Emily Piggford (Yoki in “A Skinner, Darkly“) will be Esther Ishikawa in THE SOUNDS, an eight-episode psychological thriller set on New Zealand’s South Island, starring Rachelle Lefevre and Matt Whelan as Maggie and Tom Cabbott, a married couple who relocate to a small town to escape the oppressive influence of Tom’s father. Piggford described the show and her character to Sandy Lo of StarShine Magazine: “It centers around Maggie Cabbott as she deals with the fallout when her husband Tom goes missing, leaving more loose ends than just the fishery he was setting up in the Marlborough Sounds. Everyone in the town gets tangled in the web and my character is sent by Tom’s family to try and get to the bottom of things.” Created and written by best-selling Kiwi author Sarah-Kate Lynch, THE SOUNDS will screen on Sky TV in New Zealand, and on CBC in Canada. Acorn TV will premiere the show in the US in the spring. Continue reading →
No non-human animal life, not even an insect, is shown in any KILLJOYS episode. This is not terribly surprising, because Westerley and Leith were terraformed by the Qreshi, Given self-pollinating plant life, there would be no reason for animals to be introduced. It should be noted that both episodes in which animal references occurred were written by Emily Andras. The only mention of animals is in the two quotes below.
“I’ll bet a bird flew into the grid again.”
“Ever go hunting for parson, out in the badlands? Sneaky little thing, but if you manage to catch one, you break its wings, throw it out onto the sand, and watch all its little friends come running.”
The only mention of meat on KILLJOYS is the quote (below) from Jenny the surrogate.
“It takes a lot of sacrifices to be fit for service. No booze no boys no flesh, not even bacon.”
It seems possible that residents of The Quad are, for the most part, vegetarians. There is no hint of anyone raising livestock for food. The ‘flesh’ (including bacon) referred to might well be imported from outside the system. The technology to grow meat without raising the entire animal also exists. If Pawter can quickly grow a new ear for Johnny (THE HARVEST) she could as easily grow him a steak.
While people in The Quad drink quite a bit, examples of eating on the show are few and far between. In fact, we only see food consumed on screen twice. The first time is in Episode 3, THE HARVEST, when both Johnny and Shyla (Hannah Anderson) eat some of Dutch’s chocolates. The second instance is in Episode 4 (VESSEL), when Johnny consumes the last two bites of what might be a sandwich.
The only alcoholic beverages shown in Season One are two kinds of beer (Pumpkin and Algae), and several brands of hokk. In Episode Three we get a look at the hokk harvest and see that hokk is picked by migrant workers, making it likely to be a berry or fruit, not a grain. When Dutch tastes one of Martell’s varieties in THE HARVEST, she describeS it as “peppery, with hints of citrus, and, if I”m not mistaken, vanilla”. One might infer from this that hokk is a wine and that it has a high alcohol content, since it is served in much the same way as whiskey. Pree (Thom Allison) saves two bottles of ’60 year old dry pressed hokk’ from his doomed bar in the season finale.
Of actors credited with appearing in two or fewer episodes, 58 were male, and 28 were female.
No KILLJOYS episode was directed by a woman.
Clara Pasieka (Vena in THE SUGAR POINT RUN) is now Amy Dudley, wife of Lord Robert Dudley, the first Earl of Leicester, on the CW’s REIGN. Her character debuted in the first episode of Season Three. Pasieka is also Caleigh in THE MARKET, a film based on the hit play by Bobby Del Rio (who also directs the movie). It’s about a plot to crash the financial markets and steal twelve billion dollars. No word yet on a release date.
Sarah Power (Pawter Sims) stars as Olivia Bletcher in THE HEXACUTIONERS, a film about two young women, Malison and Olivia, who work for a company that specializes in euthanasia. Dispatched to a remote location to perform an assisted suicide, they inadvertently summon the spirits of deceased members of a cult. ORPHAN BLACK’s Ari Millen is also in the cast. THE HEXECUTIONERS will have its world premiere at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival on 21 October. The trailer is available on YouTube.
George Tchortov (Martell in THE HARVEST) will reprise the role of Evgeni in LAST OF THE ENFORCERS, the sequel to GOON, which should be in theatres sometime next year.
KILLJOYS – Season 1 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
DUTCH (to Johnny): “Stop being friends with everyone you sleep with. It’s just weird.”
N’oa (Elena Juatco) is a sex worker whose time Johnny has paid for, but he just wants to talk because he’s worried about work stuff. N’oa talks him into helping her get her husband Vincent back from Leith before his work visa expires and the penalty for that gets transferred to her. On Westerley, criminals are sentenced to mine yttrium, a rare-earth element, the inhalation of which causes lung disease.
Another great side character was introduced, to go along with Lucy, Pree, and Bellus Haardy. Pawter Sims (Sarah Power) is the only RAC certified doctor in Old Town, and D’Avin needs a doctor to sign off on his psych evaluation so that he can officially become a Killjoy. Sims was raised on Qresh, but The Company threatened to suspend her medical license unless she left the planet. Just why, we haven’t been told yet.
Leith was colonized after Westerley, and many of the people who settled on Leith were distant relations of the nine families that control The Company. Plantation owner Martell tells Dutch (who is undercover as a Qreshian noblewoman) that most of Qresh was submerged by the time his father had come of age, and therefore there was no land for him to inherit there. Last episode, we learned that the surface of Qresh is fifty percdnt water, but apparently that was not always true. It could be that the planet once had icecaps.
Martell (George Tchortov) tests Dutch’s cover with an impromptu wine tasting. Dutch passes the test by correctly identifying the vintage and describing the wine’s flavour. There are some unusual things about the tasting. The glass in which the wine is presented to her is not stemware. She gives the wine a cursory swirl, takes a rather substantial gulp, and swallows almost immediately. This must be normal procedure in The Quad.
After the tasting, Dutch gets Martell into bed but interrupts the act with the equivalent of a Vulcan neck pinch (though it isn’t as long lasting) to access information on Martell’s computer. During this pseudo-romantic interlude, Martell asks: “What about these bruises? Are they nothing? What high born Qreshan woman has these scars?” “I Like to play rough,” she explains, identifying one of the scars in question as the result of “a long night and an even longer whip.”
The team locates its quarry in the woods growing a potent and illegal drug called jack. Aware that his computer has been hacked, Martell has reported his own drug operation to the authorities as though he knew nothing about it, and defoliation ships have been dispatched to wipe it out. Shyla and the others decide to suicidally remain behind as Dutch and John take Vincent (Stephano DiMatteo) away. Are the yttrium mines that bad?
D’Avin passes his psych evaluation because the doc promised and she keeps her word. She tells him that he should seek treatment.
D’AVIN: “What about you. Can you treat me?”
D’AVIN: “I don’t like most doctors. I like you.”
PAWTER: “What’s in it for me?”
Elena Juatco (N’oa) also sings. Last March, she released a nine track album titled BEYOND THIS LINE which is currently available on iTunes and Amazon. Juatco is Dr. Scarlet McWhinnie in the YTV show OPEN HEART, the season one finale of which aired on 31 March.
In The Quad, Pumpkin Beer comes in a fat bottle with a picture of a pumpkin on the outside. (Algae beer, featured in the first two episodes of KILLJOYS, comes in normal sized bottles.) Pumpkin beer is an actual thing, a seasonal, spiced brew, widely available in the fall. According to The Great Canadian Beer Snob, the highest rated is Russel Happy Jack Pumpkin Ale, brewed in Surrey, B.C.