THE EXPANSE – Season 3 Episodes 12 & 13 – SPOILERS
Captain Chandra Lucas (Yanna McIntosh)
Science Officer Kolvoord of the Thomas Prince screws up. His data-gathering nuclear test explosion causes Ring Station to shift into planetary destruction mode. The test does, however, inadvertently succeed in getting Miller’s attention. Again, the depiction of scientists on THE EXPANSE is less than favourable, and any beneficial results of their experiments are shown to be accidental. When the station begins to look threatening, the three Captains (Ashford, Lucas, and Kunis) decide that their only option is to destroy The Ring, forever cutting themselves off from home and protecting the solar system from attack. Continue reading →
– also Eve Harlow, Marci T House, Scott Cavalheiro
Marci T House and Tattiawana Jones as Ruby and Isabelle Slotter in STRANGE EMPIRE
Marci T House (Laveau in LOST GIRL episode 4.11 “End of a Line”) will play a forensics officer in FIFTY SHADES DARKER (the sequel to FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) in which Anastasia confronts the anger and envy of Christian’s exes. The film was shot entirely in and around Vancouver, and will be released on 10 February 2017.
In Episode Two of the new SyFy series VAN HELSING, House will play a character called Major Stoker, and one might speculate that the Major is in some way related to the author of DRACULA (however Bram Stoker might fit into the VAN HELSING universe). And House will also be an “attending nurse” in next year’s PRISON BREAK: SEQUEL on FOX, which continues where the original PRISON BREAK series left off, except that some of the characters who died turn out not to have died after all.
Eve Harlow as Vanessa in episode 2.9 of 12 MONKEYS. (Vanessa was the most radical of the Hyenas. She was the one who tried to depose Jennifer as leader, and shoot Cole.)
Eve Harlow (Epona in the Lost Girl episode ORIGINS) will be Claire in the film WE’RE STILL TOGETHER, the story of Chris, who gets bullied a lot because of his obesity, and Bobby, who has self-destructive tendencies, and an adventuresome night in Montreal. Indiewire’s David Erlich said the film “…is shot with the same sensitive haze and seriocomic tone that defines so many recent indies, but it muscles its way above the masses on the strength of its unpredictability. In broad strokes, it’s true that you’ve seen these stories before: The isolated loner who learns how to respect himself, the stranger who’s way too cool not to have some of his own shit brewing beneath the surface. These are familiar types who follow familiar character arcs, but Klein’s movie pushes them along with the banal unpredictability of real life, and their stories feel bracingly human as a result.” WE’RE STILL TOGETHER premiered on 7 July at the 2016 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Wendy Crewson and Eliana Jones in SAVING HOPE
Harlow will also be Julia Swanbeck in episode 4.8 of RAY DONOVAN. The episode is titled “The Texan” and is scheduled to air on Showtime on 14 August at 9pm.
Eliana Jones (teen Tamsin) is Aspen Bishop in THE SWAP, a made for TV movie (based on the novel by Megan Shull) about Ellie, a rhythmic gymnast, who somehow switches bodies with her younger brother, who is a hockey player. THE SWAP is due to air on the Disney Channel sometime in the fall. Jones is also the recurring character Molly Kinney (daughter of the Chief of Plastic Surgery) on the medical drama SAVING HOPE, which recently was renewed by CTV for a fifth season. (SAVING HOPE airs in the US on ION Television.)
Scott Cavalheiro as Kostya the Nemerdian Poet in Episode 3.5 of the webseries SPACE JANITORS
Scott Cavalheiro (Tad, the guy Tamsin picked up and shared with Bo in LOST GIRL episode 5.4) will be Daryl in at least five episodes of WHAT WOULD SAL DO, an eight episode modern day parable of an entitled underachiever who, for the first time in his life, is challenged to be a good person when he discovers he’s the Second Coming of Christ. Set in Sudbury, Ontario, WWSD also stars Jennifer Dale (Leviathan in LOST GIRL episode 4.9) as Sal’s mother, Maria. It will premiere on Superchannel in Canada sometime later this year.
THE LORDS OF SALEM – a film by Rob Zombie – SPOILERS
Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie) and her dog Troy in front of an old church. The film has many such lovely bits of Salem scenery.as backgrounds
There’s more than a bit of ROSMEMARY’S BABY in this movie. THE LORDS OF SALEM is the film Polanski might have made had he indulged in hallucinogens during the production and spent his evenings watching Fellini films.
