Cara Gee (Drummer) is Hazel James in BIRDLAND, the story of ex-cop Sheila Hood (Kathleen Munroe), who hides cameras in her home to observe her ornithologist husband’s affair with Hazel’s older sister Merle (Melanie Scrofano). When Merle falls to her death from a bridge and another of her lovers, Ray Starling (Joris Jarsky), is found dead in his own hotel, Hood is pulled into a dark world of corruption, sex and death and her surveillance footage forms the backbone of a police investigation that threatens to incriminate her and destroy her marriage. Directed by Peter Lynch (who Norm Wilner of Toronto’s NOW Magazine once said was “a director fascinated by obsessive outsiders”), BIRDLAND will be released on VOD in both Canada and the US on 26 January (Amazon, Google, Xbox, and iTunes). It will begin showing at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto on 26 January as well. Continue reading →
THE EXPANSE – Season 2 Episode 12 – SPOILERS
Holden goes full Ahab on the escaped hybrid, over the repeated objections of Prax and Alex. Only when Naomi calls for help does he break off his pursuit. Everybody talks tough in this episode, and not much actually happens, but we do learn some things.
Avasarala has not been off-planet for a long time, and does not enjoy space travel. Cotyar once was in military intelligence, and became Chrisjen’s assistant after somehow getting her son killed. Errinwright drinks Scotch. Bobbi Draper is fond of cucumber sandwiches. Earth developed (some years previously) a contact poison to use against Martian soldiers, but it was banned. The poison can be tailored for a specific genetic profile. (This we know because Errinwright uses some of it to kill Korshunov, the leader of the Martian delegation to the peace talks.)
Before he dies, Korshunov (Jeff Seymour) makes the second reference in the show to the inferiority of Martian music (as compared to Earth music). We have heard no music from Mars, so it is impossible to make a judgement on that, but both Draper and Korshunov agree that Martian music is crap. Perhaps musical expression is restricted there, either by the government, or by a general lack of leisure time.
Naomi does a heroic thing. Holden also does a heroic thing (reluctantly). Errinwright thinks he’s being heroic but he’s really just trying to save his ass. The truly amazing thing is that, while life support on Ganymede Station is shutting down, no one is making an effort to rescue those trapped there, despite the fact that the moon is surrounded with orbiting military vessels from Mars and Earth.
For just a brief minute, Naomi sounded a bit like Scotty from the Enterprise (minus the Scottish accent) when she took over repairs on the Weeping Somnambulist.
NAOMI: “What the hell are you doing? That doesn’t go there.”
ENGINEER: “Who the hell are you?”
NAOMI: “Please put those down and step away from the panel.”
ENGINEER: “The hell I will.”
NAOMI: “Station power’s failing. There’s no time for this shit. Move!”
The Martian ship that was destroyed remotely by Errinwright was intended to be the Project Caliban hybrid’s transportation off Ganymede, but in the final frames of the episode we see something (the hybrid?) clinging to one of the external ladders on The Rocinante. Melissa and Naomi are heading for Europa, and so, very possibly, is the hybrid, because The Rocinante is likely to follow them there.
— Julien Coquet (@JulienCoquet) April 17, 2017
THE EXPANSE – Season 2 Epiaode 7 – SPOILERS
Cortazar, the last remaining mad scientist, has been stolen. Anderson Dawes did the kidnapping, believing Cortazar to be Fred Johnson’s secret weapon. The scientist had been conversing with the sample of protomolecule that Naomi was supposed to have destroyed, but didn’t. (Or he could have been conversing with whatever protomolecule remains on Venus. We have no idea of its telepathic range.) Cortazar might lead Dawes to the hidden sample, and Naomi is clearly worried about that, but can’t say anything. What this does tell us is that, whomever Naomi is working with, it is not Dawes.
Upset because he inadvertently frightened a young person, Amos (Wes Chatham) visits Cortazar and asks about the methods that were used to modify his brain. The scientist tells Amos he can perform the procedure, and could make Amos just as lacking in empathy as himself. It was a bit of a surprise that Amos, whose response to most situations seems to involve calculated violence, should be considering a procedure that would make him less considerate of the plight of others. We don’t know if Amos took Cortazar up on his offer.
