July 31, 2015: Dark Matter Episode 108! Tonight!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

The twists, turns and revelations come fast and furious as we pick up speed and hurtle through the back half of this season toward our big BIG season finale.  So, what awaits on tonight’s episode of Dark Matter?

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http://www.thetvjunkies.com/dark-matter-episode-eight-preview/

“There’s plenty of action, suspense and, best of all, another big bombshell awaits fans in the episode’s final moments.”

DARK MATTER -- "Episode Nine" Episode 109 -- Pictured: Mark Bendavid as One -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy) DARK MATTER — “Episode Nine” Episode 109 — Pictured: Mark Bendavid as One — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

http://www.screenspy.com/articles/tv/editorials/the-crew-face-fresh-surprises-in-syfys-dark-matter/

“This week Syfy’s Dark Matter will see the crew making a Space Station stopover for some drunken bonding, a little home cooking, and a spot of old fashioned revenge.”

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/07/dark-matter-episode-8-preview-a-one-way-trip/#.Vbro9Xg-A_U

“Back at the end of episode 6, we knew Six would eventually try to track down the General, the leader of the Protheon Insurrection. This is the man responsible for the destruction of a space station which killed over 10,000 innocents…

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Stana Katic & Raza Jaffrey To Star In Amin Matalqa’s ‘The Rendezvous’

Originally posted on Deadline:

EXCLUSIVE: Stana Katic (Castle) and Raza Jaffrey (Homeland) will star in Sundance award-winning director Amin Matalqa’s action adventure The Rendezvous. Inspired by classic romantic capers as North By Northwest and Romancing The Stone, the film is an adaptation of Sarah Isaias’ book A New Song. Set in Jordan, the film recently wrapped principal photography on location there. Terrel Seltzer (One Fine Day) has written the script, which follows an unlikely pair who find themselves swept up in a deadly race to find a sacred Dead Sea Scroll hidden in the ancient city of Petra. The film is produced by Dan Halsted (Garden State) and Tricia Gibbs. Amanda Rohlke is exec producing. Alfonso Bassave, Ron Guttman, Glenn Fleshler, Darby Stanchfield, and Nadim Sawalha round out the cast. Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey are repped by Gersh/ Principal Entertainment LA.

Matalqa, who is of…

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‘Castle’ Star Stana Katic On What Made Her Stay, Big Season 8 “Event” And Her Future On The Show & Beyond

Originally posted on Deadline:

It’s back to work day for Castle star Stana Katic, who today begins filming Season 8 of the popular ABC series. It was a busy three-month hiatus for Katic, during which she shot two indie movies, The Rendezvous and Sister Cities, and got married. In addition to playing the female lead opposite Nathan Fillion, Katic has added a new role on Castle as part of her new contract: a producer. In her first interview since signing on for Season 8, Katic talks about the decision to return, provides a glimpse at next season that promises to shake things up under new showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter, addresses her future on the show and what she would like to do next.

castlestananathanIt was a nail-biting few weeks for Castle fans last spring when the contracts of both Fillion and Katic expired. By mid-April, Fillion, who plays Rick Castle, had agreed to a new deal, but Katic’s…

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July 30, 2015: Dark Matter – Setups and Payoffs!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

As most of you know, I created and started developing Dark Matter back when I was working on Stargate: Atlantis.  The hope was to roll into Dark Matter whenever Stargate ended…which turned out to be a little later than I’d originally expected.  Throw in a year to script and launch the Dark Horse Comics series, the inevitable/interminable wait for the financing to come together on the way to an eventual green light, and we’re talking roughly eight years.  Yes, eight years of waiting but, in that time, eight years of fleshing out the big picture arcs, the characters, their backstories, the moments, and a slew of surprising twists and turns.

There’s nothing I hate more than watching a show that clearly doesn’t have a plan. One thing I promised viewers from the get-go is that we had a plan, a long term (five season) arc that included narrative elements…

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July 29, 2015: Joe and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

Well, let’s call it 22 hours and counting.

1. Unlike previous years, 2015 offers a very narrow window in which I can take my annual culinary journey to Japan.  And so, after much back and forth, Akemi and I finalized the dates and I spent the better part of three hours booking flights online. Akemi from Vancouver to Osaka.  My sister from Montreal to Vancouver.  Joe from Vancouver to Osaka.  Daisy from Montreal to Vancouver.  Joe and Akemi from Tokyo to Vancouver.   My sister and Daisy from Vancouver to Montreal.  A series of maddening one way flights, seat selections, upgrades to premium economy, and in-flight meal purchases.  When I was finished, weary but satisfied, I moved on to the hotel bookings…and couldn’t find a room.  At any of the local hotels.  Further investigation on Akemi’s part revealed the reason: Silver Week.

