Hannah John-Kamen will be Dr. Sophie Hart in SAS: RED NOTICE, a film based on the 2012 novel by Andy McNab, about Sergeant Tom Buckingham (Sam Heughan), who plans to propose marriage once he and his girlfriend arrive in Paris. (Dr. Hart seems to be a re-named version of Dr. Delphine Prideux, Buckingham’s girlfriend in the book.) His plans are delayed when the train taking them from London to Paris is hijacked by The Black Swans, a group of mercenaries led by Laslo Antonov, whose plan is to blow up the Channel Tunnel. (Ruby Rose is a character named Grace, and one synopsis of the film says that the group seizing the train is let by someone called Grace Lewis.) Noel Clarke (DR.WHO’s Mickey Smith) is also in the cast. Filmed in London, Paris, and Budapest, SAS: RED NOTICE will be released by Sky Cinema in the UK sometime next year. Continue reading →
KILLJOYS – Season 1 Episode 10 – SPOILERS
In the lair of the Rat King, disguised as a scarback, John rises to the occasion and gives the King’s sister a blood blessing. It was convincing enough to win the Rat King’s trust and assistance, but as the Killjoys leave, Johnny has second thoughts.
JOHN: “I’m just gonna say it. You need to take your sister to get a real blessing, or better yet, a doctor. I’m not a true believer.”
RAT KING: “From what I hear, that’s not something you get to decide, Uncle.”
Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) calls in that favour from Episode 7 and summons Dutch to Qresh. She later informs Dutch and Johnny that she did this at the behest of Khlyen, who wanted to keep Dutch safe from what was coming to Old Town. This implies that Level 6 is really in charge of things in The Quad, not the nine families. It is also true that Delle seems quite attracted to Dutch, and that the feeling might be to some degree mutual.
The closest they have come to embracing so far is when Delle asks Dutch to lace her up and Dutch does so rather emphatically.
The genetic bomb (see Episode Six) that Delle uses to destroy members of a rival family was transported by another Level 6 operative, who easily subdues Dutch, licks her cheek (?) and, unlike Khlyen, seems quite prepared to kill her (Johnny shoots him, preventing this.) Does this indicate that Level 6 might have some internal power struggles going on, and that Khlyen is not universally popular in that orgainzation?
Carleen (Danka Scepanovic) is killed by Khlyen, but he is only interested in the tube of liquid computer material stolen by John, not in the data that she extracted from it. An automated message containing that data reaches John as he and the others flee from Old Town in Lucy. We are not shown the content of the message, but we are shown the English words LEVEL SIX and a section of DNA. (The computer displays on KILLJOYS are intentionally mysterious and contain only keywords and usually indecipherable graphics.) Couple that with the reference earlier by Bellus (Nora Mclellan) to rumoured Level 6 gene splicing and one might infer that Red 17 is a facility where certain Killjoys are genetically altered and turned into beings like Khlyen.
After spotting Khlyen searching his room, D’Avin disobeys orders from Dutch and follows him through Old Town. This leads to some futile hand-to-hand combat. Khlyen seems to enter instructional mode when he fights. He could clearly have disabled D’Avin in short order, but for some reason carried on a conversation with him while slowly beating him silly. Because of this we learn that Khlyen killed Dutch’s husband and that was why she fled to The Quad.
D’Avin must be a very desirable experimental subject. Dr. Jaeger (Amanda Tapping) used him as a test of her ability to turn enemy soldiers against their own comrades. Now Khlyen has taken him to Red 17, a canister-like structure attached to the side of a very round, shallow crater on Arkyn. When D’Avin wakes up in the facility, Fancy Lee (Sean Baek) is in the bed next to him. Fancy’s corneas are black and tubes are attached to him. It’s fair to assume that D’Avin is destined for a similar fate.
Dutch, Johnny, and Pree are on board Lucy fleeing the destruction of Old Town. A small group of refugees are with them in the cargo hold. They cannot be going to Qresh or Leith because the refugees have no papers to live in those places, so they must be leaving The Quad.
Alvis, Pawter, and the Rat King are in the bunkers under what used to be Old Town, along with the Rat King’s followers and some other refugees. (The bunkers were built as a precaution during the terraforming of Westerley, in case what “went wrong” on Arkyn happened again.)
Delle Seyah Kendry has taken over control of The Nine Families on Qresh. D’Avin and Fancy Lee are imprisoned in Red 17 on Arkyn. Bellus remains on Leith. Hills Oonan died while having a drink when the bombs hit the Royale.
Tamsen McDonough, Aaron Ashmore, and KILLJOYS creator Michelle Lovretta will be at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto (Sunday 6 September at 2pm) to talk with the hosts of INNERSPACE (Ajay Fry, Teddy Wilson, and Morgan Hoffman) and to answer questions.
Aaron Ashmore (John Jaqobis) plays a rookie detective in the made-for-TV film SWEPT UNDER. He teams up with a crime-scene cleaning lady after she discovers an important piece of evidence that was overlooked by a forensics team. Filmed in Montreal, SWEPT UNDER will air in Canada on The Movie Network and Super Ecran sometime later this year.
