Anthony Lemke (Three) and Bailee Madison star in THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN, a film about a Halloween prank gone wrong. The pranksters inadvertently unleash a monster, and it tracks them down and will kill them all unless its murderous intent can be shifted to another target. Filmed in Hamilton, Ontario, THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN will air on SyFy (US) on 29 October at 9pm.
Alex Mallari, Jr. (Four) will be Chief Edward Marino in episode five of the TV series DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, a show in which Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) becomes President of the US because he’s the ranking official left alive after an attack. The show was filmed in Toronto, and premiered on ABC (US) and CTV (Canada) on 21 September. Episode five will air on Wednesday 26 October at 10pm.
Kris Holden-Ried (Galactic Authority Inspector Kierken) will be the recurring character Eyvind (probably Eyvind Lamb, a friend of King Harald) in the fifth season of VIKINGS, an Irish-Canadian historical drama inspired by the tales of the raiding, trading, and exploring Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia. Season Five of VIKINGS will premiere on The History Channel in the US and on Showcase in Canada in early 2017.
Melanie Liburd as Kira Geoffries in RUNAWAY ISLAND (2015)
Melanie Liburd (Nyx Harper) will be Alexis in all ten first season episodes of the 2017 Netflix series GYPSY, a psychological thriller written by Lisa Rubin that follows the journey of Jean Holloway (Naomi Watts), a therapist who begins to develop dangerously intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, will direct the first two episodes of the series, which began filming in New York on 27 September and will have its premiere on Netflix in 2017.
Five (undercover as Cassandra) and Commander Truffault arrive on Eos 7
Commander Nieman and his thugs beat the crap out of Three for double crossing Ferrous Corp in Episode 1.2 (even though it was Two who actually engineered that double cross). Fittingly, the bomb that Ferrous Corp planted in the handsome android Arrian in an attempt to destroy the Council of Corporations was, in the words of The Android, “some kind of tarium device”. (At the beginning of Season One, it was a tarium mining colony that the Raza crew saved from destruction.) The bomb inside Arrian must have generated a lot of radiation to shake such a large station after it detonated a short distance away in the vacuum of space.
But the conference was not to be saved. Believing that its demise will help Zairon win the war with Pyr, Four (Alex Mallari, Jr.) blows it up, shuts down The Android, and steals the blink drive. He also warns the Raza crew so they can get off the station in time. (The Android’s reactivation code is DGE 009.) Four makes the mistake of trusting Misaki (Ellen Wong), who takes the opportunity to kill Nyx with a poisoned blade. She will not get away with that. It will be simple for the Raza crew to figure out that Ryo/Four would not use poison and that only he and Misaki had opportunity. They will tell Four, and Misaki is intelligent enough to know that this will happen. It is a reasonable assumption that Misaki thinks she has enough support to depose the Emporer, and possibly even take control herself.
Kyle Mac as the android Arrian. Talking to Five makes his better nature prevail.
To be a guest on The Raza is deadly dangerous, unless you’re one of the original seven (including The Android). Derrick Moss (who masqueraded as One) was murdered. Three’s girlfriend Sarah died when her stasis pod failed. Wendy the Pleasure Droid went rogue and was dismantled by the crew. The young fellow who stowed away with Five bled to death in a storage room. Wexler and Tash were killed by Two after trying to take over the ship. Devon was stabbed in the gut by Hamsmeed. Milo killed himself with a weapon provided by Four. And now Nyx, who joined the ship after the prison break at the beginning of Season Two, falls victim to the ambitious Commander of Zairon‘s Royal Guard.
Eos 7, where the corporate conference took place, is surrounded by a geodesic sphere of security satellites with a radius of 7 light minutes. That’s a big sphere. For comparison, the radius of Earth’s orbit around the sun is about eight light minutes. The satellites are able to generate an “Aslanov exclusion field” which disrupts FTL drives. (In our universe, Aslanov is a brand of vodka, and tarium is an anagram for Atrium.)
