Vanessa Matsui (Cassie the Oracle) will be Ms. Kate Wilder in GRAND ARMY, a TV series that follows sixteen year old Joey Del Marco (Odessa Adlon), and her attempts to cope after being sexually assaulted by three life-long friends during a Friday night out. The screenplay is by Katie Cappiello (based on “Slut: The Play“, which she wrote in 2013) and the first episode is titled “Brooklyn 2020”. Sydney Meyer, who was Helen Blackthorne in four episodes of SHADOWHUNTERS, is also in the cast. Directed by So Yong Kim, Tina Mabry, and Darnell Martin (2 episodes each), GRAND ARMY is currently in production at Netflix Studios in Mississauga, Ontario, and should be released early next year.
The image of the lead underwear model (center, played by Sarah Jackson) turns up in five different fantasy scenes in The Temple, identifying those fantasies as belonging to Bo. The photographer (bottom left) is Jonathan Shatzky)
Lauren (Zoie Palmer) with a concerned look after Dyson makes a point of coming to see her before the ceremony.
Kenzi:“You will always be my girl, Bo, even if you come out of there with a dong.”
When Bo enters the Temple, Dion DiMucci‘s THE WANDERER is playing on the jukebox.
Turns out that The Dawning involves creating and playing out possible life choices. Bo does something quite interesting. Her mind switches Dyson and Lauren. In her alternate reality, Dyson is the doctor and Lauren is the cop, and Lauren is the one who “gave her love away”, not Dyson. Dyson is the one trying to drug Bo into fitting into a middle-class lifestyle. Also, Bo has flat hair.
THE VALKYRIE NEXT DOOR
Bo (Anna Silk) finds herself driving a late model hatchback to her suburban house, and is greeted by her neighbor Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) who suggests that it’s “a nice day for a wander”. (She suspects neighbor Tamsin of having an affair with her husband.) Bo, like the rest of us, is struggling to understand the wanderer reference.
The rune Trick draws on Bo’s forehead also turns up on the Temple key.
It is important to note that none of these fantasies come from Dyson. It is Bo’s Dawning, and she controls it. Remember that Stella (Deborah Odell) initially tried to strengthen Bo for the ceremony by arranging a feast of underwear models? Though Bo refused to eat them, a picture of the lead model (played by Sarah Jackson) turns up in each fantasy scene in the Temple. This demonstrates that the fantasies belong to Bo and not Dyson. Dyson never met the model.
Bo’s mother, Aife, (Inga Cadranel), steals the infant Bo from her father.
There is one vision that cannot have come from Bo. When she her mother Aifa (Inga Cadranel) abduct her infant self from her father’s house. I have a suspicion that this vision comes from either Bo’s father, or from the probably deceased Aifa. (At the end of the episode, Trick unwraps an engraving and mutters “that’s him”. It seems Bo’s dad may be a dragon.)
The locker room calendar is one of the many places this woman’s photo appears in The Temple.
In Bo’s alternate world, the “Doctor” has her on anti-psychotics and Bo can’t remember why. She then discovers that she is pregnant with Doctor Dyson’s child. Initially happy about this, she is soon afflicted with severe abdominal pains. This makes Dyson, who has been controlled by Bo’s fantasies, return to his senses and tell Bo that she’s not pregnant, he’s not a doctor, and the whole suburban drugged-out and pregnant thing is what’s turning her into an underfae (I paraphrase, but the essential meaning is right).
Dyson tells her the key she needs to get out of The Temple and survive is within him, and that she must kill him to get it. When she refuses, he goes wolf and attacks, forcing her to stab him.
Bo’s dad may be a dragon.
BO BREAKS THE RULES
As Dyson expires, a portal forms. The caretaker appears, and tells Bo she has passed the test and can leave. Again, Bo defines herself as one who does not play by the rules. Bo refuses to leave without Dyson, and with his blood draws a rune (the one that Trick had earlier drawn on her forehead) on the floor between herself and Dyson The rune becomes a portal and both Bo and Dyson appear in the real world. Dyson is quite dead.
Bo and Lauren, crimefighters.
