The X-Files Returns

24 01 2016

XFilesPicX-Philes eagerly await the return of their beloved X-Files to the TV screen on Sunday, January 24, 2016 after the NFC Championship game, the first episode in a 6-episode event. David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi reprise their roles as Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, and Walter Skinner respectively. “My Struggle” starts with a lengthy re-introduction to the X-Files world so as to invite new viewers who do not understand the detailed mythology of the show. It was written and directed by Chris Carter. At this point, Scully and Mulder are not a couple. Scully is working at a hospital and Mulder is…well we don’t really know. The title of the episode hints at what this new chapter of the X-Files is going to be about, drawing its title from “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler. “My Struggle” is filled with the humor we have come to know and love. The thread of conspiracy will blow your mind as they tie current events into the new plot lines. In fact, there were so many, it made my head spin. If I had any criticism, it would be they overreached for too many theories to the point where it made you laugh. By the end of episode 1, I wanted to believe. All their past cases were now open to reinterpretation.

Episode 2 “Founder’s Mutation” re-examines one of those cases. This episode moves you in the direction of the new plot line. It causes Mulder and Scully to both think about what life would be like if William, their son, had not been given up for adoption to protect him. What I loved about this episode too was seeing so many characters in the sci-fi world we love to see in roles: Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary, Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies); Omari Newton (Continuum); Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica); and Christine Willes (who was in the original X-Files series, The 100, Dead Like Me).

Things then came to an abrupt halt with what appeared to be a stand-alone episode in “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster.” The episode was a callback to the style that was seen in “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” in 1995 (and Scully even mentions something from that case in the episode). It was my favorite episode of the three, but it worried me that Chris Carter would take this pause in the storyline of a limited-event series (unless, of course, it is renewed) to have a moment of fun. If you look hard enough there are cute things in the background that make fun of the episode, like the sign in the cellular phone store that says “Monster Savings” and the sweet nod to Kim Manners (former producer/director of X-Files) who passed away January 25, 2009, and Jack Hardy (former first AD) who also passed away.

I think the 6-episode arc will give Chris Carter a better medium to tell a story versus a 2-hour movie. While I look forward to seeing the final 3 episodes, I do have concerns that if the storyline isn’t wrapped up by the end of the event, and the series is not renewed for next year, fans will be left feeling angry, taking to petitions and desperate pleas to Netflix, the new home of great series who were given the ax by their networks (Arrested Development, The Killing, Longmire, etc.)   It is a gamble, but I hope it will garner fantastic ratings and Fox decides to renew it for another limited-event next year.

(Screeners courtesy of Fox VIP)

 

 





#GivingTuesday to Including Kids

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Four years ago this would have been impossible.

Most of you know I have son, Patrick, who was diagnosed with autism in 1997 when the stats were 1 in 10,000 children had autism.  There was very little available on the internet (this was a time during AOL dial-up with a 2400 and then 9600 baud rate) and what was on the internet?  I had read everything.  I know you think that is impossible in this age of modern-day internet but it was a fact.

We landed at Including Kids’ new SOAR program in August of 2010 (he was 14 then) when we just could not take the regression that we were seeing in communication.  His pediatrician wrote a letter saying that he was a danger to himself and others.  He went from having 90 signs in sign language to 5 signs.  By January, they had him on an IPad with a new program called Proloquo2go and it suddenly opened up a new world for him.

During all this time, they have made do with space in a shopping center.  Every year they have expanded programs to both the internal Including Kids community and outward to the community at large.  Being a parent of a child in this school, I can tell you without a doubt they are good stewards of your dollars.  If you contribute at least $68, you will get your name on one of the puzzle pieces that will be on the wall of the new school.

They are so close to being at their goal so they can break ground.  This is what the new school will look like:

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Please consider helping them.  Below is a copy of a letter from Jennifer Dantzler, the executive director of Including Kids.  You can click here on this link to go to their page to donate.

(From Jennifer Dantzler):

This year on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Including Kids is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, as it harnesses the power of social media and the generosity of people to bring about real change in communities.

We at Including Kids are committed to helping children and young adults with autism be included in their communities and lead meaningful and productive lives. Currently 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism each year, and the need for autism support has never been greater, #1in68CantWait. This year for #GivingTuesday our goal is to kick off the Essential Piece campaign for the groundbreaking of our new campus. Every person is an Essential Piece in building an inclusive community and all donors who give $68 or more will receive recognition on our new campus.

We need your help! Let people know that you support us! Some ideas include:

1. Give a one-time donation on December 1st at www.includingkids.org

2. Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Forward this email along to all friends, family and co-workers challenging them to share this with everyone they know and to also partner with Including Kids on #GivingTuesday #1in68CantWait at http://www.includingkids.org.