Five‘s blonde wig with bangs makes her look old enough to be working for Truffault, and also makes her look like an entirely different person. Putting Three and Six in futuristic suits makes them fit into the crowd on the station. But one wonders why Truffault, who provided the disguises, dressed Two in evening wear.
At the end, it looks like Kierken (Kris Holden-Ried) is almost certainly dead. He was at blast center when the station blew. Five is with Truffault, so she is probably safe. A beaten and bloodied Three is with Lieutenant Anders (Jeff Teravainen) , who apparently has recovered from wounds suffered during the Raza crew’s prison escape, and pops up out of nowhere. Six and Two are unaccounted for, but Six used to work for the GA and should be able to find an escape route, and Two has nanites that enable her to float in space for a while if necessary.
Christine Horne‘s character (who so far has no name) with Commander Truffault. To see more of both of them in Season Three would be a good thing.
Looking ahead to Season Three, Kierken knew that Zairon was responsible for blowing up the station, but he didn’t survive (unless that was another clone, and in that case he wouldn’t retain the memory). The only ones that know the truth of what happened are the crew of The Raza. Truffault is likely to be an ally of Two and her crew now that they saved her life, and will be inclined to believe what they tell her. In the absence of a more convenient explanation, the Galactic Authority will blame The Raza for the station’s destruction, so Truffault may be helpful in shifting the GA’s attention to Zairon. Two will want the blink drive back and The Android might want revenge over the death of her friend Nyx.
Eos 7 beginning to explode. The station likely rotates slowly so that the same side does not always face the system’s primary, causing the shifting starlight shadows noticed in the docking bay by The Android.
David Richmond-Peck (Commander Nieman) is a detective in the Alan Gilsenan film UNLESS, which is based on Carol Shield’s 2002 novel about a successful writer who struggles with her daughter Norah’s decision to drop out of college and live on the streets as a mute in some form of protest. (One of Norah’s sisters is played by Chloe Rose, who appeared in the first two episodes of DARK MATTER.) Here’s a quote from the novel that one hopes is included in the film: “Happiness is the lucky pane of glass you carry in your head. It takes all your cunning just to hang on to it, and once it’s smashed you have to move into a different sort of life.” UNLESS had its premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on 11 September.
Kyle Mac (Arrian) will be Moore in the political thriller MISS SLOANE, the story of a ruthless and highly successful political strategist, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), who exposes the cutthroat world of Washington D.C. lobbyists on both sides of the gun control debate. The film will be released on 9 December in the US (well after the American presidential election).
The illuminated spots moving around Arrian’s wound are far too large to be individual nanites.
Torri Higginson (Commander Truffault) will be Commander Eugenia Pikeman in NOBILITY, a science fiction mocumentary in which the Confederate Alliance decides to make a film about their flagship Nobility (on which Commander Pikeman serves) and it becomes apparent that the crew of that vessel are not the sort of heroes the Alliance is looking for. (PIkeman does sound a bit heroic. According to her character bio, she joined the Confederate Alliance Military Services after spending her youth protecting her brothers and sisters from an abusive father.) Also in the cast are Star Trek’s Walter Koenig, Cas Anvar of THE EXPANSE, and Xena’s Adrienne Wilkinson. NOBILITY‘s first two seasons will initially be released online. Later, they will be combined into a feature-length movie and distributed on DVD and Blu-ray with extras. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Five (Jodelle Ferland) looking worried about Devon. Was he the main reason she was so anxious to leave the altverse?
“Do you know why our Two and Three aren’t like them?”Six asks Five, and goes on to explain. “Because of you. I don’t know exactly what happened, but in this reality, you weren’t there to save my life. There was no mind wipe, and everything turned out different.” Having no Five on The Raza might have consequences far beyond the personalities of the crew. Bad Raza might have started the corporate wars, while Good Raza (the one with Five) has a chance of preventing them. No wonder Five feels uncomfortable in the altverse. It is a timeline created by her absence.
Torri Higginson as Commander Truffault. Perhaps the best thing about the alternative universe was that we got to see more of her.
