HAPPILY EVER AFTER – a film by Joan Carr-Wiggin – SPOILERS
Peter Firth as Heather’s dad, and Alex Kingston as Sarah Ann’s mom. Ria, the name of Alex Kingston’s character, means “estuary” in Spanish. An estuary is the tidal mouth of a river. Kingston is best known for the role of River Song on Dr. Who.
In this wonderful and surprising mirror-universe version of a greeting card movie, the protagonist returns home after a long absence, full of sarcasm and anxious to get back to her real life, and then reconnects with her high school bestie. But instead of discovering that home is where the heart is, and rekindling romance with her high school sweetheart, she takes advantage of events to infect the town with her own realism.
Heather (Janet Montgomery) reluctantly returns home (at the urging of her father’s doctor) expecting to find her alcoholic father near death. Like so many things in this film, that is kind of true but not really. Her high school best friend (whom she hasn’t seen in many years) is the about-to-be-married Sarah Ann (Sara Paxton), and she is (almost but not quite) happy for the reunion. She hires Heather to film her wedding. Continue reading →
Zeph (Kelly McCormack) refuses to follow D’Avin’s orders. “Fake fire doesn’t burn,” she says, ignoring the countdown to disaster. The room dissolves in flames, and she wakes up in Lucy’s cargo hold. Zephyr had figured out that the mission was a VR simulation. Spock did the same sort of thing at the Melkotian simulation of the OK Corral: “Physical reality,” Spock said, “is consistent with universal laws. Where the laws do not operate, there is no reality. All of this is unreal. I know the bullets are unreal, therefore they cannot harm me.” (Star Trek TOS, Episode 3.6)
Viktoria Modesta making her TV debut as Nico, who is pictured here about to impale Ruby, a client who has had an allergic reaction to re-skinning.
Indications are that Zeph will be around for a few more episodes. McCormack described the character to Dean Amond of Find Your Inner Geek: “Zeph is a dream role. She’s a weirdo tomboy farm girl turned science nerd who has zero filter or interpersonal skills, and is obsessed with the biological science and dresses like a female Link from Zelda!…The role was challenging because I was spitting so much science and every scene – and I mean this – every single scene, there was a new fancy space science contraption I had to look like a natural using. But being the awkward tomboy nerd comes naturally to me and it was a pleasure playing a character who has such an unwavering passion for science.”
Zeph reacts to Turin’s rejection. Dutch would later seek her out and hire her.
In John’s absence, Turin, Dutch, and D’Avin audition three RAC lab techs to provide Johnny-like insights into the tech of the Hullen. Zeph is one of those techs. Luc Trottier and Erik Knudsen play the other two. Turin hires the two guys (Trottier’s character is named Benji. Knudsen’s character is never referred to by name.) and sends Zeph home, but Dutch rectifies the error and hires Zeph herself. Johnny’s adventures on what Turin calls an “emo walkabout” are chronicled in parallel with the virtual adventures of the RAC techs.
Johnny’s walkabout happens in Rat City, where he finds out that it’s not the Hullen that’s skinning and re-skinning people, it’s a cosmetics company run by a hackmod named Niko (Victoria Modesta). She skins hackmod owners, then uses their epidermes to provide new identities for fugitive hackmods in the hope of resettling them on a planet at the far end of The J. The puzzling thing is that she keeps the skinless victims fresh by spraying them continuously with green goo. (Olli discovers this in the course of her investigations and brings Johnny back three severed hands from the unfortunate victims, which is how he discovers what is going on.) Had she simply disposed of the bodies, her activities might not have been discovered.
Keeping score – Olli brings John three skinned severed hands to analyze. That makes four severed hands depicted on KILLJOYS, one more than the three depicted on Michelle Lovretta‘s other series, LOST GIRL. .
Olli (Tommie-Amber Pirie), who is actually a re-skinned version of Clara, is uninjured. There were no hackmod casualties in the episode except for Ruby (Ewa Placzynska), who had an allergic reaction to the re-skinning and was summarily stabbed through the heart with Niko’s prosthesis. (We don’t know what happened to Niko in the end. Hackmod leader Havigan was non-committal on that point.)
Johnny returns home. Asked if she missed him, Lucy says: “if ships could cry, I would’ve rusted”, even though it is unlikely that any of Lucy’s components are susceptible to rust. John brings with him added information on the locations of Hullen in The J. From John’s holographic map, it appears that The J is a globular star cluster. (One might think from the name that it would be a J-shaped open cluster.)
Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) is fully recovered from John’s attempt on her life, and pleased to meet Aneela
The scene that ends the episode is extraordinary. Delle Seyah Kendry wakes up in the sick bay (?) of Aneela’s ship. Apparently fully recovered from her gunshot wound, she is escorted to a place where Dutch’s double is preparing to bathe in a pool of green goo. Aneela bathing in green goo brought to mind Countess Bathory bathing in the blood of virgins. Delle Seyah doesn’t know where she is, but quickly figures it out. She knows Dutch would never wear that lipstick. “Welcome to my ship,” Aneela says to her. “Now come, tell me everything.”
Karen LeBlanc as Hallie DuVernay in Episode 1.4 of X COMPANY. The CBC series ended earlier this year after three seasons. It will premiere on Ovation TV in the US in the beginning of 2018.
Karen LeBlanc (Banyon Grey) will be Amy in the TV series INSOMNIA, in which strangers are forced to play a life-threatening game. Set against the backdrop of Moscow, twenty contestants must kill or be killed, with all contestants having been injected with a poison that will kill them if they fall asleep. The series is intended to be a multi-season program where in each season the game will be played in a different city with different characters. The entire first season was filmed in Moscow. (The scenes set in the US and Cambodia were shot on sets.) Few restrictions were placed on where the series could film, so there are scenes involving Red Square, the Kremlin, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation, and the US Embassy. A trailer is available on YouTube. INSOMNIA’s eight episode first season will premiere on Starz later this year.
Johan Heldenberg and Hannah John-Kamen in THE TUNNEL: SABOTAGE
Hannah John-Kamen is the recurring character Rosa Persaud in the second season of THE TUNNEL: SABOTAGE. The UK series, based on the Swedish series THE BRIDGE (Bron|Broen), centers on detectives Karl Roebuck and Elise Wassermann, who are called upon to investigate the death of a French politician. When an unexpected discovery is made at the crime scene, the pair is forced into a partnership as they attempt to locate a politically-motivated serial killer who tries to draw them into his own personal agenda. The series is set mainly in Folkestone and Calais (the two ends of the Channel Tunnel). A trailer is available on YouTube. Season two is now airing on PBS in the US. Airtimes will vary depending on the local station.
Laara Sadiq (Mother Sal in Episode 1.4) is the voice of Fattema in the animated feature THE BREADWINNER. It tells the story of Parvana, a 12-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan. When her father is arrested, Parvana dresses as a boy in order to work and provide for her family. Together with her best friend Shauzia, she risks discovery to try to find out if her father is still alive. Director Nora Twomey, who is from Cork in Southern Ireland, has not been to Afghanistan, but has worked closely with Afghani consultants on the film. “That really helps us with the authenticity,” Twomey told Jessica Hill of The National. “The beauty of animation is that it’s part artistic expression, part reality, so we’re trying to merge the two. It’s not an absolutely photographic representation of Kabul, but more of an artistic representation. I’ve tried very much to create the look of Kabul – the colour of people’s clothing versus the brownness of the houses up against the hills. It’s a very specific-looking place. I think we’ve managed it.” THE BREADWINNER is based on the award winning children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, and should be released later this year. A trailer is available on YouTube
JENNY:“My family gets paid three times for my honour what I would make as an engineer.” JOHN:“Maybe you’re underestimating how good an engineer you could have been.” JENNY:“I’ve thought about it. Look, these girls are my real family now. I’d do anything for them. Please don’t tell them that I sometimes have doubts.” JOHN:“Not even if they bribe me with bacon.”
Jenny (Dayle McLeod) pulls the pin on a plasma grenade, sacrificing her life for the safety of Constance and the baby.
The women of Qresh find childbirth gauche, so they contract it out. Qreshi embryos are implanted in surrogates (vessels) who are, for the most part, the female offspring of Leithian farmers. The surrogates are kept in convents, and shielded from any environmental pollutants that might compromise their health or the health of their babies. They are organically raised virgins. One of them, Constance (Chloe Rose) is carrying the only remaining heir to one of the nine families that control The Company.
Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) pokes her hand through the holographic projection around the nuns’ hideoout.
Constance believes in what she is doing, and her goal is to help raise a Qreshi ruler who understands the problems of Leithians. The episode’s best scene has to be when Mother Sal (Laara Sadiq) is revealed as something of an non-believer as she decides to turn Constance over to the attackers. It is Constance, not Dutch, who stops this by stabbing Mother Sal in the neck, and, as the head nun bleeds out, explains to Dutch her commitment to what she does. “Being a vessel is my calling and it matters to me,” she says. “Mother Sal doesn’t get a say in that and neither do you. I want to finish this, for the baby and for me.”