“Once in a while the stars align and…

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July 27, 2015: Dark Matter secrets! BTS pics!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

BTS on Dark Matter Episode 107: Searching the mystery room. BTS on Dark Matter Episode 107: Searching the mystery room.

So, in Episode 107, the crew gained entrance to the mystery room and we finally found out what it held.

Or did we?

Sure, we found weapons, cash, an entertainment model android and a woman in stasis, but something doesn’t quite line up here.  Remember back in Episode 101 when FIVE was talking to SIX about “the door”.  The dialogue went something like this…

FIVE: A big metal door.  And they keep it locked, always.

SIX: Why?  What’s inside?

FIVE: Secrets.

Secrets?  Hmmm.  There was nothing particularly secretive about the cash or guns. The entertainment model android?  Not really.  The woman in stasis?  Possibly. But, back in Episode 101, FIVE used the plural, “secrets”.

Looked like there were a few locked boxes in that room.  I wonder…

Oh, hey, check it out.  Wendy stunt double (Jennifer Murray) gets blasted by Bubba:

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July 24, 2015: Dark Matter Episode 107 behind the scenes pics!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

Dark Matter Episode 107 airs tonight at 10 p.m. EST and 7 p.m./10 p.m. PST on SyFy and Space Channel! Written by Robert C. Cooper!  Directed by Bruce McDonald!  Guest starring Ruby Rose and Natalie Brown!

Ruby Rose coming your way tonight on Dark Matter! Ruby Rose coming your way tonight on Dark Matter!

I’ll be live tweeting both airings (and Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok) and then follow up with a live, 15-20 minute Periscope Q&A directly following the episodes (11 p.m. EST and 8 p.m./11 p.m. PST).  Download the Periscope app and join me. https://twitter.com/SpaceChannel/status/624648903946715136

Here’s a slew of behind the scenes pics to get you hyped…

Director Bruce McDonald wields Bubba during prep. Director Bruce McDonald wields Bubba during prep.

Something's afoot! Something’s afoot!

Hey, who opened the door? Hey, who opened the door?

Exploration and discovery! Exploration and discovery!

Director Bruce McDonald - ready for action! Director Bruce McDonald – ready for action!

What's in the big box? What’s in the big box?

Bruce McDonald directs Jodelle Ferland, Natalie Brown, and Anthony Lemke in the infirmary. Bruce McDonald directs Jodelle Ferland, Natalie Brown, and Anthony Lemke in the infirmary.

Bruce McDonald directs Marc Bendavid and Melissa O'Neil. Bruce McDonald directs Marc Bendavid and Melissa O’Neil.

Director Bruce McDonald and Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok on set. Director…

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July 24, 2015: Pizza and Dark Matter!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

Last night episode of Dark Matter was written by former Stargate creator/writer/director/executive producer/showrunner Robert C. Cooper.  Sure, he writes some pretty good scripts – but what he really excels at is making pizza…which Akemi, Ivon and I can confirm after having had dinner at his place the other night…

Sing us a song you're the pizza man!  Bake us a pizza tonight! Sing us a song you’re the pizza man! 

Make us a pizza tonight! Make us a pizza tonight!

Well we're all in the mood for some sausage and cheese! Well we’re all in the mood for some sausage and cheese!

And a crusty that's crispy and light! And a crust that’s crispy and light!

Also a half dozen other pizzas including this mushroom and cheese. Also a half dozen other varieties including this mushroom and cheese.

Oh and chocolatey dessert. Oh and chocolatey dessert.

With various ice creams no less! With various ice creams no less!

So, yeah, thanks for last night’s episode.  But an especially big thanks for dinner!

So, what’d you think of last night’s episode of Dark Matter? Some of the online reviews…

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/07/dark-matter-episode-7-review-dunking-donuts-the-cosmic-way/#.VbMDwHg-B-U

“Kudos to Anthony Lemke and Zoie Palmer for their outstanding performances in tonight’s episode. The spotlight was on…

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July 23, 2016: Tokyo in 2016? Maaaaaybe!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

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To quote Dark Matter’s SIX (Episode 103): “Fresh starts for all of us, right?”

Right!  With the real estate market blazing here in Vancouver, Akemi has been not so subtly suggesting it might be time to cash out.  And she does have a point.  As much as I love my house, I’ve calculated that we only use about 30% of the living place.  The remaining 70% is very attractive storage.  It never bothered me before but, strange as it sounds, he house feels A LOT emptier now that Jelly is gone.  The prospect of moving has grown increasingly attractive, especially over the last few days.

So, if I was to move, what would be my options?  Another place in Vancouver? What would be the point?  Toronto?  Too cold.  L.A.?  Too cool.  Tokyo? Maaaaaybe.  An extended stay in Tokyo would finally afford me the opportunity to perfect my Japanese (and, by…

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