Ennis Esmer had recurring roles in three TV shows in 2017. Currently, he is hacker/consultant Rich Dotcom, working for the FBI with fellow co-opted hacker Patterson (Ashley Johnson) on BLINDSPOT (that’s the show where a woman is found naked in Times Square with her body covered with prophetic tattoos). He came back to DARK MATTER this year as Wexler from the alternative universe. (Unlike other characters from that show who were darker in the altverse, Wexler was the reverse. Original Wexler was evil. Alt-Wexler was more of a practical opportunist, much like the Raza crew.) It seemed likely that we would see more of Alt-Wex, but DARK MATTER was inexplicably cancelled by SyFy.
Cindy Sampson, Jason Priestley, Jordyn Negri, Samantha Wan, Ennis Esmer, and Barry Flatman — the cast of GlobalTV’s PRIVATE EYES
Esmer is also Detective Kurtis Mazhari, the friendly cop who bends the rules when he has good reason, on GlobalTV’s PRIVATE EYES (which stars Jason Priestley as a former hockey star and Cindy Sampson as the Toronto PI who hires him as her partner.) Unlike Wexler and Rich Dotcom, Mazhari has a love interest (Zoe Chow, played by Samantha Wan). PRIVATE EYES is currently on hiatus in the middle of Season Two on Global TV in Canada, and will resume sometime in the summer of 2018, probably about the time the show will begin airing on ION-TV in the US.
Faux Mercedes (Dani Kind) preparing to torture Nedley for information.
The Purgatory Poachers have been county curling champions for six years in a row, in sharp contrast to Purgatory’s hockey team which wins infrequently and then only with demonic assistance. Nedley hides the third seal in his favourite mug (which has DAD written on it and was likely made by his daughter Chrissy in shop class). Jeremy named his favourite coffee mug Optimug Prime. (It is no more, having been accidentally broken by Waverly.) Doc somehow knows that Nicole Haught’s hat size is “barely a seven”, while Sheriff Nedley wears a seven and three quarters. Wynonna identifies herself to the doctor attending Nicole by flashing a badge. Pretty sure it’s the first time we’ve seen Wynonna do that.
Nicole’s cat, Calamity Jane
Rosita causes Dolls, Doc, and Waverly, to come into conflict with Wynonna. Doc, who is newly mortal, shows his support for Rosita by kissing her in front of Wynonna, who is trying to intimidate the revenant into being a test subject in the development of an anti-venom that will cure Nicole (and being quite nasty about it). Rosita submits to being exposed to the venom (which cannot kill her, but is still quite painful). As soon as Waverly finds out about this, she intervenes, saying, “This is not who we are.” Dolls, who is part demon, and better able to withstand the pain, replaces Rosita as experimental subject.
Rosita (Tamara Duarte) grimaces as she inserts the needle in her arm in Jeremy’s lab.
Despite Wynonna’s instructions to the contrary, Waverly locates Doc’s ring (on orders from Dolls) and gives it to faux Beth, who immediately heads to the site of the burned church to attempt to release her husband. To find that ring, Waverly makes a deal with a witch without reading the fine print, and Nicole is cured, but as a result, Doc once again finds himself at the bottom of that well and Wynonna vanishes into thin air.
In return for enabling Waverly to find the cure, the Iron Witch, Gretta Perley, (the twin sister of Maddie the Blacksmith) gets whatever she wants. She chooses to invoke the Marzaniok from Episode 2.3 and to wish Wynonna out of existence. (She uses the word verschwinden, which means “disappear”.) No one remembers that Wynonna Earp was ever there, and just where she might have gone is a mystery. Doc is not one of the witch’s targets, but when he grabs the trophy as Gretta is making her wish, he vanishes and is deposited at the bottom of the same well that the Stone Witch once put him in. (Perhaps Doc should steer clear of witches.) We don’t know if anyone remembers that Doc exists, but when he gets out of that well, Doc will be the only one (other than the Iron Witch) with any memory of Wynonna.
