Michelle Nolden (Freya) is Dr. Laura Stevens, an obsessive peak-performance trainer, in RUN TO ME. a thriller about an amateur triathlete (Claire Forlani) who convinces the doctor to take her on as a client. Once she does, she gets more from Dr. Stevens than she bargained for. The film’s trailer is quite compelling. Nolden is also CIA Agent Carmen Reese in a sci-fi thriller about a time-travelling terrorist, PRISONER X, which will have a theatrical release in Canada on 15 April, and in the US on 6 April. And the 2013 horror film HAUNTER, which also stars Nolden, can be streamed on Netflix (US).
Lara Jean Chorostecki in X COMPANY. The series has been renewed by CBC for a third season, which will air in winter 2017.
Lara Jean Chorostecki (the opera singer in LOST GIRL episode 4.6), is Krystina Breeland on the CBC World War II spy series X COMPANY, and she is in two films coming out this year. She will be Kris in the sci-fi movie RENAISSANCE, scheduled for US release on 31 December. In the film, an accidental death forces two genetic researchers to create a clone of the deceased in a desperate effort to maintain funding for their work. And Chorostecki is Michelle in THE MASKED SAINT, which was inspired by true events in the life of former wrestler and pastor Chris Whaley and is based on his bestselling book about an ex-wrestler turned priest turned vigilante. The film premiered in US and Canadian theatres last January, and can be pre-ordered from iTunes (release date 5 April).
Christine Horne in HYENA ROAD
Jadyn Wong (Trick’s old friend Dao-Ming) will be Altagracia in Me estás matando Susana (YOU’RE KILLING ME, SUSANA), the story of a man’s quest to find and recover his wife, Susana, who has, without a word, left Mexico City to attend a writer’s conference in Iowa. It is a funny, painful, and romantic journey. The film is a Canadian/Mexican production, shot in Winnipeg and Mexico City, and will have its Mexican release on 5 May. Director Roberto Schneider told John Hopewell of Variety: “…the film is about someone who loves his wife, who is not a macho but labors under the import of a machista ideology which impacts some situations. José Agustin, the novelist, took this idiosyncrasy to the center of the U.S., where such attitudes are not so normal.”
Dao-Ming (Jadyn Wong) from LOST GIRL episode 4.9. She and her sister Wai Lin are Luduan (Fae with the ability to compel the truth)
The Paul Gross film HYENA ROAD with Christine Horne as Jennifer is now available on iTunes. Horne is also Ellie in the latest Jeremy LaLonde film, HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN, which opened the Canadian Film Fest in Toronto on 30 March and will get a Canada/US release in theatres and on VOD on 13 May. (In Australia, ORGY has already been released on DVD and digital.) Horne’s character Ellie appears in two other LaLonde films: BASTARDS, and SEX AFTER KIDS.
Hardwick is now co-owner of a B&B in Picton, Ontario called The Ferg. (The name derives from the first owner of the land, a woman named Anna Ferguson, who bought the property from the Crown for fifty pounds in 1813.) The child friendly and pet friendly B&B opened on 18 March.
Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) and Stacey (Kate Corbett) in front of the abandoned Valkyrie Academy
STACEY:“You’d think a portal to Valhalla would be hard to miss, but that’s what I said about genital warts.”
Linda Hamilton as Acacia in her teaching days Since her car is a 1955 Chevy, the scenes at The Valkyrie Academy most likely occurred in the mid-1950’s. Her car also appears to have a license plate from that era,
Evony (Emmanuelle Vaugier) is back, and dangerous as ever, though still human and quite vulnerable. With the help of Stacey (Kate Corbett) and Acacia (Linda Hamilton), Tamsin becomes aware of her own power, puts Acacia in charge of Valhalla when she could have had the position for herself, and goads Hades into showing his hand a bit. Once again, nobody tells Bo anything. Lauren and Tamsin tell her only what they absolutely must.
Tamsin’s new ride, a battered Dodge pickup truck from the 1980’s
Tamsin now has the Brísingamen, which Trick calls the “necklace of seduction”. She took it before she sent Freyja and Stacey to monitor Tartarus. (Well, she sent Frejya there. Stacey tagged along without being told.) In Norse myth, Freyja is the goddess of love and fertility (among other things) and the necklace, which she always wore, has power similar to that of Aphrodite’s girdle. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus made a girdle of finely wrought gold for his wife Aphrodite. The magic he wove into it’s filigree work made her irresistible, and caused the breakup of their marriage, just as the acquisition of the Brisingamen caused the split between Odin and Freyja (for slightly different reasons).
