The highly enjoyable video selfies from Fan Expo continue as Sue and I catch up with the fantastic Kevin Hanchard from Space Channel’s brilliant series Orphan Black!
So welcome to Day 2 of our annual Geekfest, which for Sue and I tends to be better than Christmas!!
We saw lots of fun stuff today! And got to have some of our photo ops done, more on that in a second…
There was some great stuff to be seen today (and cool filters and effects added with Vignette.
Then we swung by and chatted with the guys at Rotten Rags, and I bought a Slimer shirt to go with Sue’s Count shirt, both of which glow in the dark!
You can check out their site here! These shirts are AWESOME!!
We also saw some fantastic art, like of Vincent Marcone, who runs My Pet Skeleton, check out the moody, gothic and hypnotically dark art here!
We also checked out the beautiful masks at The Devil’s Latex…
They have a Faceboook page under the same name, and an Instagram account as well.
And if you have a moment, check out the amazing artwork of Dan Holst Soelberg on his Facebook page here.
Costumes were out in full effect today, and who doesn’t like this pair of clone troopers from Star Wars?
We spent a large amount of time in Photo Op lines today, so let’s just get this out-of-the-way…
We had scoped out photo op prices before coming in on Thursday, and had taken out the required amount of cash for them (Sue and I split our photo ops). When we got there though, we didn’t realize that pricing had gone up versus what was posted on the website.
Now let’s clarify, the website does say that prices are subject to change. That’s fine. I suggest perhaps that they promote the online option a bit better and warn that prices may be higher in person. However, when we checked the pricing on the site again after… they were still listed at the lower price. Once the con is under way, if the prices are going to go up, they should be reflected across the board… Just saying. Otherwise, it may cause some problems…
Despite that, there were some awesome pluses to this year’s photo ops, the lines were incredibly well-organized, all of the show’s volunteers seem to be right on the ball this year, and were friendly and knowledgeable, and here’s the best part…
Elapsed turnaround time from the time you’re photo is taken to having it in your hand… at no point did Sue or I wait more than 2 minutes. Seriously, it was the quickest turnaround time I have ever seen! They have this system down now, and it works amazingly well!
Does that balance out the higher pricing? Not so much. And one could say, well there are ATMs on site (that charge a service fee for their use) – it’s one small, but incredibly crucial thing that needs to be looked at and addresses for next year.
Overall we had a great day, and ended our evening with the Orphan Black cast panel, featuring Kevin Hanchard, Dylan Bruce, and Jordan Gavaris, as well as creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson. Tatiana Maslany is in London, prepping to return to the show, but was kind enough to send a long a quick video message.
The panel was a lot of fun, and then afterwards, thanks to our wonderful friends at Space, we got some time to chat with Dylan and Kevin! Stay tuned for those, I should have them up early in the week!
Overall, a great second day, and tomorrow looks to be busy, packed, and more fun at Toronto’s Fan Expo!
That’s how much Amanda Brugel’s Brug’s Army raised for their first ever charity event. The monies will go to the Blooview Children’s Hospital, which is just brilliant.
But just as important for the fans who gave their money, they had a wonderful evening chatting and laughing with some of Canada’s best and brightest.
Sue, our op and good friend Bonnie, and myself all arrived just shortly before the doors opened for the upstairs area that had been reserved, and we fell into the queue which leapt up the stairs to meet all of the amazing folks who Amanda had arranged to join the fans and folks that night.
And what a list of people!
We grabbed a table over by the open windows, and caught up with our friend Rick Howland (Lost Girl) and his wonderful wife Nadia, whom we hadn’t seen in ages. We just sat and chatted, watching the buzz of activity fill the room as people, who had come from all over for this event, got to meet some of their favorite television stars.
We delightedly got to catch up with our friends Adam Korson and Carrie-Lynn Neales from Seed. We hadn’t seen Adam since his appearance on our show, but there really doesn’t seem to be a nicer or funnier guy around and he hugged all of us on sight, and asked when he could come back on our show, so stay tuned for that, cause we’re going to make that happen!