The five surrogates: Clara, Jenny, Gwen, Constance, and one who is unnamed. D’Avin quickly learned all their names but never mentioned the fifth one (far right).
The Killjoys find five surrogates at the nuns’ hideout: Jenny, Clara, Gwen, and Constance (and the fifth vessel whose name is never mentioned). Gwen gets shot as they are fighting their way out of the compound. Jenny disguises herself as the pregnant Constance, walks over to their attackers and calmly blows herself up with a plasma grenade. There is a parallel between Jenny’s martyrdom and what happened to that Enzo fellow at the begining of the episode. He got himself blown up by security wire because he couldn’t face another jail term. Jenny, one suspects, may have had similar thoughts about facing a (figuratively) barefoot and (literally) pregnant existence in the service of the nine families of Qresh.
OBSERVATION: In that opening scene, shooting Enzo in the leg to prevent him from running would seem to have been a reasonable option. Either that or they could have physically restrained the fellow rather than hold him at gunpoint.
On KILLJOYS (left) Jamillah Ross as Delle Seyah Kendry’s guard. The name of the actor with the gun is unknown. On LOST GIRL episode 15 (right) – Ross as Gladys. The hooded figure is her prisoner Sabine Purcell, played by Natalie Brown.
Dutch and D’Avin seem to naturally confide in one another. Dutch tells D’Avin that she grew up in something akin to a royal harem. Earlier, Delle observed that the musical instrument hanging on Lucy’s wall is of a type usually reserved for Royals in other parts of ‘The J’. There is a strong implication that Dutch is or was closely associated with a royal family in some nearby star system.
They have holograms in The Quad, but apparently don’t use them much. When the nuns hid Constance in The Badlands of Westerley, they concealed their location with holographic landscaping. This is the only hologram we have yet seen and that may indicate that only fixed, inanimate objects can be projected. Dutch takes no precautions at all before poking her hand into the fake embankment, and then Johnny walks right through and sticks his head back out from the other side. Admittedly, no animals were in evidence in that part of the Badlands, and no one would have reason to guard what they believed to be a securely hidden entrance, but still, there could have been something nasty on the other side.
Mayko Nguyen as Delle Seyah Kendry
Liethian Nationalists were mentioned in passing, but no further details were offered about them. We now know John is a foodie, because he likes bacon and has elaborate philosophical reasons for disliking pie. We also learned that Badlands are what is left after The Company gets done stripping resources from a region. The Company, it seems, is not at all concerned with the condition of Westerley’s ecosystems, and one might speculate that when Westerley becomes sufficiently uninhabitable, they might just terraform the place. (It is probable that terraforming was necessary to make the moon habitable to begin with.)
Clara , Constance , and D’Avin escort the newest Qreshi citizen home
Dutch has many skills. She has (as yet untapped) musical talents if the multi-coloured lyre-like instrument on her wall is any indication. Dutch surprises Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) by quoting an author with whom Delle is apparently familiar: “When your enemy has two faces, strike a deal with both.” Add that to her implied royal connections, and Dutch may be developing into a sort of warrior princess. Mayko Nguyen‘s character will appear in at least two more episodes of the first season of KILLJOYS.
This is the first episode of KILLJOYS written by Emily Andras.
Allie MacDonald and Rachel Skarsten in LOST GIRL episode #43
Allie MacDonald (Clara) was Hannah the squonk in the LOST GIRL episode Fae-ge Against the Machine, which was directed by Andy Mikita, who also directed this episode of KILLJOYS. (A squonk is a fae whose tears have the ability to make other people happy.) MacDonald is Belinda McKay in the CITY-TV series YOUNG DRUNK PUNK, about growing up punk in Calgary in the 1980’s. Season 2 of that series will begin airing in January.
Alisha Phillips made her TV debut in this episode as the unnamed fifth surrogate. She is also a singer, and below (right) is one of her songs.
Dayle McLeod (Jenny) will be Hannah in season 2 of THAT’S MY DJ. Hannah is described as the most buzzed about DJ in the city, in a long-term committed relationship with her boyfriend until she meets Meagan (Emily Piggford) who makes her question her sexuality. There’s still a bit of time left to support the series on indiegogo.