Continuum S2 blog #12: Last of the Red-Hot Seconds

If you could travel to the past for a chance to save the future, would you risk leaving behind your life, your family, your future? Law enforcer Kiera Cameron wasn’t even given a choice in the year 2077, when a conspiracy sent her over six decades back in time to track down a cell of terrorist/anarchist temporal fugitives. In modern-day Vancouver, she’s doing her job and maintaining her cover while holding out hope that she can eventually get home — assuming the home she knew still exists. Minute by minute and day by day, Kiera’s learning that the only time she can trust anyone is now, and it might not be a question of how her dystopian adventure ends so much as when.

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With one episode left to go in Continuum S2, this week’s episode was perfectly named: “Second Last” (it aired last night: watch it HERE). As you are well aware, every episode title this season has started with the word ‘second’ — so, what’s the ‘penultimate’ factor at play in terms of what this one’s title is suggesting?

Gardner’s body turns up in a car trunk (alert: grotesquely effective) and Kiera ends up on the run. She hasn’t exactly been framed, but the VCPD understandably wants her to do some ’splainin’ and both she and Carlos realize that the world of 2013 can’t handle the truth about her time travel. So, in terms of this plot thread, the message is: she’s got one episode left to clear her name. The question will be whether or not she can do it without blowing her cover.

Emily officially quits working for Escher, but he won’t let her go unless she gets “one thing” for him…and what it is remains a mystery by episode’s end. We’ll likely find out next episode but my money’s on the time travel device, as Emily does spend a huge chunk of the rooftop shootout finale (vs. “the freelancers”) holding said contraption. Easy to pull a switcheroo, no? Of course, given the outcome of that shootout, not sure where/how she would have hid the thing — but Escher always plans two steps ahead, right?

No surprise to see Escher coming further into the forefront (also no surprise that Hugh Dillon is nailing the role, such a great minimalist actor). Alec confronting Escher — well, Alec about to confront him — is also no surprise, and in fact it’s the showdown we’ve all been looking forward to since the day that the corporate character was introduced. Given how the aforementioned rooftop gunfight played out, not to mention that worth-one-million-words look in Alec’s angry eyes, it’s gonna be one heck of a face-to-face. I do hope that next episode Escher finally reveals what is his part in this story.

Of course, the biggest reveal next episode will be the results of the online fan vote re. the path that VCPD officer Betty will follow. She’s been sympathetic to Liber8 all season, but will she officially join Julian, Travis and Sonya? The fans themselves made the decision (the vote closed on the day this post was written) but it’s pretty cool to know that two different scripts were filmed in advance. A pretty awesome idea, letting the show’s true fans participate in its evolution. Sometimes, the future can be friendly!

SEE YOU NEXT EPISODE ON THE CONTINUUM BLOG!

Weekend Movies: Awesomer By The Dozen

Oh yes, friends – TWELVE movies on Showcase this weekend. Call the Guinness folks, ‘cause this may be a record!

 

Loch Ness – Friday, July 26, 6pm ET

Shock to the System – Friday, July 26, 8pm ET

Inglourious Basterds – Friday, July 26, 10pm, plus Saturday, July 27, 1:30pm ET

Hellboy II: The Golden Army – Saturday, July 27, 11am ET

Fantastic Four – Saturday, July 27, 1:30pm, plus Sunday, July 28, 12:30am ET

X-Men: The Last Stand – Saturday, July 27, 3:30pm and 10pm, plus Sunday, July 28, 2:30am ET

Behemoth – Saturday, July 27, 6pm ET 

Tasmanian Devil (CANCON MOW) – Saturday, July 27, 8pm ET

Resident Evil: Extinction – Sunday, July 28, 10am and 2pm ET

Resident Evil: Afterlife – Sunday, July 28, 12pm and 4pm ET

Arctic Blast – Sunday, July 28, 6pm ET

Rambo – Sunday, July 28, 10pm ET

 

Shock to the System

The cast: Sebastian Spence, Michael Woods, Morgan Fairchild

The Showcase synopsis: “A private eye stumbles into the world of ‘gay conversion therapy’: a twisted mix of psychology and religion designed by a doctor to turn homosexuals ‘straight.’”