Also on hand were our friends Lara-Jean Chorostecki (Hannibal) and Trenna Keating (Defiance), who came over to our table to give us a big hello, a round of hugs, and a catch-up of all the stuff we’d all been up to since we last saw one another. They’re both brilliantly funny and engaging and seemed to be having a great time with everyone.
It was actually a lot of fun to see some of the celebs meeting one another for the first time, and consequently tweeting pics about it.
And I need to apologize right now, as neither Sue nor I took pictures, we were just happy to catch up with our friends and spend an evening in their company.
I wandered about and bumped into the group from Degrassi, including Cory Lee, Raymond Ablack and our dear friend, and one of the stars of The Lesser Blessed, Chloe Rose.
As I wandered back to our table, I saw that we’d been joined by Paul Amos (Lost Girl, Captain Canuck) and caught up with him for a bit.
Through it all a whirlwind of activity surrounded Amanda and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl), so much so that we didn’t get a chance to even say hi to Amanda until later in the evening though she more than made up for it by wrapping us up in a big hug and thanking Sue and I profusely. We love that woman!
We also got a brief moment to chat with Stephanie Anne Mills (Seed) and get caught up with her, she’s delightful and such a joy to chat with.
And in the midst of it all, we finally found the hilarious Kate Hewlett, who we’re looking forward to having back on our show, and I had the unique pleasure of introducing her and Adam Korson to one another, and just watch the two of them goof and riff with one another right from the get-go, it was a lot of fun, and a highlight of the evening for me.
There were a few people there that we hadn’t met yet, and were eager to say hello to, and hope to persuade them to join us on our show, including the lovely Vanessa Matsui (Seed) and her co-star Matt Baram, as well as Kevin Hanchard and Inga Cadranel from Orphan Black.
It was a well put together event, and considering that there were over 100 people there celebs included, everything seemed to go very smoothly, and everyone got into the relaxed chatty atmosphere, wandering from circle to circle, introducing themselves and snapping pictures and getting autographs.
It was such an easy atmosphere, Brug’s Army did an amazing job, and it seemed to work brilliantly.
The thing that simply stumped Sue and I the most though, were there were people there, people we didn’t know, who knew us because they watch our show! One woman shared with us that not only did she love our chat with Adam and Carrie, and loved how we put our guests so at ease, but that she uses that episode to unwind after tough days, and just rewatches it for all the laughs (#appreciatewood).
In the end, it was a fantastic night, with a lot of friends and new friends, chatting, sharing a beverage and a laugh, and happily doing it all for an amazing cause.
Amanda Brugel and Brug’s Army did a fantastic thing on Sunday eve, and I hope it’s just the beginning of a number of events like this.
We had a great night, and it was so good to see all of you!
Thank you to everyone who came from near and far to join in the festivities for the evening!
And congratulations on helping to raise $21,000 for the hospital!
And just like that the first season of Orphan Black has come to a close, and 2 of the clones have made a deal with the devil, I mean Leekie (Matt Frewer).
There are hints about secrets and revelations aplenty in this episode, but only a couple are completely revealed by episode’s end, including the stunning message encoded in the clones’ DNA which will simply screw over Allison and Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) now that they have signed on with Leekie, and not even so much Leekie as the ProClone we’re introduced to this week… Rachel Duncan (told you this was going to be another role for Tatiana!).
Holy the hits just keep on coming!
Helena posing as Sarah kills Amelia (Melanie Nicholls-King) just as she’s about to reveal something about Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy), but not before giving a picture to Sarah of two nameless scientists working in July of 1977.
Sarah is arrested by Art (Kevin Hanchard) and Angela (Inga Cadranel) but is sprung just as she seems to open up to Art.
Paul (Dylan Bruce) reveals the secret of what Leekie has on him.
