Tommie-Amber Pirie (Ollie in “A Skinner, Darkly“) stars as Renee in Pat Mills’ thriller THE RETREAT. Renee and Valerie (Sarah Allen) plan to get married. They spend a weekend at a remote cabin to sort out some relationship difficulties, but soon after arriving discover that they are being hunted by a group of militant serial killers. Aaron Ashmore (John Jaqobis), Patrick Garrow (Turin), and Gavin Fox (Gared) are also in the cast. Alyson Richards, who wrote the screenplay, told Tim Dams of Variety: “As a queer woman, I was getting really frustrated that in so many genre films, the queer female characters are often revealed to be the psychotic killer or are killed. I really wanted to write a script where the gay characters didn’t turn on each other but instead turned to each other to survive.” THE RETREAT completed filming in Ontario last winter. No release date has been announced. Continue reading →
KILLJOYS – Season 5 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
The Lady (Alanna Bale) is pursuing Jaq (Jaeden Noel) because her hatchlings (as she calls her offspring) can only live in specific environments, while Jaq’s body has Hullen genes and can survive in a much broader range of conditions. The term “hatchlings” suggests creatures born of an egg-laying species. According to Lucy’s DNA analysis, it is a 97% probability that the dead hatchling given to her for analysis is a clone. (Many Earth species have the ability to reproduce by parthenogenesis, and The Lady might also have this ability. Offspring produced by apomictic parthenogenesis are full clones of their mother.) Continue reading →
KILLJOYS – Season 2 Episode 10 – SPOILERS
The story of the green goo’s origin, as related by Khlyen, could be taken as a cautionary tale about the hazards of GMO’s. The material was found while Khlyen was developing new ways to feed people. The goo was originally thought to be a miracle growth agent, but besides increasing growth, it modified the organisms that bonded with it, and tried to make them perfect.
Khlyen (Rob Stewart) figures out a way to kill all the green goo in The Quad, making Aneela’s planned invasion impractical. (Apparently the goo exists most everywhere. It just needs to be awakened.) Though Khlyen has to sacrifice himself to get that done, he does tell us some interesting stuff before he dies.
The green goo is called Hullen, and it contains an invasive neuroparasite. All creatures with whom a particular source of Hullen has combined are connected, even at interstellar distances. (The mechanism for this connection is unspecified.) Find some original goo and kill it, and it dies in all of the creatures with which it has merged. There are, however, other sources of Hullen in The J and they are unaffected. The goo does not normally turn people into slaves. That was a modification made by Khlyen’s daughter Aneela, who was too young when she was exposed to the stuff, went mad, and is now something of a megalomaniac. Why Dutch looks like Aneela is a mystery even to Khlyen. He was surprised to find her.
Dutch and Khlyen locate some of The Quad‘s source goo in The Archive a secure deep space storage facility located in the Crow Nebula. The Archive Keeper, Dej Serafan (Rick Howland), is suspicious of Dutch (who masquerades as Aneela) but his guards are no match for Khlyen and the Killjoy. Meanwhile, Lucy and John do some fancy flying (reminiscent of Star Wars) to escape the Black Root ships chasing them and save Dutch, who, after entering the vault, suddenly found herself in low orbit around an unknown star. Johnny explains that the vault’s variable location must be one of The Archive‘s security features. “There must be some sort of Meyer-portal tech,” he says. “Or gradient warp field…best way to keep all that treasure safe, not even have it on the station.” Now we know that warp field technology exists in The J. (Meyer-portals are yet to be explained.)
It is unclear how Rick Howland’s character might become recurring in Season Three, but one can always hope. The thing that requires Dej to be so calm is the explosive device in his chest that is linked to his heart rate and prevents him from being attacked. Problem is, if he were to die suddenly of natural causes, the results would be unfortunate. How does The Archive protect itself against such an eventuality?
Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) to avenge Pawter’s death. (We do not know if he killed her. Delle closed her eyes, but did not conclusively breathe her last breath on screen.) Rather than bring heat down on the rest of the team, Johnny decides to steal a ship and leave The Quad. Lucy hooks him up with Clara (Stephanie Leonidas) and the two of them steal the Black Root ship that Khlyen and Fancy appropriated a while back, and it looks like that ship has an FTL drive. Clara’s last minute return to the show gives Season two a cheerful ending.
Johnny and Clara are off exploring, so it seems likely that Fancy, now just an “ordinary asshole”, will take Johnny’s place on the team, at least for the beginning of Season Three. (Dutch has declared war on green goo everywhere, so that might mean they’ll take Lucy on the occasional interstellar expedition.) For Johnny to return to The Quad, something has to change. If Seyah Kendry did not die, and has some use for the Killjoys, she might barter immunity for Johnny in exchange for their services. Again, one can always hope.
Sean Baek (Fancy Lee) will be Thomas in a production of the Kate Hennig play THE LAST WIFE, a contemporary retelling of the relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII. Parr’s secret liaisons with Thomas, her husband’s former brother-in-law, could get her killed; and her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry’s daughters puts further strain on her marriage. The play will run from 20 September to 16 October at the Belfry Theatre.
Kunal Jaggi (sick lab worker) will be Herman in APHOTIC WOMB, a psychological thriller about a couple dealing with great personal loss. (Aphotic means ‘without light’.) The film will have a limited theatrical release on 10 October as part of the 2016 After Dark Horrorfest. A tralier is available on YouTube.
The Wolf Saga song Calling, track 3 on the Waves EP, is playing while Johnny and Clara fire up the Black Root ship at the end of the episode. (It also played in KILLJOYS episode 2.3 when Dutch and Alvis were about to kiss.) The Wolf Saga song Ma Vie, also from the Waves EP was played in episode 2.2, when Pree stabs Gared in the hand. Wolf Saga’s next live performance will be at POP MONTREAL on 24 September.
and The Space Channel for a third season.