Space premieres three new Doctor Who specials this week

by Eleni 20. August 2014 15:56

We hope you're well-stocked on bananas, because it's a Doctor Who party all week long on Space. The fun starts tonight, when we'll be airing two all-new Doctor Who specials. First, catch Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion at 9e 6p. Hosted by Peter Davison (i.e. the Fifth Doctor), this hour-long documentary will look back at the various buddies who've accompanied the various Doctors over the years. Then at 10e 7p, it's Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord, also hosted by Davison—though you can expect appearances from David Tennant and Steven Moffat, along with other special guests. 

And on Friday at 6e 3p, sit yourself down for InnerSpace Presents: Doctor Who Season 8. In addition to chats with Steven Moffat, David Tennant and Peter Davison, this half-hour special will feature a Canadian-exclusive interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.  

And if you miss any of these specials when they first air—or you just want to watch them twice—they'll all be re-broadcast this Saturday, August 23 in advance of the season eight premiere at 8e 5p. Check the Space schedule for more detail!


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Peter Capaldi speaks!

by Space.ca 20. August 2014 14:53

Can you describe your emotions on the first day when you stepped on set as the Doctor?

I was frightened and excited. My first proper day was stepping out of the TARDIS into a brand new world, which was exactly what was happening to me. Of course being inside the TARDIS you’re just inside a big box really. It’s not bigger on the inside, it’s just a prop and you’re in there with Jenna and a prop man who you’ve never met before. It was all a bit cosy. But it is frightening because you have to take on the challenge of this role, but at the same time it’s exhilarating because you are getting to step out the TARDIS as Doctor Who, and that’s an iconic role and a great position to be in. 

How are you feeling ahead of the new series starting?

Apprehensive, excited, and keen. 

What have fans got to look forward to this series?

They can look forward to some scary episodes, and some funny ones, and a Doctor who is difficult to keep up with, and who is more alien than perhaps we’ve seen for a while.

Since the show returned in 2005 have you always hoped the role would come your way? 

I was always interested but I never thought they’d come to me. So I was always interested because I liked the show very much, and I loved Chris (Eccleston), David (Tennant) and Matt (Smith). All of them I think have been fabulous. But I was always interested in being in it. I was always hoping someone would call me and say ‘What do you think of coming and being in an episode? – but I never thought they would think of me as Doctor Who. 

Have you received any advice from any of the other Doctors? 

Yes Matt and David. We are often in touch, they have been very good. David did take me for a coffee before it had been announced, and he just pointed out to me that I would become more visible and that my life would change in some way. 

You are a big Doctor Who fan. Is that an added pressure or an advantage? 

Both. It does add to the pressure because you’re hugely aware of how well the role has been played by previous incumbents, but at the same time you have a sort of relationship with it that that doesn’t have to be acted. It’s a knowledge and a closeness to it that takes you a long way down the road. You almost instinctively know what it is. You can recognise what it is and what it should be, because it’s in your DNA. 

Have you tried to take any mementos from on set yet?  

No I haven’t, I don’t need any mementos – I’m Doctor Who!

What has been the best thing so far about being the Doctor?

It’s working with all of these gifted people, because the crew, the designers and the cast are all so good at what they do. To be working with people who are so great at their jobs is a wonderful thing, and it’s a highly imaginative place to be in the studio when this is all going on. It’s fabulous from the point of view that you’re doing things you would never have done in other television shows. There isn’t another television show like it, where the central character can be blown up, or materialised underneath the sea or be in outer space. So to turn up every time you start a new episode and be submerged in a totally new world is certainly one of the best things about it. To be able to have the privilege of looking after this character for a while is the best thing about it for me. It’s that you’ve been given this very precious thing, and it’s your responsibility to try and keep him aflame until the next person comes along. You’re looking after the character and it looks after you too. 

Has there been a sequence you’ve particularly enjoyed filming?

I’ve just been filming a sequence in which I have to be suspended on wires, 20 feet in the air for a whole day, and people kept worrying about me and saying ‘Are you OK? Are you alright?’ But it was fantastic! It was like being nine years old. To be carted up into the air on wires to pretend to fly, I was Doctor Who and Superman. It was absolutely brilliant. You know you’re safe and everyone is there looking after you. Where else is a man of my age going to be attached to wires and flung around a room? I think being on the wires is great fun. 

How do you feel about being the joint oldest Doctor? 