Three witches arriving at Heidi’s apartment with tea and chocolate scones
The film is beautiful and well acted. It’s star, Sheri Moon Zombie, gives an excellent and believable performance as a recovering addict. It would be interesting to see her in a more serious film role. Her character Heidi, a DJ at a Salem radio station, falls victim to a dirge recorded by a group called The Lords, and has several intriguing and totally mystifying dream sequences. In one, an apparently mummified doctor gives her boyfriend what appears to be the Vulcan neck pinch. Heidi may be a trekkie.
Before I get further into the review, some real history must be interjected. There is no evidence that any of the people executed in 17th century Salem believed in witchcraft or satanism. What evidence does show is that those executed had lifestyles that came into conflict with the religious fundamentalism that ruled Massachusetts at the time. The film does get some credit for naming the particular devil in the film Beelzebub, a name which derives from the Philistine god Ba’al Zebub, which translates roughly as Lord of the Flies. There are obvious parallels between the Salem witch hunt and the 1954 William Golding novel.
BACK TO THE FILM
A most unfortunate radio station ad
Apparently, in Rob Zombie‘s mythology, the witches burned in Salem not only practiced witchcraft, but also were Satanists, and were extremely unkempt. There are scenes in this film that would make Felix Unger (or Adrian Monk), run screaming from the theater. Had those witches not been burned, they would certainly have died soon from a nasty infection.
For entirely obscure reasons, the modern inheritors of the satanic tradition (who have, thankfully, higher standards of cleanliness) choose Adelheid Elizabeth Hawthorne (alias Heidi Laroc), a direct descendant of the Reverend Johnathan Hawthorne (who arranged for the possibly superfluous 17th century witch burnings) to bear Beelzebub’s offspring. Beelzebub (Roger W. Morrissey) is a tentacled, possibly extra-terrestrial being, small of stature, who might possesses Time Lord technology. (I infer this from the transformation of the interior of Apartment 5 from cramped quarters at the beginning of the film into cathedral-like spaciousness later on.)
Heidi shaking Beelzebub’s tentacle.
Dustin Quick doing the washing up and listening to THE LORDS OF SALEM
It’s not a particularly bloody film. Only one person is killed (the witch did it in the Super’s apartment with a frying pan). Though bare breasts abound, there is little in the way of sexual content. People are nude for decorative or practical reasons, and sometimes merely out of laziness. THE LORDS OF SALEM contains several scenes, such as the one with Dustin Quick as an Engine House waitress, or the one with Judy Thompson standing nude in a bathroom, that are only vaguely connected to the main plot. This suggests that the film was reduced in length substantially before release. The fellow who gets killed (Francis Matthias played by Bruce Davison) seems only to be there to inform the audience about Heidi’s past. We find out that his wife hails from Venezuela, and that the couple has been married for 26 years, but none of that is in any way relevant.
This shot of Heidi (SMZ) after giving birth to Beelzebub’s child is the best image in the entire film.
TROY THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER
Heidi’s very nice dog, whose name is Troy, may be the key to understanding this movie. He appears at both the beginning and the end of the film, and seems quite happy in both scenes. Whatever happened with Beelzebub and his tentacled offspring, it wasn’t bad enough to cause Troy any concern. In mid-film, the dog actually tried to get into Apartment 5 (where little devil guy was living) and seemed enthusiastic rather than angry about it. Was Troy in league with the devil from the start?
Director Rob Zombie with Dustin Quick
Among the cast of LORDS OF SALEM are Meg Foster, and Patricia Quinn. Quinn was Magenta in the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Meg Foster was Hera in episode #102 of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS titled God Fearing Child.
Dustin Quick (waitress) will be Alex’s wife in AMERICAN BISTRO, due to be released later this year, in which an accountant named Medor (Marcel Diennet) finds out his wife is having an affair with his boss, and responds by pursuing a lifelong dream to open a restaurant.
Roger W. Morrissey (Beelzebub) was the Grinhilda monster in three episodes of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS.
Judy Thompson (naked woman in bathroom) turned up as a funeral guest (uncredited) in the first episode of the Showtime series RAY DONOVAN.