Her sense of helplessness seems to activate Bo’s superpowers. Refusing to accept Dyson’s death, Bo does what she did when the Lich threatened Lauren (Episode # 21 – Death Didn’t Become Him). She sucks chi out of everyone in the room, and then uses it to bring Dyson back to life.
Bo:“I will reign as he did for I am his daughter. Together we will bridle the masses and ride on to victory. Even death will fear us; only I will choose who lives.”
There is a difference this time. Nobody dies.
Bo’s worlds of speculative fancy indicate that she (quite rightly) is upset at Dyson for holding back information and trying to protect her all the time, and she is upset at Lauren for trying to develop drugs that, by curbing her appetites, might transform her into something less Fae and more human. She is also a bit ticked at Trick’s thinly hidden belief that Fae are more important than humans. A fear of being abandoned by Kenzi also shows in her little police fantasy.
That bloody neighbor Tamsin. Note the colours she is wearing.
When Bo draws chi from everyone in the room to resurrect Dyson, she is able to do so without killing. Afterward, she tells Lauren that she “can control it now”, and this may be true, or she may be trying to convince Lauren of that so Lauren stops concocting drugs for her. Or Bo may be being controlled by her mysterious father as the Temple takes revenge for her rules violation.
Bo goes for a walk at the end of the episode, much like she did at the very end of Season 2, but this is not season’s end, and I suspect there is much more to the story.
Lauren sips champagne while waiting for Bo. This episode, though it seems to focus on Bo, is really mostly about Lauren.
Bo and Tamsin’s third kiss, which is emphatically initiated by Tamsin, and possibly prompted by the activities of Trick and Stella.
It all begins with Bo trying to catch a cricket while blindfolded. She fails (the cricket was right behind her all the time) and Stella (her trainer for The Dawning) gives her the rest of the day off. When Lauren arrives and covers Bo’s eyes from behind, we see that Lauren is (to Bo) both the blindfold and the cricket.
Lauren tells Bo she’s getting an award that night and asks Bo to come with. Lauren is so excited about the award that she is impossible to refuse, so Bo agrees with the best of intentions.
Later, when Bo doesn’t show, Lauren decides to stay home rather than go alone. Perhaps she was less interested in the award than she was in involving Bo in her work. Then Dr. Isaac Taft (Shawn Doyle) shows up with Lauren’s award. He offers to take her out for drinks and says very flattering things about her work. Lauren, who is a brilliant scientist and looks like Zoie Palmer, for some inexplicable reason is so insecure that she is amazed that another scientist would be interested in what she thinks.
Lauren covers Bo’s eyes from behind.
BALZAC THE SPRIGGAN vs WHITMAN THE GUNSLINGER
On the other side of town, two 19th century writers (or at least their names) turn up and put Bo in the middle of a fight for a young fae’s freedom.
Dr. Isaac Taft (Shawn Doyle) shows an interest in Lauren’s work, much to her astonishment.
Over a liquid lunch in a unnamed Dark Fae bar, Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) tells Bo that everyone has been lying to her. (She’s right. Nobody ever tells Bo anything.) A fight breaks out, and Bo and Tamsin escape via a freight elevator with the help of a Spriggan named Balzac (Ryan Belleville).
A Spriggan is a creature from Cornish myth that steals things (sometimes children). Spriggan are usually ugly, but this particular one is well-groomed, civilized, and seems to be in the business of rescuing children rather than stealing them.
Bo toys with a strange machine while talking to Lauren on the phone, setting a chain of events in motion.
Meanwhile, back at the Dál, Trick discovers that Bo accidentally activated her “invitation” to The Dawning. This invitation is in the form of a Rube Goldberg contraption that appeared in the Dal and went unnoticed because of Hale’s redecoration of the place. Bo toyed with the thing while talking to Lauren on the phone, setting it (and events) in motion. Bo is supposed to be at the Dál choosing between alternatives offered by the device. Instead, Trick (her closest relative) must do that for her, and Bo must suffer the consequences of Trick’s decisions.
