Andrew Moodie (Teku Fonsai) will be Roger in AVOCADO TOAST a ten-episode series which stars Perrie Voss and Heidi Lynch as thirty-something best friends Ellie and Molly, who find their lives suddenly disrupted by unexpected events. Ellie learns that her parents are divorcing because her mom had an affair with a much younger man. Molly, a Grade 8 teacher, falls in love with a woman for the first time, and comes out as bisexual to her parents, who promptly come out as swingers who throw sex parties. ORPHAN BLACK’s Kristian Bruun is also in the cast. AVOCADO TOAST will premiere in Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa on OutTV on 18 May. (In the US, the show can be pre-ordered from Vimeo on Demand.) A trailer is available on YouTube. Continue reading →
DARK MATTER – Season 3 – Episodes 1 and 2 – SPOILERS
Commander Truffault delays her departure from The Raza to enjoy a cup of coffee. “It’s amazing, really,” Truffault tells Two. “Your Android makes better coffee than anyone I know.” Two suggests she should drop by for one of The Android’s spaghetti Saturdays. Truffault says she’d like to, but she’ll be busy for the next little while, what with the war and all. (Let’s hope that doesn’t indicate a lack of Torri Higginson in the next few episodes.)
Later, after Truffault has left the ship, The Android serves a casserole made from some of the fresh vegetables they picked up on Corvus-8 with basil as the “secret ingredient”. The casserole seems to also contain pasta, and Martha Stewart’s website has a recipe for something much like it called Pasta with Roasted Summer Vegetables and Basil.
The Android (Zoie Palmer) also cures Five’s neurological difficulties, and, with a little help from Five, guides the Marauder home from extra-dimensional space with a modulated tachyon pulse. She is instrumental in wiping out an eight-man Ferrous Corp. boarding party as well. After mowing down the last of the boarders, The Android blows away the smoke from the barrels of her guns, like someone from a spaghetti western.
An oxygen-deprived Two hallucinates a goodbye kiss on the lips from Nyx that could have its source either in memory or in wishful thinking.
At the end of the first episode, Five (Jodelle Ferland) locks her door and uploads something (possibly a personality matrix?) to the ship’s computer. Then she uplinks to what appears to be a virtual reality. All we see of it is a circular white room with Three’s dead ex-girlfriend Sarah (Natalie Brown) in it looking very surprised. Five says: “Sarah, it’s me, Five. Welcome back.” We hear nothing more about this in Episode Two. Given Transfer Transit technology, wouldn’t it be possible to create a clone body for virtual Sarah?
ANDROID: “She collapsed for a third time just before The Marauder reappeared. I believe the best course of action would be to attempt to recreate the conditions that caused the initial mind wipe, with some modifications. The memories are effectively superseding her conscious mind. They need to be isolated — walled off as yours have been.”
TWO: “What about her new memories? The ones she made after we came out of stasis?”
ANDROID: “I’ll do my best to protect and insulate all new memories. But I can’t guarantee success. There is a significant chance that she may lose some if not all of them. And without a clean neural imprint to work from, they’ll be inaccessible for the rest of her life.”
In the second episode, Five accesses Ryo’s stored memories and locates the research facility where the blink drive is being kept. After that, Five falls unconscious three times, each time involuntarily entering her own memories from before The Raza. Before The Android cures Five of her newfound narcolepsy, Five learns from (the memory of) her old mentor that she has a sister, and that her mentor found this out from the Galactic Authority. Three was rescued by Lieutenant Anders of the GA (Jeff Teravainen) and seems reasonably friendly these days. Maybe he could look up the info on Emily’s sister?
It is possible (though the ethics of such a thing are questionable) that The Android could do to Four what she did to Five (if he were to be captured). She could permanently partition off his memories from the time before he joined The Raza crew. He would still remember becoming Emporer and what transpired afterward, but the memories of his formative years would be gone, and possibly his ruthlessness along with them.
Four releases Teku, his old tutor, from prison. Misaki (Ellen Wong) doesn’t like it. Four finds out that Misaki killed Nyx. Four doesn’t like it, and at the end of episode two, Misaki tries to talk her way out of the Emporer’s disfavour with his hands on her throat. It seems likely that Ryo’s Machiavellian tendencies will prevail and Misaki will live to conspire another day. There will be a showdown between Teku and Misaki.
