Nora McLellan as Brenda in ORPHAN BLACK episode 2.2
Nora McLellan (Bellus Haardy) will be Cypriana in the made-for-TV thriller SOMETIMES THE GOOD KILL, the story of Sister Talia (Susie Abromeit), a nun who, after a murder occurs at the Abbey, is given strict orders by her Mother Superior (Allison Hossack) to uncover the truth and at the same time protect the Abbey from unwanted publicity. Events take a dire turn when another nun is found murdered. All that Sister Talia knows, about the abbey and about the other Sisters living there, comes into question as she discovers that not only bad people become killers. SOMETIMES THE GOOD KILL began filming in Montreal late last month, and a 2017 release is expected.
Sarah Power and Tim Rozon in the Season Two finale of SCHITT’S CREEK
Sarah Power (Pawter Simms) is Kit Morgan in the Lifetime series pilot SEA CHANGE, a mystical drama that follows Miranda Merchant (Emily Rudd), a teenager trying to reunite with her estranged mother (who lives on the seemingly idyllic island of Selkie). Miranda becomes involved with two men: T.J., heir to one of the oldest Selkie families, and a working class bad boy named Leo. Then she learns about the Seawalkers, who are said to be half human and half sea creature, and begins to believe in them. (Selkies are mythical creatures who resemble seals when in the sea, but can shed their skin and take human form on land.)
Alexis Buset, Jonathan Tan & Thom Allison review the set design for Seussical
SEA CHANGE is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Aimee Friedman. “When I met Emily Rudd, the actress playing Miranda,” Friedman told blogger Melissa Walker after a set visit, “I basically cried. She looked exactly as I pictured Miranda in my head when I wrote the book, all those years ago. I think that was the craziest thing, seeing these characters I dreamed up truly come to life. ALL the actors were so on point with what I had imagined.” The two-hour pilot was filmed last summer in Oak Island, Nova Scotia, and directed by Chris Grismer (who directed 3 KILLJOYS episodes).
Thom Alison (Pree) will direct SEUSSICAL at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto. The production will run from 14 November to 31 December. Tickets are now available. — Allison will also be Oscar Ducharme in episode 10.7 of MURDOCH MYSTERIES which is scheduled to air on CBC on 21 November.
Tamsen McDonough and Thom Allison will be special guests at TriConKW, Waterloo Region’s annual Cosplay, Interactive Experience, and All Things Nerd convention, 14 January 2017 in Kitchener, Ontario.
Sarain Boylan as Bonnie Drummond (shown here having an out-of-body experience in the operating room) in SAVING HOPE episode 2.7
Sarain Boylan (Dr. Bliss in episode 1.7) will be Meghan Flanagan in John L’Ecuyer‘s made-for-TV movie EARLY RELEASE, the story of Taylor Bennett, a suburban mom recently released from prison after serving only part of a three year sentence for DUI and possession. Just when Taylor’s life is getting back on track, her former cellmate (Flanagan) unexpectedly appears and insists that Taylor admit the truth behind her shortened sentence. Currently filming in Montreal, EARLY RELEASE is expected to air in Canada in early 2017.
Seyah Simms (Sarah Power) goes through many changes in the course of this episode.
The Quad, we learn, celebrates something called Ascension Day. Big Borna makes another appearance. Lucy outwits The Company’s computer in Spring Hill. Pawter wins a (fleeting) victory over her high school bully, and a new torture device, the micro-leech, is introduced. (It feeds off the natural enzymes secreted when people lie and causes gastro-intestinal bleeding.)
Best line of the episode is from Johnny: “I want to live in a world where I can have my Dutch and eat my Pawter too.”
A Red 17-like facility has opened in the basement of Spring Hill, so D’Avin is tasked with blowing that up. He trades Jelco’s money to Big Borna (Natasha Bromfield) for a missile that will do that. F Squad is the only security detail left to guard Spring Hill. Everyone else was “dispatched to the next colony”. (Not the next town, the next colony.) Dutch goes out of her way to make sure no Company guards are killed when they go after Jelco, but F Squad probably meets its demise when D’Avin’s missile hits the biodome.
Natasha Bromfield as Big Borna
Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) tried to shut down power to the wall, but could not. He explains why he couldnt just blow up the generators: “These puppies,” he says, “are proteck packed and chained. Each one would go up like a mini-nuke on Ascension Day.” This is the first Quad holiday we’ve heard about. One hopes it will be described further in future episodes.