Tamsin and Stacey
With Frejya and Stacey in Tartarus, and Acacia in Valhalla, no one on earth knows that Tamsin has the necklace. Hephaestus turns up in next week’s episode, Judgement Fae, so it is possible that the necklace somehow becomes a problem.
Student Valkyrie Tamsin meets Acacia secretly at midnight. When using the power to cast doubt, the eyes of the valkyrie are darkened more stylishly than in past episodes.
Still upset at losing Bo, Tamsin has devised a plan to send Hades (Eric Roberts) back where he came from. She locates Stacey, who is unhappily working at a fast food joint, and all too pleased to join the mission. Acacia (Linda Hamilton) initially wants no part of Tamsin and Stacey’s adventure, but when the two head to the abandoned high school where they had been classmates, Acacia shows up to offer assistance. It turns out she was hiding Freyja there and wanted to keep them from finding out about that.
Tamsin and Stacey swear to keep Acacia’s participation in their plan secret, using different hand signs.
Tamsin and Stacey find Freyja in a closet and force her to reveal her secrets. It seems that she was hiding because others wanted her to send Hades back to Hel, and she did not want it known that she didn’t have the power to do that. Her necklace had never worked on Hades. He went to Tartarus voluntarily so that he could build an army under cover of darkness.
Tamsin and the cheque she received from Hades for finding Bo
Meanwhile, Evony’s test results are in, and she is very sick. So sick, in fact, that Lauren wonders aloud how she is still standing. Evony believes that her malady is the result of a curse that was placed on her while she was The Morrigan. The curse had no effect at the time, because she was so powerful, but once she became human, it took effect. Whether this is true or not (it seems like speculation on the part of Evony) it is bound to play on Lauren’s residual guilt about Nadia, her previous girlfriend who was cursed by The Ash into a five-year coma, and later killed by The Garuda.
In the best scene of the episode, Lauren and Bo are at the Dal discussing Hades (Jack). Evony joins them at the bar.
Stacey at By-You Burrito
LAUREN: [to Bo] “Speaking of Jack, how are you feeling?” EVONY:“I love him. Finally someone was straight with me. I’m sick and I have to deal.” BO:“Evony, I’m impressed.” EVONY:“Well, luckily, I have the help of a very good doctor.” LAUREN: (after long hesitation) “Oh, you mean me?” EVONY:“God, I hate your false modesty. Yes, you, you moron. Now buy me a drink. We got this, right?” BO:“Yeah, I think we do.” EVONY: (raises glass) “To Doctor Lewis. My friend. And the only hope I’ve got.” LAUREN:“Evony, I swear to you, I will never give up on you.” EVONY:“I know. I mean, you’re still chasing the succubus. Talk about futile.”
Freyja (Michelle Nolden) being interrogated by Tamsin, Stacey, and Acacia. Nolden stars as CIA agent Carmen in PRISONER X, which premiered recently at Cinefest Sudbury.
Kate Corbett (Stacey) is Tammy in THE STEPS, which had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 14 September. The film is about New York siblings who travel to Canada to visit their father and meet his new wife, only to hear their parents announce that they’re adopting a child. Directed by Andrew Currie, the film mocks peculiar obsessions and bad habits on both sides of the Canada/US border. Naomi Snieckus (the talent agent in LOST GIRL episode 1.9) also appears in the film as a social worker named Ellen.
The movie A SUNDAY HORSE, with Linda Hamilton as Mrs.Walden will be an Official Selection in the Equus Film Festival in New York City, 19-22 November. Inspired by a true story, the film focuses on a determined rider from the wrong side of the tracks recovering from a near fatal accident. She attempts a comeback at the National Jumping Championship, on a horse the experts thought was nothing special.
Cast of THE STEPS at its TIFF World Premiere – Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jason Ritter, Vinay Virmani, Benjamin Arthur, Kate Corbett, and Christine Lahti
Hannah Anderson‘s short film COME BACK offers some interesting perks for donors. For $50 you get an “original and heartfelt love song dedicated to you” by Hannah Anderson. For $99, lead actor Brett Donahue will take you on a “fairy tale motorcycle ride into the sunset”. For $850, a screenshot of your choice from the completed film will be painted on a 24×30 canvas by artist Matthew Edison.
Pawter Sims (Sarah Power) contemplates the jack that Johnny found for her on short notice.
Alvis the Monk and Johnny Jaqobis walk through the old access tunnels under Old Town. Johnny talks about how he likes to fix things, and that is a fitting subject because they are down there looking for a fix for Pawter who has turned out to be a Jack addict. (That was why she was exiled from Qresh. She operated while stoned and killed a patient.)