3. Take an #UNselfie and post to social media. An #UNselfie is a picture of you holding a sign saying that you’re donating to Including Kids and why.

4. Share a personal story of your partnership with Including Kids on social media or in an email to your friends and family. You can tag us on any/all of the following:

twitter: @InKidsInc

instagram: includingkidsautismcenter

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InKids/

http://www.includingkids.org

There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday #1in68CantWait. We encourage you to join the movement and visit http://www.includingkids.org to learn more about how you can help build an inclusive community.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Dantzler

 

 





August 10, 2015: Ask Anthony Lemke whatever!

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If you have questions for the handsome, wistful-looking fellow pictured above, then post them in this blog’s comment section by Wednesday night because that’s when I’ll be forwarding your queries to Dark Matter’s resident rogue, Anthony Lemke.  I know he’d love to hear from you (especially YOU), so don’t be shy.  Ask away!

To those of you asking – Yes, we’re currently working on scripts for season 2, but – No, we have yet to receive a second season pick-up.  The show has been going gangbusters internationally and in Canada –

http://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/press/space-original-series-killjoys-sci-fi-thriller-dark-matter-now-top-two-specialty-programs-a25-54/

And the show has been steady in the U.S. –

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I am cautiously optimistic.  But I promise – you’ll know as soon as I know!

While we’re waiting, let’s check out the feedback on Episode 109:

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/dark-matter-episode-9-postmortem/

“As always we took all of our questions from this week’s episode to series’ co-creator Joseph Mallozzi in our weekly…

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June 19, 2015: Dark Matter Episode 2 airs tonight! 10 p.m. EST and PST! 9 p.m. CST! 7 p.m PST!

19 06 2015

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Dark Matter’s second episode airs tonight on SyFy and Space Channel at

10:00 p.m. EST/7:00 PST

And 10:00 PST

I’ll be live tweeting through both broadcasts.  Who’ll be joining me?

In preparation for tonight’s big event, I’ve been dropping a few sneak peek screen caps on twitter…

The fallout. The fallout.

The Android and FIVE bond. The Android and FIVE bond.

Who's the baddest? Who’s the baddest?

Don't mess with TWO. Don’t mess with TWO.

Panic on the bridge. Panic on the bridge.

Trouble comin' at ya! Trouble comin’ at ya!

So, who is the baddest crew member?

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I want you to rank them, #1-#7, from “super badass” to “cause for concern”.

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June 17, 2015: Concluding our discussion of Dark Matter episode #101!

19 06 2015

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With episode #102 on deck (This Friday at 10 p.m. on SyFy and Space Channel), let’s finish up our overview of the Dark Matter pilot, episode #101… 1) That pendant you’re wearing…

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So, the miners have a pendant exactly like the one ONE found in his room.  They’re waiting for a shipment of arms – just like the one’s our crew is carrying after discovering a bunch of weapons in their cargo hold.  Coincidence?  To quote my girlfriend, Akemi: “Myyybe!”  Or mybe not.  Guess time will tell…

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Above: the actual view out the entranceway.  We smoked the hell out of it, had VFX paint out the utility pole, and generally blew out the shot so that we could tie it into the look out the back of the marauder – which was actually sitting on one of our standing sets.

Blow out! Blow out!

On the day - pumping the atmosphere. The boys hang out with their big guns. On the day – pumping the atmosphere. The…

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June 16, 2015: Behind the scenes on Dark Matter episode #101!

19 06 2015

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One more contingent of fans joins our extended family with the premiere of Dark Matter in France.  Brazil and Latin America are next: June 24th! So, my mother watched the premiere – which is a huge deal as she prefers to limit herself to, as she puts it: “Shows that finish nice.”  Murder She Wrote and the occasional Columbo is more her speed.  Still, according to sis, she did seem to genuinely enjoy Dark Matter – although she was on the edge of her seat throughout.  When I asked mom about the show, she told me that FIVE was her favorite character – although she is saddened by her working theory that she is a kidnapping victim whose family was murdered by the rest of the crew.  She likes the “nice guy” who, she predicts, is going to “fall in love with the girl”.  She didn’t like “the guy, he…

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June 15, 2015: Behind the scenes on Dark Matter episode #101!

19 06 2015

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Fans in the U.K., Germany, Spain and Portugal just joined the Dark Matter family and fans in the Netherlands and France are about to follow suit.  So welcome, wilkommen, bienvenida, bem-vindo, welkom, and soyez les bienvenus!  The best is yet to come!

