Fan Expo Day 3

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).

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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!

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Then it was time for another photo op with Judge Dredd himself, Doctor McCoy, and Eomer…. Karl Urban!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

Defiance S01E12 – Everything Is Broken

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And just like that, season 1 of Defiance came roaring to a close.

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It is now going to be an insanely long wait for Season 2.

And it seems a lot of our favorite characters are in dire straits.

Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) is no longer mayor, losing out, just barely to Datak Tarr (Tony Curran). Course we’ll see how long that will last since we were left hanging with he and Stahma (Jaime Murray) after he had an impulse control issue over receiving proper respect from the Earth Republic, who seized control of the McCawley Mines during his victory party.

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The E-Rep no doubt just discovered the incident, or it about to discover the incident…

Speaking of Stahma, when she and Datak have a little bit of a stress reliever, and then Kenya Rosewater (Mia Kirshener) makes a little remark about her as she’s leaving the voting station, Datak realizes he’s been cuckolded and has Stahma take care of that little problem.

It’ll be interesting to see what that revelation will do to Amanda, and who’s going to investigate it?

Nolan (Grant Bowler) is no longer a lawkeeper, and of course was mortally wounded by episode’s end, trying to seize back the mine from the E-Rep, and get Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) inside into the Votan ship that has been buried down there for 3,000 years. A ship that could be used as a weapon to wipe out the Votan races or the humans…

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We also learned that the Kazirri (sp?) are the name of the parasites inside Irisa, each forming a separate artifact which can be used to activate the ship’s weapons, like 2 keys to activate a missile launch. Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating) urges Irisa to do whatever she did last week to knock her and the E-Rep soldiers out so that she can escape. Whatever her motivations, Doc doesn’t want the weapon falling into the hands of the Earth Republic that’s for sure. She also gets off a couple of prize snide remarks, which is always good.

Which is exactly what Irisa does, pleading with an incarnation of the Irathient god Irzu to bring Nolan back to life, if she does what is necessary. In this case that seems to be activating the machine and then throwing herself into it!!!

As Nolan stumbles about looking for Irisa, we hear E-Rep rollers, no doubt under orders from the nefarious Black Jonah, who seems rather Nazi-esque even sporting a Luger.

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And then, boom.

We’re left to wonder what happens next, and while yes, they may start shooting again in August, we won’t see any of it, til 11 months from now (boy Sue and I will need to visit that set! Come on Showcase!).

After Orphan Black, this has become my second favorite new series. It’s smart, sexy, funny, action-packed, and has great characters.

I cannot wait for them to roll back into town and start up on the next season.

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Until then of course, we at least still have the game! (Which I’ve yet to play – anybody else tried it?) And two fantastic soundtrack albums by Bear McCreary.

Maybe I can just keep rewatching them over and over until season 2.

That doesn’t sound too bad right? Turn me to the sun occasionally, feed me, and we can rotated between Orphan Black and Defiance episodes.

Great plan!

What did you think of the finale? What are your theories and thoughts?

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Defiance S01E11 – Past is Prologue

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Wow. Just wow.

This week’s ep of Defiance seemed to pull out all the stops, as the mayoral race heats up and we find out how devious the Tarr household actually is!

Datak (Tony Curran) is intent on running against Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and isn’t afraid of using deceit and misinformation to do it. Stahma (Jaime Murray) leaks to Kenya (Mia Kirshener), that Datak is planning on having Amanda killed during the debate.

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Then to make sure things go as planned, he uses the Castithan shame ceremony on Alak (Jesse Rath) for the wedding last week. Alak then recruits one of his friends to ‘pull a prank’ during the debate.

This debate involves pulling a weapon with the intent of firing it at the mayor.

During the debate, for which the whole town shows up, including the anti-social Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating), Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) uses the opportunity to go through the doctor’s office, driven by a vision of something that happened in her youth. She doesn’t find it, but we learn pretty quickly that apparently there’s a connection between Irisa and the artifact, or at least between the artifact and something INSIDE Irisa.

But things take a turn for the worse, when Lawkeeper Nolan (Grant Bowler) sees the gun on the mayor, yells, draws, and moments later puts down Alak’s friend, quickly and professionally. Only to learn that despite looking like a real gun, it was a paintball gun.

Can you say manipulated?

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Then, while Nolan and the town is still reeling, Datak gets access to Nolan’s confidential E-Rep file, and reads out his reports, as well as playing a pretty damning recording of him from during the war.

