Not all of Hopkins’ characters this year were villains. She was reporter Monica Stuart in five episodes of THE EXPANSE (above). And she was one of the most memorable characters of KILLJOYS‘ fourth season, the Scarback-turned-dominatrix Fairuza.
“I’ve never really played a villain before, so I kind of got to channel everything I’ve ever wanted to do and haven’t been able to do. Yeah, I think when you’re playing something that’s so different from you, you have a lot more room to play. In fact, I find it’s kind of easier to do than just playing a regular gal.”
—- Anna Hopkins (to Hidden Remote — May 2018)
2018 was a big year for Anna Hopkins. She appeared in ten episodes of SHADOWHUNTERS as Lilith, Adam’s first wife. Lilith is complex and fascinating, and the best dressed demon on television. The role got Hopkins a Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of Choice TV Villain.
In Season Two of the CITY-TV drama BAD BLOOD, Hopkins is Teresa Langana, an entirely different sort of villain whose father is head of the ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria. She is sent, along with her twin brother Christian, to Hamilton. Ontario to make the drug trade there more profitable. Teresa is an utterly ruthless corporate mobster whose only loyalties are to her brother and the bottom line. Hopkins described Teresa to A.R. Wilson of TV-eh as “…one of those characters who is really powerful but doesn’t really need to exert or show that power very often…but when things don’t go her way, I think the extremes she can go to are a little further than most of us.” The first season of BAD BLOOD is on Netflix worldwide. Season Two can be streamed on the CITY-TV website. Continue reading →
Dutch consults Zeph (Kelly McCormack) about the stuff that her mother told her would destroy the green and anything connected to it. Dutch is orbiting Telen, a long way from Zeph’s lab in The Quad, so Zeph appears on Lucy as a fairly sophisticated hologram. She can see what’s around her on Lucy (she points out a centrifuge to Dutch), and can also physically interact (in a limited way) with her remote surroundings. Unlike STAR TREK: VOYAGER’s Emergency Medical Hologram, she has no solidity, but the EMH had a limited range. Zeph is being transmitted across quite a lot of space, and the conversation between her and Dutch is not encumbered by any noticeable time delay, so transmission must be happening at faster than light speeds. Zeph must be using Hullen tech to accomplish this. In Episode 2.5, Dutch told Khlyen that faster-than-light transmissions are impossible, and Khlyen responded “only with your technology”. Continue reading →
FOUR IN THE MORNING – Season 1 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
Jamie (Michelle Mylett) has a Meg Ryan moment when she describes hypothetical sex with Bondurant out loud over coffee
The characters are instantly likeable, and one forms attachments to them immediately, especially the passionate musician Bondurant, who was rejected by Julliard because his playing lacked passion. Even if some of the jokes are old, the show’s concept is completely new. There is humour that relies on the implausible. There is social commentary. All before breakfast.
Mitzi tells Jamie the story of the talking pig
At the Patrician Grill on King Street East in Toronto, and on their way home from there, two couples speak to each other in metaphors involving (among other things) a terminally ill pet pig, crooked bankers, male strippers, and Massey Hall. The dialogue is sharp and fast, and there is a point when one comes to wish that the lot of them would smoke some weed and calm down. As though anticipating this reaction, two of them (the women) promptly do just that.
The phantom pig, crossing King Street East during the opening credits
Bondurant (Daniel Maslany) is crashing on the couch of William (who is a writer, and wants to be a novelist), so the two men take the streetcar home together. Bondurant has a wonderful monologue in front of Massey Hall before he and William (Mazin Elsadig) break in. The two women walk home together because someone stole their cab.
Mitzi the Banker is played by Lola Tash. Much about Mitzi’s potentially catastrophic misunderstanding of the universe is revealed to us from this exchange, which happens after the taxi incident, when she uses a loose brick she finds lying about to break a window:
Bondurant and William, locked in an intense conversation on the streetcar
MITZI:“Little sluts stole our cab.” JAMIE:“I don’t think they’re going to get the message.” MITZI:“The affected party’s immaterial. There was an injustice perpetrated. I, in turn, perpetrated one injustice.” JAMIE:“Is that the cynic’s version of paying it forward?” MITZI:“There’s a fixed amount of happiness in the universe. If something really good happens to someone, something really shitty has to happen to someone else.”
Series creator Ira Parker
To give things that 4am feel, director Pavan Moondi shot each episode entirely between 6pm and 6am. Daniel Maslany told Victoria Ahearn of The Canadian Press: “There was a certain amount of freedom about being up that late and where your brain goes when you’re on that nocturnal schedule. I think we were able to tap into a surrealist mindset for this very surreal show.”
Michelle Mylett as Sam in the 2013 horror film ANTISOCIAL (bottom) and as Madison in THE DROWNSMAN (2014)
Mylett’s other series, LETTERKENNY, was renewed for a third, six episode season (Season 2 has yet to air). That show can be seen in Canada on Crave TV and The Comedy Network. LETTERKENNY centres around the dustups four buddies get into with their small-town Ontario rivals.
Because filming FOUR IN THE MORNING required such a drastic change in his sleeping schedule, Daniel Maslany took a combination of vitamins B12, D, and C, along with regular doses of cod liver oil to stay healthy.