I think you learn to pace yourself and you recognise the dangers. Everybody counselled me about how physical the role is, but that’s great! It’s like exercise, you don’t have to go to the gym. You just come and play Doctor Who and run up and down corridors being chased by monsters, and run away from explosions. It keeps you fit, but obviously when you’ve been around the block a little bit like I have, you can actually say ‘I’m not running over that thing over there, that looks too dangerous.’ You can pace yourself more, and that’s what I’ve done. So touch wood we’re nearly there, and I’m surrounded by a great team who look after me. I think too much is made of my age, who cares? Doctor Who is over 2000 years old…

What sort of response have you had from Doctor Who fans so far? 

My relationship with fans, either when I’ve met them or when they’ve written to me, that’s all been wonderful and kind and positive. It’s a delightful thing when people are pleased to meet Doctor Who, because Doctor Who is far more interesting than I am. So I get his smiles. The welcome look on people’s faces is because they’re meeting Doctor Who, not me. The fans have been wonderful, those that I’ve met. I’m not a creature of the internet, so I’m not out there finding out what people are saying, but I hope we will meet a lot more people. Especially with the world tour I’m going to meet lots of people. But genuinely the fans I have met have been very positive and a great support to me. That’s lovely. I know what Doctor Who fans are like because I am a Doctor Who fan myself. They’re good people.

Are you looking forward to the audience reaction?

It depends what it is. That’s the truth. It depends if they like me or not. The thing I do know because I’m a fan of Doctor Who is that if there are a lot of people who don’t like me, there will also be some people who really like me, and that’s quite a nice feeling. That’s the nature of the show. People will take sides.

How has it been having Jenna on set to share the experience with?

She’s great. Jenna has been absolutely brilliant.  I think she’s wonderful in the show, and she’s my favourite companion. She’s been so welcoming to me and so warm. I couldn’t have wished for anyone better to welcome me to the show. She’s just been delightful to work with, so I hope we can carry on doing that. 


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Wizard Wars – "Spam-Tastic"

by Eleni 20. August 2014 14:10

THERE ARE NO CAMERA TRICKS ON WIZARD WARS. Host Emma Fox made that very clear as the first round of contestants prepared to amaze the audience. Here's how the series works:

Each week, two teams of up-and-coming magicians must perform competing routines that incorporate specific props. Their acts are judged by a panel of experts from the magic world—including legendary illusionists Penn & Teller—with the winning team moving on to the Wizard War. For this astouuuunding showdown, the newbs face off against two expert wizards for a chance to win $10,000.

PHASE 1: CHALLENGER ROUND

PROPS: playing cards, a super soaker & SPAM

TEAM 1: Kyle Marlett and Dalton Wayne

The judges liked that Kyle and Dalton "got messy" with the SPAM. Their first trick involved asking an audience member to stick her hand into a big, sweaty bowl of the stuff. And while the SPAM trick dragged a little long, Penn said they made up for their meandering with great chemistry. "Probably the best thing and the worst thing I can say about you two," he said, "I liked you most when you weren't doing magic."

TEAM 2: Chris Funk and Ekaterina

Two Canadians! Again, the judges commended Chris and Ekaterina for their showmanship. In traditional magic, the girl is often "the ditz." But in this routine, Chris was the bimbo and Ekaterina was the leader. The judges were also wowed by Ekaterina's smoking card trick, which none of them had ever seen before.

THE WINNER: While the contest was tight, Chris and Ekaterina were chosen to move on, thanks to their steamy playing-card illusion.


PHASE 2: WIZARD WAR

Beating their peers was the easy part. Now Chris and Ekaterina must out-magic two seasoned pros, Justin Flom and Gregory Wilson.

PROPS: eyeglasses, a mannequin, a chalk board and a fencing foil

THE CHALLENGERS: Chris and Ekaterina

Do these guys know voodoo? The climax of their routine involved somehow poking an audience member in the butt—without actually making any physical contact. They just poked the mannequin and the girl squealed! The judges were impressed overall, but felt the bit where Ekaterina pulled a pair of glasses out of the chalkboard was a little unfocused. 

THE WIZARDS: Justin and Greg

These guys had a whole crime story going on. After pulling an audience member named Gary on stage to pickpocket their mannequin, the wizards did some thieving of their own: Gary eventually found his watch and wallet in the mannequin's pockets. The judges dug the wizards' confidence, as well as the cohesiveness of their routine.  