Cosima is sick and coughing up blood, something she reveals to Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) who shows up in town and promises she’s on her side.
Allison lets Aynesley (Natalie Lisinska) die!
Who did Rachel phone? Did she call Mrs. S and she’s who took Kira (Skyler Wexler)or is there someone else out there we haven’t met yet, who took them both?
And how much longer can Sarah remain stuck between Rachel & Leekie and the police investigation… Especially now that Helena’s body is being added to the pile…
Everything we’ve seen and learned this season came tumbling to these final moments, and, we’re now left with more questions than we had at the beginning of the series, and I personally think that’s awesome.
There is not a missed beat or moment in this episode, as Graeme Manson one of the series creators pens the episode that gets ready to throw us full throttle into season 2, opening up the whole can of worms of who can we trust all over again.
Not to mention the ethical questions that are being raised again. the morality of creating human clones is one thing, now claiming they’re patents and property is a whole ‘nother ball of wax, it goes to the very heart of how we define ourselves as human. I hope the show continues to tackle these concepts and invite the audience to come to their own conclusions while still providing us with top-notch entertainment.
Tatiana Maslany has proven herself to be a fantastic actor by anyone’s definition of the word, she has been amazing this season, and the work of those surrounding her have contributed to the quality of the show, Jordan, Inga, Maria, Kevin, Skyler, Michael Mando, Daniel Kash… All of them have turned in great performances, and I cannot wait to see what amazing things we’ll learn and experience next season!
Orphan Black has proven that it is one of the smartest, darkest, and most enjoyable shows on television, I am hoping for a long, healthy run for the series!
What was your favorite moment of Season 1 and what would you like to see in Season 2?
It’s hard writing reviews for this show each week, because one runs out of ways to describe Tatiana Maslany’s stellar performances. She continues to stun and shine in every incarnation she embodies on the show, and this week was no different.
In the season’s penultimate episode Alex Levine’s script puts Graeme Manson’s and John Fawcett’s creations through a gambit of beats and emotions. The noose is getting tighter around our characters while at the same time the canvas of the mystery seems to be getting larger.
And apparently I’ve been spelling Cosima’s name wrong. Oops.
The episode picks up immediately after little Kira (Skyler Wexler) was hit by a car last week, in what was a heart-stopping moment. Wow.
Helena (Maslany) realizing its her fault that Kira was hurt reaches a catalyst and refuses to help Tomas (Daniel Kash) anymore, who then cages her!!
Sarah agrees to meet with Leekie (Matt Frewer) at a place of her own choosing with Paul’s (Dylan Bruce) help.
Cosima finds differentiating marker DNA in the tests she’s run on the clones, allowing Leekie to differentiate each clone. But it’s how he learned all their names that burns Cosima…
Allison with nowhere to go and nothing to do, tidies Felix’s (Jordan Gavaris) apartment and then persuades him to return to suburbia with him to collect some of her things while Donnie (Kristian Bruun) is out. Unfortunately the two of them stumble right into an intervention led by Aynesley (Natalie Lisinska). It’s a wonderfully orchestrated sequence that sees Allison finally asserting herself in her public life as much as she has in her private life.
Art (Kevin Hanchard) and Angela (Inga Cadranel) are on the verge of a breakthrough with their homicide investigations of the Jane Does that all look the same and it’s discovered that Beth has been long dead.
We also learn more about Sarah as Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) brings in a huge surprise for her.
The show continues to knock my socks off, proving consistently and proudly that it is one of the smartest, well thought out, acted, directed, and produced creations currently on television. Knowing that they’ve been tapped for a second season just makes me wonder how much more we’re going to learn about Sarah and the others, the her in-vitro mother, the scientists who arranged everything and who’s pulling all the strings… and hopefully leading to an answer of why? Why were they created?
As long as the next series brings the same level of professionalism and attention to detail that this first one has, the second installment of this engaging story will continue to knock me over with its writing and its performances.
