Anna Hopkins (Brinkley White in “Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts“) will be true-crime author Carly Travers in the made-for-TV movie ISLAND OF SHADOWS. Carly and her husband Kevin (Christopher Jacot) vacation at a historical mansion on Crawford Island. Kevin thinks it will help them reconnect, but Carly wants to research a puzzling, unsolved murder that happened on the island. Alex Paxton Beesley (Lola in “The Kenzi Scale“) is also in the cast. Paxton-Beesley’s stunt double is Amy Szoke, who doubles for Lauren Lee Smith on FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES. Jen Georgopoulos is Hopkins’ stunt double in the film. (She also doubled for Trenna Keating on DEFIANCE.) Directed by Leo Scherman, ISLAND OF SHADOWS was filmed in and near Owen Sound, Ontario. No release date has been announced. Continue reading →
THE EXPANSE – Season 3 Episode 2 – SPOILERS
The Reverend Doctor Anna Volovodov (Elizabeth Mitchell), an old friend of the dangerously weak Secretary-General Gillis (Jonathan Whittaker) is summoned to the UN to help Gillis write a speech. (And possibly because the Secretary-General suspects that his grasp of the situation leaves something to be desired and needs someone around that he can trust to help him figure things out.) The first thing we see Volovodov do is take a billy club to the head while protecting an anti-war protester. When Errinwright and Gillis start talking about making Mao cooperate by threatening action against his family, Volovodov reminds them that “collective punishment is still a war crime”. It is good to know that the Geneva Accords are still in force in this future.
The Rocinante (alias Pinus Contorta) receives an anonymous Martian distress call, prompting a philosophical debate among the crew. Holden says ignore it, because “people are dying all over the system”, and they need to head for Io to rescue Prax’s daughter. Alex, himself a Martian, is not happy with the decision, and says that he swore an oath and just because he’s not in uniform anymore doesn’t change that. Naomi (Dominique Tipper) sides with Alex with hopes of ending her political isolation, and the cynical Amos (“You can’t save everybody. It’s a waste of time to try.”) allies himself with Holden and his new obsession. Prax (Terry Chen), perhaps remembering when his fellow refugees were ruthlessly spaced in Episode 2.8, casts the deciding vote in favour of responding to the distress call.
On Io, Prax’s daughter Mei (Leah Madison Jung) is alive, and (at least physically) well. Because she is an important part of Dr. Strickland’s experiments, she seems to be in no immediate danger. Errinwright (Shawn Doyle) wants the weapon that Jules Pierre Mao (François Chau) promised him, and the Hybrid pods are ready to launch, but Mao will not give them to Errinwright until his family is released from custody and his accounts are unfrozen. Mao suggests that the hybrids should be dismantled, but Strickland (Ted Atherton) disagrees. Continue reading →
THE EXPANSE – Season 2 Episode 12 – SPOILERS
Holden goes full Ahab on the escaped hybrid, over the repeated objections of Prax and Alex. Only when Naomi calls for help does he break off his pursuit. Everybody talks tough in this episode, and not much actually happens, but we do learn some things.
Avasarala has not been off-planet for a long time, and does not enjoy space travel. Cotyar once was in military intelligence, and became Chrisjen’s assistant after somehow getting her son killed. Errinwright drinks Scotch. Bobbi Draper is fond of cucumber sandwiches. Earth developed (some years previously) a contact poison to use against Martian soldiers, but it was banned. The poison can be tailored for a specific genetic profile. (This we know because Errinwright uses some of it to kill Korshunov, the leader of the Martian delegation to the peace talks.)
Before he dies, Korshunov (Jeff Seymour) makes the second reference in the show to the inferiority of Martian music (as compared to Earth music). We have heard no music from Mars, so it is impossible to make a judgement on that, but both Draper and Korshunov agree that Martian music is crap. Perhaps musical expression is restricted there, either by the government, or by a general lack of leisure time.
Naomi does a heroic thing. Holden also does a heroic thing (reluctantly). Errinwright thinks he’s being heroic but he’s really just trying to save his ass. The truly amazing thing is that, while life support on Ganymede Station is shutting down, no one is making an effort to rescue those trapped there, despite the fact that the moon is surrounded with orbiting military vessels from Mars and Earth.
For just a brief minute, Naomi sounded a bit like Scotty from the Enterprise (minus the Scottish accent) when she took over repairs on the Weeping Somnambulist.
NAOMI: “What the hell are you doing? That doesn’t go there.”
ENGINEER: “Who the hell are you?”
NAOMI: “Please put those down and step away from the panel.”
ENGINEER: “The hell I will.”
NAOMI: “Station power’s failing. There’s no time for this shit. Move!”
The Martian ship that was destroyed remotely by Errinwright was intended to be the Project Caliban hybrid’s transportation off Ganymede, but in the final frames of the episode we see something (the hybrid?) clinging to one of the external ladders on The Rocinante. Melissa and Naomi are heading for Europa, and so, very possibly, is the hybrid, because The Rocinante is likely to follow them there.
— Julien Coquet (@JulienCoquet) April 17, 2017