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.
DARK MATTER – Season 3 Episodes 5 and 6 – SPOILERS
Android and alt-Android work out a deal to end the standoff between the alt-Raza crew and the Raza.
While searching for a very important data file, Maro, Two, and Three become trapped in one of Tabor Calchek’s safe houses. The Android rescues them by offering the guard droid (Michael Ayres) the same upgrade she obtained from Victor. She intends to let him decide whether to accept the upgrade, but Three is in a hurry and stuns the droid, leaving the upgrade chip behind so that the droid (who posesses no personal designation) can decide about it later. The guard droid had already attempted (unsuccessfully) to contact Calchek, and his messages could have been intercepted. Revealing herself in this way could come back to bite The Android, and may be the reason she is eventually apprehended by the Galactic Authority. (see previous post)
Three seems to be increasingly and obviously attracted to The Android. Possibly his new relationship with Virtual Sarah has been a positive influence on him. The Android, since her upgrade, has flirted with Three on at least two occasions (see episodes 2.4 and 2.7).
The Raza is hunting the data file for two reasons. Two wants it because it contains information about a secret Ferrous Corp shipyard. Maro wants it so he can rescue Ambrosia (Anna Hopkins). It turns out that the duplicitous Ambrosia is such a disappointment to Maro that he decides to leave the Raza. Solara leaves with him. Two gets the data file.
Solara (Ayisha Issa) tells Five a bit of her personal history. She grew up in a monastery. “I was a prioress of the Seventh Order of Chandarity,” she says. “Under the protection of the Abbot of Daro.” Though they were trained in the martial arts, the monks (who subscribed to a pacifist philosophy) fell victim to bandits, and all of them died. Solara describes what happened. “I was on a pilgrimage to a nearby shrine, and while I was gone, some bandits broke into the temple and stole some very valuable manuscripts. They killed everybody inside the place. I guess they didn’t want to leave any witnesses. You know, I must have just missed them, because when I got back, the bodies were still warm. I tracked the bandits into the woods, Then I waited till nightfall. I snuck into their camp and and I slit all of their throats while they were sleeping.”
Five (Jodelle Ferland) and The Android have the best fashion sense of anyone on the Raza. Reproductions of what they wear should be made generally available.
It is a bit suspicious that Solara should return so soon after the monks were killed, but it might have happened that way. It is even more suspicious that a person who spent her entire life in a monastery would so easily abandon pacifist principles and not only kill several people, but do so by stealth. This is the work of an experienced assassin, not the prioress of an abbey.
The church still makes a distinction between a prior and a prioress in the DARK MATTER universe.
We find out that the entire crew of the alt-Raza hitched a ride to the Raza’s universe in the alt-Marauder. Alt-Two hijacks a Zairon warship, double-crosses Truffault, and steals some missiles that were supposed to be delivered. Two gets back on the good side of Truffault after recovering Mikkei’s missiles. Alt-Two then makes an alliance with Ferrous Corp. This potentially places Two and alt-Two on opposite sides of a war.
What alt-Android sees from the bridge of the stolen Zairon ship during the confrontation between Five and alt-Tash. That flamingo shirt must have sentimental value. . .
Five tries to be reasonable with alt-Tash who is threatening to destroy the Raza, and fails because alt-Tash doesn’t care if two of her crew mates die in the process. Fortunately, alt-Android is very reasonable, and shoots alt-Tash in the back. In this scene, Five wears the mysterious flamingo shirt. (There is likely a market for reproductions of the outfits worn by Jodelle Ferland and Zoie Palmer on DARK MATTER. Someone should make them available.)
Six seems to (unknowingly) be Agent Zero, Ferrous Corp’s secret weapon against the Independent Colonies. When the Raza returns to Cepheus-8 for a visit, scans from orbit show no communications activity and a lot of dead bodies on the ground. It might be that Six was (at some point in his past) made into a biological weapon by Ferrous Corp (in conjunction with either The General or the Galactic Authority). Could it be that, when activated, Six’s body manufactures a deadly airborne pathogen to which he is immune, and which becomes inert after a specified time period?
