Susie (Ksenia Solo), who has been directed to arrange Quinn’s kidnapping, attempts to sedate him with an injection. (Putting knockout drops in his coffee might have been easier.) Her efforts fail when Quinn is called away to Hopkinsville, some 600 kilometers southwest of Columbus. Unhappy with the failed abduction, Daria (Sofia Milos) and two of her thugs take Susie (aka Mishka) into the Ohio countryside and show her a shallow grave that has been prepared for her. Daria then assures Susie that she will recruit her daughter in the same way that she recruited her, something Susie clearly doesn’t want. Then she tells the goon with the shovel to “finish it”. He whacks Mishka over the head with a shovel, knocking her out.
Daria (Sofia Milos) and her goons take Mishka into the woods
First, if you are going to kill somebody without an audience around, why take the trouble to threaten them? Perhaps Daria is a sadist, or perhaps she is running a game on Mishka, hoping to make her more useful in the future. Second, who executes somebody by hitting them over the head with a shovel? A gun would have been much more certain and effective. And the guy tasked with the job of covering her with dirt stops in mid-burial and goes off to sit in the car. This is further evidence that Daria does not really want Mishka dead. Continue reading →
“Hello, it’s been a while. We’ve missed you. We hear you asking ‘where have you been?’…After years and years of writing and touring, striving for something ever evolving we needed to take a pause. For a while we shifted our attentions elsewhere, waiting for the unfathomable desire to sing to entice us back in. The music was always going to pull us back in the end.”
— Smoke Fairies – email update – 26 July 2019
The Smoke Fairies (Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies) launched a bi-weekly podcast in October. Their first album since 2016 will be released in January.
In October, The Smoke Fairies launched the SMOKE SIGNALS podcast, a series of completely unrehearsed, quiet conversations between Katherine and Jessica (at times so quiet one has to strain to hear, but it’s worth it). The first episode (below) takes us back to the late 1990s as the duo examines “the boredom of working at temping jobs to support their musical aspirations, through the lens of Kaf’s letters to various lunch outlets.” New episodes are released every two weeks. Smoke Fairies’ new album, “Darkness Brings The Wonders“, will be released on 31 January, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon. (One track, Disconnect, has been released as a single.) They will begin a short UK tour in Manchester on 1 February.
Jackie May has written eleven episodes of VAN HELSING, including “Be True” (the one that explains how Sam and Mohamed met), “Outside World” (the one where Vanessa ponders her past while hanging from a rusty slaughterhouse hook), and “Been Away” (the one where Axel finds his sister and then loses her again). But she’s on this list because she wrote the episode that turned the Netflix series ANOTHER LIFE around. If you watched ANOTHER LIFE, you know why it needed to be refocused. The show accumulated a lot of silliness in the first few episodes, but it was such a good cast and there were so many interesting ideas floating around that some of us couldn’t stop watching despite that. Episode Nine eliminated problems. On the Salvare, Cas Isovic took her rightful place as second in command; alien-occupied Sasha was dealt with in a most practical manner (and left behind a sample of the alien language); someone found a functional use for a fire axe; the AI found a way to separate his personal life from his job; and the Salvare finally got to its destination, Pi Canis Majoris. Season 2 of ANOTHER LIFE will begin production in Vancouver in March.
Susie (Ksenia Solo) hatches a plan to rid herself of her associate
Just as he is about to quit Project Blue Book, Dr. Hynek is taken hostage (along with Quinn and his secretary) by a man who claims to have been abducted by aliens. Thomas Mann and his wife Valerie (played by Malcolm Goodwin and Khalilah Joi) are from New Hampshire, just like Betty and Barney Hill, the first widely publicized alien abductees whose close encounter happened in September 1961. Thomas gets Valerie to dig an implant out of his neck (an implant that he knows he has only after Hynek hypnotizes him). Shortly after that, Quinn saves Mr. Mann from certain death by knocking him out of the way of a sniper’s bullet, something one might have expected Hynek to do. Quinn’s rescue of Mann could indicate that he developed genuine sympathy for Mann’s plight, or (more likely) that all of Quinn’s actions during the hostage situation were designed to persuade Hynek not to quit the project. Continue reading →