Haven “Nowhere Man”/”Exposure”: Who Is Audrey Parker?

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There’s always been more to Audrey Parker  than meets the eye. A mysterious being, a product of the barn, just another incarnation, even when she was at her more pure Audreyness back in season one. But now that Audrey, actual independent Audrey exists, who is she?

It’s like she’s a brand new person full of manufactured memories and then several years of her own plus whatever else has rubbed off. And maybe, for the first time, she’s independent of this big mission, the keeper of the barn, solver of the troubles. She’s a human person who likes to help people, but without the benefit of her supernatural abilities. Now, that’s kinda cool.  Continue reading

The Walking Dead “Four Walls and a Roof”: What Are We Doing Here?

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Gareth (Andrew J. West) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) in Season 5 Episode 3  of The Walking Dead "Four Walls and a Roof" Photo by Gene Page/AMC

After two weeks of Carol kicking ass, taking names and all around being the best damn character on The Walking Dead, “Four Walls and a Roof” was sadly, Carol free. That being said – it was still an excellent episode of post-apocalyptic TV. The Bob mystery finds a resolution, and the group once again finds itself pushing the boundaries of what they need to do to survive versus what survival has done to their humanity. Continue reading

The Walking Dead “Strangers” Review: Still All About Carol

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The best part of “Strangers” must have been when Rick had the good sense and courtesy to ask Carol if it would be okay for the group to join her. It’s refreshing to see Rick, who has been the defacto leader for so long, realizing that he’s only here now because of Carol, the woman he banished and sent off on her own not so long ago. She graciously accepted the group back, because of course she did. Continue reading

Haven “The Old Switcheroo”: Mara Still Hates Pancakes


Lucas Bryant and Emily Rose in Haven "The Old Switcheroo"

If the body-switch wasn’t such a tried and true trope that Haven somehow hadn’t already got to, I’d think this episode was designed specifically to get under the skin of all the Audrey/Nathan die-hards out there. Did it work? Lucky for all of us, there was a lot more to “The Old Switcheroo”.

This was a meaty one and so much fun at that. The Gloria/Dwight switch is a stroke of genius! But before we get into that – let’s talk about Audrey.

“Still don’t like pancakes”. There’s no way that wasn’t written specifically to get folks all riled up. Kicking off the episode with another refusal of Audrey’s presence. But isn’t that part of the fun? The fight?

Mara is stubborn, strong and perfectly, coolly, evil.  The idea of force-feeding a person pancakes to perform what amounts to an exorcism – out of context – it’s hilarious, while at the same time somewhat logical, and so perfectly Haven. Continue reading

City, Netflix, and shomi Collaborate on Original, Canadian Thriller, “Between”

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In Canadian TV news, shomi, Netflix, and City are partnering on a new, Canadian 6-part thriller series starring Jeanette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat).

The premise of the show feels equal parts “The 100″ and “Under the Dome”, although we don’t have too much to go on at this point. An entire town’s population is hit with a mysterious disease that wipes out all inhabitants under 21, quarantined, the population must learn to survive.

This announcement marks a further addition to shomi‘s growing catalogue, and demonstrates Netflix playing nice with the Canadian streaming service set to launch in beta next month Roger and Shaw customers. “Between” will premiere on City and shomi in Canada, and Netflix in outside markets, then will come to Netflix Canada a year later.

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The Walking Dead “No Sanctuary” Review: Carol is Everything

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“The Walking Dead” has a fantastic track record for season premieres and finales. “No Sanctuary” certainly continues to live up to that. Putting Carol front and center was a brilliant decision. She was one of the brightest spots last season, with “The Grove”, the episode that focused on Carol and Tyreese’s experiences as one of the season’s high points so having her carry so much of the season premiere seems like an obvious choice.

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Haven: “Spotlight” S is Troubled by Nathan’s Dangerous Obsession

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“Spotlight” was appropriately titled, as the episode primarily focused on the Nathan/Mara/Audrey dynamic. This is the big forever love, and creating what is nearly a bottle episode where Nathan and Mara face off alone in a cabin is an incredibly powerful tool to use at this point in the game.

The claustrophobia of the cabin oozed off the screen. Lucas Bryant and Emily Rose were fabulous, circling each other trying to find the way in, and the way out. Mara luxuriates in being bad, teasing Nathan about his gal Audrey while stripping for him. She needles him (perhaps rightly so) about his affair with another Audrey doppelganger, Sarah. She tells him he should have met more of them, he would have fallen head over heels for each and every one. She’s right. Nathan feels her and he’s in her orbit. I dare you to tell me that kiss wasn’t coming from both directions. Continue reading

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Doles Out Dollhouse Easter Eggs (and Agent Carter Clues?)

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The season 2 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t the first time the series has dished out references to the departed Whedon series Dollhouse.

Season One’s “Tahiti” Agent Coulson asked if he fell asleep, to which a mysterious woman responded, “for a little while”. This routine made us wonder if Coulson is a doll (this theory was later disproved). Dollhouse-eque behaviour has popped up elsewhere in the MCU with the treatment of Bucky Barns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As  he is wiped, stored, and brought back for missions time after time the scenario has echos of Dollhouse. Continue reading

Doctor Who “Time Heist”: Don’t Even Think About It

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“Time Heist” is probably about as far from “Listen” as Doctor Who could get in terms of story type – however it is still just as perfectly in line with what feels right for Doctor Who the show. That Doctor Who is not beholden to be one thing all the time is really part of the charm, as long as the characters at the core are internally consistent, we’re set.

Doing a quick spin from a character study to a bank heist (or, time heist), and doing it well sums up so perfectly Doctor Who. While didn’t quite rise as high for me as “Listen” did, it was just fine. It allowed Capaldi some excellent moments to be both obnoxious and hilarious. You know, calories consumed on the TARDIS don’t have any effect.

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Haven “Speak No Evil”: Duke Exercises the Power of Denial

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Following “See No Evil”, which reoriented us into the world where Mara is back and the lighthouse has been destroyed for the umpteenth time, “Speak No Evil” does some heavy lifting setting up our main characters for the season.

Nathan is looking as badly as the make-up team can make Lucas Bryant look, having been shot and all. He’s suffering from a Mara inflicted bullet wound, and while that would be the thing hurting a normal person it’s the anguish of heartbreak that’s really causing Nathan’s pain. It’s likely that the only thing keeping him alive as he bleeds out on the beach is his unbreakable optimism that Audrey must be in there because she didn’t actually murder him. Continue reading