Kiana Madeira (Lyra) will be Brooklyn in the last two episodes of the ten-episode comedy BARBELLE a female written, directed, and produced web series featuring a cast of queer characters. It follows the story of a newly famous (fictional) Toronto based pop-star duo, Veronica Vale (played by Karen Knox) and Alice O’Hara (Gwenlyn Cumyn), whose extremely rapid rise to stardom has caused much destruction in their personal lives. The first episode of BARBELLE will be released sometime in July. A teaser trailer is available on YouTube.
Torri Higginson (Commander Truffault) is Liz Sterling in FAKE NEWS, the story of freelance reporter Maxwell Stern (Eric Roberts) who covers the political beat. But only some of the stuff he writes is true. After one of his sources is murdered, he finds himself on the trail of what could be the biggest story of his career, but to write it, he needs to stay out of jail, and he needs to stay alive. FAKE NEWS will be released in the US on 24 November.
Andrew Moodie (Teku Fonsei) will be Ben Wright in FREEDOM 65, a film about a 65-year-old recluse (Brian McGuire), who retires and finds he has too much time on his hands. At the urging of his neighbour, and much to the dismay of his overly protective sisters, Hugh buys himself a 1976 Corvette, but just as he starts to enjoy the new car, he crashes it in a near fatal accident. Once he recovers, Hugh vows to start living the life he always dreamed of and not the one that was expected of him.
Moodie will also be FBI Agent Simmons in HIS MASTER’S VOICE, a film by award winning director György Pálfi based on the 1968 Stanislaw Lem novel (A Voz Do Mestre) about a mathematician who becomes involved in a classified US government project to decode signals received from outer space. Filmed in Budapest, HIS MASTER’S VOICE will be released in Hungary later this year. No word yet on a US release.
Alex Mallari, Jr. (Ryo Ishida) is Rainer in CODE 8, a film set in an alternate reality in which four percent of the world’s population is born with special abilities, but most are living in poverty, because they are unable to capitalize on their abilities. Conner Reed (Robbie Amell) is a powerful young man who is struggling to pay for his mother’s medical treatment. After a dispute with his employer, he finds himself in a confrontation with a police officer (Sung Kang) and the autonomous robots backing him up. Reed is lured into a criminal world run by Garrett (Stephen Amell), and a drug lord (Greg Bryk). The 2016 short film on which the feature is based is available on YouTube. CODE 8 began filming on June 1st in Toronto, and is aiming for a 2018 release.
The Android gets a name, but not right away. There are stories involving the Ishida Research Facility, time travel, a Ferrous Corp shipyard, and an alternate universe. Five has a new look (Goth chic). Three new recurring cast members join the show. They are: Ayisha Issa as Solara Shockley, Mishka Thébaud as Adrian Maro, and Andrew Moodie as Teku Fonsei. (The nature of these three characters is, so far, a well-guarded secret.) There are two comedic episodes, and two episodes will be directed by women.
Showrunner Joseph Mallozzi had fans vote on episode titles for Season Three and the alternative titles he offered on the ballot are interesting hints as to what the episodes might be about. He’s dropped plenty of other hints about Season Three. The list below contains speculations based on what has been revealed so far.
3.1 – “Being Better is So Much Harder”
Alt titles: “The Costs Are Always Personal” and “Welcome Back”
Directed by Ron Murphy
Guest stars: Ray Galletti as a GA Officer, Lorne Monroe as a Ferrous Corp leader, and Ken Linton as a “rebel”.
In Episode 1.1, the crew woke from stasis without their memories. Episode 2.1 had them waking in the Hyperion-8 prison, unaware of how they got there. Where will the crew find themselves after the explosive destruction of EOS-7 that ended Season Two? The first alternate title suggests that at least one member of the crew suffered a loss.
3.2 – “It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This”
Alt titles: “Smash and Grab – Just My Style” and “There’s More to Holding an Empire Together Than Weapons and Ships”
Directed by Bruce McDonald
Guest Stars: Kiana Madeira as Lyra and Jean Yoon as Dr. Hajeck.
This will air immediately following Episode 3.1 on 9 June and so it is likely a continuation of that. The use of the word ‘Empire’ suggests that Four might be involved, and Mallozzi dropped a hint that there’s “big trouble” on The Marauder. Bruce McDonald also directed the second episode of Season Two. (Kiana Madeira will also be Poppy in episode 2.6 of WYNONNA EARP, titled “Whiskey Lullaby”.)