Bobbi Draper is the only witness to what happened on Ganymede. She is interrogated by her superiors (played by Clé Bennet and Peter Outerbridge) and tells them that there were six UN troops being chased by a seventh man (hence the episode’s title). The UN troops were running toward Draper’s platoon, but they were firing at the man chasing them. She also tells them that the seventh man (Elias Toufexis) was not wearing a vac suit.
If the UN troops were firing at the seventh man, who was it that killed the other members of Draper’s platoon? If it was the seventh man, why would he try to assist the wounded Draper?
After the Ganymede Incident, peace talks are to be held on Earth. Draper is summoned to those talks to testify about Ganymede. Her superiors convey to her in an unsubtle way that she should mention neither the seventh man, nor the drone that she (and apparently no one else) saw. It seems clear that the Martians already knew about the guy without a space suit, and that makes it very possible that elements of the Martian military are working with Jules-Pierre Mao.
Fred Johnson arranges for Anderson Dawes (the political boss on Ceres) to represent The Belt at the peace talks. We learn about some cultural differences between Belters and Inners (Earthers and Martians) from Dawes. “The Inners are not like us,” he says. “Earthers cannot look upon a thing but wonder who it belongs to, huh? To make it their possession. ‘Possession is nine/tenths of the law,’ they say. But that is not the way of the belt. We say,
‘The more you share, the more your bowl will be plentiful.'”
Are factions of Martian military fighting each other? Just who was it that attacked Ganymede? Did Amos have his temporal lobe altered? What about that ship Earth is sending to Venus? When will it get there? Whatever happened to The Nauvoo? Has someone gone after it? In the next episode, Bobbi Draper will go to the peace talks on Earth. What will she say?
A news bulletin describes the destruction on Ganymede, saying that an orbital mirror was hit by fire from UNN and MCRN forces (we saw this last episode) and “crashed into the station and several ag domes”. If a mirror is in orbit and one throws a rock at it, and it breaks, the pieces will still retain orbital velocity. Some of the pieces will absorb energy from the thrown rock, and be sent on trajectories away from the mirror’s original location, but they should not lose much speed. So why would the mirror (or significant bits of it) crash into the ag domes on the surface?
Alex Frankson (Armoury Tech) will be The Bear O’Hare, a mob enforcer, in CRIMSON NOIR, the story of Crimson DeWitt, a disgraced, alcoholic ex-cop turned Private Detective who has been traumatized and disillusioned by the death of her partner. When Crimson takes a case for a woman in distress, she does not count on being drawn into a no-holds-barred mob war. Samantha Fall, who plays DeWitt, tweeted last 26 November: “Got to see the finished @CrimsonNoirFilm! Crazy to see it polished, it was way good! Big ups and congrats to director @RobinCareless” No release date has yet been announced.
— Cara Gee (@CaraGeeeee) March 8, 2017
Jared Harris (Anderson Dawes) will be Francis Crozier (who took command of the Royal Navy’s Northwest Passage Expedition after Franklin’s death) in THE TERROR, a film based on Dan Simmons’ 2007 novel of the same name about the 168-year-old mystery of the Royal Navy’s HMS Terror. (The mystery has been solved. Last September, an Arctic Research Foundation team located the lost ship of Sir John Franklin in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay.) Simmons’ novel is set in 1847 (the year of Franklin’s death) and it has the Royal Navy Expedition crew being attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival. The ten episode drama is expected to premiere on AMC later this year.
Jane Moffat (Ceres brothel madam in Season One) will be Kelly’s Mom in the horror film THE SOUND, which stars Rose McGowan as Kelly, a specialist in acoustic physics who uses low frequency tactile sound-waves to debunk reported paranormal activities. Kelly sets off to uncover the truth behind an apparent hoax involving a 40-year-old unexplained suicide, and her investigation takes her deep into an abandoned subway station. As Kelly descends into the metro’s darkness she is confronted by an unforeseen evil. THE SOUND, originally titled “Lower Bay”, was written and directed by Jenna Mattison. A trailer is available on Vimeo.