Kiana Madeira (Poppy in “Whiskey Lullaby“) will be Clara in LEVEL 16, a dystopian science fiction thriller about sixteen-year-old Vivien (Katie Douglas), who finds herself trapped in a prison-like boarding school called The Vestalis Academy, run by Dr. Miro, played by Peter Outerbridge (Captain Martins on THE EXPANSE). Vivien keeps to herself until she is reunited with Sophia (Celena Martin), a former friend who once betrayed her. Together, the girls begin to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment (Sophia has discovered that they are being sedated nightly without their knowledge) and the two are soon running for their lives. LEVEL 16 is written and directed by award winning filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy. Production began in Toronto in October, and the film should be ready for release in March, 2018. Continue reading →
DARK MATTER – Season 3 Episodes 11 & 12 – SPOILERS
Aliens from a nearly dead nearby universe who feed on entropy want to move into this one. Dwarf Star is building bodies for them, so they can infiltrate human society and take over the galaxy. The Android Liberation Front has included a message in the latest system upgrade urging androids everywhere to overthrow the anthroparchy and take over the galaxy, the very thing that Ferrous Corp. is trying to accomplish for itself by waging war with all the other corporations.
The aliens communicate who and what they are to Three (who was previously possessed by one of them), and Three‘s unconscious mind pictures the alien initially as Five, then as The Android, Two, and Six. Alien-Five tells him: “Your mind is too primitive to grasp what we are, too frightened of the truth, so it seeks the comfort of familiar images.” (Jodelle Ferland is really scarily great as alien-Five.) Continue reading →
WYNONNA EARP – Season 2 Episode 4 – SPOILERS
The episode’s title, She Ain’t Right, might come from a song of the same name by Lee Brice that begins this way:
“She got her daddy’s tongue and temper
Sometimes her mouth could use a filter
God shook his head the day he built her
Oh, but I bet he smiled.”
In the fifties, Purgatory had an annual fair, complete with ferris wheel. These days, the town has a jazz club called Ba Ding, Ba Ding that seems to be run by demons, and (according to Waverly) the town is very close to getting a vegetarian restaurant.
The demon that possessed Waverly and the demons that replaced the Gardner sisters have distinctly different appetites. We find out that Waverly’s demonic possession can be transferred through a kiss. The demon had an opportunity (last episode) to kiss Tucker Gardner (Caleb Ellsworth-Clark) and transfer the demon to his body, but didn’t. It waited for an opportunity and transferred itself to Wynonna. The spirit of the black goo still hasn’t done anything terribly evil. It just seems to want to have fun.
The Gardner family demons, on the other hand, are quite nasty. They tell Tucker that he was the reason they chose his sisters for disguises. (They apparently peeled the skin from the sisters’ heads and are wearing it like masks. It seems that Beth and Mercedes must be kept alive for this masquerade to work.) Faux Mercedes tells Tucker: “You’re too angry and too dark to be locked up. You need space to let your darkness grow. We intend to nurture your prowess.”
There are many food references in this episode. Wherever demons normally reside, the food apparently isn’t so good. Faux Mercedes is amazed by the taste of bacon. The Black Badge courier handcuffed to Edwin Earp’s briefcase pilfers a croissant shortly before he gets his hand chopped off. Agent Haught is unhappy with her gluten-free pizza lunch. And what Grandpappy Earp hid in that briefcase is a plate. Sure it’s a commemorative one, but it’s also kind of food-related. Dark Waverly’s fondness for pilfering shiny things is discovered when Wynonna finds cutlery in her coat pocket.
Edwin Earp‘s briefcase is made of a very durable material, and has a combination lock. The combination, however, is not very hard to figure out. it’s Edwin’s birthday (18 June 1940). Waverly was able to google that information, so why, once they discovered whose briefcase it was, couldn’t the fellow who stole the thing manage that bit of research? He could have used Wynonna’s phone to google Edwin, but it seems he did not have the patience. (Or perhaps he expected a more obscure combination.) All that was found inside the briefcase was a carefully preserved commemorative plate from the 1952 Purgatory Fair. Conflict over ownership of the briefcase resulted in two severed hands, one belonging to a Black Badge agent and the other belonging to Waverly. (Waverly’s grew back. Apparently demonic possession enables regrowth of limbs.) WYNONNA EARP is now tied with LOST GIRL in severed hands depicted with three.
Dolls breathes fire. Does he secrete a flammable fluid, or does he rely on methane buildup in the stomach for fuel? The spark could come from grinding his teeth, if he has fillings.
The upshot of all this is that Dolls is back to normal, as is Waverly. Wynonna is possessed by the spirit of the black goo, and can’t use Peacemaker anymore. The Gardner sisters, Beth and Mercedes, are hidden in a closet and probably in a lot of pain, while two facsimiles of them cultivate Tucker’s “prowess” (whatever that might be).
When Rosita (Tamara Duarte) made a pass at Jeremy (Varun Saranga) he declined (as expected), but he was very clear about not wanting to give Agent Dolls (who was on a cot across the room) the “wrong idea”. It seems that Jeremy might have a crush on Dolls.
Will Agent Lucado (who is now out of favour with everyone) try to capture Dolls to redeem herself in the eyes of Black Badge? Will Jeremy find true love in Purgatory? What will Wynonna do with Waverly? Will she hide her in the treehouse that Bobo once used for that purpose? If peacemaker doesn’t work for Wynonna, will it work for Waverly? If it does, will that prove she’s an Earp?
The WYNONNA EARP panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con will be Saturday 22 July at 2:30 pm in Room 5AB, and will include Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Shamier Anderson, Katherine Barrell, Tamara Duarte and Varun Saranga, along with creators Emily Andras and Beau Smith.
Maureen Jones (Cujo) will be Miss Townsend in DRAWING HOME, a film inspired by the true story of a young 1920s Boston debutante. Her future seems set: a dream life in the upper echelons of society. But then she meets a young painter from one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the Canadian Rocky Mountains. As their attraction turns their lives upside down, they soon face a universal question: Can one find “home” in another person? DRAWING HOME had its world premiere on last November at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. (The film was shot on location in Canada’s Banff and Yoho National Parks.) A trailer is available on Vimeo.
Sam Duke (Earl in WE Episode 2.2) is Ricky Caldwell in the horror/thriller EVERFALL, which is about 18 year old figure skater Eva Saint (Jessica McLeod) who, a year after being sidelined by a tragic accident, accepts an invitation from her coach to skate in a mysterious competitiion in the remote town of Everfall. Accompanied by her vlogger boyfriend and his cameraman, she embarks on what turns out to be her last chance at a comeback, but sacrifice will be required. A trailer is available on YouTube. Directed by John Kissack (who directed MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE) and filmed in Calgary, EVERFALL is currently being submitted to film festivals.