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.
Two shows interest in The Android‘s change of appearance. Nyx tricks the crew into rescuing her brother. Three and Six decide to get along, another green apple makes an appearance, and an intriguing, non-corporate villain is introduced.
Four leaves Milo a green apple and a knife.
The Raza crew needs money, so Two suggests they steal some. Nyx urges them to hijack a freighter carrying a drug called Shadow (coincidentally the stuff that Doctor Devon is addicted to, though none of the crew know that). The heist is successful, but what Nyx really wanted (and got) was to rescue her brother Milo from the clutches of Hansmeed and his Ship of Seers.
FOUR:“If I showed you a history of my home planet…” MILO:“Given enough time and data, I could tell you what would most likely happen there.”
Daniel Fathers as Hansmeed – an evil Hari Seldon, or a Borgish intellectual?
Nyx (Melanie Liburd) and Milo (Mpho Koaho) have a talent for predicting events based on available data. Around a hundred of these talented folk have been linked together on that ship to form a human supercomputer. They are given Shadow to help them cope with the noise of the hive mind and to make it easier for them to access various levels of their subconscious. Hansmeed (Daniel Fathers) is certainly the most interesting threat The Raza has run up against. The Seers that follow him resemble (in some ways) high-tech versions of the psychohistorians from Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION (which would make Hansmeed a souped-up, evil Hari Seldon). In other ways, they seem like an intellectual variant of The Borg.
Two and The Android are both constructed beings.
Milo tells Four that the crew will very soon be betrayed by one of their own again. He has even more interesting predictions for Five, who asks him if it’s silly for the Raza crew to think of themselves as a force for social change. “All of our predictive models,” Milo says, “suggest that a major paradigm shift is coming, and the most likely scenario is all-out Corporate war within the next six months. I know it sounds bad, but you have to understand something. It’s times like these when longstanding patterns are disrupted; that things become more fluid. That’s when a small group of people, or even a single individual, can change the course of history.”
Nyx comes to the realization that her brother is dead.
A conversation between Ferrous Corp’s Commander Nieman (David Richmond-Peck) and Alycia Reynaud (Inga Cadranel) in a previous episode suggested that the mysterious computer card that Five brought on board is the “key to victory” in those coming corporate wars. The main reason for the Shadow heist was to gas up The Raza and chase down Reynaud to find out what the key does, exactly.
“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what’s right.”
— Isaac Asimov (FOUNDATION)
The head guard (Adam Smith) and the First Seer (Mark Roeder)
The third green apple of the series (see previous post) makes its appearance, as Four uses it as an excuse to leave a jackknife for Milo. Nyx, with her predictive abilities, knew what had to be done about her brother and his exceptional abilities. That’s why she went to Four. She knew he was detached enough to do what was necessary.
Two (still wearing black, but a little more stylishly) takes notice of the upgraded Android’s change in appearance, and gives it a look of approval. Portia Lin is beginning to identify with the newly enhanced droid (who still is lacking a name). After all, they are both constructed beings and have more in common with each other than with anyone else on board, something they are just now beginning to realize. Also, in an aggressive and apparently successful effort to reintegrate Six into the crew, Two forces Six and Three to work together. She could not have known that they would be marooned for a while on the surface of a toxic planet, but it worked out fortuitously. Three (along with most of the viewing audience) has come to grudgingly trust Six again.
Julie McNiven and Shaun Sipos in THE BABYMOON
Mpho Koaho (Milo) will be Ken on BBC America’s DIRK GENTLY. Ken is described as “a nerdy, friendly-faced tech trapped in increasingly difficult and bloody circumstances”, and will appear in all 8 episodes of the series, which premieres on 22 October.
Shaun Sipos (Devon Taltherd) will star as Trace in Bailey Kobe‘s comedy THE BABYMOON, in which, Trace (embracing the modern notion of taking a vacation before the birth of one’s first child) whisks his pregnant wife (Julie McNiven) away to the most beautiful, exotic country imaginable, only to find it in the throes of revolution. THE BABYMOON had its world premiere at the 2016 Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles last June.
Mpho Koaho as Anthony, and Peter Shinkoda as Dai in TNT’s FALLING SKIES
Mark Roeder (First Seer) is Flavius Odoacer (a soldier who would become the first King of Italy) in all three chapters of 476 A.D. For the astrologically inclined, the Age of Pisces (the age immediately preceding the present Age of Aquarius) began in 476 A.D., the year that Rome finally fell. Hence, Chapter One is titled “The Last Light of Aries”, and Chapter Two is “The Dawning of Pisces”. Chapter One is available for rental or purchase from Amazon Video.