SO WHO WON?! 

It was apparently close—Penn says he was marginally outvoted—but Justin and Greg were named wizards of the week. Chris and Ekaterina may have missed out on $10,000, but hopefully they got to take home that SPAM.


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Jenna Coleman talks Clara and working with the new guy

by Space.ca 20. August 2014 11:59

How is Clara feeling about having a new Doctor? 

For Clara it unbalances her and throws everything up in the air. She has gone from feeling safe - in moments of danger the Doctor would catch her - and thinking she had it all sussed, then suddenly this new guy has come along who she can’t quite access in the same way. He’s removed, he’s not as patient, and he’s much more alien and enigmatic. It’s really hard for her. Her best friend is a changed person, and it is a very difficult for her to accept that and move forward. 

What is Clara’s relationship like with the Doctor?

It’s interesting because it’s a really changed dynamic. It’s very funny, there’s a lot of bickering. There’s no one that can wind her up as much as this Doctor can, because he’s just a loose cannon. He has this mad curiosity. It puts Clara out of her comfort zone and totally out of control, so we see the control freak in her really ramp up. What I think is really good about it is it’s an unlikely friendship. Even if she wanted to leave she can’t, because she’s bonded to him. He absolutely infuriates her. He annoys her. No one else can wind her up quite like it – but she just loves him. The friendship is strange and charming. 

Would you say the tone of the show has changed this year?

It feels different. The pace is different, and the tone. It’s definitely darker, but again I think it’s because the Doctor is much more removed and not as accessible to humans. The show feels complex, and the Doctor is complicated. He’s this heroic figure but he can’t quite accept he’s a hero. It’s also the Doctor getting to know himself again as well as the audience, and Clara, getting to know him. There’s definitely this element of beginning again as there always is with a regeneration. He’s much more of a tough cookie, and there’s a fierceness to it now I think. Peter is just so dynamic as well, he’s a firecracker. That is really interesting for Clara, because when they go on these adventures – yes it’s fun and it is full of adventure – but actually it is dangerous as well.  The risk-taking is heightened. 

What is in store for Clara this series? Do we learn anything new about her?

You see a lot more of her home life. We see how she lives her life, and how she lives a double life. Spending time at home, being a teacher and living a normal life, and then very separately sneaking off and having these mad, wonderful, magical adventures with the Doctor. Actually, it is quite exhausting for her. She’s trying to keep a lid on it, and she arrives back at school soaking wet with seaweed on her shoulder for example, and she has to explain that. It’s a theme throughout the series, lying and why we lie, lying to protect someone you love. It’s this web of lies that she gets herself tangled in. 

How have you found working with Peter? 

It’s been a joy. He’s so funny and so generous. That’s one of the things from day one on the shoot. He was looking after me on his first day, which I just think is testament to the type of man he is. He is the epitome of grace. He is that kind of man that takes care of all of those around him. Despite all of that, he’s just so skilled and so brave and bold in the choices that he makes, and really clever and dynamic. What I love about him is that he’s so prepped and immersed in the job, but then at a moment’s notice he’s not afraid to abandon any plan and try something else. He’s a really fearless actor that’s very generous to those around him. We just have such a laugh as well. We’ve laughed the whole way through the series together. 

Did you find yourself showing Peter the ropes?

There’s silly basic things you can do like “there’s the canteen”. Silly things like that. What I really wanted to do was be as open as possible to change from the start, and also just make him feel supported and that he could try anything. I’d be up for trying anything. It was about being totally open with each other and trying to get that relationship as soon as possible so that we could get the best out of it. Also to allow him to really be able to explore, because that’s the kind of actor he is. He’s very explorative on set as well, so just being as responsive as I could to that so he could explore and find his Doctor. It’s been amazing to watch actually, especially watching episode one, and to see where he’s got to now having just finished the series. It’s a massive growth. 

What can you tell us about Clara’s relationship with Danny?

She meets a man called Danny Pink – a teacher- who’s charming and lovely. He’s that perfect boyfriend really and is very supportive, but he doesn’t know anything about this double life she lives. She tries to hide it from him whilst at the same time falling in love. She becomes very torn between the two. It’s almost as if she’s having an affair, without having an affair, but the lying becomes more and more. Basically she’s trying to manage the two, and have these two men in her life. It becomes quite a hurtful thing and quite a hard thing for her because she’s totally torn between the two, and trying to have both at once without being able to do it successfully.

What’s it been like working with Sam Anderson?

It’s been great. He’s a dream. I think he’s going to be really popular in the show. He’s very laid back, very cool and collected, and he plays the trumpet in-between takes as well on set! He’s lovely. I do feel sorry for his character though, as he’s got this girlfriend who is completely stressed every time she appears after coming back from being with the Doctor.  


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Greetings, fellow Whovians!!

by Teddy 20. August 2014 10:16

Don’t hate me – or, if you do, please just don’t tell me – I’m VERY sensitive – but last week I had the ridiculous pleasure of heading down to The Big Apple to interview our next Doctor, Number 12 himself, Peter Capaldi!   As if that weren’t enough, also included in the interview-mix was the Doctor’s stellar companion, Ms Jenna Coleman, and Exec Producer/Grand Creative Poo-Bah, Steven Moffat. 

If you’re like me you’re wondering “why did these interviews occur at the delicious pie store & bakery visible off Highway 401, The Big Apple?”  Nay, I mean the other big apple, New York City.  (Incidentally, if you did NOT wonder that, congratulations, you think like a normal person).

ANYWAY, Peter and Jenna were in NYC as part of their ambitious & fan-centric world tour, hyping the impending new season of the longest running sci-fi series IN THE HISTORY OF TIME  (caps lock = drama).  If you start with the 2005 Christopher Eccleston-helmed reboot, this marks the 8th season for the dual-hearted Time Lord from Gallifrey.  If you go all the way back into the annals of Who History, well, you’re lookin’ at over 800 EPISODES AND COUNTING.

I was joined on my journey by Space super-producer, Mark Askwith.  We were very fortunate to get a full 20 minute interview (a rarity in this biz) with the two stars of the show, along with nice chats again later that evening with the actors and Steven Moffat himself at their big fan screening event (…complete with blue carpet, of course). During our conversations we talked about excitement and challenges of introducing a new Doctor, the tone & thrust of this HIGHLY anticipated season, the relationship between #12 and companion Clara, the enduring appeal of the TARDIS, and much, much more.

Peter was insightful, kind, and generous with his answers – his lifelong fandom & love for Doctor Who is immediately apparent.  It’s clear he’s thought about this iconic franchise a LOT over the years, and it’s similarly clear he continues to pinch himself now that he is, indeed, The Doctor.

Jenna was fantastic and offered some enticing-yet-non-spoilery answers about how Clara would deal with this regenerated Doctor, and why she feels fans will love season 8. She also kindly remembered that I was the first journalist to interview her on the Doctor Who set in Wales, whilst filming her inaugural season a few years ago. 

And, Mr Moffat.  Easily one of my favorite people to interview. His insights into Doctor Who are, unsurprisingly, fascinating and multi-dimensional. This time ‘round he shed light on the qualities Peter will bring to the role, about where we pick up with the season premiere, and, obviously, about Doctor’s new outfit! …Fashion, it’s kinda my thing. ;)

You can catch my interviews from New York – along with tons of other great Doctor Who content – in our InnerSpace Doctor Who Special, this Fri Aug 22nd, 6e 3p AND Saturday Aug 23nd at 4e 1p.  And, as though you don’t already know this, the new season of our favorite series premieres this Sat Aug 23rd, 8e 5p.  Can’t wait.

From one Whovian to another,
Teddy 

PS – Oh, I saw the first episode of season 8.  …and it’s awesome.


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The Last Ship Quiz Time: "Trials"

by Space.ca 19. August 2014 17:15

This week on The Last Ship: Dr. Scott tests her vaccine on some very brave human guinea pigs, Green rekindles his relationship with Foster, and Chandler's family make do in the woods. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the latest episode!

 

 

 

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Score some Space trading cards at Fan Expo

by Space.ca 19. August 2014 17:00

Space has big plans for this year's Fan Expo. For the first time ever we're releasing Exclusive Space Trading Cards and only Fan Expo attendees will get their chance to collect ‘em all.

Or... if you're not heading to the Expo, don’t fret! Follow @SpaceChannel on Twitter and stay tuned for a chance to win the full deck of cards.