 

This flick was directed by Ron Oliver, my fave YTV host from a good twenty years ago (his wisecracking puppet sidekicks were no slouches either). It also stars Morgan Fairchild, a woman I was crushing on pretty hard around that same time period – you know, due to her role on Dynasty or Falcon Crest or Knot’s Landing or Dallas or whatever. Unforgettable. And when these two unlikely blasts from my past join forces, it’s pretty obvi things are gonna get REAL. The point here: don’t be shocked if Shock to the System is – perhaps shockingly – a real shock to your system.

 

Get an interrogation room, you two!

 

Inglorious Basterds

The cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender

The Showcase synopsis: “In Nazi-occupied France, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as ‘The Basterds’ are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich.”

 

I caught this flick in a Boston theatre circa 2009, and stormed out after a mere 30 minutes. Why – was it the violence? The profanity? The fact half the damn movie wasn’t even in English? Nope. Problem was, I’d accidentally taken a double dose of some medication that morning, prompting a legion of queasy-esque side effects to kick in just as those ubiquitous coming attractions hit the screen. Needless to say, I was none too happy. Fortunately, I caught the entire film a while later, and you can bet your Pokemon wallet I adored the living crap outta it.

 

It’s these guys versus Hitler. Suck it, Nazis!  

 

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

The cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones

The Showcase synopsis: “The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save our planet from these rebellious creatures.”

 

Only after his Bar Mitzvah will he officially become Hell-MAN.

Somebody’s catching hell here, and it ain’t Selma Blair.   

 

Resident Evil: Extinction

The cast: Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Mike Epps

The Showcase synopsis: “Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.”

 

Don’t let the above description throw you off the scent: this movie is about KICKING ZOMBIE ASS! Sure, there’s a rich mythology, compelling characters, and innovative plot twists. But at the end of the day, those zombie asses ain’t gonna kick themselves. Which is where Resident Evil: Extinction comes into play. It’s like a one-man paddywhack machine for all things undead.

 

Left to right: Mr. Smith, Ms. Jovovich, Mr. Wesson.

 

Resident Evil: Afterlife

The cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates

The Showcase synopsis: “While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors who want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia.”

 

Zombies be in this too, y’all. Yee-HAW!

 

“My arms are actually stuck like this – little help?”   

 

Rambo

The Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz

The Showcase synopsis: “In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma and rescue Christian aid workers kidnapped by a ruthless local infantry unit.”

 

Since we’re reminiscing about my life from twenty years ago, it bears noting that like John Rambo in this fine flick, I too once traveled to Thailand. The year was 1993, and unlike Mr. Rambo, I never got around to teaming up with mercenaries in neighbouring Burma to do battle with military kidnappers. It was just one of those things you put on your travel list but somehow ends up in the ‘maybe’ column after a few too many nights drinking Singha beer by the pool. Woulda coulda shoulda, ya know?

 

Some would argue there isn’t much sport to point-blank archery. Rambo isn’t one of them.  

Broadchurch North American Premiere – Sunday, August 4th at 10 ET/PT

Garnering record ratings in the U.K. and described as “beautifully filmed, sharply directed” (Daily Mirror), new British import Broadchurch adds drama to Canadian viewers’ summer television lineup. The critically acclaimed series stars David Tennant (Doctor Who) in a gripping, eight-part mystery premiering on Sunday, August 4 with new episodes airing every Sunday and Monday at 10pm ET/PT.

 

Written and created by Chris Chibnall (Torchwood, Law and Order: UK), the chilling ensemble drama explores what happens to a small community after 11-year-old Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara; Anna Karenina) is found dead on the idyllic Dorset, U.K. beach. The boy’s death puts the picturesque seaside town of Broadchurch into the heart of a major police investigation and a national media frenzy.

Tennant stars as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy, a new-to-town, newly promoted police detective partnered with local Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman; The Iron Lady, Peep Show) to investigate Danny’s death. With a personal tie to the case, Ellie must find reserves of patience and toughness to negotiate a professional relationship with the difficult and unyielding Hardy. Yet as the series progresses, Hardy’s own secrets are laid bare while his clinical methods force Ellie to see the community she grew up in through a different light. Danny’s tragic and mysterious death causes a strain on the family he left behind, who struggle to deal with everyday life and relate to their friends, neighbours, the church, the press and the police as one by one the residents of Broadchurch come under scrutiny and suspicion.

 

Broadchurch also stars Andrew Buchan (Garrow’s Law), Jodie Whittaker (Attack the Block, One Day), Vicky McClure (Line of Duty), Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who), Pauline Quirke (Emmerdale Farm), Will Mellor (In with the Flynns), Carolyn Pickles (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Matthew Gravelle (The Bible), Simone McAullay (Home and Away), Jonathan Bailey (Leonardo), Charlotte Beaumont (6 Bullets) and Susan Brown (Game of Thrones, The Iron Lady).

 

Synopses:

 

Episode 1

Airs Sunday, August 4 at 10PM ET/PT

When the body of 11 year old Danny Latimer is found on the picturesque beach in Broadchurch, local police officers DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller are called to investigate a case that will change the town forever.

 

Episode 2

Airs Monday, August 5 at 10PM ET/PT

As the mystery around Danny Latimer’s death deepens, DI Hardy and DS Miller must work fast to identify the key suspects. But where is the murder scene? And how will the Latimer family continue to cope?

 

 

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Continuum S2 blog #11: Save the Best Guess for Last


If you could travel to the past for a chance to save the future, would you risk leaving behind your life, your family, your future? Law enforcer Kiera Cameron wasn’t even given a choice in the year 2077, when a conspiracy sent her over six decades back in time to track down a cell of terrorist/anarchist temporal fugitives. In modern-day Vancouver, she’s doing her job and maintaining her cover while holding out hope that she can eventually get home — assuming the home she knew still exists. Minute by minute and day by day, Kiera’s learning that the only time she can trust anyone is now, and it might not be a question of how her dystopian adventure ends so much as when.

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In this week’s episode of Continuum S2, a classic cop show moment is classically deployed: the suspect walks in to the police station and surrenders…but the crimes continue. In “Second Guess” (it aired last night: watch it HERE), the flipsides of technological advancement and personal compromise once again come to the fore, as Kiera finds herself dealing with cyber-driven invasion of privacy in both 2013 and 2077.

The suspect in question is Julian in 2013, who will of course become Theseus in 2077. When hacker attacks wreak havoc in Vancouver by doing everything from putting traffic lights on the fritz to making political emails public (incl. Escher’s contentious non-civic funding of the police department), Julian becomes the prime suspect. Smart ploy, then, having Julian surrender himself, submit to an interrogation, and walk out a free man.

Of course, Julian’s Liber8 cell is not behind the attacks. It’s Lucas, aka…Kagame? A big early-episode reveal in “Second Guess” is the nature of the mission Lucas received last episode, now in full swing, which is somehow allowing him to interact with his (presumed) dead leader. I won’t spoil the whys and hows of it; it’s a pretty cool twist, well worthy of the aforementioned “classic” surrender sequence in the cop shop.

In any case, no surprise to learn that the localized cyberattacks are just a decoy, and that there is a much bigger plot in the works. From future Alec and Theseus to modern Alec and Julian, to Escher, to “Kagame,” to Travis and Sonia (interesting plot development with those two, eh?), no agenda in Continuum is ever entirely straightforward: it’s always conspiracies within conspiracies. This episode gives us the first true taste of not just Julian’s charisma, but also his insidious ability. As of now, the boy is officially dangerous.

Make no mistake: even the good guys here are dangerous, more so with Kiera and Alec having finally reassembled the long-broken time travel device. The question now becomes what will the two of them do with it, and what will “Kagame” do in response (my own ‘second guess’ is that he orchestrated the tech falling into their hands in the first place). With two episodes to go, an no-holds-barred finale is guaranteed. Back to the future, I wonder?

SEE YOU NEXT EPISODE ON THE CONTINUUM BLOG!

Weekend Movies: We Got Eleven Of ‘Em!


That’s right: Showcase is airing ELEVEN movies this weekend. Why? Because we’ve lost our ever-loving minds. And it’s never felt better!

 

Deep Evil Friday, July 19, 6pm ET

Never Cry Werewolf (MOW) Friday, July 19, 8pm ET

Casino Royale Friday, July 19, 10pm, plus Saturday, July 20, 12:30pm ET

Quantum of SolaceSaturday, July 20, 1am, 3:30am, and 10pm ET

The Dukes Of HazzardSaturday, July 20, 3:30am and 10:30am ET

Jet Stream (MOW) – Saturday, July 20, 6pm ET  

Chupacabra vs. The Alamo (MOW) – Saturday, July 20, 8pm ET  

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullSunday, July 21, 12:30am, 10:30am, and 3:30pm ET

The RiteSunday, July 21, 3am and 1pm ET

Decoys II (MOW)Sunday, July 21, 6pm ET

Death RaceSunday, July 21, 10pm ET

 

Never Cry Werewolf (MOW)

The cast: Nina Dobrev, Kevin Sorbo, Peter Stebbings

The Showcase synopsis: “When a small-town teen becomes convinced her new next-door neighbor is a lycanthrope, she calls on a popular television action star to dispatch the beast in this tale of terror.”

 

Dude, this movie has Kevin Sorbo and a WOLF. I could stop typing right there and you’d already be armed with two solid reasons to tune in. But you know what? I won’t stop there, ‘because there’s yet another reason to watch. Ever wonder whether or not it’s a good idea to cry werewolf? ‘Cause this film’s got the answer right in its title, and to paraphrase, it’s a resounding “probably not!”

 

She’s mostly taking issue with his over-reliance on Axe Body Spray.

 

Casino Royale

The cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright

The Showcase synopsis: “Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale.”

 

Normally I’m not big on poker. Although it’s got this alpha-male cachet, at the end of the day you’re still playing cards, which is something grandma does at the cottage. I mean, poker is pretty much just a couple of rule changes away from bridge or crazy eights, which we can all agree aren’t remotely as cool. This all said, James Bond is so badass, he could make a Parcheesi tournament seem both manly and essential. No easy feat.

 

“No sevens – go fish.” 

 

Quantum of Solace

 

The cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini

The Showcase synopsis: “When James Bond uncovers a conspiracy to take control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, he must navigate a minefield of treachery, deception and murder.”

 

On the list of oddly-named James Bond titles, this very fine film lies somewhere between You Only Live Twice and Octopussy.

 

Original title: ‘Quantum of Fun!’  

 

Chupacabra vs. The Alamo (MOW)

The cast: Erik Estrada, Julia Benson, Zak Santiago

The Showcase synopsis: “Chupacabras attack with a vengeance, and this time they’re taking on the Alamo!”

 

Place your bets now. My money’s on the Chupacabras. They’re due.

 

Left to right: some lady, Eric Estrada. Not pictured: Chupacabras.  

 

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Shia Labeouf

The Showcase synopsis: “Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.”

 

Whenever Showcase airs this movie, I feel obliged to come to its defense. As is public record at this point, many consider it the weakest installment in the heralded Indiana Jones franchise. And to this I say “Who cares?” Maybe it is, but you know what? That’s like calling John Paul Jones the weakest member of Led Zeppelin. Or Alaskan King the least appealing type of delicious crab. It’s a silly argument, and I shall have none of it. Good day to you, sir!

 

Also, the beautiful Karen Allen’s in it, and she’s totally my wife in a parallel universe.   

 

The Rite

The Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga

The Showcase synopsis: “An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.”
Movies featuring exorcisms are kind of the creepiest thing ever. Back in 1998 a friend of mine kinda forced me to watch The Exorcist, and hoo boy, that did not go well. Reason being, it’s incredibly, ridiculously disturbing to the power of one million. Like I have to tell you – you know all to well, I’m sure. So here’s the rule of thumb about The Rite. If normally unflappable Anthony Hopkins gets scared in this thing, you should, by association, be very, very scared. Just saying.

 

“Would you judge me harshly if I confessed to having just wet my pants?” 

