Michelle Nolden (Freyja in “Sweet Valkyrie High“) will be Sara West (John’s deceased wife) in NORTHERN RESCUE a new CBC and Netflix family adventure series that follows John West (William Baldwin), who, after the death of his wife, uproots his three children from the big city and returns to his home town to take command of the local Search and Rescue service. The children’s Aunt Charlotte (Kathleen Robertson), struggles to help John and his children heal as she copes with the loss of her sister. Gail Harvey (who directed “There’s Bo Place Like Home“) will direct two of the ten first season episodes. NORTHERN RESCUE began shooting in and around Parry Sound, Ontario in June, and all episodes will be available to stream on the CBC app in December. The show will be broadcast on CBC sometime in 2019. Continue reading →
The Android gets a name, but not right away. There are stories involving the Ishida Research Facility, time travel, a Ferrous Corp shipyard, and an alternate universe. Five has a new look (Goth chic). Three new recurring cast members join the show. They are: Ayisha Issa as Solara Shockley, Mishka Thébaud as Adrian Maro, and Andrew Moodie as Teku Fonsei. (The nature of these three characters is, so far, a well-guarded secret.) There are two comedic episodes, and two episodes will be directed by women.
Showrunner Joseph Mallozzi had fans vote on episode titles for Season Three and the alternative titles he offered on the ballot are interesting hints as to what the episodes might be about. He’s dropped plenty of other hints about Season Three. The list below contains speculations based on what has been revealed so far.
3.1 – “Being Better is So Much Harder”
Alt titles: “The Costs Are Always Personal” and “Welcome Back”
Directed by Ron Murphy
Guest stars: Ray Galletti as a GA Officer, Lorne Monroe as a Ferrous Corp leader, and Ken Linton as a “rebel”.
In Episode 1.1, the crew woke from stasis without their memories. Episode 2.1 had them waking in the Hyperion-8 prison, unaware of how they got there. Where will the crew find themselves after the explosive destruction of EOS-7 that ended Season Two? The first alternate title suggests that at least one member of the crew suffered a loss.
3.2 – “It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This”
Alt titles: “Smash and Grab – Just My Style” and “There’s More to Holding an Empire Together Than Weapons and Ships”
Directed by Bruce McDonald
Guest Stars: Kiana Madeira as Lyra and Jean Yoon as Dr. Hajeck.
This will air immediately following Episode 3.1 on 9 June and so it is likely a continuation of that. The use of the word ‘Empire’ suggests that Four might be involved, and Mallozzi dropped a hint that there’s “big trouble” on The Marauder. Bruce McDonald also directed the second episode of Season Two. (Kiana Madeira will also be Poppy in episode 2.6 of WYNONNA EARP, titled “Whiskey Lullaby”.)
‘The General’ appeared in Episode 1.6. He was the guy who planned and carried out the bombing of Hyadum-12 and made Six unknowingly complicit in it. Despite his best efforts, Six failed to kill The General in Episode 1.8.
3.4 – “All the Time In the World”
Alt titles: “Tomorrow is a New Day – I Hope” and “Be Right Back”
Directed by Ron Murphy
Guest star: Michael Reventar as Ash
3.5 – “Give It Up, Princess”
Alt titles: “A Walk In the Park” and “Too Slow, Let’s Go”
Directed by J.B. Sugar
Mallozzi called this episode “a manic adventure chock full of action, humor, bittersweet character moments, and The Android’s most bizarre undercover guise yet”. (The title is the second reference to ‘Princess’ in the series. Five once dreamed about being a Princess who gouged out people’s eyes, but she was channeling Four’s memories at the time.)
3.6 – “One Last Card to Play”
Alt titles: “I’ve Already Killed You Once” and “My Place Is Here”
Directed by Gail Harvey
Jessica Sipos reprises the role of Tash, who was killed by Two near the end of Season One, so it is reasonable to speculate that Season Three Tash is from an alternate universe. (Maybe she was the one piloting the altverse Marauder in Episode 2.8.) Mishka Thébaud appears as Adrian Maro. (He also appears in the previous three episodes.)
3.7 – “Wish I Could Believe You”
Alt titles: “Someone’s Whole World” and “This Isn’t Like You”
Directed by Paul G. Day
In which an unspecified character makes a surprising discovery about their past. Mallozzi calls this one “a real head spinner” and it has one of the few Season Three props that Mallozzi takes the time to mention specifically, a helmet. He even tells us who designed the thing (On Set Key Props Lisa Amaral Wright), but he does not reveal what it does.
John Stead also directed Episode 2.4, “We Were Family”, in which The Android met Victor, and he gave her the upgrade chip. It’s a fair bet that this is another one about The Android, who is very fond of hot chocolate. Judging by that and the alt titles, it could be that someone from the android underground will get in touch and attempt to convince The Android to leave The Raza.
3.9 – “Isn’t That A Paradox?”
Alt titles: “Only A Matter of Time” and “I Want to See the Future”
Directed by Craig David Wallace
This one is set in a fictional small town that Mallozzi refers to as Fort Falls, Wisconsin. He describes the episode as “Back to the Future meets Stranger Things”, and it seems likely that it involves time travel. The story also involves bicycles, and blueberry pie. Tomaso Sanelli guest stars as someone named Jake.
