February 25, 2015: Dark Matter! Prep! Production! Pics!

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Toronto has been very Hoth-like of late, so I suppose I shouldn’t have been all that surprised to come across the above in the lunch room today.  Could’ve used that nice warm lightsaber while we were shooting in Hamilton last month!

Morning meetings today for episode #106 with director Ron Murphy (or “Murph” as he is affectionately referred to by members of the crew).  This one’s going to be an acting tour de force for Jodelle Ferland (FIVE) who’ll be spending the next couple of weekends in training with our stunt coordinator, John Stead, preparing for her very demanding fight sequences.


The trench!


The gun lock-up!


The infirmary!

Hey, check out a recent interview I did with Joe Julians at Idiotbox.com:


“IB: We do have many further Stargate questions we would love to ask at some point but we really want to talk about Dark Matter. First up the…

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February 5, 2015: Dark Matter swag! Space Hair! And a Zoie Palmer exclusive!

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Hey, check it out.  It’s my new cell phone case compliments of actor Alex Mallari Jr. (Dark Matter‘s FOUR) who evidently grew tired of me going without.   I repaid the favor today by bringing him the vegan no bake peanut butter chocolate squares Akemi made for him.


Continuing the visual roll-out of our Android, played by the lovely Zoie Palmer, here is another super exclusive spoilerific pic:


Two units running today.  While Paolo Barzman was directing our cast over on main unit (infirmary, mess hall scenes) John Stead was directing second unit on our neighbouring stage (transfer transit, class four android advertisement, and the GNN news reports).  Our very own Tara Yelland had her big day…

1Her Big Space Hair Day.  She looks like someone from the 20’s.  The 2320’s of course.

Tomorrow, we shoot in the corridors and airlock!

The Sock of the Day:


Scooter socks!

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February 24, 2015: Cloverblob!


This has got to be my favorite post yet!

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So there I was the other day, minding my own business, when I received the following message on twitter:

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Hunh?  Who, I wondered, is zoiepalmer’s cat?  Well, I did a little research and, as it turns out, zoiepalmer’s cat IS Zoie Palmer’s cat, Cloverblob, who apparently has her own twitter account.  Hoping to avoid any potential conflict, I wrote back:

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And I left it at that.  But upon further reflection, I thought it best to mention the incident to Zoie.  I approached her yesterday while she was waiting to shoot her first scene of the day and, unsure as to how best to break it to her, I just blurted out: “I don’t know how to tell you this but I think your cat is harassing me on twitter.”  I’m not sure what kind of a response I was expecting.  Shock.  Sadness.  Maybe an apology.  Instead, Zoie nodded knowingly, “Oh…

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Mid-Season 5 Review

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UNALIGNED welcomes Mahlers5th and Valksy, who join Sally in discussing the first half of Season 5 of Lost Girl. Gods, dads, families, Doccubus, Bo’s box – we talk about it all. Let’s dive in!

If the world were clear, art would not exist.
[Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus]

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
[Friedrich Nietzsche]


“Who am I?” “Where do I fit in?” “How does this world work?” “What really matters in life?” “Why am I here?” “Where am I going?” “Is that all there is?” These are the kind of questions that Bo has been wrestling with since the premiere episode of Lost Girl.  While viewers have been drawn to the show for varied reasons, Lost Girl

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February 21, 2015: Promises, promises!

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I love Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry and the rest of her crew in wardrobe.  They’re talented, resourceful, and incredibly creative.  Sometimes, I think, maybe a little too creative when it comes to some of the wilder ideas they’ve thrown my way.  Still, I thought I’d done a pretty good job of managing the more inspired pitches, deferring them to the nebulous foreseeable future.  That is until I walked into the costume department the other day and spotted this tacked onto the bulletin board:

1 Oooooh, crap.

Well there you have it.  Season 2 spoiler alert!  Aliens, color, and wacky/beautiful hats!

Speaking of spoiler alerts and promises – yes, that press release concerning that familiar special guest star was supposed to come out this week…but now looks like it’ll come out Monday instead.  But while you’re waiting, here’s another casting hint.  His character has the distinction of being one…

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February 17, 2015: The many superhero shirts of Jay Firestone!

