October 7, 2017: This and That!

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First, here’s the script I promised you for Episode 102 – final production draft, green:


Second, I’ve discovered my insane pepper threshold.  I tap out at roughly 1 million scovilles with the ghost chili, nowhere near the 2 million scorching scoville units of the carolina reaper.

Third, the somewhat inexplicable cancellation of Dark Matter (P.S. one of syfy’s most watched shows of 2017) has really done wonders for my fantasy football team.  With the annoying distractions of prep, scripts, and casting, I’ve been able to give my Snow Monkeys my undivided attention, resulting in a solid second place standing after four weeks of play:

Fourth, all set for my L.A. trip, last week of October.  BIG meetings I hope to land include: Martin Gero, Carl Binder, Ellen Wong, Marc Bendavid, Melanie Liburd.  Also, some broadcasters and production houses.

Fifth, guess which Dark Matter

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October 5, 2017: Montreal!

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I’m in Montreal, visiting with mom and, tomorrow, checking out condos.  I know, I know.  The plan IS to settle down in Toronto (or maybe L.A. if the the right opportunity presents itself), but I like the notion of having a home base in my hometown.

Mom teaches Akemi who to make handmade capunti for tonight’s pasta e ceci.

Speaking of culinary DIY, my sister is now growing her own peppers.  Her own very HOT peppers.  On the left, the ghost chilis I sampled at lunch.  Whoa!  On the right, the carolina reapers I’ll be sampling for dinner.  I’m going to have Akemi dial 9 and 1 and then standby.

To date, I’ve given you the scripts for Dark Matter Episode 1, Episode 212 (Sometimes In Life You Don’t Get To Choose), Episode 304 (All The Time In The World), and Episode 309 (Isn’t That A Paradox?).  Tomorrow (Remind…

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October 4, 2017: Sometimes In Life You Don’t Get To Choose…the script!

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If I had to make a list of MY Top 10 Favorite Dark Matter Episodes, season 2’s penultimate episode, “Sometimes In Life You Don’t Get To Choose” would undoubtedly make the list.  It’s a great Ryo Ishida episode and Alex Mallari Jr. does some of his best work ever here, negotiating a minefield of memories in an attempt to take back his throne.  Plenty of great character moments and, of course, those patented Dark Matter twists and turns that sees: 1) Oh, no!  Even though all signs pointed to General Drago, it was our old friends, The Seers, who were working against Ryo’s interests all along, 2) Which leads to the truth about Milo’s death being laid bare, and Nyx realizing her lover was responsible for the death of her brother as the would-be usurper faces execution at the hands of the Commander of the Royal Guards, Han-Shireikan  3) But…

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October 2, 2017: Those Dark Matter dog answers!

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I’d like to kick off today’s entry with a reminder to get your letters in for a chance to win some Dark Matter swag which could be anything from a t-shirt to a hero prop.  Let us know what the show means to you, then mail to:

Prodigy Pictures
124 The East Mall
Toronto, Ontario
M8Z 5V5

As someone kindly pointed out – best to include Canada in the address lest your letter ends up going to the Toronto-Ontario Mars colony.

Okay.  Many of you have asked for the answers to the Dark Matter dogs contest.  What the hell am I talking about?  You can read all about it here.

Your answers…

Episode 301: “Being Better Is So Much Harder”

Episode 302: “It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This”

Episode 303: “Welcome To The Revolution”

Episode 304: “All The Time In The World”

Episode 305: “Give It Up…

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October 3, 2017: Garlic! Monsters! Dark Matter! Suji!

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The elderly lady beside me stepped up to the display table, dipped a chip into the sauce, and popped it into her mouth.  As she chewed, her face contorted and she made a noise, sort of a cross between a whoop and a wail.  She muttered something and marched off in a huff.  “She was mad,”Akemi pointed out the obvious.  Indeed.  But it was a winning demonstration so far as I was concerned.  I pointed to the hot sauce that had sent the elderly woman into an endorphin tailspin.  “I’ll take one of those.”

