Siobhán Williams (Steph in “Walking After Midnight“) will play Stevie Case, one of the first well-known female gamers, in the USA Network pilot for MASTERS OF DOOM, a series based on the 2004 book by David Kushmer that told the true story of how John Carmack and John Romero escaped the broken homes of their youth and created the 90s video game sensations Doom and Quake. In the pilot, John Romero will be played by Eduardo Franco, and Patrick Gibson will play Carmack. Stevie Case was the first professional gamer signed to the Cyberathlete Professional League, and famously won a Quake deathmatch against Romero in 1997. She is now a regional sales director at Twilio in San Francisco. MASTERS OF DOOM is intended to be the first installment in an anthology series focusing on important moments in the development of the video game industry. Continue reading →
DARK MATTER – Season 3 Episodes 5 and 6 – SPOILERS
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.”
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.
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.
Inga Cadranel (Alicia Reynaud in four Season 2 episodes) is interviewed at length in episode 19 of the Firecracker Department Podcast, hosted by Naomi Snieckus. The podcast is one hour and twenty-two minutes long and well worth the listen. (Snieckus and Cadranel have known each other for a long time.) Others in the DARK MATTER cast who have been interviewed by Firecracker Podcast are Zoie Palmer and Tommie-Amber Pirie. The podcast is a free download from iTunes.
The DARK MATTER panel at San Diego Comic Con will be on Thursday, 20 July at 8:15pm in Room 6DE. Cast members participating will be Jodelle Ferland, Alex Mallari, Jr., Anthony Lemke, and Melissa O’Neil.
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.
WYNONNA EARP – Season 1 Episode 12 – SPOILERS
This episode’s title, House of Memories, is also the title of a song by Panic! at the Disco. The song, which talks about memories and daydreams, seem appropriate to the story.
Dolls and Wynonna kiss. (They are interrupted almost immediately by Doc.) Nicole and Waverly kiss, which distracts Waverly allowing Willa to go and meet Bobo. Bobo and Willa don’t kiss, but clearly want to. They walk away, hand in hand, into a misty Purgatory night. The scene of all this kissing, both potential and real, is a party which takes place 24 hours before the winter solstice, and to which Bobo has invited the whole town. Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) arrived late and through a window because no guns are allowed and she’s smuggling in Peacemaker.
Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon) arrived even later, having been held captive by Big Bubba (Josh Bertwistle) (brother of the late Vinne the Vulture), from whom he learned some details of Bobo’s plan. Not only did Doc need to escape his bonds and dispatch Bubba, he needed to find a suit to wear to the party. (Most probably Doc waylaid someone about his size who was on his way the the festivities and stole his clothes.)
Wynonna was also late because she started remembering things, like overhearing a conversation between her father and Bobo, and another exchange between herself and Willa about hiding a letter from Wyatt Earp (which led her to remember where the letter had been concealed). The letter explained how Wyatt came to be cursed (he killed Clootie’s demon husband). One suspects the letter might contain some way of thwarting Bobo’s planned exit from the Triangle.
Back in 2000, Ward Earp (Patrick MacEachern) agreed to walk Bobo out of the Triangle on the winter solstice, which would end the curse, and the September attack on the Earp homestead was staged to cover Ward’s actions. Bobo wasn’t supposed to, but likely took Willa as insurance against a double-cross. Wynonna was not supposed to shoot Ward, but she did. Why Bobo attacked in September when he could not make his exit until the end of December is a mystery.
Earlier in the episode, Bobo paid a visit to the Earp fenceline and gave Willa (Natalie Krill) an origami swan before Waverly chased him away. This meant nothing to Willa, but made Waverly remember a bird sanctuary not far away. She and Willa go there and find the treehouse where Willa had been imprisoned after her abduction. This triggers even more memories, and Willa recalls being rescued (or stolen) from Bobo by Constance Clootie (Rayisa Kondracki), who also wiped Willa’s memories, and presumably delivered her to Lou and his cult.
Robert Svane, to whom Wyatt’s letter was written, might be Bobo, because Willa calls him Robert at episode’s end before the two of them walk away into the night. Robert was a “close confidant” of Wyatt Earp at one time. For him to have become a revenant, Wyatt must have shot him for some reason or other. A low tolerance for mistakes by his friends would kind of fit with what we have seen of Wyatt’s reaction to Doc’s dealings with the Stone Witch. But Bobo could be another Robert entirely.
STRAY THOUGHTS:: Willa was not wrong. Coconut oil does work as a topical anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. — Neadley called for backup, probably to the Provincial Police. It seems likely that Black Badge will assert jurisdiction. — Poisoning an unopened bottle of champagne is very hard to do. Most likely the poison was in the glasses. — Dolls still hasn’t explained to Wynonna about the blue liquid he needs to inject himself with from time to time. — Willa has Peacemaker.
Stacie Harrison (face-peeling woman) will be Sheila in THE GREAT FEAR, a science fiction film about a farmer named Victor (Gerrick Winston) who has his cattle taken away by a giant agricultural conglomerate. Left with little income, he decides to rent out one of his homes. He and the tenant (Alana Hawley) begin to hit it off, and then the townspeople begin to fall ill. Director Iain Laird says the film tells a story with parallels to the panic at the beginning of the French Revolution. Laird told Therese Schultz of Beatroute Magazine: “When I create something I try to shed some light on something that interests me or that upsets me, or something that I find beautiful, and I try to wrap that all into the structure of what I write. With TGF, I don’t want to consider it as much of a protest piece as much as it is showing the effects and the possible effects of what we are going through today in our agribusiness-dominated society. I do know that the core of my story is about connection between people.” The film is set in Montana, but was filmed in Canada and Japan. A trailer is available on Vimeo.
Katherine Barrell (Nicole) will be Violet Walker in GOLIATH, which is about a mystery that develops when Robin Walker (sister of Violet, played by Jessica Sipos) returns from her father’s funeral. An estranged relative turns up causing an old secret to resurface. Writer and Director Luke Villemaire described the story: “This film is about forgiveness. Not just forgiving others but forgiving yourself. The only way to get anywhere in life is to look forward. Forget about the things you did wrong. You’ve learned from them. Now take those lessons and power on.” GOLIATH is expected to be released in September, 2017.
The music playing when Bobo and Willa get together at episode’s end is The Storm, an unreleased track by Lindsey Lee Taylor. Written by Stephen R. Phillips, Tim P., and Lindsey Lee, The Storm was also recently featured on the CW’s REIGN (Season 3 Episode 12).