Kate Corbett (Stacey in “Sweet Valkyrie High“) will be Moira’s soon-to-be-married daughter Bonnie in AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS, an adaptation of the award-winning 2005 novel by Joan Clark about a gifted but mentally ill woman (Carolina Bartczak) who loses her two young children after she leaves them unattended on an island near her summer home. Although they are rescued unharmed, Moira’s husband Duncan (Christopher Jacot) ends their marriage and takes the children back to Scotland, leaving her to struggle with her demons. Twenty years later, she is astonished to see her now-grown daughter Bonnie being interviewed by a local TV station about a lecture she is to give, and her upcoming wedding in Halifax, and Moira realizes that she must risk her precarious mental health, and make a surprise appearance at the wedding. Director Deanne Foley told Meghan McCabe of CBC News: “It’s just such an exquisite novel…It’s about a mother and her connection with her daughters, and a really complex relationship with her love and art and her career, and I think any woman can relate to that.”AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS wrapped shooting in Newfoundland in July, and will be released early in 2018. Continue reading →
Individual frames of CONTINUUM that stand alone well are quite rare. Here is Betty Robertson (Jennifer Spence) on her way to a meeting with Liber8. Best frame of the whole series.
Spence as Dr. Lisa Park of STARGATE: UNIVERSE
There is no longer any doubt that Kiera Cameron‘s original timeline is screwed. Kiera’s partner traveled back further in time (to 1975), married and had children. Entirely new people have been inserted into the continuum. At this point, the future Kiera left can only exist if causality is an illusion, or if any and every action by a time traveler has already been factored into a fixed future (everything has already happened and we just don’t know it yet.) So basically everybody can stop worrying about the timeline and do what they please.
Betty Robertson (Jennifer Spence) has been in every episode of CONTINUUM, and her character has done virtually nothing. This is about to change (Or so I am told. People in Canada get to see these episodes a few weeks before they arrive on SyFy.) Spence was one of the reasons I decided to watch CONTINUUM in the first place and I am pleased to hear that her character will become quite important in the next few episodes. Unlike Kiera Cameron, Betty Robertson is unattached and has potential for romantic entanglement.
Spence as Devin in EXES AND OHS
Spence was Lisa Park in STARGATE UNIVERSE, and Devin on EXES AND OHS. She will star, along with Helen Shaver and Gabrielle Miller, in a film called DOWN RIVER (to be released 1 September) , about the different reactions of three women to the departure of someone who was an important part of all their lives.
Magda Apanowicz as Ursula Wilson who was lured to the dark side in the 2007 film Devil’s Diary
It was also quite nice to see Magda Apanowicz (Caprica’s Lacy Rand) turn up as a love interest for young Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen). She might be a spy for Liber8 or a messenger from Sadler’s future self. What she will probably be is another underused character.
The amount of gun violence in CONTINUUM is astonishing, but there are few fatalities. You’d think with firing off those automatic weapons so much they’d occasionally hit someone. And Kira’s the only one wearing a super suit. Still, plenty of people get killed in the show. CTV’s MOTIVE, which is also set in present day Vancouver, has almost no gun violence. Maybe Detective Flynn only works the suburbs.
Lisa Allen (Kate Ross) seeks the investigative services of Bo and Kenzie.
It begins with Bo and Kenzie watching a horror flick on TV. When one of the victims in the film is attacked, Bo says “I could so have saved her.” Soon after that, Lisa (Kate Ross) knocks at their door and asks them to investigate strange goings on at a suburban development called Shady Glen. Bo needs something to distract her from relationship issues, so she and Kenzi agree. It turns out that their client Lisa is a dead duppy, duppies being Fae spirits who can be, according to Trick, invoked every 100 years for the purpose of murder. Three witches have been using this particular spirit to kill off men who have rejected them.
It seems reasonably possible that none of this actually happened. The entire Shady Glen experience may have been another illusion like the ones Bo experienced in the Temple during The Dawning, designed to teach Bo a lesson.
Eleanor (Melinda Deines), the first witch to die, vanishes into a red sparkly cloud
Here’s what makes me think this.
This episode and THE CEREMONY (in which Bo underwent The Dawning) were both directed by Lee Rose. Shady Glen is almost totally unpopulated. Despite the apparently pleasant weather, no one is outdoors, other than those with whom Bo is directly involved. When each witch dies, the body vanishes into a cloud of red sparkly stuff, leaving no remains. Bo failed to ask Dyson for a background check on any suspect. Susan Bates’ real estate sign in front of the house Bo and Kenzi look at has a phone number with a 416 area code. This area code has not included the Toronto suburbs since 1999.
