DARK MATTER – Season 2 Episodes 4&5 – SPOILERS
Encountering Victor (Brendan Murray) and his underground network of droids passing as human uncovers wonderful possibilities for The Android. From Victor she gets a black evening gown, a kiss, and an upgrade chip. After clearing it with Two and Five (Five seems to be Two’s unofficial chief advisor now) The Android applies the upgrade and goes undercover to find out who the Galactic Authority suspects of killing One.
She didn’t install the upgrade right away. The Android got the chip in the middle of episode four and installed it at the beginning of episode five, so we had a week to imagine what the new and improved Android would be like. Palmer’s interpretation of the upgrade exceeded expectations. With Three, Two, and Five arguing over the ability of the Android to carry out the mission, she enters in a low cut black outfit with her hair down. (She must have borrowed that outfit from Nyx, the only woman on board who is about her size. Two and Five are much smaller.)
ANDROID: “How do I look?”
FIVE: [gasps] “You look fantastic.”
TWO: “You look great.”
THREE: “Still not buying it.”
ANDROID: “Would it kill you to give a girl a…compliment?”
On the word “compliment”, she smacks Three’s butt, and that convinced everybody. The chip, it seems, didn’t create a new personality for The Android, it allowed previously repressed personality traits to be expressed. (She did seem to enjoy that pre-upgrade kiss with Victor.) Let’s hope that pesky built-in psychoanalytic hallucination of hers doesn’t somehow convince her to abandon her new personna.
Remember Rainer from LOST GIRL Season 4? He was able to anticipate his opponent’s next move in battle. Nyx (Melanie Liburd), after engaging in swordfighting practice with Four, admitted to a similar ability (although she said she was not always right). She also made Three suspicious of her when she pushed him out of the way of falling debris before it began to fall, again indicating some sort of precognition.
Not only are the Raza crew being pursued by Alicia Reynaud (Inga Cadranel), they now have another hound on their trail. The idealistic GA Inspector Kierken (Kris Holden-Reid) has made it his personal mission to bring the lot of them to “justice”. Kierken briefly captures Four, but is forced to let him go after finding himself outgunned by his own landing craft, which Five and Six had commandeered.
Four walks in on The Android when she was practicing alone with swords, and asks what she’s doing. “My combat programming is extensive,” she says. “But it’s programming,” says Four. “You don’t need to practice. You can’t get any better.” (Even today’s computer programs can learn. Perhaps what Four meant is that The Android would need input from an opponent to improve.) The Android asks: “Is that the only reason you practice?”
FOUR: “No. It’s relaxing.”
ANDROID: “It makes me feel powerful.”
FOUR: “I was going to say ‘in control'”
ANDROID: “Same thing. Ever since I gave myself the upgrade, I find that when I repeat certain precise physical actions, it actually generates new and unusual patterns in my neural matrix.”
FOUR: “It changes your state of mind.”
ANDROID: “Something like that.”
The upgraded Android and Nyx’s arrival have turned Four into a much more interesting character. Last season he was a Spock-like figure, so detached and disciplined that imagining him in a relationship was difficult. Now that two crewmates share his enthusiasm for swordsmanship things are different. Perhaps last season’s stoicism was a result of isolation. He seems more emotionally open now.
OTHER STUFF — In an effort to unite the crew (and give Six the opportunity to demonstrate his loyalty) Two leads a successful expedition to find and kill Jace Corso. The doctor who patched up Six has some sort of drug dependency that no one else on the ship is aware of, and which may be the result of a traumatic incident in surgery. The best line of the episode came from Five: “We’re the ones being hunted. From the minute we stepped out of those stasis pods, we’ve been on the run. Cops, criminals, corporations, it doesn’t matter. They’re all after us. And they’re never gonna stop, are they? Then maybe it’s time we stopped running. Maybe it’s time we started fighting back.”
Melanie Liburd (Nyx Harper) will be Solema in DOUBLE PLAY, a film based on the Dutch-language novel by Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion (who died on 28 September 2015, the same day the film began production) about colonial unrest on Curaçao during the transition from Dutch colonial rule to autonomy. Though the book is set only in 1973, parts of the film are set in the present. Director Ernest Dickerson told Aramide A Tinubu of IndieWire: “Setting the film in two different time periods resolved some of the storylines that were left unresolved in the novel. But also, a lot of people have not heard about Curaçao, so it gave us the chance to bring people to modern day Curaçao and get them to see a little bit of the island, and then go back into the past. I think it’s a better way to introduce the story.” The English translation of the novel is available on Amazon. DOUBLE PLAY should be in theatres later this year.
Jordan Gray (bar patron) is Jessie’s boss in EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE PINK, the story of three New York City women who, on the first night of fall, are all looking for love, but in very different ways. (Jesse, played by Alexandra Turshin, is one of the three main characters, an advertising executive who searches for romance through computer dating.) The film had its world premiere last November at the 2015 Exground Filmfest in Weisbaden, Germany, but has not yet been released in North America. A tralier is available on Vimeo.
Shaun Sipos (Devon Taltherd) will be Luke in the romantic comedy FOR THE LOVE OF GEORGE, the story of a British woman who comes to Los Angeles after discovering her husband is cheating on her, with the idea of meeting George Clooney, her ultimate dream man. Through a funny series of near misses, she learns that she alone controls her destiny. Part of the film’s proceeds will go to the Not On Our Watch Project, a charity founded by George Clooney (and others). FOR THE LOVE OF GEORGE is expected to be released sometime in 2017.