Ennis Esmer (Wexler) will be Charlie Durant in the science-fiction drama CLARA, the story of astronomer Issac Bruno (Patrick J. Adams), a man obsessed with finding extraterrestrial life while his personal life collapses around him. Then he meets Clara (Troian Bellisario), a young research assistant. As Clara brings more balance to Issac’s life, the two work together to make a profound scientific discovery. Writer/director Akash Sherman says that the film aims to deliver on scientific accuracy, “while telling a distinctly human and emotional story of self-discovery and love”. CLARA is currently filming in Toronto.
Naomi Snieckus interviews Inga Cadranel for Episode 19 of Firecracker Department
Jessica Sipos (Tash) will be Sarah Mercer in seven episodes of the second season of CHESAPEAKE SHORES. Sipos’ character will make her first appearance in Episode 2.2, titled “Deals Undone”, in which Mick nervously faces a failing business deal; Abby is subpoenaed in the investigation against Wes; Kevin recovers from his fall at home while at the same time struggling to define his future with Georgia (Ali Liebert); and Trace learns the warehouse property is still in reach. The first season can be streamed on the Hallmark Channel website. Season Two premieres Sunday 6 August at 9/8c on The Hallmark Channel.
Naomi Snieckus has launched FIRECRACKER DEPARTMENT, a podcast designed to spotlight women in the entertainment industry. In Episode one, Snieckus interviewed character actor Jayne Eastwood. Her guest for the second episode was Annie Murphy of SCHITT’S CREEK, and, in Episode Three (due out 13 March) she will talk to Tommie-Amber Pirie, who also appeared on LOST GIRL. (Pirie is currently Claire Webb in the CBC drama MICHAEL EVERY DAY.) Snieckus told Steve Gow of Toronto Metro News: “A firecracker is someone who is unabashed, somebody who is unapologetic. They’re bright and loud and bold and they’re all the women that I talk to.” New episodes of FIRECRACKER DEPARTMENT happen every Monday on iTunes.
Tammy Gillis as Claire in John Barnard’s film MENORCA, which will next screen at Cinequest in San Jose on 10 March at 4pm
Tammy Gillis will be Lindsay in TINY HOUSE OF TERROR, which stars Nazneen Contractor and Francia Raisa as two sisters, one of whom (it hasn’t been revealed which yet), sells her large, high-tech house (after the mysterious disappearance of her husband) and buys a smaller place that is definitely low-tech, and in the middle of nowhere. Her new lifestyle quickly becomes life-threatening. TINY HOUSE OF TERROR completed filming in Kelowna, B.C. at the end of February, and should air later this year on Lifetime.
THE ARRANGEMENT premiered on E! on 5 March. (The first episode is free from iTunes.) According to IMDB, Gillis will be Jen in Episodes five and six of that series. Episode five is scheduled to air 2 April at 10pm.
Hannah Anderson, Katie Boland, Hermione Norris, Anna Chancellor, and John Hannah in a scene from LOVE OF MY LIFE
And Gillis also appears in JUST DESERTS, the fifth film in Hallmark’s MURDER SHE BAKED series. Hannah Swensen (Alison Sweeney) is thrilled when she is chosen as a guest for the first Eden Lake Dessert Bake-Off, but when fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson (Douglas Chapman), is found murdered, Swensen once again takes it upon herself to find the killer. JUST DESERTS will premiere on The Hallmark Channel on 26 March at 9pm.
Ali Liebert does some dimensional tripping and meets herself in the 2016 short film COLLIDER, which is available on YouTube. . .
Ali Liebert will be Detective Nickole Bilson in TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, which is about Jane Sadler (played by Kyra Sedgwick), an overworked television producer and single mother whose young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Nickole Bilson is described as “blue collar and plain-spoken”, a tough and experienced detective who often assists on the Sadler case. Written by Tassie Cameron (co-creator of ROOKIE BLUE), the series is currently in production and will premiere on ABC sometime later this year.