And welcome to my little blog which, over the course of the Dark Matter’s first season, will be offering up plenty of behind the scenes photos, videos, and insights – as well as a surprise or two.

Speaking of two – in case you hadn’t seen them, a few sneak peek pics of our second episode (#102) have popped up online…

DARK MATTER -- "Episode Two" Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa O'Neil as Two, Mark Bendavid as One -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy) DARK MATTER — “Episode Two” Episode 102 — Pictured: (l-r) Melissa O’Neil as Two, Mark Bendavid as One — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

http://www.spoilertv.com/2015/06/dark-matter-episode-102-sneak-peek.html

And there’s also this Season 1 preview from the gang at SyFy:

Now, let’s talk about Episode #101.  Those of you who…

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June 11, 2015: 1 Day to the Dark Matter series premiere! Interviews! Articles! Global Premiere Dates! Win a model of our hero ship!

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It starts tonight June 12 on the Syfy Channel 10 p.m. eastern

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SyFy’s Dark Matter Brings The Badass Ladies In Force:

http://www.themarysue.com/dark-matter-interview/

Space Opera is Set for a New Dawn with Dark Matter:

http://www.themortonreport.com/entertainment/television/space-opera-is-set-for-a-new-dawn-with-dark-matter/

“Dark Matter’s 13-episode first season is destined to be an action-packed mix of drama, humour and adventure in the mould of Stargate and Firefly. Any similarity to the former is not coincidental given that Mallozzi and Mullie have a long history with that franchise.”

How SyFy’s Dark Matter Created the Ultimate Police Ship:

http://io9.com/how-syfys-dark-matter-created-the-ultimate-police-ship-1710547670

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Zoie Palmer Brings Dark Matter’s Android to Life:

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/zoie-palmer-dark-matter-android-to-life/

“I’m always drawn to the underdog a little bit, I’m drawn to those characters that are a little bit outside, a little bit quirky, a little bit disconnected. I think there’s a ton of places you can go. Even on Lost Girl I think every character felt a little bit like an outsider. It was a group of outsiders. They all sort of found…

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June 8, 2015: 4 Days to the Dark Matter Premiere! Tons of Dark Matter goodies: cast featurettes, videos, and behind the scene pics!

8 06 2015

4 days! Are you going to be watching?

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4 days to the Dark Matter series premiere!  Some of the cast and I will be live tweeting the premiere (both east and west coast airings!) on Friday, June 12th at 10 p.m., so get ready!

Let’s start by meeting the crew courtesy of these individual behind-the-scenes featurettes…

http://io9.com/meet-the-memory-wiped-astronauts-of-syfys-new-show-dark-1709920345

DARK MATTER -- "Episode Two" Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa O'Neil as Two, Mark Bendavid as One -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy) DARK MATTER — “Episode Two” Episode 102 — Pictured: (l-r) Melissa O’Neil as Two, Mark Bendavid as One — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

A shot from one of my favorite scenes from episode #102.  Watch for it!

New sneak peek videos from the gang at Space Channel:

“We can do more.  Commit to something.”

“Do you think you can do a better job?  Didn’t think so.”

“You’re saying it was me who screwed with everyone’s memories?”

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Executive Producer Jay Firestone oversees the action, with 1st A.D. Brandon Tataryn and Executive Producer Paul Mullie.

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A friendly reminder from the gang at…

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June 7, 2015: 5 Days to the Dark Matter world premiere! Checking out the ship’s underbelly! And a couple of Stargate tidbits to boot!

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5 FRAKKING DAYS!!!

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Comin’ at ya in five (WITH FIVE!)!

Space Channel here in Canada is counting down toward the Friday premiere in delightful fashion.  Each day ticks off with a different Dark Matter, appropriately enough…

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Who’s next?  Can’t wait to find out tomorrow!

SyFy UK and SyFy Australia, meanwhile, have launched this terrific campaign that asks…

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Zoie Palmer (Dark Matter’s Android) talks about Lost Girl, her new movie Patch Town, and Dark Matter with ET Canada:

http://www.etcanada.com/video/zoie+palmer+talks+patch+town/video.html?v=458310211866#video

Another Dark Matter preview article.  Brush up before the premiere!

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/06/preview-dark-matter-premieres-on-syfy-june-12/

Lari Burkhart offers up her list of What To Watch In June:  Among her picks…

“What do you get when you have 6 amnesiacs and a spaceship? A SyFy original series, obviously. Throw in an android and the writers from Stargate and you’ve also got me sitting on the couch anxiously awaiting this premiere!”

http://www.geeksundergrace.com/tv/what-to-watch-in-june/

Dark Matter makes Rick’s Picks at…

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