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Review: Four, Five and Six on Dark Matter

Who is Titch, and what happened in their life to turn them into a hardened criminal? That was one of the key questions posed in Episode 6 of Dark Matter.

Friday’s newest episode showcased Jodelle Ferland’s acting chops as she assumed the role of Four to give us more of his back story while we learned more about Five’s own past. With the crew of the Raza still unsure about what brought them together, Five offered up her mind to a probe in order to get answers.

We knew Four’s power-hungry stepmother was behind the death of the Emperor, but Five recounted it all for Four. We learned the Emperor wasn’t all that nice of a guy and strived to have his son feared by all despite the kind streak in the boy.

As for herself, Das realized she and the dead boy, TJ, were stowaways on the Raza. She’d picked the wrong pocket to pick and gotten her hands on that key; the man who owned it killed all of her friends and mortally wounded TJ. The two snuck on board the ship where it was revealed One and Three knew each other.

Five’s extended attachment and reliance on the probe put her life in danger, leading Six to suit up and offer to go in and pull Five back. While he sought her out, he uncovered part of his own past: his rebel group fought back against the Galactic Alliance and took the extreme measure of blowing up a space station (and 10,000 people) for their cause.

So, who is Titch? Five was involved in that person’s memories doing chores around a farm and leading a happy life when Six showed up to take her back. Five was betting those memories belonged to One, but I think it was Three. He’s just the type of guy to put up a tough front to hide some inner sensitivity. Was Three’s idyllic life shattered by violence? I’m bet that’s the case, but we’ll have to wait at least another week to find out.

Notes and quotes

  • No wonder they’re running low on food. Three is eating. All. The. Time.

Dark Matter airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Space.

Review: Secrets revealed on Killjoys

“I like fixing things, remember?” And with that, Johnny and D’Avin have begun to talk, really talk to each other. Sure, it came as a result of the latter being tortured by an interrogation computer on the fritz, but still.

“A Glitch in the System,” written by Adam Barken, was dark, creepy and violent, hearkening back to sci-fi thrillers like Event Horizon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. What appeared to be a routine mission to a derelict space ship to strip it of anything valuable turned deadly when Lucy detected danger and retracted from the old ship, trapping D’Avin, Dutch and Johnny inside. Of course, Lucy’s scan that revealed no life on board the craft was an error; there were two men on board and one jettisoned himself out of the air lock and into space. Why? To escape the clutches of fellow shipmate Hogan (Richard Clarkin), who had gone a tad nuts. Turns out the ship was a Black Ops interrogation ship using technology that put nanites inside people to erode—and rebuild—folks depending on how they answered questions.

Torture is a powerful instrument, and D’Avin revealed to Hogan (and Dutch and Johnny via monitor) that he had killed his entire squad, but didn’t know why. That information is being kept from him by three memory blockers placed in his brain. But who is keeping that information hidden from D’Avin and why?

With just a handful of episodes to go, Killjoys has really hit its stride. D’Avin and Johnny have emerged as a sarcastic one-two punch with Dutch throwing in her verbal two cents when she’s not kicking some serious butt. Or facing off with Khlyen, which she had to do in Friday’s closing moments. He says she’s grown weak because of her relationship with Johnny and needs an attitude adjustment. What does that mean? I can only surmise at this point, but I’m guessing it doesn’t include hot chocolate and hugs.

Notes and quotes

  • The CGI on Killjoys is amazing and those space suits are super-sexy.
  • “Let’s go find the treasure and blow shit up.” — Johnny
  • “How is that in any way loving me?!” — D’Avin, after Johnny shoots him in the leg to keep the nanites busy

Killjoys airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Space.

Link: ‘Orphan Black’ Emmy nominee Tatiana Maslany talks ‘breaking stereotypes’

From Glenn Whipp of The L.A. Times:

‘Orphan Black’ Emmy nominee Tatiana Maslany talks ‘breaking stereotypes’
Nothing has provoked more outrage on Emmy nominations morning the last couple of years than the exclusion of Tatiana Maslany, the 29-year-old Canadian actress who so thoroughly brings to life a variety of clones puzzling out the meaning of their existence on BBC America’s sci-fi thriller “Orphan Black.”

The nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning. Among the snubs and surprises were “Empire,” Gina Rodriguez and Tatiana Maslany. Continue reading.

W Network orders Season 2 of Game of Homes

From a media release:

Corus Entertainment announced today the renewal of W Network’s hit series, Game of Homes, with Great Pacific Media. Game of Homes (8×60) gives skilled amateur home renovators a chance to parlay their skills into the prize of a lifetime – a house and a plot of land. The second season heads across the country to the Toronto area, with four new teams of amateur home renovators turning rundown houses into their dream homes, room-by-room. Production begins on Game of Homes Season 2 in mid- September and it is scheduled to air in 2016 on W Network.

In Season 2, these dilapidated houses, slated for the wrecking ball, will be uprooted and transported to the Toronto area. The teams will work side by side, around the clock, to completely transform these dumps into show homes while also living in them. They will battle small budgets, tight deadlines, cramped quarters and each other for a chance to win a home and change their lives forever.

Casting for Season 2 is currently underway. People interested in applying to be on the show can visit wnetwork.com/be-on-tv or gameofhomestv.com

Link: Rookie Blue’s Erin Karpluk eyes a happy ending

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Rookie Blue’s Erin Karpluk eyes a happy ending
Being the new kid on the block is not something Erin Karpluk was used to during her four seasons starring on Being Erica. However, this season she’s had to jump on board the well-oiled machine that is Rookie Blue as Officer Juliet Ward, 15 Division’s newest cop who also had a pretty big secret that she was keeping. While such a situation may lend itself to some pitfalls, in reality “it was one of the easiest transitions into a show I’ve ever had,” Karpluk tells The TV Junkies. Continue reading.