Before Amanda can leap to defend him, which Nolan figures is exactly what Datak wants, he resigns, and gets ready to leave town with Irisa, but not before handing Datak his ass.

The betrayals and revelations come fast and quick this episode, as we race towards the season finale, thank goodness we have another season coming, because there is so much going on here!

I think I’ve mentioned it before, that it seems everyone has secrets in this town, and it’s going to cause a lot of people trouble.

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We leave a lot of the town in dire straits by the end of the episode, Irisa is literally under the blade, the Doc’s office is a wreck after her encounter with Irisa, Nolan is a semi-hated man in town, Datak, with the E-Rep’s aid seems a lock for the election, and has found a way to strip Rafe (Graham Greene) of his mine, Alak is torn between two fathers, and we only have one more episode to go!

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This show has completely captivated me this season and I have loved every minute of it. I cannot wait to see how they leave us hanging next week, as they no doubt will, and then I can’t wait to have them come back next year!

And keep it coming!

The season finale of Defiance airs next Monday on Showcase… Will you be watching?

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Defiance S01E10 – The Bride Wore Black

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Big events are afoot this week in the town of Defiance, and more secrets are uncovered, at least for the viewer, if not the residents!

The impending nuptials of Alak Tarr (Jesse Rath) and Christie McCawley (Nicole Munoz) lead the local Castithan males to have a stag part for Alak at the Need/Want… it ends with the discovery of a body in the walls!

Defiance - Season 1A body of a man who disappeared 7 years ago, Hunter Bell (Brendan McCarthy), who was a bit of a shady character, and was very abusive to his wife… Kenya Rosewater (Mia Kirshener).

Tommy (Dewshane Williams) with help from Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) is determined to solve the mystery… and the usual suspects are rounded up…

Datak Tarr (Tony Curran) is at the top of that list, especially after Jered (Jessica Nichols) the Need/Want’s bartender is found dead. Datak has his own problems this week, and Tony Curran may have turned in his best performance as Datak in this episode. He learns that Rafe (Graham Greene), Christie’s father, is creating a trust for the mines after he dies so that the money can go to the Irathients… and there goes any reason Datak agreed to let the marriage take place in the first place. So he calls it off.

weddingStahma (Jaime Murray) and Alak have other ideas, especially after Rafe sees how much the young Castithan loves his daughter, and the wedding goes on…

But there are flashbacks aplenty before then, revealing some of the early history of Defiance, including Datak’s time on the streets, the abusive marriage of Hunter and Kenya, and the fact that Nicolette (Fionnula Flanagan) and Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating) were up to no good even then.

And then of course there’s the real reason Hunter was killed! Did not see that coming!

There are great moments in this episode, and it was fun to see Tommy a little more center stage, as we learn a bit about his history and how he ended up in town.

wedding1I love that Stahma lies to Datak at the end of the episode, when Christie doesn’t wear the tilo (sp?) that was presented to her, but in fact a veil Stahma made.  I also loved the moment when Stahma railed back at Datak, and then realizing her ‘error,’ resumed her subservient tone. We know who the real power in that relationship is, and the cultural restrictions of the Castithans are only going to hold her back for so long. I don’t think she’s afraid of Datak in any sense, she just realizes he may be useful as a tool, so continues to play the meek wife.

Irisa showing up at the wedding was great!  As well as getting to see all the locals in their Sunday best. And how lovely was the Castithan side of the wedding?!

The fact that as much as I like Trenna Keating the actress and person, I am really learning not to trust Doc at all.

tommyI was also a little shocked that Amanda (Julie Benz) didn’t tell Nolan (Grant Bowler) the truth about Kenya and Hunter’s marriage. I understand she did it to protect her sister in some way, but how is it really going to do any of them any good?

And just when I was thinking ‘Where’s the artifact going to end up?’ There it was.

Oh boy.

Now, I’m curious to see how much Datak is going to try to interfere with the newly married couple, his impulsive side constantly threatens to get him into trouble…

And there’s only two episodes to go, that’s a little frustrating, because then it’s a long wait for Season 2!

Defiance airs Mondays on Showcase!

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Defiance S01E09 – If I Ever Leave This World Alive

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It never rains, but it pours.

Those poor folk in Defiance can’t seem to catch a break! At the end of last week’s ep we saw a reporter stumble into Doc Yewll’s (Trenna Keating) lab, and promptly collapse with blood spilling from her mouth and eyes – and you know that’s never good!

It seems a plague has hit, it only affects humans, and Irathients are carriers.

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The council, except for Amanda (Julie Benz) vote to have their Irathient population temporarily sequestered in internment camps until the cure arrives. Datak Tarr (Tony Curran) plays to the other council members fears, and says it’s ok to hate the Iratihients because in this case the stereotypes about them are justified. Yikes!

Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) is seized by Rafe (Graham Greene) before Nolan (Grant Bowler) is told, and he shows up ready to draw and put every single one of her captors down, until she talks him down. It was incredibly angering to see that moment, that people were so quick to judge, that an Irathient might be a carrier, just might, was enough to lock an entire population away. That’s troubling. And the scary thing is, I can see both sides of the argument (I really never wanted to grow up that much!).

Nolan and Connor (Gale Harold) race out to recover the cure drop shipment that has been made, but have to negotiate with the E-Rep to get it.

amandadatakWhen Amanda falls sick, Stahma (Jaime Murray) and Datak seize the moment, and the Castithan steps in to serve as interim mayor, even while Alak (Jesse Rath) keeps vigil by his fiancée, Christie (Nicole Munoz), who has also fallen to the plague. Rafe and Quentin (Justin Rain) sit with her as well.

But Quentin has other things on the go, as Nicolette (Fionnula Flanagan) reveals the truth about his mother, and the fact that she and Rafe had an affair. All in exchange for the artifact that he has.

Trouble, trouble, trouble.

Then of course, those humans keeping the Irathients locked up succumb to violence and strike out at their prisoners, leading to a death… the shots of Irisa following this are potent.

All of it keeps rushing forward, as a sick Nolan and Conner are seized by some rogue Irathients and held captive, along with the cure, until their fellows are all released. Datak has other plans though, and his impatient, angry side reveals itself violently.

But there was no one left to witness it, or maybe Nolan did… Just a thought.

There are some troubling and powerful images this week, Irisa reacting to the death of her friend, the burning of the dead, Datak beating an Irathient, Amanda mourning, and then the revelation at episode’s end, that our dear doc, Yewll, has a history with Nicolette.

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There’s also Datak throwing his hat into the mayoral ring.

This town cannot catch a break!!

And yet, I keep coming back to visit it.

I love this show so much, I’m very happy to admit I’m addicted to it. I’ve yet to try the game, but that day is coming as well! And in case you missed it, the first soundtrack from the television series, with music by Bear McCreary was released this week!

Then of course, there’s going to be the long wait for Season 2…

Defiance airs Mondays on Showcase, are you watching?

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The Mind Reels Chats with Defiance’s Jaime Murray

Defiance - Season 1Anyone who has been following the blog knows that I have been taken with the new Showcase sci-fi show Defiance since its pilot, which I watched no less than 3 times.

A conference call was arranged so a few bloggers could chat with the awesome and lovely Jaime Murray who plays the Castithan Stahma Tarr on the series. I was fortunate enough to get about 5 minutes of chat time with her, and was lucky enough to get a transcript copy back to share with you…

So here it is!

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The Mind Reels: Hi Jaime how are you?

Jaime Murray: Hi Tim how are you? Good thanks.

TMR: Very well thank you. I am here in Toronto we are eagerly awaiting your return. Now that you’ve done…

JM: I’m really looking forward to coming back.

TMR: Yes, we – I’m very excited. We’re pushing all the buttons to get you into our studio to chat with us. We’re pushing all the buttons. 

JM: My – it’s my work back here in Toronto because obviously before Defiance I was on Warehouse and that’s…

TMR: Yes you were.

JM: It’s my second home, yes.

TMR: Excellent. Now that you’ve worked with American crews and Canadian crews what do you find the differences are like behind the scenes?

jaimeJM: Oh, you know it’s interesting that you ask that. I was back in the UK publicizing Defiance, because the great thing about Defianceis it actually aired all over the world at the same time, so not long ago back in my home town of London and people were asking me about the move to when I first came to the USA. And I said I’m actually not particularly a very brave person. I actually – I couldn’t quite like fit. I don’t think at the time I wouldn’t have ever made the move to the USA except that I was on this TV show called Hustle and it got bought by an American station who wanted us to film two episodes of Hustle in the USA.

And so I went over with my cast and everything and suddenly I’m filming in LA, and I suddenly realized that there’s something very universal about a film crew. And where I felt all this fear about making that move actually a film crew in Toronto or the USA or London, there’s a real similarity. There’s a comradery and you know within a couple of days everyone’s taking the mickey out of each other and you know there’s a short hand and it’s kind of a universal, it’s a universal thing – a film crew.