Still, after next week, it’s a long wait…
Perhaps Sue and I can find our way onto the set for Season 2 so we can get a sneak peek when cameras start rolling.
Orphan Black airs Saturdays on Space.
The circles Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) as well as her clones Kasima and Allison seem to be resembling nooses as the first season of this amazing show rockets towards its finale, only two episodes left after this!
Art (Kevin Hanchard) and Angela (Inga Cadranel) learn that the Jane Does they’ve been investigating are dead ringers for who they believe is Beth.
So they start running down any lead they can find, however slim. They track down Felix (Jordan Gavaris) through the paperwork he had to fill out at the morgue, and Art realizes he was the same fella who called about Beth.
Leekie (Matt Frewer) and Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) decide to up their activity on Kasima, and Delphine is sent in to seduce and be seduced by Kasima.
Helena finds a letter in the jacket she got from Sarah with a letter and pictures from Kira (Skyler Wexler), which troubles her, because as far as we’ve seen so far, none of the clones can have children, suggesting of course that Sarah is the original, despite what Helena’s religious nut handler, is telling her.
Paul (Dylan Bruce) convinces Olivier (David Richmond-Peck) to keep the secret of the other clones from Leekie from now, but that gambit doesn’t pay off.
Allison in the meanwhile files for divorce and then has an afternoon encounter with Aynesley’s (Natalie Lisinska) husband, then shows up drunk at Felix’s apartment moments before Art and Angela arrive to run down their leads.
In the end, Sarah and Allison end up at Mrs. S’ (Maria Doyle Kennedy), as Sarah tries to learn more about her past, and keep Allison safe for the time being.
Things get even worse when Helena shows up, and abducts Kira!
Bad enough, and you know we’re racing towards a heart-stopping cliffhanger of a climax to the episode but I have to give the episode writer Karen Walton and series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett for not afraid to take the series to dark places.
As the episode is about to end, Kira wanders into a street heading towards Sarah, only to be hit by a car!
THAT is something you never see in a television series, or film, children seem to be off-limits usually when it comes to bad things happening in a series, but every now and again, one comes along, and BOOM, knocks you for a loop.
This one practically knocked me off my chair.
The series was dark to start with, in a good way, and then it’s done nothing but get darker since then, plunging us into a dark and murky world of questionable ethics and allegiances, not to mention fringe sciences. It’s been a roller coaster ride since it’s beginning with every member of the cast turning in captivating performances and keeping their secrets from us.
If you haven’t been watching all the amazing things you’ve heard about the acting, writing, and design of this show are correct… it’s amazingly brilliant and addictive television. Catch up!
Orphan Black airs Saturdays on Space.
Sarah (Maslany) meets back up with a slightly recovered Helena, released by her minder to continue hunting down the clones.
Paul (Dylan Bruce) deals with Olivier (David Richmond-Peck) who has the reports back from Sarah’s night abduction, and he knows now that Sarah is not Beth. We also see that Leekie (Matt Frewer) is pulling some of the strings behind the scenes, and is higher up the chain than Olivier.
Leekie’s ideas for Neolution, self-directed evolution are coming into play as he and the lovely Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) attempt to convince Kasima to come work with them (and Leekie knows she’s one of the clones).
And Sarah and Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) have a nice moment that seems to be the first in burying the axe between them.
The further we get into the series, the more I’m loving the web that is being woven by the writers/creators; John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, and penning this week’s ep, Tony Elliott. Everything is coming together, but I think even by the end of the first series, we’re going to be left with questions. For all the answers I’m sure they’ll give us, I know that they’ll also give us just as many new questions, and that makes me smile.
I’m also delighted to see that Art (Kevin Hanchard) and Angela (Inga Cadranel) are going right back to the beginning of the cases with the Jane Does and building the evidence step by step, and they’ve already discovered some surprising things.