There are 30 cards spread out amongst hundreds of packs of five, including one LIMITED EDITION card. Who will be featured in this #SpaceDeck you ask? You'd be right to assume that you'll find our InnerSpace hosts, favourites from Orphan Black, Bitten, Doctor Who, and even new characters to Space from Z Nation and the new Space Original Series Killjoys.

There's more in this exclusive deck, but where's the fun in revealing all of the cards to you at once? To tie you down, here's a hint for that limited edition card we mentioned earlier: we're currently in a "regeneration" state from one Doctor to another and this card includes the before AND the after. You can get a preview of this LENTICULAR limited edition on this Friday's InnerSpace at 6e 3p!

Want a chance to collect the entire #SpaceDeck? Make your way to the Space booth (#1238) during the designated times and pick up your Collector Lanyard. The lanyards will tell you what tasks you need to complete in order to earn packs of cards. You'll have seven chances to collect them all and the entire weekend to find other collectors to trade with.

Keep in mind: there are only a limited number of lanyards and designated times to pick one up. You need a lanyard in order to collect, so make sure you get to the Space booth and grab one before they run out!

Got any questions? Click here for the full Rules & FAQ for your #SpaceDeck mission.

Here are the lanyard pick up times. Good luck and see you at the Expo!
Thursday @ 5pm & 8pm
Friday @ 12pm & 3pm
Saturday @10am & 2pm
Sunday @10am

Limited Number of Lanyards given away each day, while supplies last. Must have a Collectors Lanyard to collect #SpaceDeck-Space Trade Cards. One lanyard per person.

In the meantime, here's a look at our esteemed InnerSpace hosts in card form!

 

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Get free stuff from InnerSpace at Fan Expo

by Neil 19. August 2014 15:08

If you like Fan Expo, InnerSpace, and not paying for stuff, then you’re gonna love this: we’ve put together a little calendar so you can get a head start on planning your Expo experience. So stop by Space booth Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday for $0 photo-ops and autographs sessions.

Feel free to click on the image below for a larger look, which you can print, get tattooed, or just look at. The choice is yours!

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A first-timer watches Doctor Who: "The Fires of Pompeii"

by Eleni 19. August 2014 11:48

It must have been foretold that I would watch "The Fires of Pompeii" in the same week that Peter Capaldi begins his stint as the Doctor. In this episode, Capaldi plays an Ancient-Roman family man named Caecilius, whose household faces incineration in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Caecilius' daughter, Evelina, has the power to see into the future—but strangely doesn't have an inkling that a volcano is about to erupt. As the Doctor and Donna discover, that's because the town has been infiltrated by the Pyroviles, a species of alien fire-lovers who lost their home planet. They want to redirect the heat from Vesuvius to turn the whole planet into a sauna they can repopulate with their own kind.

Peter Capaldi could not be less Doctor-like in this episode! He's soft-spoken to the point of almost-whispering, and reacts to the volcano's explosion by huddling in the corner hugging his family. Not that that's not a normal way to behave! But I'm sure the contrast between Caecilius and his interpretation of the Doctor will be fun to pick apart.

Watching this episode, I realized how far Doctor Who's special effects have come since story like "The Satan Pit," which also dealt with a fiery, cave-dwelling monster. The High Priestess of the Sisterhood, a group of cloaked female soothsayers, had been completely turned to stone by the Pyroviles—and the reveal of her dry, craggy flesh was a genuine feat of makeup. (Face Off contestants, take note.) Then there are the Pyroviles themselves, somewhat Sauron-esque fire breathers who've set up camp inside Vesuvius. Their clanking, armoured forms would not have looked out of place in a Peter Jackson movie.

As the Doctor faces his difficult choice—destroy Pompeii or destroy the whole world, including Pompeii (which actually kind of seems like a no-brainer?)—there's an inkling that this is a miniature version of what he faced on Gallifrey. After setting off the volcano, he bolts to the TARDIS as though he just wants to get the hell out of there and forget he ever met Caecilius, Evelina and the gang. It seems insensitive—but there's a sense that he's been here before, that this isn't the first time he witnessed thousands of people burning. Maybe his new friendship with Donna—which is free from the romantic messiness that ultimately clouded his relationships with both Rose and Martha—will help him find more peace with himself.

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The Last Ship: "Trials"

by Eleni 18. August 2014 16:06

Last episode, when Scott was forced to test her vaccine on a Russian sailor, the Norwegian scientist kept saying it wouldn't work. Did he know something she doesn't? This week, it's time to find out, as Scott tests her formula on six American volunteers.