JOHN:“You give people false hope.” ALVIS:“You don’t respect faith?” JOHN:“I’d respect you if you actually believed what you’re selling. But you use religion to play politics.” ALVIS:“You can believe in more than one thing at a time.”
The oncoming storm
Alvis tells John he’s either a masochist or a martyr. John knows it’s true and doesn’t like it. The details of the Scarback religion remain vague. We know the monks inflict pain on themselves to atone for the sins of others, and recieve offerings in payment. Many of the Scarbacks are involved in politics and opposed to The Company, though not overtly. One wonders what the underlying tenets of that religion might be, and where its origins lie.
The hostages at the Royale
What sent them into the tunnels was the hostage situation at the Royale.
Let’s say you’re a cop. You’re stuck in a bar with a bunch of people because of a severe weather event (electro-acid rain), and you identify someone in the crowd as a dangerous wanted criminal. No one can leave the premises for the duration of the storm. Do you attempt to arrest the guy immediately and hold him prisoner until the storm clears, or do you wait until after the storm to make the arrest, avoiding a potential shootout that might injure innocent civilians?
Dutch and D’Avin on Lucy
Hector Feraanz (Dewshane Williams) chose the former alternative and his choice makes even less sense when we learn that he was at the Royale to meet Alvis the Monk and deliver information about the company’s plans to him. Playing it safe might have been a better idea. Had he been killed, the company might have learned that he was working with the rebels, and Alvis might never have gotten the message.
Dewshane Williams as Hector the Company Cop
Kal Csoort (Dru Viergever), the original hostage taker, got shot almost immediately and spent the rest of the episode on Pawter Sims’ operating table. His second in command (Surja, played by Dwain Murphy) ends up getting killed when Johnny gets fed up with fixing things.
The Royale is a bar, not a diner, but the Royale’s hostage situation is somewhat similar to the one in Robert E. Sherwood‘s play THE PETRIFIED FOREST, though the philosophical discussions are moved underground into the tunnels, and Alvis and Johnny become opportunistic alter-egos of Surja and Hector (Squier and Mantee).
After the storm, Hector the Company Guy asks ‘Uncle’ Alvis for a blessing as he waits for transport to the hospital. He slips the monk a data card and tells him that The company is stockpiling arms on Westerley, preparing for something big.
The storm as seen from orbit (through Lucy’s window
Meanwhile, in orbit, one of Johnny’s fix-it operations has Dutch and D’Avin attempting to resolve their trust issues. Johnny has arranged for them to be stranded on Lucy with a lie detector and forced to answer questions to regain control of the ship. Dutch eventually proves to herself that she does not trust D’Avin, but on the way to that they dance to Love Song by Caveboy, and we get to hear a lot more of the song than we did last episode.
From above, the storm looks like a sulphurous hurricane. When Johnny ventures outside to save Hector from the rain, we see that on the ground there is little wind and the rain is steady, but not driving. The magnetic effects are severe enough to pull a ship from orbit, but no magnetic effects are observable on the ground. Perhaps the buildings and tunnels are insulated against it.
John (Aaron Ashmore) and Alvis (Morgan Kelly) have a dialog in the tunnels
Morgan Kelly (Alvis the Penitent) will be Tommy in RUPTURE, a science fiction film about a single mom with a genetic abnormality that can cause her to release her alien nature. ORPHAN BLACK’s Ari Millen is also in the cast. RUPTURE will be released sometime next year.
Dru Viergever (Kal Csoort) will be a prison guard in PRISONER X, a science fiction thriller about a time traveller who is imprisoned and branded a terrorist by the CIA. The film is based on the 2008 Hugo-nominated novella Truth by Robert Reed.
A contemplative Pawter Sims rests after being tucked into bed by Johnny
Simon Northwood (one of the staked prisoners) plays a mob buyer in the film HACKER, about a fellow from Ukraine who comes to Canada and becomes involved with an online criminal organization called Darkweb. The film was based on real events and should be released later this year. Northwood was the Key Guardian in LOST GIRL episode 3.10 The Ceremony, and he was one of Roman’s henchmen in LG episode 3.5.
Dwain Murphy (Surja) is Jojo in THE MASKED SAINT, which will have its North American release on 8 January. It is Roddy Piper’s last film and is based on the true story of a wrestler who became a small town pastor who moonlights as a masked vigilante. Murphy was Clay, the quarterback in LOST GIRL episode 5.6 Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts.