Space was kind enough to let Sue Maynard and I chat with the cast of their upcoming series Bitten, based on the series of novels by Kelley Armstrong, at Fan Expo. Today, we are sharing our clip of our chat with Greg Bryk, who will play Jeremy Danvers on the series. We talk about the show, werewolves, and framing a video selfie…
Sue and I had a fantastic time at Fan Expo this year, and shot a bunch of interviews with the cast of Space and BBC America’s hit show Orphan Black, Defiance and Bitten!
This is our first, a selfie taken with Dylan Bruce who plays Paul Dierden on the hit series Orphan Black!
The great thing about going to cons with Sue Maynard is that we complement each other so well, just like on our show. She’s the schedule, I’m the map, and it works out brilliantly. As we went into Day 4 of Toronto’s Fan Expo, we learned that the key word for this year was flexibility. There were a couple of things that we HAD to do this weekend, like the photo-ops, and if we could a couple of panels (see the if implies flexibility).
We’re big believers in the idea that if there is something you HAVE TO DO, then plan around it, and be in line insanely early if you can, because panel rooms, no matter what the size can fill to capacity quickly.
But that’s ok, because I ambled in this morning, I got to wander over to see our friend Mike Donis of the highly enjoyable webseries, Pete Winning & The Pirates.
But then things got to be insane as my mobile buzzed to life, it was our good friends over at Anchor Bay, offering us the chance to sit down and chat with director Don Coscarelli, who’s films are the of cult favorites – the Phantasm series, Bubba Ho-Tep, Beastmaster and John DIes At The End!
That was so cool, and would have been perfect in and of itself.
When we found out we’d turned up too late to get into Nathan Fillion’s Q&A, along with tons of other people, we eagerly responded to an email from the fantastic folks at Space!
We were given the chance to sit down and chat with the cast of Bitten, which is a stunningly good looking group of people including Laura Vandervoort on the Innerspace set set up at the Space booth. How cool is that?!?
Then we raced back over to the North Building for our photo with Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres, and let’s be clear the look on my face is because I’m touching Gina, she has her arm around me, and I her – she’s simply lovely, so I think my goofy expression can be forgiven.
We then, once again, wandered back over to the South building, hoping to have a moment to chat with the Soska Twins, but they had to bail, so we instead got to chat with Julian Richings for a few minutes, off-the-record, and very relaxed. What a great guy! We’re hoping he’ll join us in the studio at some point.
Then, we decided it was time to get ready to wrap up the day, and ended it off perfectly with Q&A sessions with Ron Perlman and Carrie Fisher.
So that’s how Sue and I spent the last 4 days – Fan Expo we ROCKED you! And we’ll be sharing our interviews throughout the week! So stay tuned!
What was your fave part of the weekend?
Saturday is undeniably the busiest day of the week at Expo, all those people who couldn’t get Thursday and Friday off work, and all those folks coming in on day passes flood in. The place was full, but for Sue and I, and the fact that the convention is spread over two buildings, it didn’t seem as uncomfortably full as previous years (though bottle necks at doorways, stairs and escalators were kind of unavoidable).
Sue and I had another full up day, that had a couple of things set in stone, and the potential for other items depending on the flow of the day worked out…
We had a photo op first thing, so we were both in the queue, chatting away with those surrounding us, until this awesomeness happened with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman.
From there we got to wander back to the south building, checking in with the folks at the IndieCan table, as well as our friends at the Anchor Bay booth. I had a moment to say hi to the amazingly talented Soska Twins, and we’re hoping to have a chat with them tomorrow, but it was at the IndieCan table that we saw some familiar faces peering up at us from a poster…
We raced down stairs missing out on time to support our friends on the cast of Lost Girl, but did get to sit in on the Murdoch Mysteries panel, featuring Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris, Georgina Reilly and Thomas Craig.
The crowd went wild with laughter. love and applause for the cast as well as the sneak peek given to us for the new season!
Then it was time for another photo op with Judge Dredd himself, Doctor McCoy, and Eomer…. Karl Urban!!!!
One of the cool things about conventions is the art, there are so many artists with so many ideas, and they put out some amazing work. Sue was particularly enchanted with a piece that she had to pick up today from the boys at The Hall of Justice, check them out here and their etsy store is here.
We also got to hang with our friend, one of the stars of Defiance Trenna Keating and her husband Alden, both of whom are brilliantly funny and awesome people.
This day was already made of win, but our friends at Showcase, like our friends at Space yesterday insisted it on making it better for us, and we got to spend the afternoon interviewing these fantastic folks…
We got split up into small groups with other press, and then moved round the tables as we interviewed Grant Bowler, Graham Greene, Julie Benz, Jaime Murray, Nicole Munoz, Stephanie Leonidas and Dewshane Williams. That was brilliant! And it got even better when Grant revealed he’d watched our show! WHAAA…?!?!?!
So we’ll make sure we share those interviews with you, because they were a lot of fun, and it’s readily apparent that these folk all have a sense of humor, and love what they are doing!
As we go into the final day of Toronto’s Fan Expo tomorrow, we’re wondering what amazing things we’ll see and do…
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!
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.
If I had known last week during the teaser ad that Neil Gaiman was penning this week’s episode then all my worries would have been allayed. I just saw kids in the TARDIS and I was a little worried.
I shouldn’t have.