But first, we're in Virginia. An old man returns from a hunting trip with a prize buck. He wants to give half of it to his neighbour, but the neighbour (shouting from inside the hours) tells him not to come near. Jenny (presumably his wife) got the "red flu." She stumbled over a dead body by accident. The old man leaves the buck for his friend, then spray paints a red X on his house.

He returns to his own cottage, where Chandler's wife and kids are waiting. So this is the difficult father we've heard so much about! Darien wants to hike to a nearby town for supplies, but the father says he's not going. Since Darien insists—this might be their only chance to reach Tom—the father tells her to bring a weapon.

As Chandler and Jeter get ready for Cossetti's funeral, Tex helps Dr. Scott prepare the trial vaccine. Her plan is to test six individuals with varying blood and genetic markers. She'll inject each of them with the vaccine prototype, then with the virus. Hopefully everything works out. But as Tex puts it, "I don't know if people are going to be lining up for that." No kidding.

Mason plays Bertrise a recording of one of her father's transmissions from the fishing boat. When she begins to cry, Mason asks if she's sure she wants to witness the vaccine trials. She says yes. It's her blood in the vaccine: she has to see if it's going to work.

After Cossetti's funeral, Slattery, Jeter and Chandler debate the vaccine tests. Chandler wants to volunteer, but Slattery thinks that's a bad idea—they just risked everything to save him from the Russians. Jeter, however, says Chandler is right. Someone in leadership needs to set the example. Which is why he already put his name in to Dr. Scott.

The tactic works: basically every sailor wants to sign up. Quincy's out of the doghouse after helping Slattery take down Ruskov, meaning he can help Scott interview potential test subjects. Having almost died of dengue fever the previous week, Green doesn't qualify. But Scott is pleased when Tex comes forward.

Foster also makes the cut. And it seems like her and Green are back on: as she packs her overnight bag, he reassures her that one day she'll introduce him to her mother. She just thanks him for not trying to talk her out of going forward with the tests.

It's injection time. The subjects are: Tex, Foster, Jeter, Miller, Gibson, and Chief Engineer Andrea Garnett. After giving her subjects the vaccine prototype, Dr. Scott warns explains that they will likely experience symptoms similar to the early signs of the virus. Headaches, fever, stuff like that. And with a shaky voice, she also tells them that they're all remarkable people.

The mood is tense as the subjects enter the quarantine area and sit on their cots. Then Scott rolls in the virus samples and starts her jabs. Let's hope this works.

Darien reaches the town, where there's a definite zombie-movie vibe going on. She finds an electronics store, and begins searching for a radio part Chandler's father requested. When she hears a ruckus outside, she ducks in a window and sees a man pointing a gun at a sick woman. "Please help," the woman says, zombie-walking closer. The man has no choice but to shoot her dead. Afterwards, he and his cohort spray-paint a red X on the store and take off—without noticing Darien. But they're not the only ones overlooking things: in her rush to get out, Darien failed to see a dead body that was lying only a few feet away.

Jeter puts on some reggae as the scientists do their rounds. First, Dr. Scott checks in on Tex, who tries to impress her with a truly terrible James Bond impression. Then, while having his blood pressure taken by Quincy, Miller asks Gibson—maybe a little flirtatiously—about her boyfriend. She says she's an only child and her parents died in 9/11, so he's the only person who might be missing her.

Next up is Garnett, who's got a photo of her 11-year-old daughter pinned to the plastic above her bed. "If this all goes as it should," says Scott, "You'll be back with her in a week or so." Jeter interjects, saying he has no doubt they'll be back. And so far, it seems like he's right.

In the dining room, the sailors are already talking mass production like the vaccine has been proven a success. But Green interrupts. "Let's not jinx this," he says.

And he's right to worry—Foster already has a high fever. Doc Rios tells her it's normal, but his words are little comfort. Miller's throat is sore and Gibson is exhausted.

Tex keeps the mood jovial, flirting with Scott by serving up water like he's a waiter at a fancy restaurant. But when he tries to joke with Foster about his courtship, she doesn’t respond. In fact, she passes out altogether. The scientists rush in, and Foster starts having a full-on seizure. All three doctors struggle to get things under control. It's extremely scary, but they manage to stabilize her system. Scott insists it's just a symptom of her fever.

