The episode’s title is “Warrior Princess Bride”, and Dutch‘s origin story does parallel Xena‘s. Both women have many skills and both are attempting to atone for “Sins of the Past“. (That was the title of Xena’s first episode.) Immersed in “greenspace”, which seems to be an interactive virtual reality, Dutch, wounded by The Lady, is carried to temporary safety by Khlyen, who tells her a story from her own memories that he says will save her life — the tale of how she and Johnny came to be Killjoys. We learn that, when interrogated at Killjoys headquarters, Dutch beat an unbeatable lie detector, and the only way to do that is to tell a different truth instead of lying. So Khlyen tells her a story to help her conceal what she needs to conceal from The Lady. Continue reading →
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.
“This season promises to be a twisted romp, but the heart and soul of Killjoys remains the same – that of deep friendships and family bonds. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
— Michelle Lovretta (to Trent Moore of Blastr)
Episode One is titled DUTCH AND THE REAL GIRL. Michelle Lovretta tweeted this during production: “You guys, Killjoys 201 is full of so much joy & love & fun & violence. Just watched amazing fight choreo. I’m giddy, can’t wait to share!” (It would be interesting if the story would in some way parallel that of the 2007 film LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, in which a nice but socially inept young man develops a platonic relationship with a sex doll named Bianca.) Some of the premiere episode’s cast has been revealed. Ryan Blakely (Orphan Black’s Reverend Mike) will be a character named Toad. Savannah Burton‘s character is thus far known only as “Itchy Woman”, and Mark Sparks (who was a guard at RAC HQ in episode 1.9) will be Black Root Lieutenant (an officer in an organization called ‘Black Root’?) It might be that ‘Black Root’ is a heretical sect within the Scarback religion, which seems to have its roots in an arboreal metaphor.
Lovretta tweeted this photo on 23 January saying: ‘On set killjoys 204: writers, producers and…a jug of urine? @juliandoucet@fortuneshunter @quitewarm #NightShoot’
Episode Two‘s title, WILD WILD WESTERLEY, is probably an homage to Wild Wild West, a late 60’s TV show that lasted 4 seasons, and was cancelled as part of an (apparently unsuccessful) effort by the US government to reduce the amount of violence on television. The show featured steampunky fantasy elements and Secret Service agents in the old west. In the cast of KILLJOYS 2.2 are Tyler McMaster (redneck #1 in LOST GIRL 5.1), and Gavin Fox (Lionel, the drug dealer guy who steals Helena’s frozen eggs in Orphan Black Season Three). The episode was directed by Martin Wood, who also directed episode 1.11 of DARK MATTER (the one where Two survives being spaced and saves everybody).
Episode Four is THURSDAY’S CHILD. One can only hope the title is a reference to the Georgette Heyer novel FRIDAY’S CHILD, in which the protagonist, rejected by the object of his desire, vows to marry the first woman he lays eyes on. There is a Star Trek original series episode called Friday’s Child which seems a more likely reference. In that one, the unborn offspring of a dead ruler is the subject of a Klingon/Federation dispute. The Mother Goose rhyme from which all these titles derive, instructs that: “Thursday’s child has far to go.”
Natasha Bromfield will be Big Borna in Episode 2.4 – Thursday’s Child
The Thursday’s Child story might center on one of the young actors in the cast. Peyton Kennedy, Jack Fulton, and Athena Park all appear in this episode, and any of them might be the title character. (It will be Park’s TV debut.) Natasha Bromfield will be a character called Big Borna in this story, and Jake Michaels, who was in LOST GIRL episode 5.3 Big In Japan, will be Bruxton.
Tyler McMaster, Trent Pardy, Zach Apostoleris, and Anna Silk in a scene from LOST GIRL 5.1 — McMaster will be a character named Buck Welnar in KILLJOYS episode 2.2
At some point during Season Two, D’Avin (Luke McFarlane) grows a beard. Episode Five, as yet untitled, was written by Adam Barken, who also wrote the fifth episode of Season One. A Glitch in the System. (Last week, SyFy UK aired KILLJOYS 1.5 an hour later than usual to avoid cutting some of the more graphic content.)