Akemi has never met a cut-out display she hasn’t liked.

We were at a Toronto Garlic Festival, one of the many local events I was free to check out now that I was unemployed and all.  We’d picked up about a dozen different types of garlic, some garlic powders, and sampled a bunch of garlic-themed snacks…

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October 1, 2017: Lunching and Touring with Ayisha Issa!

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One of the greatest takeaways from this albeit short-lived experience with Dark Matter is all of the fantastic new friendships I made over the three years I worked on the show.  Melissa O’Neil invited Akemi and I over the other week for a wonderful home-cooked meal.  I caught up with our motorcycle-riding (Well, of course he rides a motorcycle!) director/stunt coordinator John Stead over poke and burgers.  And, recently, Akemi and I met up with the lovely and talented Ayisha Issa who gifted me a whack of hot sauces, took us out for lunch, then gave us a tour of her brand spanking new 4 Points Brazilian JiuJitsu training facility.

Ayisha presents… 4PBJJ

An academy, a community, a clubhouse – and definitely a labor of love.  Dual interior mural installations run the perimeter of the 2000 square foot facility’s walls, the work of world renown local street artist, Mediah.


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September 30, 2017: Until we fly again!

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I’m just going to leave this here.  A little present from the Dark Council c/o PBMom:

Thanks to the architects of the Dark Matter fan campaign – relentless organizers of the Friday FTL Drives and tireless promoters of our little show: Hilda Bowen, Tom Gardiner, Kelli Zielinski, Lance Zielinski, Syrine Gouni, Lorena, Molina, and Elise Cochrane.

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September 29, 2017: Fandom, start your blickensderfers!

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Alright, Dark Matter fandom.  You ready to write?

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry, Prodigy Pictures President and Dark Matter Executive Producer Jay Firestone has decided he wants to reward the fans. And he’s going to do so by making many of the show’s props and costumes, as well as DM-themed t-shirts and caps, available.  All you have to do for a chance at one of these Dark Mattermementos is write a letter (Yes, an actual letter!) telling us what the show means to you.  Write it longhand on looseleaf or use your computer and print up the results or, heck, use a Blickensderfer model 7 typewriter if you like.  Once you’re done, pop it in the mail and send to:

Prodigy Pictures
124 The East Mall
Toronto, Ontario
M8Z 5V5

And you’ll be automatically entered with an opportunity to win anything from a G.A. badge to…

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September 28, 2017: BIG Dark Matter Fan Announcement!

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Once a show wraps, the production usually holds an industry sale that allows them to recoup some costs and clear the stages.  In our case, I thought it would be nice to do something different.  A little something for fandom.  I suggested to Jay Firestone, President of Prodigy Pictures, that we hold an online auction and give Dark Matter fans a chance to purchase their very own Dark Matter memorabilia.

Prodigy Pictures President Jay Firestone has a better idea!

Well, I spoke to Jay today and he has decided to go one better.  He’s not interested in making money off this wind down.  He just wants to reward fandom.  So, rather than auction off these items, we’re going to give them away.  And if you want your very own Dark Matter something, all it’s going to cost you is a little time and a little effort.

We want you to write…

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September 27, 2017: And a not goodbye yet to the Raza set!

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“Just because you’ve never done something doesn’t mean you can’t compete at a professional level.”

— Me to Akemi last night when she heard there was some archery competition going on this weekend.

Dark Matter mementos?  Maybe.

I have suggested to Prodigy Pictures that, if and when they decide to do away with the Dark Matter props, costumes, and set pieces, they do so by making them available for online auction instead of simply holding a private industry sale.  While it would require a little more planning, I think it would be a nice gesture to the fans who have supported the show these three years.

Will keep you posted on that front.

So, yesterday I posted pics of our final trek through our second stage at Evans. Today, I present you with our certainly not final visit to our primary stage where reside, amongst other things: Costumes! Props! The…

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