In another part of the ship, Green can't sleep. He tells Burk that if anything happens to Foster, he doesn’t know what he'll do.

Meanwhile, in quarantine, things only get worse. Garnett loses feeling in her fingers and Tex has developed a crazy rash. Out of earshot from the patients, Quincy tells Scott they need to consider the possibility that the vaccine isn't working. Scott says she's never seen the virus behave the way it's behaving on the test subjects. But Quincy reminds her it's been a very long time since they were in the field. The symptoms could have changed.

Oh dear, Garnett has started hallucinating. Actually, everyone is delirious. As Scott makes her way through the room, she notices Tex's locket on the floor—open. Inside, there's a photograph of a young girl. When Scott places the necklace in Tex's hand, he squeezes hers. "You make me want to love again," he says. Is that the virus talking or him?

Now Jeter starts having an episode—he'd been doing okay, but suddenly sits bolt upright and starts yelling. Again, it takes all three doctors to subdue him.

But that's not the worst of it. When Miller turns to Gibson to ask if she saw what just happened, she doesn't respond. While the doctors were distracted, she quietly died.

Back at the cabin, Darien and Chandler's father listen to a late-night radio advertisement for Olympia, a treatment centre where you can supposedly get cured. Chandler's dad says it's all bologna, but Darien insists that someone must be making progress somewhere.

As they zip up Gibson's body bag, Miller says her boyfriend isn't the only person who will miss her—he will too. Panic mode has set in. Quincy thinks the virus killed Gibson, but Scott insists there's another explanation—they just haven't found it yet. Quincy also thinks they should inject plasma from Bertrise's blood directly into the patients to give them her antibodies. It's not a horrible idea, but the amount of blood they'd have to take could kill her. Scott is not willing to risk Bertrise's life—but Bertrise says she can't just sit there and watch them all die. Since Bertrise is willing, Chandler says they have to take the chance.

It turns out there was something up with Foster that could have caused the seizure: she's pregnant. Chandler tells Green the news, and allows him to pay her a visit. He enters the quarantine area—in a protective suit—and takes her hand. "Don’t you dare leave me," he says. She nods—and starts bleeding from her nose.

Quincy finds Rachel crying in an empty room. He says she was right—Bertrise will be okay, but the test subjects' symptoms aren't getting any better. Scott feels awful, but Quincy tells her she's the best there is. "We'll find another way," he says, then walks off. Scott looks at her one living monkey and asks, "Why did it work on you?"

The sailors are now permitted to visit their friends. Miller manages a fist bump with Burk through the plastic, while Chung tells Garnett she's gotta pull through—he can't handle the role of chief engineer. Chandler suits up and walks from bed to bed. "When they tell the story about the great plague of the twenty-first century," he says, "they'll talk about you. The six."

Suddenly, Scott bursts into the room. She's had a deus ex machina! I mean, a brainwave. What proceeds is a lot of science talk, but it boils down to this: the symptoms are the patients' own bodies attacking themselves. Their immune systems are reacting to the presence of a human gene on the virus—the Norwegian's gene—by launching an attack on every cell in their body. That's why the monkey didn't react—because it doesn't have any human genes. Scott thinks she can solve the problem if they can find a way to hide the Norwegians' gene. Quincy says there's no technique to do that—but she thinks she can use the primordial strain as a Trojan horse. Are you following?

In a jiff, Scott has a new injection ready. They administer it to the patients, who at this point are borderline comatose.

A while later, Bertrise wakes up with Mason by her side. She assumes the tests failed, but he tells her to take a look. Through the plastic, all the patients have recovered! Tex is even flirting with Scott (who's on the verge of tears). And Green's baby? It will be born immune to the virus. Green enters the quarantine area, and tells Foster about the pregnancy. Overwhelmed, she breaks into tears.

In another room, Chandler approaches Scott. He wants to know: do they have the vaccine? She says they don't just have the vaccine. They have the cure. Meaning they can help people who are already sick.

Which is good news, because over at Chandler's father's cabin, Darien isn't looking so healthy.

Stats of the Week
Number of Nathan James crew members who have died so far: 3
Number of pep talks this episode: 0! (unless you count Quincy's half-assed attempt to comfort Dr. Scott)
Number of needles given this episode: so many, yuck
Number of times Tex outwardly hits on Dr. Scott: 3
Number of sick people Darien encounters in the town: 2

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