Orphan Black S5 E8 Guillotines Decide

Orphan Black draws nearer the last episode with “Guillotines Decide,” the 8th episode of season 5. In this episode, it was the best of times. It was the worst of times. This is a recap. There are spoilers. Continue reading “Orphan Black S5 E8 Guillotines Decide”

Watch This: Dark Matter 1st Trailer

Are we lost in space yet? Why, yes, almost.

The first trailer for the SyFy drama Dark Matter is out. The new series will have 13-episodes on SyFy, debuting June 12th.

In the photo above, you see the cast of the spaceship. They are: Alex Mallari Jr. as “Four”, Roger Cross as “Six”, Anthony Lemke as “Three”, Melissa O’Neil as “Two”, Marc Bendavid as “One”, Jodelle Ferland as “Five” and Zoie Palmer as “The Android”.
Photo credit: Dennys Illic.

I count 3 women and 4 men – assuming the Android can be gender identified – with several more female characters coming into the show as regulars and guests. I love this habit in Canada to make TV with lots of female characters. Go, Canada!

As you can gather from the trailer, this spaceship crew awakens with no memory of where they are or why they are there.

It sounds interesting to me as a sci-fi fan and because favorite actors such as Roger Cross, Anthony Lemke and Zoie Palmer are regulars. With such a small cast, it will be interesting to see who the good guys are, who the bad guys are, and what part the android has in the story. Everyone including the creators and the cast are veterans of one or more big sci-fi hits, so they bring the chops for a genre show in spades.

I always wanted Roger Cross to be on Lost Girl, maybe as an incubus who interacts with Bo. He’s been in every other Canadian show there is, I swear, but for some reason he never showed up on Lost Girl. Now he and Zoie Palmer will be together on Dark Matter, which isn’t exactly what I wanted, but it’s close.

Recurring characters will be played by David Hewlett and Amanda Brugel with Torri Higginson and Ruby Rose showing up as guest stars.

Dark Matter is created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and is based on the graphic novels of the same name.

Orphan Black: Governed As It Were By Chance

The tension sizzles, everyone is sinister, and we don’t know who to trust in “Governed As It Were By Chance,” episode 4 of season 2 of Orphan Black. Everything ahead is a spoiler, but the story is not described in the order in which it happened.

The episode begins at the car wreck. Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) walks away with Cal (Michiel Huisman), leaving Daniel (Matthew Bennett) behind for dead. She hides the wrecked car under some brush with Daniel still inside.

Sarah and Kira in the camper
Sarah and Kira

Cal, for unexplained reasons (which makes him suspicious as hell), has a camper that isn’t registered in his name. Cal, Sarah, and Kira (Skyler Wexler) head off in it. Sarah trusts him, at least for now.

Sarah stops in at Mrs. S’s place. Felix (Jordan Gavaris) just happens to be there. They dig through old photos and scrapbooks and find clues about Susan and Ethan Duncan – as in Rachel Duncan’s parents – who are the people in the Project Leda photo. They also find photos of Carlton, the man who brought Sarah to Siobhan in the beginning. As they leave, the basement door opens and we realize someone has been listening.

Later, Sarah has a Skype conversation with Cosima. She shares her new intel and Cosima promises to investigate. Before Sarah called, Cosima was rewatching the videos of Jennifer’s slow death. She has to break off the call from Sarah quickly to hide her own tubercular-sounding cough and her own declining health.

Sarah and Cal
Sarah and Cal

Sarah wants to go to Rachel’s place. She gets Cal to agree to watch Kira.

Detective Art Bell (Kevin Hanchard) is hanging about outside the Prolethean compound taking photos. He cannot see inside, but we see Helena wake up. She remembers vague snatches of the strange wedding. Gracie (Zoé De Grand Maison) tries to smother her. Helena overpowers her and runs off. She passes through a lab on her way out and remembers something being “taken out of her.” The look of distaste on her face as she recalls being in the lab suggests sensibilities in Helena that we haven’t seen before. Outside, Helena runs past Art Bell. He realizes who she is and delays the men who chase her, allowing her to get a head start.

Felix wants Allison to get her dignity back.
Felix wants Allison to get her dignity back.

Allison’s story is interspersed with these events. She’s in rehab, where Felix tells her she went voluntarily. Allison remembers nothing. She broke her arm when she fell from the stage; she’s a mess. Felix thinks rehab will be good for her and help her get her dignity back. Plus, dear daddy Donnie  (Kristian Bruun) shows up and threatens to take the kids away if she doesn’t stay. Allison will be peeing a cup for a few days while everyone else is in mortal peril.

Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) searches out Carlton. Carlton is played by Roger Cross, who must be the busiest actor in Canada – he’s in absolutely everything. Carlton just got out of jail for human trafficking. Siobhan is very happy to see him. She looks him over with an expression of pure lust, kisses him, unbuttons his shirt, tugs at his belt, and they get it on standing up in a hallway outside the men’s room where she found him. Why, Mrs. S, we hardly knew you.

So happy to see you, Carlton
So happy to see you, Carlton

Later they sit down for a pint and a talk. We learn that Mrs. S was in the know on Project Leda, that she’s known Sarah was a clone from the start. Makes me wonder if Felix is a clone and we just haven’t been told yet. Carlton mentions someone called The Ferryman, who will no doubt be important later.