3.10 – “Built Not Born”
Alt titles: “Our Time Will Come” and “Someone to Help You Find Your Way”
Directed by Melanie Orr
The Android gets a name. (We haven’t been told what name.) The title, “Built Not Born”, could refer to Two as well. Guest stars are Paolo Mancini as Arn, and Willa Milner as Anya. (The names Arn and Anya make the two sound like they might be brother and sister.)
3.11 – “The Dwarf Star Conspiracy”
Alt titles: “Ours For the Taking” and “Your Time Will Come”
Directed by Steve DiMarco
Dwarf Star Technologies has been a part of two previous episodes (1.12 and 2.9). Both of those episodes involve Two (aka Rebecca) and her creator, Alexander Rook (Will Wheaton). Steve DiMarco also directed the Two-centered Episode 2.3.
3.12 – “My Final Gift To You”
Alt Titles: “The Way Things Used to Be” and “How Much Hope You Got?”
Directed by Bruce McDonald
On 24 March, Mallozzi blogged: “Read-thru for Episode 312 today. Boy, A LOT happens in this episode. And it’s chock full of surprising revelations. Not just one or two or even three, but four BIG secrets are revealed!”
3.13 – “Nowhere to Go”
“We Could Use a Little Help On This One” and “Our One and Only Shot”
Directed by Ron Murphy
Guest Star: Michael Boisvert as a Ferrous Corp officer.
From those titles, it seems that the season might end
on a note of quiet desperation.
The first two seasons of DARK MATTER can be streamed on Netflix (US).
DARK MATTER Season Two will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 13 June.
DARK MATTER Season Three will begin with two back-to-back episodes on SyFy (US), and Space Channel in Canada on 9 June at 8/7c. (Subsequent episodes will air Fridays at 9/8c.)
On SyFy International channels, each Season Three episode will be followed by an aftershow called AFTER DARK, which will be hosted by Zoie Palmer.
Eric Roberts (Bo’s dad in LOST GIRL Season Five) is Wendell Garfield, and Katie Boland (The Morrigan’s assistant in LG episode 2.6) is his daughter in the suspense thriller NEVER SAW IT COMING, based on the 2013 novel by Linwood Barclay (who also wrote the screenplay) about a fairly successful fradulent psychic (Keisha Ceylon, played by Emily Hampshire) who gets close enough to the truth with her fakery to make a kidnapper nervous. (In the book, Garfield is targeted by Ceylon after she reads about the mysterious disappearance of his wife, who went shopping one day and never returned.) Maria del Mar (Donna in Fae Gone Wild) is also in the cast, and the film is directed by Gail Harvey, who directed five LOST GIRL episodes. NEVER SAW IT COMING began production in Sudbury, Ontario at the end of March and is expected to be completed by late summer.
Meghan Heffern (Tabitha in in Fae-de to Black) is Julia and Steven Yaffee (Earl in School’s Out) is Marlow in BEST SELLING MURDER, the tale of Hannah, a once celebrated novelist who makes a comeback with a pulp crime serial that posts new chapters to subscriber’s devices every week. The initial release is a modest success but the work becomes a massive hit after a real life murder happens that is strikingly similar to Hannah’s story. The original title was SERIALIZED, but it aired in France last month with the title Abonnée au crime, and now has been re-titled BEST SELLING MURDER and will air in the US Wednesday 5 April at 4pm on Lifetime Movie Network. A trailer is available on Vimeo
Anthony Sherwood (Light Fae Elder in two Season 5 LG episodes) will be Marcus Flynn in the seventh episode of TAKEN, titled “Solo”. Also, Rob Archer (Kenzi’s friend Bruce) will appear as a trucker, and Simon Northwood (Key Guardian in The Ceremony) will show up as a bearded tourist. The series is the origin story of Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson’s character in the Taken film trilogy). In the episode, Bryan (Clive Standen) is taken during the team’s efforts to thwart a weapons operation, and the team attempts a daring rescue. “Solo” is due to air on Monday 10 April at 10pm on NBC.
Jessica Huras (The Morrigan’s receptionist) has an as yet unspecified role in DELTA VENUS a drama which follows four female millenials struggling with such things as monogamy, heteronormativity, submission, and sexual discretion. The film’s four writer/directors (Sofia Banzhaf, Nicole Dorsey, Karen Harnisch, and Kristin Lapensée) are all from Toronto, and all four also appear in the film. Harnish said that the film will deal with the tropes that have become synonymous with millenials. “…ubiquity of social media, recreational abuse of prescription and hard drugs, a prevalence of mood disorders, to name a few examples, are all addressed in Delta Venus. We wanted to veer from the characterization of the “Millenial” as affectless and entitled; instead striving to trace and trouble the social origins underlying these stereotypes.” Among the perks offered on the DELTA VENUS Indiegogo Page is a digital download of Co-Director Sofia Banzhaf’s novella Pony Castle.