Shaking Balzac’s hand somehow commits Bo to doing Balzac a favour. Of the three of them, only Balzac knows that The Dawning is afoot. Bo and Tamsin are in the dark about this. The favour Balzac demands is that Bo liberate a fortune cookie from the leader of the Tong, and use it to gain entry to Brazenwood, a gated community of voluntary outcasts. There resides Mr. Whitman, who is exploiting a young Squonk named Hannah for her tears which are a valuable drug. Bo must rescue Hannah.
Bo, a bit drunk after Trick feeds the machine her least favourite cocktail, leans on a donkey while talking to Lauren on the phone.
They need to get a “prescription”, to gain access to Hannah (Allie MacDonald), because her tears are a drug and she is being held by an apothecary in Brazenwood. For that they are led by Balzac to a woman who insists that Bo pick a Tarot card. Bo chooses The Wanderer (The Fool, or Tarot Card Zero). This is clearly something that neither Tasmin, the woman, or Balzac expected to happen. The Wanderer (Tarot Card Zero) keeps turning up (literally).
Hannah (Allie MacDonald), the Sheriff (John Tench) and Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) stand by while Bo fights Whitman.
Balzac (the realist) does not follow Bo into the den of Whitman (the bohemian), where he would not be at all comfortable. He arranges to be shot with a poison dart and sends Bo and Tamsin off on their quest without him.
One of Trick’s decisions makes Bo temporarily drunk. Just then, Lauren phones. Leaning on a donkey, Bo says more of what she is really thinking than she perhaps should, and Lauren, who is also drinking a bit, hangs up angry.
Lauren opens the door and is astonished to see Dr. Taft there instead of Bo.
When they find the girl, they discover that she doesn’t want to leave Brazenwood.
BO:“Hannah, please, we have to leave this place.” HANNAH:“But Mr. Whitman tells me things about the world, and it sounds awful.” BO:“I think he’s just telling you those things to make you cry more.”
Bo’s initial impulse is to drag the girl out of there, willing or not, because she needs to get back to Lauren. Tamsin warns that the Squonk must go willingly, or she will dissolve into a puddle of tears. When asked, Bo assures Hannah that Balzac’s school will have boys, and Hannah quickly agrees to leave. Whitman (as an old west gunslinger) tries to stop them. Despite having brought a knife to a gunfight, Bo manages to slay Whitman and save the girl.
Trick kisses Stella while touching the machine, prompting Tamsin to kiss Bo rather passionately.
Trick and Stella (Deborah O’Dell), releved that Bo’s ordeal is over, kiss, and inadvertently touch the machine while doing so, Tamsin spontaneously kisses Bo (rather passionately). One would have expected Bo to kiss Tamsin. Why does the machine affect Tamsin?
Tamsin and Bo end up at Lauren’s apartment. Lauren is not there, having gone out for drinks with Dr. Taft. Bo is having warm feelings for Tamsin and apologizes to her for treating her like an enemy. Tamsin is both pleased and disconcerted by this, implying that she may harbour dark and secret motives for her actions. She gives Bo an awkward pat on the arm and leaves.
Bo realizes she has forgotten about Lauren’s award ceremony.
Outside, Tasmin finds another Tarot Card Zero. “She can’t be the one,” Tamsin says pleadingly, and the heavens rain Wanderer cards upon her. Someone or something has a hold over Tamsin, forcing her to do things she’d rather not do. The Norn is most likely involved.
Tamsin has been assigned to work with Dyson in the first Dark/Light effort at cooperation, right after Kenzi attacked the Norn to get Dyson’s love back. Norns are the Nordic version of The Fates, and fate is what the Tarot predicts. Perhaps the Norn plans indirect revenge on Dyson by having Tamsin use her Valkyrie powers to destroy Bo?
The film UNDER THE APPLE BOX, starring Tammy Gillis (Marissa in TABLE FOR FAE) as the adult Leila, will be screened 21 March at the Women’s International Film Festival in Miami. The film is about an expatriate Iranian photographer (Leila) who, having become successful in Vancouver, is forced to come to terms with her past when a long lost lover returns.
Brian Frank (Whitman) played an escaped partisan in the excellent 2007 film THE POET which also featured Miriam McDonald (‘hot fae’ in FAES WIDE SHUT) as Willa.