What I would say is I’ve noticed – I would say that when I first went to the USA I thought because we spoke the same language obviously we were all speaking English and the you know it was just going to be warmer and it would be slightly different and slightly more glossy. But actually the more time I’ve spent in the USA the more different I’ve realized, there are cultural differences between Americans and the English, that I hadn’t fully acknowledged when I first came to the USA. But I think that Canadians are much closer to the English. I feel like they are only once removed whereas I think America is kind of four or five times removed from England. And also you can get a good cup of tea in Canada. The Americans can’t make a good cup of tea.

TMR: Agreed.

JM: They don’t know how. You’ll ask…

TMR: Yes.

JM: …for a cup of tea and they’ll kind of like they’ll make it with hot tap water and you know kind of spit it back out in the cup.

TMR: And now do you have a favourite moment in the season for Stahma?

Tony-Curran-as-Datak-Tarr-JM: So many and I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but I think that it’s not a spoiler to say that already I think we’re at about six episodes in now right, and I think you’ve already realized that Stahma isn’t what she seems on the outside. And I don’t think anyone, even Datak, knows what her long term plan is. So that was really fun for me. She keeps her cards very close to her chest and she really wears a mask a lot of the time, so there was sometimes places in this season where the mask slips and I find that really fun to play with as an actress. So yes that’s one of the things I really liked about Stahma.

TMR: Fun. Do we have a production date for Season Two?

JM: What do you mean a production date? When we start filming?

TMR: Yes.

JM: Well it’s in August. We’re all coming back at the end of July to start filming…

TMR: Wow!

JM: …at the beginning of August, yes.

TMR: That’s very quick, wow.

JM: Yes I know right.

TMR: Excellent. That sounds great.

jmJM: Yes, but we were filming this time last year.

TMR: That’s true yes I totally forgot that, because we – Julie showed up at our FanExpo here in Toronto.

JM: Yes.

TMR: And did a little talk about it. Yes, so very exciting.

JM: Yes.

TMR: Jaime thank you.

JM: Well hopefully we’ll all come this year, all of us

TMR: Well yes we just had a Trenna Keating on our show and we told her the same thing is that we’ve got to get like a cast representation of Defiance at FanExpo this year.

JM: She’s great, isn’t she great.

TMR: She’s amazing I can’t wait for the show to go live because people are just going to be like she’s so cool.

JM: Yes she really is.

And that was it! Hopefully we can find time to chat with more Defiance cast as they come back into town, and maybe even in the studio!!

It was so great to chat with her, she was a true joy, and I’m looking forward to meeting her in person, watch her on Defiance, and Warehouse 13!!

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Defiance S01E08 – I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times

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Defiance, as a series, started out great for me, and it has constantly engaged me every time I’ve watched an episode, but this week’s episode felt above and beyond… I think we have my favorite episode, after the pilot.

And it seemed the Votans, particularly the Indogenes were up to some pretty horrific stuff even before the war started. As we see in memories and flashbacks, it looks a lot like the Indogenes were abducting and experimenting on humans long before the war even began.

Defiance-Episode-1.08-I-Just-Wasnt-Made-for-These-Times-Promotional-Photos-1_595_slogoWe learn this through the course of the episode as Nolan (Grant Bowler) and Tommy (Dewshane Williams) investigate the Arkfall that narrowly avoided Defiance last week, during which Nolan warns Tommy about reading Moby Dick, and if he hurts Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). Inside they find a long-lost human astronaut from the International Space Station Gordon McClintock (Brian J. Smith).

Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating) gives McClintock a clean bill of health, and Nolan, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene) have a celebratory evening together at the McCawley residence. There was something about this scene… it rang a bell in my own memories of being at my paternal grandfather’s house and the way friends and family would stay up, long into the night, amiably chatting, drinking and laughing, and this scene felt wonderfully real to me, even as Gordon is reading the book based on his exploits, and his eventual disappearance.

Then of course, a dose of memories come back, Gordon sees his wife, and then sees a bunch of grey aliens, Indogenes, leaning over him, and he wakes with some pretty freaky eyes and attempts to kill Amanda.

defiance08-6After an altercation, Nolan realizes that Gordon isn’t human, and suspects Yewll may be keeping all manner of secrets. And they are doozies!!

The E-Rep Connor Lang (Gale Harold) returns to town and gets caught up in events as well, while trying to persuade Amanda to take a position in New York, and how he still cares for her. He warns her that the E-Rep wants into Defiance, and wants a little bit more of a controllable mayor, even if it means removing the current one permanently.

