Michaela (Heather Doerksen), having just had her heart removed for safe-keeping, realizes she is under attack
Violet (Keeya King) and Ivory (Jennifer Cheon Garcia Warn) go to the place they believe Hansen is being held to free him from captivity, and stumble into an opportunity. Michaela is in the process of undergoing what Ivory calls a Setite ritual to remove her heart and store it in a safe place to prevent herself from being staked.
**Setites are followers of the Egyptian god Set (aka Suetekh), and outside of fiction (e.g. The Adrian Trilogy by Lyn Gibson and several tabletop and video games) there is no known connection between Set and vampires.
Once Michaela’s heart is removed, Violet and Ivory attack, and defeat Michaela and her minions in short order. (A stake through the heart apparently disables vampires but does not kill them. Violet stakes Michaela’s boxed heart and it causes her to stop fighting, making it easy for Ivory to behead her.) Continue reading →
Carly Pope as a perky Real Estate Agent, just prior to learning that she killed the wrong guy.
The legal concept of “reasonable doubt” and scientific research just don’t get along. To the scientist, all doubt is reasonable. Corporations hire unscrupulous experts to make whatever vanishingly small probability of doubt exists about their liability sound reasonable to a jury. Dr. Hilary Burns (Anna Galvin) is one such professional witness, and becomes the intended victim of Sonia Brauer (Carly Pope). Brauer concocts a plan to poison the woman whose testimony saved the corporation that, through pollution of the environment, caused her mother’s death. In a nicely filmed scene, we get to watch Sonia, in preparation for the crime, change clothes in a bathroom stall, illustrating her change from perky real estate agent to killer.
Sonia Brauer (Carly Pope) changing into a killer on MOTIVE
Alas, through a series of improbable events, Dr. Burns fails to drink from either her poisoned OJ or her poisoned coffee, but her visiting secret lover Brendan Kendall (Mathew MacCaul) does sip the cyanide-laced juice and dies moments later in his own hotel room. This is just the sort of improbability that an expert witness would argue in court to generate reasonable doubt among jurors considering corporate liability. (It is strange that Dr. Burns drank neither of the poisoned liquids. Perhaps she caught a whiff of almonds and used the opportunity to dispose of Kendall.) Katherine Collins, MOTIVE’s executive story editor, gets credit for this excellent bit of writing. She also wrote another excellent MOTIVE episode, Public Enemy.
Left unresolved at episode’s end is Brauer’s accomplice (played by Ross Noble), who is still determined to kill Dr. Burns and is not yet known to the police.
Valerie Tian as Burns in 21 JUMP STREET. She will be a rookie cop in Season 2 of MOTIVE.
Filming of MOTIVE Season 2 is underway. There will be 2 new cops in the new season. Warren Christie will be an incoming detective and new Team Commander, and Valerie Tian will play a rookie officer.
Carly Pope will be Faye Gardner in the soon-to-be-released film THE LAST LONELY PLACE, which is supported by the Humphrey Bogart Estate, and is about a Los Angeles cabbie who picks up a fleeing investment banker and his mistress.