Gotta love the double helix stickers on Cosima's computer
Gotta love the double helix stickers on Cosima’s computer

Sarah talks to Cosima and Felix, who have news to share. Rachel’s parents were geneticists doing DNA research. Cosima tells Sarah the Greek myth about Leda. The god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces (or rapes) Leda. According to Greek mythology, Leda bore the half-human, half-gods Helen and the twins Castor and Pollux.

Through some smooth tricks, Sarah gets in Rachel’s empty apartment. She’s watching videos of Rachel with her loving parents when the left-for-dead Daniel walks in. He straps Sarah to the plumbing and is about to cut her throat with a straight razor when Helena comes in and makes a bloody mess of him. He’s really dead this time.

Helena and Sarah
Helena and Sarah

The sight of a not-dead Helena terrifies Sarah more than anything she’s endured up to this point. Helena addresses her as sister, says she followed her there from their mother’s house (meaning Mrs. S’s) and advances toward her.

Love ya, sis. Plus, damn, the editing on this show is brilliant.
Love ya, sis. Plus, damn, the editing on this show is brilliant.

Helena wants not to stab her sister with the huge bloody knife, but to give her a full body hug of hello. Helena is surprising in this episode – smarter than she’s seemed before in ways that show both intelligence and self-awareness. Her willingness to embrace the twin who put a bullet in her just a few days ago is also a surprise.

As the episode ends, we see that Henrik (Peter Outerbridge) took an egg from Helena, which is now fertilized and growing in a Petri dish. Big news: Sarah is not the only fertile clone. I imagine the sperm was Henrik’s, since he pictures himself as the godlike swan in Helena’s story.

The quote from Francis Bacon for this episode:

The spirit of man is in fact a thing variable and full of perturbation, and governed as it were by chance.

3 Reasons to Catch up on Continuum

Are you a fan of Continuum? If not, I’m here to convert you.

First, check out this extended preview of season 3, episode 1. It’s from Showcase, the Canadian source of the show. The series is set in Vancouver. It appears on SyFy in the U.S, where season 3 just began airing.

If this show passed you by, here are three big reasons to catch up with Continuum and continue to watch the new episodes.

1. Rachel Nichols Stars

That’s right, a female led science fiction tale. This one is a time travel story. Rachel Nichols stars as Kiera Cameron, who comes from 65 years in the future. In her own time, she has a husband and son to whom she wants desperately to return.

Rachel Nichols in Continuum
Rachel Nichols in her Continuum body suit.

Part of her life as a law enforcement officer from the future is the marvel of a body suit she wears that connects her to any information she needs and is a nerdgasm of awesome tech.

2. It’s Action Packed and Future Techy

When she arrives in our time, Kiera becomes a cop who astounds everyone in the department because she seems to know things no one else knows. Her cop partner in this timeline is played by Victor Webster. Her boss is a cranky Brian Markinson. (Brian Markinson seems to fill every casting niche when a cranky boss is needed.)

Victor Webster and Rachel Nichols in Continuum
Victor Webster and Rachel Nichols in Continuum

Part of the reason she knows everything is her body suit, and the other part is that she is connected to Alec Sadler. In the future, Alec Sadler is rich and part of the corporation. He invents the time machine. In our time, he is a young computer genius played by Erik Knudsen who tries to help Kiera and tries to figure out why his future self sent her back to him. His computers are in her head.

There are terrorists from a group called Liber8 who want to free themselves from the corporation. One of my favorite leaders of Liber8 is played by Roger Cross. Other time travelers also want to change the future, or, like Kiera, return to the future they once had without causing any changes.

3. The Themes and Issues are Relevant

In the future, there is no government, there is only the corporation. How’s that for an important and topical theme?  As we come closer and closer to a money-run country rather than a democratic country, story lines dealing with all aspects of what this means are worth exploring.

If you want to catch up and have to pay to do it, season 1 is better than season 2. The idea that there was no government, only the corporation, was a big part of season 1. In season 2, the stories were more about the police chasing the terrorists who are out to change the future – in other words, more police procedural and less time travel and sci fi. As you saw in the video above from episode 1 of season 3, there may be a return to the high tech, time travel, roots of the story in season 3. Season 3 is just starting on SyFy on Friday nights.

How to Catch Up

The first two seasons are available on Netfix. For those of you with access to Netflix, you’re golden.

At the Continuum channel on YouTube, you can catch up on episodes from season 1 and 2 at $1.99 per episode. It’s also $1.99 per episode on Amazon Prime, with the entire season going for $14.99.  That’s cheaper than the iTunes price, which is $2.99 per episode.

SyFy has a few videos, but not full episodes.

A Season One 101 photo gallery at SyFy contains 20 photos with descriptions that can help you understand what is going on in the story and who a lot of the characters are. Speaking of photo galleries, check out this Pinterest Continuum board.

[Note: This post was syndicated on BlogHer.com.]

Continuum Images © 2013 Syfy Media

The L Word Opening Credits (Season Six)

The idea is that you can get everything you need to know about an episode of The L Word from just the opening credits. If you know who was in an episode, you can remember what happened, right? Well, that’s my contention and I’m here to bring you the recap of final season of The L Word using nothing but the opening credits. Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Six)”