The Tarr household is having issues thanks to Kenya’s (Mia Kirshener) refusal of Datak (Tony Curran) at the Need/Want, and he catches the lovely Stahma (Jaime Murray) bathing alone (DEAR GOD!). Stahma advises Kenya to be a little more wise about playing the game, or she could end up in real trouble with Datak.

Gordon makes a run for it, heading underground, until Rafe catches up with him, and they talk about what it means to be human, what he thinks really makes us who we are, and that if he’s wrong Gordon show throw himself off the edge of a terraformed cliff into the underground lake. It’s another beautiful and poignant scene, which also rang really true for me.

nolanThe writing in this episode is top-notch, so nice work Clark Perry, thanks for giving us a little more on the Nolan/Irisa relationship, the moments with Nolan/Tommy, and the McCawley living room scene, all of these moments simply make the show so much more believable, and I find myself becoming more and more invested in the characters as each episode passes.

I’m so glad we have another season about to start shooting, because just one season of this show would not be near enough to explore this amazing world!

Defiance airs on Showcase Monday nights!

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Defiance S01E07 – Goodbye Blue Sky

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Lots of trouble rolling through Defiance this week as Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) gets wrapped up in a bit of an adventure all while the land is besieged by razor rain (pieces of Votan ships coming down and slicing things up – messy).

rollerIrisa races into the Badlands after she has a vision of Sukar (Noah Danby) dying in the rain. She races out there with Nolan (Grant Bowler) only to learn she’s too late. But then, after Nolan leaves (he’s not allowed to stay for the sinking ceremony), Sukar is mysteriously resurrected, and leads us to a whole science versus faith argument thanks to Dr. Yewll’s (Trenna Keating) discovery at the episode’s finale, while also getting to be delightfully sarcastic.

There’s also problems on the horizon for Alak Tarr (Jesse Rath) and Christie (Nicole Munoz) as they talk about a ritualistic bathing ceremony that is supposed to take place after the wedding. It may all be well and good for the Castithans, but not so much for the human folk.

As the razor rain comes in, it makes for strange bedfellows, Nicolette  (Fionnula Flanagan) shows up at the McCawley household looking for Birch (Steven McCarthy) who met his end last episode at the hands of Quentin (Justin Rain), something Nicky suspects. Course Quentin is having problems, seeing his dead brother everywhere, and advising him on what to do, including keeping the fact that he didn’t destroy the artifact a secret from his dad (Graham Greene). Cause talking to your dead brother who no one else can see… that’s not creepy.

kenyastahmaMeanwhile over at the Need/Want Stahma Tarr (Jaime Murray) comes to see Kenya (Mia Kirshner) about the impending nuptials for Alak and Christie, and wants Kenya to make sure that Alak knows how to properly please Christie on her wedding night.

When Stahma initially takes offense at Kenya’s gentle laughter, Kenya smooths things over with a couple of drinks and an explanation, all while we learn a bit more about Stahma, who was apparently a performance artist of a type before her father disapproved. Kenya suggests she do something for herself, something that can be all her own. And I’ll say it…

I approve of her choice.

Things are going to be a little strained between Nolan and Irisa for a while I think because of Nolan’s confrontation with the resurrected Sukar in the arch. The Irathient took over the radio station to send a signal into orbit, and it looked to all involved that he was causing a damaged ship to crash right into Defiance.

sukarNolan of course tries to stop him, and Irisa carries out the plan.

They’re gonna have some growing apart troubles I think, and I like that added dynamic of tension there, because you know they both care for one another, but it’s becoming apparent to both I think how different they really are from one another.

While I’m not always sure about the mystery of whatever is beneath Defiance, I am constantly enjoying the character interaction, the way the cultures differ, and the way they are all brought to life by actors who seem to be really enjoying their work, some fun and thoughtful scripts, great production design, and solid directing.

Defiance airs Mondays on Showcase… are you watching?

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Brug’s Army: Mingle For A Mission

mingle$21,000!!

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!

seedCarrie is always wonderful and adorable, and like all the ladies that night was looking spectacular, laughing and chatting easily with one and all.

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.

chloeChloe and I had a nice little chat about television, and a list of movies she HAS to see (anytime you want to join Sue and I for any of them, you just let us know Chloe!).

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.

carrieThere 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).

tmrThat was really nice. I love when people ‘get’ our show like that, it makes me really happy.

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!

Brug’s Army is off to a great start! You can find them on Facebook and on Twitter.

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