The Doctor (Matt Smith) takes Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) and her wards Angie (Eve De Leon Allen) and Artie (Kassius Carey Johnson) travel to an amusement world planet, only to find it long closed down but now home to Hedgewick’s World of Wonders, overseen by Mr. Webley (Jason Watkins) and assisted by the diminutive Porridge (the always welcome Warwick Davis!).
There is also a platoon there, a so-called ‘punishment platoon,’ composed of misfits and such, people who apparently didn’t make it in the regular platoons.
And they are all trapped as re-imagined Cybermen, resurrected not by cybermats, but by cybermites are posing a threat to the entire planet.
And the Doctor’s mind.
I love how Gaiman writes the Doctor, he really has this incarnation of the character down, and creating a duel in the Doctor’s own head between himself and his cyber-possessed form is awesome, especially in regards to interacting with Clara. I know he’s a busy guy, but I would love to see him write more episodes (having previously written the delightful Doctor’s Wife).
The humor in this episode actually helps to balance the threat of these upgraded Cybermen (which prove to be the most frightening version of these creations, though I’m not a fan of the newly rounded faces also it looks like Iron Man has had a bit of an influence on the new outfit, just saying). The Gollum-esque behavior Matt gets to indulge in as he battles for the Doctor’s mind is a lot of fun, and are completely different characters.
Clara gets to wander around, placed in charge of the platoon as they get ready to battle the Cybermen, and it lets Jenna-Louise shine, delivering quips, inspiration, and of course, looking amazing. I like when she gets a chance to do things, and we see her develop more as a character as opposed to just another companion with a strange season-unifying secret.
Gaiman has a knack for quirky, wonderful dialogue and crackling situations, and they all come to play in this episode. I love all the stuff inside the Doctor’s head, the visual division of the screen, Gallifreyan images in warm tones behind The Doctor, silver-white impulses behind Mr. Clever as he chooses to be called.
The kids? How do the kids work out? The plot actually makes them partially essential and partially sidelined, and both of these young actors are likable, so it seems my fears were unfounded in this episode.
There is a lot to like about this ep, Clara, chess, playing in anti-gravity, Warwick Davis, the references to The Doctor removing himself from history, Matt getting to play a little evil, and a script by Neil Gaiman.
It almost makes me forget that next week, they’re going to take away some of the Doctor’s power. You see, they’re threatening to reveal his name, I mean the episode’s name is The Name of The Doctor. The trailer looks great, as we get to see some familiar faces again, but after almost 50 years (I’ve only been watching since the 80s) I have to say, I could care less what his name is. I don’t want to know.
So I’m hoping Moffat won’t reveal it, and is actually going to give us a bang-up finale that will keep us sated until the 50th Anniversary ep.
What did you think of this week’s ep?
Doctor Who airs Saturday nights on Space!
I highly enjoyed this episode, it’s not easy so early in the run of a series to do not quite a flat-out comedy, but really play up the humorous side of a story while still advancing the driving plot of the season.
Will Pascoe wrote this episode, putting Graeme Manson’s and John Fawcett’s characters through their paces in a way you wouldn’t expect…
Allison (Tatiana Maslany) still suspects that Donnie (Kristian Bruun) is her watcher and takes it one step too far, by nailing him with a golf club and then tying him to a chair to interrogate him with a glue gun!!
Paul (Dylan Bruce) and Sarah learn a little bit more about each other, though it’s fair to say that they are both keeping things back from the other. We know Paul was in the military and is now a merc, sorry, contractor, who really isn’t sure what the tests are that are being done on Sarah as Beth, he’s just there to keep an eye on her.
Things go hilariously sideways for Sarah when Allison calls her to come and help her with Donnie, completely forgetting the fact that she and Donnie are supposed to be hosting that month’s neighborhood potluck… Oh the joys of suburbia.
Sarah interrogates Donnie as Allison, Allison is drinking her troubles away as she plays hostess, and Felix (Jordan Garavis) serves as bartender.
Things really go sideways when Vic (Michael Mando) and Paul show up, Vic following Felix, and Paul following Sarah. Things get wicked when Vic and Paul square off, and Allison’s neighbor Aynesley (Natalie Lisinska) must think all manner of things about her neighbor…
It’s not all laughs though, as Kasima continues her little flirt with Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) (and who can blame her?!) and they attend a lecture on Neolution at Delphine’s urging.
A theory which may have some merit to it, with the reveal at the episode’s end, that Leeki and Delphine already know each other…
Although how Leekie fits in with Olivier (David Richmond-Peck) I’m not sure, or perhaps they don’t and there are more parties at work than we know of.
This show continues to be so well-crafted and smart. At no point has the series talked down to its viewers, it treats them intelligently and engages their intellect and their emotions.
Tatiana continues to rock it, watching Sarah try to get the glass away from Allison, who leans away from her long enough to finish her wine was a brilliant moment, and I had to remind myself that it was the same actor playing both roles. It’s stunning to watch, everything changes from character to character, posture, voice, hair, mannerisms, and then watching each clone pretend to be someone else, you can tell it’s say Sarah behaving as Beth or vice versa, it’s not just simply Tatiana acting as one or the other, AMAZING!
If you aren’t watching Orphan Black, you are missing out on some stellar television… Catch up now, especially now that we know they are coming back for a second season.
An all new episode airs tonight on Space!