‘The General’ appeared in Episode 1.6. He was the guy who planned and carried out the bombing of Hyadum-12 and made Six unknowingly complicit in it. Despite his best efforts, Six failed to kill The General in Episode 1.8.
3.4 – “All the Time In the World”
Alt titles: “Tomorrow is a New Day – I Hope” and “Be Right Back”
Directed by Ron Murphy
Guest star: Michael Reventar as Ash
3.5 – “Give It Up, Princess”
Alt titles: “A Walk In the Park” and “Too Slow, Let’s Go”
Directed by J.B. Sugar
Mallozzi called this episode “a manic adventure chock full of action, humor, bittersweet character moments, and The Android’s most bizarre undercover guise yet”. (The title is the second reference to ‘Princess’ in the series. Five once dreamed about being a Princess who gouged out people’s eyes, but she was channeling Four’s memories at the time.)
3.6 – “One Last Card to Play”
Alt titles: “I’ve Already Killed You Once” and “My Place Is Here”
Directed by Gail Harvey
Jessica Sipos reprises the role of Tash, who was killed by Two near the end of Season One, so it is reasonable to speculate that Season Three Tash is from an alternate universe. (Maybe she was the one piloting the altverse Marauder in Episode 2.8.) Mishka Thébaud appears as Adrian Maro. (He also appears in the previous three episodes.)
3.7 – “Wish I Could Believe You”
Alt titles: “Someone’s Whole World” and “This Isn’t Like You”
Directed by Paul G. Day
In which an unspecified character makes a surprising discovery about their past. Mallozzi calls this one “a real head spinner” and it has one of the few Season Three props that Mallozzi takes the time to mention specifically, a helmet. He even tells us who designed the thing (On Set Key Props Lisa Amaral Wright), but he does not reveal what it does.
John Stead also directed Episode 2.4, “We Were Family”, in which The Android met Victor, and he gave her the upgrade chip. It’s a fair bet that this is another one about The Android, who is very fond of hot chocolate. Judging by that and the alt titles, it could be that someone from the android underground will get in touch and attempt to convince The Android to leave The Raza.
3.9 – “Isn’t That A Paradox?”
Alt titles: “Only A Matter of Time” and “I Want to See the Future”
Directed by Craig David Wallace
This one is set in a fictional small town that Mallozzi refers to as Fort Falls, Wisconsin. He describes the episode as “Back to the Future meets Stranger Things”, and it seems likely that it involves time travel. The story also involves bicycles, and blueberry pie. Tomaso Sanelli guest stars as someone named Jake.
3.10 – “Built Not Born”
Alt titles: “Our Time Will Come” and “Someone to Help You Find Your Way”
Directed by Melanie Orr
The Android gets a name. (We haven’t been told what name.) The title, “Built Not Born”, could refer to Two as well. Guest stars are Paolo Mancini as Arn, and Willa Milner as Anya. (The names Arn and Anya make the two sound like they might be brother and sister.)
3.11 – “The Dwarf Star Conspiracy”
Alt titles: “Ours For the Taking” and “Your Time Will Come”
Directed by Steve DiMarco
Dwarf Star Technologies has been a part of two previous episodes (1.12 and 2.9). Both of those episodes involve Two (aka Rebecca) and her creator, Alexander Rook (Will Wheaton). Steve DiMarco also directed the Two-centered Episode 2.3.
3.12 – “My Final Gift To You”
Alt Titles: “The Way Things Used to Be” and “How Much Hope You Got?”
Directed by Bruce McDonald
On 24 March, Mallozzi blogged: “Read-thru for Episode 312 today. Boy, A LOT happens in this episode. And it’s chock full of surprising revelations. Not just one or two or even three, but four BIG secrets are revealed!”
3.13 – “Nowhere to Go”
“We Could Use a Little Help On This One” and “Our One and Only Shot”
Directed by Ron Murphy
Guest Star: Michael Boisvert as a Ferrous Corp officer.
From those titles, it seems that the season might end
on a note of quiet desperation.
The first two seasons of DARK MATTER can be streamed on Netflix (US).
DARK MATTER Season Two will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 13 June.
DARK MATTER Season Three will begin with two back-to-back episodes on SyFy (US), and Space Channel in Canada on 9 June at 8/7c. (Subsequent episodes will air Fridays at 9/8c.)
On SyFy International channels, each Season Three episode will be followed by an aftershow called AFTER DARK, which will be hosted by Zoie Palmer.