Sheriff Nedley (Greg Lawson)
Reality has been altered, but in a limited and local way. Jeremy has not vanished, though his arrival in Purgatory was indirectly caused by Wynonna. The reason for his being there may have changed, but he’s still there. That seems to imply that no one else leaves Purgatory, but people’s relationships to one another change. Waverly and Jeremy are planning a wedding, but just who is getting married is a mystery.
Doc restrains faux Mercedes as Wynonna prepares to extract venom. .
When Doc gave up his immortality by giving Wynonna his ring, he may also have lost his luck. He plays poker with a revenant named Stevie (Reamonn Joshee), and loses every hand. (Stevie’s winning streak drives the other two players out of the game.) Doc, who displays a previously hidden talent for deductive reasoning in this episode, figures out that Stevie might be there, not just to play poker, but also to have a look around the basement of the bar. Maybe Bobo left something important down there, and sent him to find it. (Doc still doesn’t know that Bobo is back.)
The commemorative plate from Episode 2.4 is made of metal. Wynonna asks what kind of metal it’s made of, and though we don’t hear Dolls answer (if he gave one), Wynonna says, just before she disappears, “I know what to do.” The plate was returned to Dolls by The Order for use as a weapon against the Widows. Such plates are often made of iron, and Nicole, after being bitten by the Widow, had too much iron in her blood.
Nicole, we find out, is married, and never got around to getting a divorce. Her wife’s name is Shae (last name unknown). She’s a doctor who likes rock climbing, and, one might assume, country music, because she explains to Waverly that she and Nicole “got married in a fever”. She does not say “hotter than a pepper sprout” but you know that song is in her head.
Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Shae (Clark Backo) at Nicole’s bedside .
Clark Backo (Shae) will be Patience Turner in the pilot episode of WAYWARD SISTERS, a proposed spinoff of the long-running CW series SUPERNATURAL, which tells the story of Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) and a group of troubled young women, all of them orphaned by supernatural tragedy. Turner is a high school student who discovers she’s a powerful psychic. Under Mills’ training and protection, the women develop into an effective monster-fighting force, and, unlike the original series, which centers on biological brothers, WAYWARD SISTERS is about a sisterhood of girls in a foster family. The pilot will air as an episode of SUPERNATURAL during that show’s 13th season. (Backo is listed as appearing in episodes 13.3 and 13.10.)
Kiana Madeira (Poppy in WE Episode 2.6) will be Jess in G.L.O. (aka GIANT LITTLE ONES), a high-school drama about two students who were best friends since childhood until something unexpected happens between them at a 17th birthday party that calls that friendship into question. Written and directed by Keith Behrman, G.L.O. is currently filming in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Madeira is also Brooklyn in several episodes of the web series BARBELLE, a female written, directed, and produced web series featuring a cast of queer characters, which follows the lives of a newly famous Toronto pop duo (played by Karen Knox and Gwenlyn Cumyn) whose record label explicitly requires them to do public appearances as a couple (which they once were, but are no longer). Without $15 million to buy out their contract our heroines are stuck in the most expensive fake relationship of all time. BARBELLE will be available on Bell Fibe TV in Canada as of 28 August. It will be on YouTube in the fall.
DARK MATTER – Season 3 – Episodes 1 and 2 – SPOILERS
Three tests the boundary of the extra-dimensional space bubble surrounding the Ishida Research Station by poking a protein bar into it. But why unwrap the bar first? .
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.
Lieutenant Anders (Jeff Teravainen) rescues Three and might be an important ally for the Raza crew in the future.
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?
The Android serves a casserole.
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.”
Sarah (Natalie Brown) is resurrected virtually by Five, but for what purpose?
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?
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Dr. Borsin and Jean Yoon as Dr. Hajek. The scientists are surprised when The Emporer pays them an unexpected visit.
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 as Emily’s friend Lyra (left) and as Brookyn in BARBELLE
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 as Marie Cook in the mystery ORDINARY DAYS, a film due to be released later this year, which tells the story of the disappearance of a young college woman from three different points of view.
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.
Andrew Moodie as Mr. Frontenac in Episode 5.1 of ORPHAN BLACK
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.