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The first time I met Jay Firestone was about two years ago, while I was in town working on some nameless production.  My agent called to inform me that he had scheduled me a meeting with a very busy, very successful local producer.  I thought: “Sure, why not?”.  Ninety-nine percent of the time, these meet and greets amount to nothing, but my afternoon was wide open.  This, as it turned out, was in contrast to Jay’s afternoon which was peppered with meetings, phone calls, and pre, post, and production duties.  An average day for him.  I had been squeezed into his frenzied schedule, somewhere between a network conference call and a meeting with another producer and yet, despite the tight window, our sit-down was laid back, unrushed, and surprisingly entertaining.  I say surprisingly because, as anyone who has ever done these kind of meetings will tell you, they’re about as…

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February 15, 2014: For the scifi fan who has everything! And yet another big casting announcement to come!

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Well, how cool is this?  I returned from my two days of location shooting in Hamilton to discover this sitting in my office.  While in London, Jay picked me up this box of customized Dark Matter marshmallows:


Pretty cool, no?  They’re so awesome, I can’t bring myself to eat them.

Of course I’m sure Akemi won’t have similar qualms.

In addition to the Dark Mallows, I found the following awaiting me as well:


This poster comes care of Elana Nova Zatzman, President and Creative Director of EZ Designs, who was attending Otakon in Vegas when she spotted it and thought of me.  As many of you know, if I was to name one series that most influenced the creation and development of Dark Matter, it would be Cowboy Bebop.  It’s ultra-cool SF fun and if you haven’t seen it, you should definitely check it out.  You…

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February 14, 2015: Akemi and I take Jodelle on a foodly excursion!

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I ate like garbage box.

– Akemi today after lunch, her way of letting me know she ate too much.


Pictured above: the chocolates I got Akemi for Valentine’s Day.  Jean-Paul Hevin, shipped from Paris.  They arrived three days ago and sat in the fridge because Akemi wanted to wait.  A dried fruit and nut chocolate medley for her – and I surprised myself with a bunch of dark chocolate bars.  I am SO thoughtful!

Today, Jodelle finally took us up on our offer and joined us for a morning and afternoon of food-oriented fun!  First stop, the farmer’s market for an organic fix.


Well, well, well.  Look who knitted herself a Whovian scarf.


Chocolate-covered strawberries all around at the St. Lawrence Market.  Dark chocolate for Akemi.  White chocolate and strawberry for Jodelle.  But nothing for the clearly disappointed guy in the middle.  He missed out.


Jodelle HAD…

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February 13, 2015: Back in familiar inertial dampened climate controlled faster than light territory!

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It was nice to get back on the ship today after two days in Hamilton on two distant space stations.  Our travels to Cygni-4 and Shaofu 2 may be over, but we’ll always cherish the memories…


And these commemorative Shaofu 2 decals we picked up for our ships and shuttles.


Shooting in the mess, quarters, and corridors today.  Here, director Amanda Tapping considers her next shot – and lunch options.  Look at her zeroing in on that tuna melt!


Alex Mallari Jr. (FOUR) and Melissa O’Neil (TWO) enjoy some downtime between set-ups.


Downtime and green juice.  Alex’s face says it all.


Jodelle Ferland (FIVE) tries to get some reading in (appropriately enough, Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhker’s Guide to the Galaxy) while Anthony Lemke (THREE) distracts.

Meanwhile, prep continued for episode #105.  Damn, a month ago, I was feeling relaxed with nine scripts under our…

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February 12, 2015: Space Travels with Amanda Tapping!

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We’ve taken a break from our shipboard routine, journeying to the far flung corners of colonized space for a little R&R.  Our first stop was S-CYGNI-4, a remote way station renown for its sketchy entertainment district and signature cosmic croissants.


Then it was off to check out the scene at space station Shaofu 2.  A little shopping, a little drinking, and maybe a little gambling.  What’s your game?  Fizzbin?  Dabo? Sabacc?  Pazaak?  Tall Card?  Triad?


Or perhaps you prefer the 700 year old game of Blackjack?  If it’s the latter, then Matt Purdy, stand-in extraordinaire, is your man.  Today, Matt gave us all a lesson in card counting.  But, before we could put what he’d taught us to use, the Galactic Authority was alerted and we had to scramble.

Amanda in action!Our fearless leader, director Amanda Tapping, ensured that everyone returned to the ship before making good our escape.

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