Continuum S2 blog #10: Wave Theory

If you could travel to the past for a chance to save the future, would you risk leaving behind your life, your family, your future? Law enforcer Kiera Cameron wasn’t even given a choice in the year 2077, when a conspiracy sent her over six decades back in time to track down a cell of terrorist/anarchist temporal fugitives. In modern-day Vancouver, she’s doing her job and maintaining her cover while holding out hope that she can eventually get home — assuming the home she knew still exists. Minute by minute and day by day, Kiera’s learning that the only time she can trust anyone is now, and it might not be a question of how her dystopian adventure ends so much as when.

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Here’s one of the more curious episodes of Continuum S2: “Second Wave” (it aired last night: watch it HERE), notable for not just advancing more plot threads in a single episode since, well, ever, but also for introducing a far-future frame sequence that does not get resolved. To the latter point, Continuum has made a point of opening its eipisodes in the year 2077 and showing an event that will have import in 2013, even if the characters that it effects aren’t fully aware (in fact, this kind of perspective more often than not benefits the viewers exclusively).

In “Second Wave,” we see year-2077 death row inmate Travis visit another Liber8 death row conspirator — one we have previously never seen/met — to discuss the new character’s “role beyond death.” Flash back to the past and we see the man show up to confront and challenge… low-level Liber8 member Lucas? No one else can see this guy, it seems, unless he wants it that way. He pushes Lucas’s buttons, asking if Sonia can indeed be trusted to execute Kagame’s vision for Liber8. By episode’s finale, back in the future, he has accepted his mission from Travis — but viewers still don’t know what that mission is. Given that there are only three episodes left in this season, we can assume that this is the beginning of a big blowout thread. Bring it on.

Meanwhile, this episode finds Kiera becoming further unhinged. She almost killed Julian/Theseus last episode, the intended homicide being narrowly prevented by Carlos. In “Second Wave,” Kiera’s rock-solid partner once again comes to the rescue, when she is on the verge of executing Liber8 member Garza (who viewers know has been sent to the past by Alec, to monitor Alec — and execute him if he crosses the line of morality). Fascinating in this episode to see the tables turn, as Kiera gets captured by Travis’s former Liber8 sect, now led by Julian/Theseus. Tied to a chair and with a gun to her head, Kiera is powerless. And Julian is the one deciding her fate this time.

As an aside, I have to commend this particular episode of Continuum for some of the best fight choreography in the series. Garza’s escape from the cop shop is spectacular, mostly credible (I find any/all police station breakouts hard to believe) and, for lack of a better word, fun. The extended fight sequence that sees Kiera take on two “Freelancers” (black ops future types who probably work for Escher) in hand-to-hand combat is both believable and exceptional. The very best kind of action. Kudos to the writers, also, for showing that the Freelancers have hardware that can neutralize Kiera’s own future tech. Sure, her invisibility/camouflage power is cool and all, but it’s nice to see that it can’t always get her the upper hand.

As I mentioned, this episode moved numerous plots forward (nice to see them finally acknowledge FBI agent Gardner’s disappearance, episodes ago!). To me, Garza’s story might be the most interesting of the developing threads right now. Aside from her hidden Alec vs Alec agenda, there’s a great sequence where she tells Kiera to wake up and start thinking for herself. I smell a future ally — well, “2013” future. After all, former enemies can make the best friends.

SEE YOU NEXT EPISODE ON THE CONTINUUM BLOG!

Weekend Movies: Monsters, Disasters, Robots, and Rom-Coms

With a flick about bros thrown in for good measure. We’re covering our bases, baby!

 

Goblin Friday, July 12, 6pm ET

Black Rain Friday, July 12, 8pm ET

I, Robot Friday, July 12, 11:15pm, plus Saturday, July 13, 1pm ET

Punisher: War ZoneSaturday, July 13, 3:30am, and Sunday, July 14, 12:30am ET

Star TrekSaturday, July 13, 10:30am, 3:30pm, and 10pm ET

Solar Attack aka Solar Strike (MOW) – Saturday, July 13, 6pm ET  

Doomsday Prophecy aka Doomsday Scrolls (MOW) – Saturday, July 13, 8pm ET  

27 DressesSunday, July 14, 2:30am and 11am ET

Grown UpsSunday, July 14, 1:30pm ET

How Do You KnowSunday, July 14, 3:30pm ET

 

I, Robot

The cast: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk

The Showcase synopsis: “In the year 2035 a techno-phobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.”