Felix (Jordan Gavaris) has some really nice moments, as he gets into the Neolutionist club, after Sarah asks if he carries his makeup bag with him everywhere. He goes in to find and trail Paul, which also leads to some funny moments.
Kasima continues to be my favorite, which is why I’m so mad and worried about the Delphine/Leekie connection, she’s a clever girl, but I’m worried that she’s walking into not only trouble, but some serious heartbreak. Poor kid.
The further along we move, the more we realize that soon, very soon now, Sarah and all those close to her may very well be on the run, trying to elude not only Helena, and Leekie but the law as well. Outside the core group of clones, Felix and Paul, if I were Sarah, I wouldn’t be trusting too many other people.
Mrs. S talks about how she was asked to hide Sarah when she was young, and that was why they came to North America, hiding as deep as they could. You know that story thread is going to come back…
This series continues to be one of the smartest dramas on television right now, finding just the right balance to keep the audience coming back week after week, offering tension, revelations, scares and laughs. It really does tend to find the perfect balance.
What did you think of it?
Orphan Black airs Saturdays on Space.
One of them, the amazing Amanda Brugel, who has now been on our show 3 times(!) has created a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for charities that have a strong focus on improving the lives of women and children, aptly called Brug’s Army, check out their Facebook page here.
Amanda and her team have organized their first event, a small intimate affair to raise funds for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, you can find their official site here.
Held on Sunday, June 2 from 6pm to 9pm at Jack Astor’s in St.Lawrence Market, it’ll give those who purchase tickets, for only $50, to chat and mingle with stars from television shows like Seed, Lost Girl, Stargate: Atlantis, Degrassi, Hannibal, Orphan Black, Defiance, Mr. D and Murdoch Mysteries. Not bad right?!?
The list is a who’s who of Canadian television, and it’s amazing how many Sue and I actually know personally now (I never would have thought that two years ago!).
Hang and chat with Amanda, Adam Korson, Carrie-Lynn Neales, Rick Howland, Paul Amos, Kate Hewlett, Zoie Palmer, Trenna Keating, Kevin Hanchard, Chloe Rose, Cory Lee, Stephanie Anne Mills, Vanessa Matsui, Lara Jean Chorostecki and more!!!
Did I mention Sue and I will be there too?
Tickets are going fast, and I also know that this would appeal to people outside of Toronto as well, there are fans and members of Brug’s Army all over the world… but that’s ok! You can simply donate as well with $50 or $25 donations, all of it benefiting the Holland Bloorview!
Buy your tickets for the event (NOW THEY ARE GOING QUICK!!!) or donate to the event here.
It’s going to be a fantastic evening, and I can’t wait to catch up with some folks I haven’t seen in a while (I’m looking at you Rick and Chloe) as well as chatting with new friends (Carrie, Lara-Jean, Adam!) and making some new ones!!!
It’s a great cause, it’ll be a great night! Help as you can, and make sure you like Brug’s Army on Facebook and on Twitter @BrugsArmy .
Please come out and say hi!
After last week’s episode amping up the mystery and the tension a bit, including the revelation that the hunter may in fact be another clone, Helena (Tatiana Maslany rocking yet another incarnation, this woman is truly amazing!). Tonight’s episode on Space kept it coming with some fantastic moments.
With the hunt for Helena escalating, the noose growing tighter around Sarah, she is unable to keep her appointment with Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) to see Kira (Skyler Wexler), so she comes up with a plan that Felix (Jordan Gavaris) has to put into play…
Convincing Allison (soccer mom) to pretend she’s Sarah.
Now this is brilliant. You have Tatiana Maslany, who portrays each of these characters completely, take on Allison pretending to be Sarah, while you have Sarah pretending to be Beth.
Then there’s Kasima who’s working on some new clues that have come up, I knew there was a reason they kept mentioning Maggie Chen’s name at the top of each episode’s recap! Apparently Maggie was involved with the clones somehow, as Helena reveals in a very exposition heavy scene that starts weaving what we thought were separate story threads all together. She’s also found connections tying Helena to Maggie, including the carved emblem on the knife Sarah recovered.