When asked to carry a lethal weapon, Pawter tells Dutch that she’s a doctor, not a killer. Dutch is irritated by this, and an interesting exchange follows:
Dutch with blood on her lips after suffering the effects of micro-leeches
DUTCH:“You play at rebellion, ’cause John will do your dirty work.” PAWTER:“Johnny made his own decisions. He chose a side.” DUTCH:“He’s a Killjoy; he doesn’t take sides.” PAWTER:“Well, maybe he wants to be more than just a Killjoy.” DUTCH:“Why would you think that?” PAWTER:“Because he told me.”
Will Dutch accommodate Johnny’s desire to be “more”? Will the Killjoys stop being Killjoys, and turn into something else?
D’Avin points out to Jelco that there may be worse things than death, and convinces him to sign away his nest egg
When Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen), who bullied Pawter in school, explains her plan to turn Westerley into a factory farm for Sixes, and that sends the doctor over the edge. She briefly becomes an Orwellian dictator, forcing the people of Old Town into a suicide mission to bring down The Wall, and for once defeating Kendry, her long time nemesis. The victory is short-lived. Seyah Kendry arranges a treaty to free Westerly from Qreshi rule, then kills Pawter during the signing ceremony. (We’re not absolutely sure that Pawter is dead. The Killjoys were forced to leave before that could be confirmed.)
Fancy Lee (Sean Baek) shows up on Lucy and teases next week’s season finale. He tells Dutch that he has released Jelco; suggests that they go visit Khlyen; and implies that Dutch may not be handling things in the way that her mentor would wish.
TWO vs DUTCH — On DARK MATTER, the show that follows KILLJOYS on SyFy, Two (Melissa O’Neil) undertook to hunt down Jace Corso, who murdered One. When she found Corso, he tried to weasel out of the situation by claiming to have information about the people who hired him. Two shot him anyway. Dutch hunts down Jelco in a similar fashion for crimes against Old Town, and vows to kill him. When she finds him, he claims to have information about his superiors. Dutch orders D’Avin to keep Jelco alive.
Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) turned defeat into victory.
Mayko Nguyen (Seyah Kendry) will be Stephanie Hancock, and Patrick Garrow (Turin) will be Councilor Jonathan Black in BUCKOUT ROAD, a film about a college class project that turns terrifying when three students come to realize the famed Buckhout Road legend may, in fact, be real. (The legend has it that, after learning that his wife had an affair with one of his slaves, John Buckhout chopped off her head, and burned down a barn full of slaves. Voodoo witches cursed him and his two sons, turning them into albinos who must eat human flesh to restore their pigmentation.) Filming will take place in and near Toronto, but the movie’s premiere will be in Westchester, NY, the location of the real Buckhout Road.
Julian Doucet, who wrote KILLJOYS episode 2.4, made his first TV appearance as the voice of the Spring Hill computer. Doucet was Mike in the short film A CLEAN SLATE (2014), about a singer (Becky Lantos) trying to overcome a crippling case of stage fright. The entire short film is available on Vimeo.
Natasha Bromfield in DIVORCE PHOTOGRAPHER, a film about a wedding photographer (Amy Matisio) who tires of dealing with happy couples, and begins shooting divorces. The short film premiered last April at Canadian Film Fest in Toronto.
Natasha Bromfield (Big Borna) will play a “cheery nurse” in DOWNSIZING, a social satire that stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, and tells the story of an Omaha man who joins throngs of people who are undergoing a new process that reduces them to a tiny fraction of their size. He then moves to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world. The project was begun by director Alexander Payne in 2009, but was put on hold in favour of another project. Filming has begun in Lofoten, Norway, and release is expected in late 2017.
Dutch talks to Alvis after delivering Olan to the monks on Leith.
Killjoy kisses have been equivocal of late. Johnny kissed Pawter (Sarah Power) a couple episodes ago so he could plant a communications device below her right ear, but there are also signs of a developing relationship between the two. In this episode, Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) kisses Dutch as a way of transmitting her biometric profile. (The same sort of kiss happened between The Doctor and Martha in the Dr. Who episode “Smith and Jones”.) Dutch labels her interaction with Delle as “hate-flirting”, but in the end, she admits to Delle Seyah: “I didn’t hate that kiss.”
Mayko Nguyen as Delle Seyah Kendry.
It should be pointed out that, if all one needs to do is kiss someone to circumvent a biometric lock, then that lock is not very secure.