 

My friend Tammy is one of those people who pronounces robot as ‘ro-bit.’ And I’m not gonna like: it’s kinda hilarious. Hahaha.

 

Okay, we’ve had some fun just now, but robots are no laughing matter. Especially when they rise up and start defying Isaac Asimov’s unforgettable ‘Three Laws of Robotics.’ 1) A robot may not allow a human being to come to harm. 2) Something about obeying orders, except mean stuff like “Go sit on that dude.” And 3) Umm, Fight Club? Maybe don’t talk about that?

The robot’s all, “No sir! I was not snickering, SIR!”

 

Punisher: War Zone

The cast: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchison

The Showcase synopsis: “After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, faces his most deadly foe yet: Jigsaw.”

 

I think move movies should have ‘War Zone’ tacked onto their titles. Think of the possibilities: Pretty Woman: War Zone. Ordinary People: War Zone. Hey Arnold!: War Zone. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: War Zone. (e-mail me, I have 893 more.)

 

Left to right: Punisher, war zone. 

 

Star Trek

The Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy

The Showcase synopsis: “Brash young James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.”

 

Not to raise any concern, but if you don’t watch this movie at least once every eight months you’ll contract painful hemorrhoids.

 

The crew is very concerned about your ass.  

 

27 Dresses

The cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman

The Showcase synopsis: “After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister’s side as her sibling marries the man she’s secretly in love with.”

 

Bridesmaids have it bad. Unlike the bride herself, they need to be decked out in some less-flattering, b-grade outfit. It’s usually purple too, because the bride thinks she’s being all funky. But you know what? She’s not being funky – she’s doing what eight trillion brides have done before her (estimate courtesy of the United Nations). Also, bridesmaids aren’t allowed to get too drunk ‘cause they usually have to dish out some lovey-dovey speech about how the bride is their total BFF forever. Anyhow, stay strong, sisters. Stay strong.

 

Did you start counting these? You may have OCD. 

 

Grown Ups

 

The cast: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James

The Showcase synopsis: “After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.”

 

Grown Ups 2 hits theatres this weekend, which may be prompting you to wonder, “Hey, whatever happened to the first Grown Up? Is that still a thing? Well, have I got good news for you: it’s TOTALLY still a thing! You see, movies don’t cease to exist once their theatre runs come to an end; they eventually find a second life on television. And Grown Ups is no exception! Plus, unlike that dastardly Grown Ups 2, you don’t have to shell out $14 to see it like some grade-A sucker!

 

Above: some SNL dudes and Kevin James. 

 

How Do You Know

The Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson

The Showcase synopsis: “After being cut from the USA softball team, Lisa finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with her current baseball-playing beau.”
Typically, I’m not big on movie titles asking me questions. ‘How Do You Know’? I just KNOW, okay? Geez. That said, this flick gets a big ol’ pass, ‘cause it’s charming and there’s flippin’ BASEBALL in it! How often do you see baseball in a rom-com? It’s pretty much this and like, Bull Durham. And everyone knows Bull Durham was the best. So awesome that when filming wrapped, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins kept hanging out for like 20 more years! Why? Because rom-coms + baseball = awesome, yo!

 

The pivotal scene where Paul Rudd asks Reese Witherspoon how she knows. 

The Showcase 2013 Fall Schedule

This fall, Showcase delivers viewers a schedule packed with character-driven drama, starpower, exciting returning hits and a hot new series. Jon Tenney (The Closer) and Rebecca Romijn (X-Men: First Class) step onto the scene in the new detective drama King & Maxwell. The new series joins fan-“fae”vourite Lost Girl, brightly shining Copper, returning romance Beauty and the Beast and the always mysterious Haven. Also featuring new seasons of hits Covert Affairs, Royal Pains and Rizzoli & Isles and cable premieres of Hollywood blockbuster movies.