Tamsin arrives at work drunk, but manages to give Dyson an idea.
The music from the Shady Glen carousel (which starts up as Bo approaches, but is empty of children) is The Wanderer, by Dion DiMucci. Caroline Parker (played by Gabrielle Miller), has a name quite similar to Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue‘s character in the 1987 film Adventures in Babysitting from which the episode derives its title.) Sam Evans is a character on GLEE. This supports the notion that Shady Glen was created for Bo and Kenzie from their TV watching experiences. Kenzie is drawn into the illusion much like Dyson was in the Temple.
Bo is on light duty this episode. She does no fighting, but a couple of human witches are no match for her. As the witches lose control over their duppy because of Bo’s touch, that malevolent voice we heard when Bo resurrected Dyson speaks through one of them, and says: “You know not your true strength, child, but soon you will, and the world will bow down before us.”
Anita (Miriam McDonald) the twin sister of Bridget who was killed in a previous episode.
Bo, Caroline Parker (Gabrielle Miller), and Susan Bates (Sadie LeBlanc) in the witches’ circle.
LISA THE DUPPY is herself a bit of a puzzle. Trick says: “Duppies don’t have chi, per se. They run on the energy of those who invoke them to kill” Then why does this particular one believe herself to be human? She is a Fae who died 100 years ago. Lisa seems to be thoroughly modern in both her language and her behaviour. And she accepts her death because she doesn’t want to live if she can’t be human. Her desire to be human is a bit odd. Trick was not present at Lisa’s death. Maybe that’s why he didn’t think Lisa to be particulary strange.
This episode’s best moment is the scene where Bo helps Lisa die. Bo offers to protect the Duppy from future invocations, saying that she will be around in 100 years, and in another 100 years as well and that this is the first time that she has said that out loud. Lisa says, strangely enough, that she doesn’t want to live if she can’t be human. This convinces Bo that she can’t rescue the girl and she drains the chi from her, ending her ‘life’. Bo has learned to accept her own relative immortality, and also the notion that she cannot rescue everyone. The performance by Kate Ross here is quite excellent.
Bo draws the last of the witches’ chi from Lisa, ending her artificial life.
Outside of Bo’s illusion, Anita (Miriam McDonald) goes to see Dyson at his office and tells him her twin sister is missing. Her twin (whose name we finally learn was Brenda) was Bo’s lover at the beginning of Faes Wide Shut. This causes Dyson to reopen the case of her sister’s death. Tamsin comes to work drunk, clearly upset at what she has done to Bo. In the course of his investigation, we find out that a Qarinah (a six-fingered Egyptian succubus), was responsible for the killings of which Bo had been a suspect, and Dyson finds a field full of buried fae corpses.
Page One of the file on Karen Beatty (aka Lauren Lewis). Note that she is 5’2″ tall. Zoie Palmer is 5’6″. Canada’s Information Commissioner is currently investigating allegations that the government is ‘muzzling’ its scientists.
Lauren, it turns out, is actually Karen Beatty, and is wanted by Interpol for activities involving protests against government suppression of scientific discoveries. This bit of information was uncovered by Dr. Taft, who tells Lauren he still wants her to join his research staff. Taft is a bit too good to be true. Lauren goes with him, leaving behind her phone. (The Ash could have Dyson easily trace its location.) It seems possible that she wants to find out just who this guy represents, and the only way to do that is to go along.
Not sure why Director Lee Rose is standing amid file boxes in this photo. Also not sure why she is wearing the number 29.
This is the fourth episode of LOST GIRL directed by Lee Rose. All four are among the best of the series.
John Paul Ruttan (Ethan) will be David Murphy in the remake of ROBOCOP due out in February 2014.
Miriam McDonald (Anita) who is a fitness instructor as well as an actor, last week posted a couple of instructional yoga videos on her YouTube channel.
Gabrielle Miller (Caroline Parker) was interviewed recently on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. She doesn’t talk about her appearance on LOST GIRL, but it is a quite interesting interview. Miller stars in the film DOWN RIVER, to be released in Canada on 1 September. The official website describes the film this way: Three women (a painter, a singer and an actor, all at various stages of their careers) are inspired to new heights by Pearl (Helen Shaver), a charismatic and caring older woman who lives in their building. But when Pearl dies, the women are forced to overcome their fears and prevail on their own.