Xosia and Kerrigan, (Peyton Kennedy and Athena Park) two of the students the Killjoys escort to the Company school
Not much actually happens in this episode to advance the story. We find out that holo-technology is available in The Quad and are left to wonder whether the equivalent of holodecks might exist on Qresh. Pawter is warned by D’Avin that Johnny “snores like a fat man”. There is an exchange between Johnny and D’Avin that suggests there might have been a third Jaqobis brother, who died some time ago.
Dutch tracks down that massive data transmission from Red 17, and finds that it ended up in the brain of Olan (Ricardo Hoyos), one of Westerley‘s best and brightest students who has spent the past three years abxorbing data during cryo-sleep as part of an experimental project run by Delle Seyah (in apparent collaboration with Khlyen).
DELLE SEYAH:“The Prodigy Program is a living human seedbank to protect all Qreshi culture and knowledge.” DUTCH:“There are two reasons to keep a seedbank. Winter or war. Which were you expecting?” DELLE SEYAH:“That depends on Khlyen’s messsage.”
Big Borna (Natasha Bromfield)
In a bit of Indiana Jones style action, Johnny tracks Pawter (who seems to have recovered nicely from that blow to the head) to an encampment of colourful Badlands nomads where she is about to arm wrestle their leader Big Borna (Natasha Bromfield) for her freedom. Pawter wins, but cheats a little with a Lydian Nerve Pinch (Dutch also used a nerve pinch of sorts in episode 1.3) Borna knows she’s been cheated, and refuses to let Pawter go, but Johnny starts a bar fight and they slip out the side tent flap.
The streaks in the background indicate that the Black Root ship hijacked by Fancy Lee and Khlyen has some sort of FTL drive, though it seems to use some sort of reaction engines
The Royale is serving homemade hootch along with live music and business there is booming despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that Old Town is fenced in by The Company.
Teasing future developments, Dutch leaves Olan and his overloaded brain in the custody of Alvis and the monks on Leith. And, in deep space, Fancy Lee hijacks the Black Root ship carrying Khlyen to The Lady. Khlyen orders Fancy to change course and head to Telen, the Jaqobis home planet, in search of the reason for D’Avin’s immunity to the Level 6 program.
Ruba Nadda – photo by Chris Young of Canadian Press
This was the first KILLJOYS episode directed by a woman, and the first time Ruba Nadda has directed for television. Her three most recent feature films, CAIRO TIME, INESCAPABLE, and OCTOBER GALE can be streamed on Netflix.
Pree (Thom Allison) asks (assistant?) Sabine (Tori Anderson) to help Dutch and D’Avin
Tori Anderson (Sabine) will star as Evie in the CW’s new Fall 2016 dramedy NO TOMORROW, which follows the adventures of a woman whose boyfriend convinces her to make a list of things to do before the world ends (something he predicts will happen in eight months and twelve days). She and some of her other friends try to determine if he should be taken seriously, while at the same time drawing up Evie’s bucket list. NO TOMORROW is based on Como Aproveitar o Fim do Mundo (How to Enjoy the End of the World), a series which aired in Brazil in 2012.
Sarah Power (Pawter Simms) will be Jennifer Windham in four consecutive episodes of AMERICAN GOTHIC. The first of these episodes. “The Chess Players” will air on CBS (Global TV in Canada) on 27 July at 10pm. The show centers around the Hawthorne family, and their discovery that, fourteen years after a string of unsolved murders, one of their own could be linked to the crimes. Stephanie Leonidas (Clara in KILLJOYS episode 2.1) is also in the cast as Cam Hawthorne’s wife Sophie.
Athena Park (Kerrigan) will voice several characters in BIBLEMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, which is a reboot of the live action version created by Willie Aames. The new series will be released on DVD sometime this fall.
Peyton Kennedy (Xosia) will be Julie in CARDINAL, a crime thriller that follows Valerie Walker (Sheila McCarthy) who has just been released from prison years after faking a drunk driving accident as a means of murdering a man who committed what she felt was an unforgivable crime. While Valerie is spending time at home with her family, Mark (Noah Reid), the unstable son of the man she ran over, shows up with unclear intentions. Kennedy is also Dr. O in the children’s TV show ODD SQUAD (shown on PBS in the US), and ODD SQUAD: THE MOVIE, which will be released in the US on 1 August. (It had its Canadian release on 16 July.)