King & Maxwell – August 27th, 10pm ET/PT
Covert Affairs – August 28th, 10pm ET/PT
Royal Pains - August 29, 10pm ET/PT
Game of Thrones - August 30, 10pm ET/7pm PT

Copper - September 1st, 9pm ET/PT
Rizzoli & Isles - September 1st, 10pm ET/PT
Beauty and the Beast - October 6th, 8pm ET/5pm PT
Lost Girl - November 10thm, 10pm ET/PT.
Haven - Sunday, December 1st, 9pm ET/PT.

Things You NeedWant to Know About the Defiance Season Finale

If you have not watched the season finale “Everything is Broken” you can do so here. Otherwise read on to see where the premiere season left its main characters while we wait for them to return for season two.

Datak

It’s election day! Alak endorses Datak’s mayoral candidacy from the top of the arch and Datak freaks out! His people are working overtime to ensure all the Votan votes are his and he is still intensely stressed out. If he can’t handle the pressure of the election, how is he going to deal when it comes time to actually BE the Mayor of Defiance? To help relieve his tension, Stahma gives him a little up-against-the-wall lovin’, and it surprises him because it’s not something that they have done together before. His sex-suspicions are confirmed when at the polling station, Kenya says he should “keep an eye on Stahma.” Now aware that she has stepped out on him, he threatens Stahmas life causing her to have a little meltdown in the voting box. Datak wins the election and E-Rep immediately moves in, takes charge, and seizes Rafe’s mines. It’s at the moment when Colonol Marsh enters the Mayoral office to belittle and threaten Datak that he really unravels.


Kenya

Stahma approaches Kenya to let her know that Datak knows about the two of them and is going to kill them both. Stahma asks her to meet in the forest so that they can run away together rather than get killed together. Once there, Stahma offers Kenya a drink of her flask, but Kenya rejects it and pulls a gun on Stahma insisting SHE drink the flask suspecting it has been poisoned. They go back and forth about whether or not either ever had feelings invested in the relationship when Kenya drops to her knees. The poison was in fact on the outside of the flask and Stahma has won the battle. Is Kenya dead? This is unconfirmed. I would like to think that Stahma merely drugged her and left her…but I also think that this might be the last we see of Kenya.


Stahma

Stahma, once back from her “getting rid of Kenya” mission, walks into the Mayor’s office to find that Datak has murdered Colonel Marsh in a fit of rage. He knows at this point that with this action he has lost everything that him and Stahma have worked for. But maybe now with her husband sure to be behind bars (in Vegas?) she will be free to live as an independant woman. Longshot theory: perhaps she will become the new owner of the NeedWant?


Nolan & Irisa

Nolan is on the hunt for Irisa and it’s not long before he finds her bandaged up and on the mend in the Badlands with her Irath buds. No sooner does he find her when special military forces roll in with Doc Yewll in tow to take everyone hostage demanding that Irisa give herself up. She does and they take her back to Defiance and have Doc perform surgery on her to retrieve what are now BOTH Kaziri keys implanted in her body. These long hunted for keys are the ticket to the use of the deadly Votan weapon on a crashed ship buried in Rafe’s mines, which is what E-Rep has been after the entire time. So, Doc performs the same surgery as before, knowing what the result will be and sure enough the artifact vines come out and attack the entire room. Nolan, now back in Defiance and manages to free a trapped Rafe, and is able to come in to free Irisa. Rafe gets shot in the battle. Nolan and Irisa are on their way out of town intent on putting Defiance behind them, but get waylaid by a shootout with “Black Jonah” the mercenary. BJ shoots and kills Nolan right at the moment that Irisa manages to shoot and kill BJ. Irisa is now on her own, and has a vision of a revived Sukar. He tells her that she needs leave the path of Nolan to follow her “Angel of Death” path into the mines and fulfill her Irzu destiny. So she does and follows Irzu’s instructions and in the end sacrifices herself to Irzu in order to bring Nolan back to life.

So, Nolan is back from the dead, Amanda is no longer Mayor, Irisa has some divine Votan power, Datak is (probably) in prison, Stahma is possibly with him, or not, and Kenya is dead? Is Rafe dead? At the end of it all, we find out that Earth Republic has assumed control of Defiance. It’s quite a setup for season two and I am excited to see where things pick up when the series returns!