The altverse Android credits her version of Two (henceforth called Bad Two) with making her what she is. Good Two finds this interesting. Bad Two displays much more cleavage than does Good Two, who steals Bad Two’s coat and brings it with her when The (original) Raza returns home. Good Three refuses rough sex with altverse Tash (Jessica Sipos). Is he (unlikely as this sounds) saving himself for Good Two?
Good Two has good reason for wanting to get back home. In the altverse, Alexander Rook (Will Wheaton) is dead, and very soon Portia/Rebecca/Two will need to go into the shop for repairs. Her hands shook at the end of last episode, and at the end of this one she faints. Both these signs of infirmity happened in the privacy of her quarters, so she was able to conceal it from her shipmates. The Android is probably monitoring the crew’s vital signs, so The Android knows, but The Android is discreet.
Three, not known for his discipline, passively resists Tash’s advances. Is he saving himself for Two?
Having safely returned from the altverse, The Raza crew can probably go there at will. That ability might come in handy, should they need to kidnap a potentially more friendly version of someone for use in their home universe. Everyone in the altverse isn’t bad. It’s possible that there is a version of Hansmeed (for instance) who would be appalled by what his counterpart in another reality is doing. Also, Five clearly misses Devon, and, if she finds out he is dead, certainly has the ability to hijack the ship and go looking for his altverse counterpart.
Two Androids and Two
The Raza brought back a stowaway inside an extra Marauder. It might be Corso, or Wexler, or even Tash. The extra Marauder is equipped with an FTL drive, so we may not find out who that is for a while.
Kathy Maloney as a GNN news anchor in the altverse. Maloney appeared as an injured mother in LOST GIRL episode 5.8
OTHER STUFF – The base where they left Nyx and Devon last episode is called Regulus 12. The Regulus system is about 80 light years from Earth (not that distance matters to The Raza anymore). Nyx has returned to the ship, but we do not see her in this episode. She is spoken of in the third person by Five, and she apparently is not yet aware of Devon’s death. The altverse Android has a verbal shutdown command which has probably been changed but (prior to alt6’s death) was 3T5 GS6.
On the bridge of The Raza, all the metal surfaces are unaccountably discoloured by tarnish, corrosion, or dirt.
There is a puzzling thing about The Raza. On such a technologically advanced spaceship, one would expect the environmental systems to filter out any dust and atmospheric pollutants fairly efficiently. Humidity should also be well controlled. But many of the metal surfaces on board seem either tarnished, corroded, or just plain dirty. What is causing this, and why doesn’t it affect the electronics on board?
Andy Mikita, who directed this episode, will direct four of the twelve first season episodes of TRAVELLERS, a series that sounds like a pre-apocalyptic version of SLIDERS QUANTUM LEAP. (Survivors of a future catastrophe send their minds back through time and possess 21st Century people in the hope of saving humanity from a terrible future.) Currently filming in Vancouver, TRAVELLERS stars Eric McCormack, and will premiere sometime next year on Showcase in Canada, and on Netflix in the US. (Mikita also directed the last two episodes of DARK MATTER’s first season.)
Tyler Blake Smith (left) and Shawn Devlin on DARK MATTER
Tyler Blake Smith (Darcy) will be Dr. Gilchrist in THE MEANING OF LIFE, a film based on the true story of a talented but starving musician (played by Tyler Shaw) who gets a job as a therapeutic clown at a children’s hospital. He is assigned to a nine-year-old girl with leukemia, and the two of them search for the meaning of life during their weekly meetings together. Written and directed by Cat Hostick, THE MEANING OF LIFE will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September.
MEANING OF LIFE director Cat Hostick
Shawn Devlin (Argyn) is Sean in episode 3.4 of CBC’s THE AMAZING GAYL PILE, a show about one man’s misguided quest to conquer the world of home shopping. Gayl Pile (Morgan Waters) finds himself stuck in a daily grind as a host on the Shop-At-Home-Channel. With a forced smile, he engages in cutesy banter with product sellers as they peddle their gadgets, miracle remedies and on-trend ladies wear to TV viewers. All three seasons of the show are now available online from CBC/Comedy in Canada and Seeso in the US.