa and Scarlett by Abigail (or rather the woman who pretended to be Abigail Van Helsing in “Base Pair” and “Black Days“). The fathers are unidentified military personnel. Jack and Violet are half-sisters, and each have roughly an equal chance of being either Vanessa’s niece or her daughter. Continue reading →
Melissa O’Neil (Two) will be Los Angeles rookie police officer Lucy Benitez (the last name is tentative) in the ABC TV series THE ROOKIE. Nathan Fillion will star as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD by about twenty years. Nolan’s effort to work with the other, younger trainees makes his life dangerous, unpredictable, and sometimes humourous. Lucy is (we are told) intelligent, tough, and compassionate, and a possible love interest for Nolan. (She may have taken up law enforcement as an act of rebellion against her family, who are decribed as “law_breakers”.) Lucy’s partner will be Tim Bradford (played by Eric Winter), and Nolan’s partner will be Talia Bishop (Afton Williamson). Liz Frielander will direct the first episode. There is no word yet on when THE ROOKIE will premiere.
Ellen Wong (Misaki Han-Shireikan in 9 episodes of DARK MATTER), seen here as Jenny Chey in the Netflix series GLOW, will be Sarah Tan in CONDOR.
O’Neil will also be Janice in CONDOR, an AT&T original series inspired by the film THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR. The 1975 film centered on Joe Turner, an idealistic young CIA agent, who returns from lunch one day to find all his co-workers murdered, and then goes on the run in an attempt to outwit those responsible. (One of the murdered co-workers in the film is a data analyst named Janice Chong.)
In the reboot, Turner (Max Irons) is a millenial who joined the Agency in hopes of reforming it from within. He uncovers a brilliant but horrific conspiracy that threatens the lives of millions, and, shortly after that, the massacre of his co-workers happens and Turner is forced to do battle with shadowy and dangerous elements of the military-industrial complex. The leader of the plotting cabal (Brendan Fraser) is a fanatical bigot who believes that the government needs to wage war on Islam. The first of CONDOR’s ten episodes will air on Audience Network on 6 June. Continue reading →