Continuum S2 blog #9: Splitting Seconds

If you could travel to the past for a chance to save the future, would you risk leaving behind your life, your family, your future? Law enforcer Kiera Cameron wasn’t even given a choice in the year 2077, when a conspiracy sent her over six decades back in time to track down a cell of terrorist/anarchist temporal fugitives. In modern-day Vancouver, she’s doing her job and maintaining her cover while holding out hope that she can eventually get home — assuming the home she knew still exists. Minute by minute and day by day, Kiera’s learning that the only time she can trust anyone is now, and it might not be a question of how her dystopian adventure ends so much as when.

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There’s a great comic book story by Neil Gaiman, written in the late 1980s. It’s the origin of The Riddler and it’s called “ When Is a Door.” No question mark, you’ll notice — because the author’s intention is to directly invoke the relationship of time and its passage. The topic is not just memory, but formative memory; The Riddler’s origin starts at his birth, but that’s not when he became The Riddler. The moments that made him a villain are the subject of the story; the doorways, if you will.

What does all of this have to do with time-travelling law enforcer Kiera Cameron? Well, plenty, given the events of this week’s episode of Continuum S2, “Seconds” (it aired last night: watch it HERE). My question is: What is the moment that makes each of us the person that we will become? How do you recognize a formative, defining moment when it happens? And who’s to say that these formative moments can’t be random? Why do we think they have to be epic, meaningful?

“Seconds” sees the young terrorist Julian released from jail. Kiera and her partner Carlos are hot on his tail immediately because they know that he has ties to the Liber8 movement. Viewers of the show know that Julian will grow up to be codename Theseus, the mastermind of the far-future Liber8 organization — a terrorism machine so-well-oiled that it is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people. The thing is: Kiera did not know this…until now.

“Seconds,” then is the episode where Kiera discovers that Julian will become Theseus, and for as much as she is quite rightly shocked at this discovery, viewers get their own shock when she goes off the rails and tries to assassinate him during a police interrogation sequence. Yep, you read/saw right — Kiera crosses the line, and then some.

Her rationale is understandable, to a large-enough degree. Before she arrives at this cataclysmic decision, she asks Carlos his opinion, albeit in a roundabout manner. “If you could go back in time and kill Hitler before WWII, wouldn’t you?” Carlos says that yes, he indeed would — but points out that there is no longer a “guarantee” that Theseus will commit the same acts in the far future, because Kiera’s arrival in the past was not a mission to execute Theseus at a young age. His point is that, simply by being in the past and interacting with not just Julian/Theseus but also Alec Sadler (future creator of SADtech), Kiera has already changed the future, and nothing is any longer written in stone.

Put yourself in Kiera’s position, though. Viewers will find this easy enough to do in the sensational finale to “Seconds,” where we see exactly whom, how and why future-Theseus commits his mass act of homicide. (Which, BTW, suggests to me that Kiera has not altered the timeline.) (Yeah, yeah, you could offer a counter-argument that these glimpses of the future are old timeline glimpses of the future…) I won’t give away the events in that final sequence, because it’s both an eye-opener and a game-changer and, depending on your p.o.v., casts Theseus as a simultaneous hero/villain (and future-Alec as, well, mostly a villain).

Back to the attempted assassination: Kiera does not kill Julian, though it’s not for lack of trying (she is foiled by another officer and, worse, Julian escapes). And as we see Julian embrace a relationship with the 2013 Liber8 group following his escape, we come to the same terrible conclusion as Kiera: Is she the one who catalyzes Julian’s transformation into Theseus simply by having tried to kill him? At gunpoint, he swore to her that he would not commit violent acts as an adult, but she was unprepared to take the risk. What Kiera didn’t know is that, prior to his capture by the police, Julian had rejected Liber8’s overtures to be their leader. There’s a valid argument that he becomes future-Theseus because, get this, Kiera gives him no choice. Talk about a doozy of a piece of guilt to live down.

So: When is a door. In “Seconds,” Kiera’s act of slamming that door in Julian’s face only sent him through a different one — the very one she was trying to prevent him from opening. A life, redefined, in seconds…

SEE YOU NEXT EPISODE ON THE CONTINUUM BLOG!