Luke Macfarlane (D’Avin Jaqobis) will be Chaplain Hopkins in Episode One of MERCY STREET, a miniseries about the lives of New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green, two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the American Civil War. PBS will air MERCY STREET Sunday evenings in early 2016. Roxann Dawson of STAR TREK: VOYAGER directs the first episode.
KILLJOYS – Season 1 Episode 7 – SPOILERS
D’AVIN: “You never did explain that whole royal harem thing.”
DUTCH: “What about it?”
D’AVIN: “I just want to know if I’m bedding a warrior princess.”
DUTCH: “Actually, yes, but that was after my marriage.”
After D”Avin and Dutch have sex, the show (one might theorize) needed to stop the audience from losing interest in the characters because of the premature resolution of their relationship. Something or someone had to intervene to end the sexual interaction while still allowing them to still care for one another. Michelle Lovretta wrote this episode, and she solved the problem in an interesting, if convoluted way.
D’Avin’s ex, Pawter Sims (Sarah Power), gets the team a lead on a patient of the mysterious Dr. Jaeger, a fellow named Grayson Hicks. After they break him out of the mental hospital, and get busted for doing that, another Qreshi, Delle Seyah (Mayko Nguyen), comes to Dutch’s rescue, and the two of them have a somewhat flirtatious exchange through the prison bars:
DELLE: “I do so love rescuing a damsel in distress. A little trade, just between us girls. The Company will drop all charges against you in exchange for a future favour of my choosing.”
DUTCH: “Couldn’t you just hire me?”
DELLE: “It’ll be off the books. No questions. No hesitations. I snap and you come”
DUTCH: “You must be one hell of a snapper.”
Having freed Grayson Hicks (Mark O’Brien) the team heads to Utopia, an artificial satellite of Qresh outside the laws of The Quad. Hicks points Dutch in the direction of Dr. Bliss (Sarain Boylan) who has stolen Jaeger’s ideas and refined them a bit. (Bliss can not only erase memories, she can implant them.) Johnny goes off in search a techie named Carleen (Danka Scepanovic) to get her to fix the neural link. (He broke the thing at the beginning of the episode when he attempted to interface with it.)
Not only does Delle Seyah Kendry get Dutch out of jail, she arranges for Dr. Jaeger’s guards to disappear for a bit so that Dutch and the boys can have a meet with her, and they learn that Jaeger did erase D’Avin’s memories Always impulsive, D’Avin immediately wants to let her restore all the lost bits of his past, but Dutch orders him to think about it for a while. After the Killjoys leave, Jaeger sends a signal to D’Avin’s brain that turns him into a killing machine and makes his teammates his targets.
The hijacking of D’Avin’s brain happens at a rather awkward moment, that being right after sex with Dutch. Dutch wins the ensuing fight, but while she knows D’Avin was not himself when he attacked her, she still can’t bring herself to be close to him again. The sexual tension is restored and shelved.
Dutch resolves the Dr. Jaeger issue by wiping the scientist’s memories (with the aid of her assistant (Daniel Falk). Why Dutch trusts the assistant is unclear. Even if she destroyed all of Jaeger’s records, it seems at least possible that the assistant might remember enough to continue the work.
Before Jaeger’s programming is disabled, D’Avin stabs Johnny and almost kills him. Lucy calls Doc Sims, and we learn that Johnny’s blood type is ‘O’ and that Pawter’s full name is Eleana Seyah Sims (no Pawter in there at all. Maybe it’s a nickname.) and she has enough power to threaten the captain of a medical ship with being “staked in the rain” (apparently a very bad thing). Note that the middle name is the same as that of Delle Seyah Kendry.
Sarain Boylan (Dr. Bliss) was the warden in LOST GIRL episode 3.1 Caged Fae. She also appeared on ORPHAN BLACK as the neolutionist Astrid (episode 1.7, dressed in black, with one white contact lens).
Mark O’Brien (Grayson Hicks) will be Captain Marks in STORY OF YOUR LIFE, a Denis Villeneuve film based on a short story by Ted Chiang about a linguist (Amy Adams) who is hired by the military to determine if alien ships which have landed in various places on earth are a threat. Currently filming in Montreal and Bas-Saint-Laurent, the film should be released sometime next year. (Villeneuve directed the Oscar-nominated 2010 film INCENDIES.)
Emily Andras, now the showrunner for next year’s SyFy series WYNONNA EARP, has sort of autographed the KILLJOYS series because Andras (Hungarian pronunciation) is Johnny Jaqobis’ middle name. It’s kind of like when, in the LOST GIRL episode O Kappa My Kappa (also written by Michelle Lovretta) Andras’ picture turned up on the wall of the sorority house.
Playing while Johnny is being operated on is STARE INTO THE LIGHT, track #4 on the
EP Outlast by Dear Frederic (the stage name for Montreal songwriter Charles F. Huot, who used to be a
member of the band Winter Gloves.) Outlast is available on iTunes for $5.