And let’s get this out-of-the-way, Helena is uber-creepy, especially when you see her cutting her own back, this girl is twisted and crazy in ways that just boggle the mind.
She’s also quite willing to show that turnabout is fair play by wandering into the station posing as Sarah posing as Beth, and then leaving a couple of messages for Sarah, including a recording, defacing Paul’s (Dylan Bruce) photo and a creepy little collage with evidence photos…
I quite like the idea of Tatiana now playing the hero and the villain in the series, just from an acting perspective what an amazing challenge, and she does it so well!!
We also see Sarah having to stay one step ahead of Art (Kevin Hanchard), who as a professional detective could end up being a considerable threat.
Helena laboring under the belief that she may be the original being manipulated by someone we haven’t met with and using religious overtones to do it… THAT is scary to me.
I also loved seeing the little row of houses where Helena is stitching herself up at the beginning of the episode… this, once again, is right around the corner from where I work, as well as around the corner from the location they use for the Police Station’s exterior. Sue and I even popped down to this location to visit our good friend Tanya Lemke on set for a few minutes that day!
There are lots of details and threads present in tonight’s episode, so make sure you pay attention… heck watch it a couple of times if you can, this one is packed!!!
Orphan Black airs tonight on Space!
Tonight on Space, things continue to spin more out of control for Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) as more is revealed about who and what she is, but not the whys. The episode picks up exactly where the previous episode left off, with Sarah conversing with Allison and Kasima.
Minor SPOILERS abound.
Sarah continuing to pose as Beth confronts Art (Kevin Hanchard) about the $75,000… and we learn where that money came from!
Art while being occasionally supportive still seems to be suspicious of Sarah, though most people in the station (a location right around the corner from where I work) seem to take Sarah’s behavior right in stride.
What’s even more disturbing and troubling for Sarah is that the body of the German has been found. Apparently Sarah didn’t do the best job of burying her, and didn’t realize she was near an active quarry.
This of course brings up the issue of finger prints and will it flag her file, despite the fact that she’s officially deceased?
Trouble, trouble, trouble.
And then, a lead that Art runs down, after finding the sniper’s blind from episode 1, brings Sarah and Art down to my neighborhood, in fact, in one shot, I can actually see the window of my old apartment! I love recognizing locations. It’s here that they find some disturbing revelations…
The writing for the show continues to be incredibly strong, and Tatiana simply rocks it, I know I’ve raved before about her performance, but seeing her as three different characters in one scene and each one unique in the way they speak, dress and behave, it’s like watching three different actors working off of one another – Amazing!
Felix (Jordan Gavaris) gets some prime comedy time when we get to see him babysitting and teaching his wards about… well I don’t want to ruin it
By bringing in the laughs, it helps defuse a lot of the tension that Graeme Manson has woven into this script, giving us a welcome breather as we continue to process all the incredible things that are happening around Sarah.
Especially as the hunted becomes the hunter, as it seems the killer who followed the German from Europe may now have Sarah in their sights. And everything we learn and see about the Killer is creepy!
With Kasima and Allison’s help Sarah gets further in to the mystery, but even now, Sarah just wants to get away with Felix and reclaim Kira (Skyler Wexler) from Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy) – who may or may not be involved with the overall conspiracy. In fact this week I felt that she isn’t, but I’m sure I’ll waver on that matter a number of times to come.
Art makes me nervous because he may be a good cop, but not necessarily a clean cop – he’s been holding the $75,000 over Sarah’s head, and we know they both have been covering for each other…
No one in this entire series except for maybe Kira is clean, nothing is black or white, it’s all grey, and I have a feeling it’s going to get more ethically murky the deeper we get into the series.
What do you think??
Orphan Black airs this evening on Space!