Mung-Ling Tsui (Empress Ishida in “Sometimes in Life You Don’t Get To Choose“) will be Nai Nai (Tia’s grandmother) in THE SWAN (aka “Dancing In The Shadow of Mao”), a film adaptation of Agnes Bristow’s biography of Tia (Tiejun) Zhang, a young ballerina who grew up in Maoist China. The book follows Tia as she gains acceptance at China’s first professional ballet school and goes on to become one of the country’s leading experts in traditional Chinese dance. Then her life of privilege is interrupted by the Cultural Revolution. Tia is played by Kristina Tonteri-Young (who will be Sister Beatrice in Simon Barry’s WARRIOR NUN), and Russell Yuen appears as Tia’s father. Directed by Lief Bristow from a screenplay by Agnes Bristow, THE SWAN will be released in Canada on 1 December. Continue reading →
DARK MATTER – Season 1 Episodes 6 through 9 – SPOILERS
Three tries to identify the flavour of a dehydrated veggie chip that looks like a green apple. He offers one to Two, who eats it without comment. Later, Three is moved to tears by the book Charlotte’s Web, possibly by a passage like this:
“I’ve got a new friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is! Charlotte is fierce, brutal, scheming, bloodthirsty—everything I don’t like. How can I learn to like her, even though she is pretty and, of course, clever?”
–― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
One turns out to be Derrick Moss, a rich guy who had plastic surgery to make himself look like Jace Corso. Moss took Corso’s place on the Raza with the idea of killing Marcus Boone (aka Three) whom he believes killed his wife. One learns who he is and what he really looks like when he uses Transfer Transit to chase down Six who was seeking revenge against the dude who made him complicit in mass murder. Two points out to One that he does not remember that wife of his, so taking revenge for her death might be a bit irrational. Since One and Two are sort of a couple, One seems to accept what she says and takes no action against Three. In fact he saves Three’s life again.
The very large locked door was opened, and behind it was a disassembled pleasure droid, lots of money, and a woman in stasis who turned out to be Three’s girlfriend (in stasis because she was dying of Tataryn’s disease, which is incurable and named after DARK MATTER’s First Assistant Director Brandon Tataryn). In hopes of gaining knowledge about themselves, they revived the girlfriend, whose name was Sarah. In hopes of relieving boredom they assembled the droid, whose name was Wendy. The pleasure droid was taken over by an enemy of the Raza crew (whom they of course do not remember) and tried to kill everybody by flying the ship into a star. Wendy was decapitated by Four, and the only one to die as a result of her attack was Sarah.
Four is a Prince who would have become Emporer, but for being framed for his father’s murder by his nasty stepmother. He arranged to meet the guy who usurped his throne (his step-brother) and was met with a squad of soldiers instead. Four, with some assistance from the Raza‘s crew kills about a dozen of the Emporer’s soldiers, and also manages to kill a bunch of local rednecks.
The Android has emotions, and is upset about it. She knows Two’s secret (whatever that is. The only thing odd we’ve been told about Two is her propensity for rapid healing.) The Android was temporarily disabled by Wendy, but seems to have fully recovered.
Transfer Transit, a system by which people travel the galaxy by temporarily placing their consciousness in the body of a clone created at their destination, uses 3D printing to create the clone bodies. (3D printing of human tissue is already in the early stages of development. See Thomas Frey’s article How Long Before I Can 3D Print a Replacement Body for Myself?.) A few questions about the depiction of the clone-making process on DARK MATTER do come to mind. First, how is the blood made to remain in the blood vessels during the printing process? Second, why does the clone turn to dust when it is killed? And third, since one’s consciousness can be transmitted across the galaxy, does this technology imply the existence of wireless brain backup?
Five is a street kid named Das who made a living as a pickpocket until she stole the wrong thing and had to flee for her life. She stowed away on the Raza, was caught, and was about to be spaced by Three when someone or something intervened. A wounded friend who stowed away with her did not survive the experience and was found dead in a cargo container. Five invited Six to go see a movie with herself and some of the other crew members. The film was Star Wars 36 “remastered and in VR”. The third film in the second Star Wars trilogy was released in 2005, 22 years after the last film in the first trilogy was released. Assuming there is a trilogy produced every 22 years, Star Wars 36 would have been released in 2225.
Dan Jeannotte, (Derrick Moss with his real face) is Brandon in the Hallmark series GOOD WITCH, which has been renewed for a 12 episode second season. Anthony Lenke (Three) is a regular on that series. There will be a two hour October premiere, and the 10 remaining Season Two episodes will air sometime in 2016.
Russel Yuen (Akita) will be Lt. David Chu in the series BLOOD AND WATER, which is due to air on OMNI television in Canada this fall. The series will star Steph Song as Josephine Bradley, a Vancouver cop whose investigation of a wealthy family causes trouble. Peter Outerbridge of ORPHAN BLACK is also in the cast.
Natalie Brown (Sarah) will be Susan Jacobs in XX, an anthology of four horror stories all of which will be directed by women and will have female leads. The directors were given free creative rein within budget
and time constraints. Brown’s segment is “The Box” (written and directed by Jovanka Vuckovic).