Intruders: "Bound"

by Eleni 30. September 2014 16:43

Madison/Marcus may be laying low after last week's murder/car theft combo, but Amy's mysteries are finally coming to light. At the end of last episode, we found out that she is Rose. This week, we find out what that means.

"If your pitch is to her, don't waste our time" Rose tells Shepherd at the beginning of this week's episode, "Amy has gone to sleep." That doesn't bode well for Jack, but Shepherd didn't come to the Le Soleil to talk to Amy. He knows about Rose's side-project, and is willing to pick up where Frank left off. Rose asks why, and Shepherd says it's because they have a past. "Your past was with Amy, not with me," Rose says. Does that mean Shepherd and Amy once had a thing?!

In any case, Shepherd is going to help with the job—and it's a tough one. Rose wants to bring someone back who wasn't Riverti, which is strictly prohibited. If found out, they'll both be killed. She seems hesitant to partner with Shepherd, but he insists she needs his help. So Rose writes a name on a piece of paper and passes it down the table.

Jack gets home, pours himself a big drink, and calls Amy—i.e. Rose. "Where are you?" he asks. "Home, working on the couch," she says, referring the empty couch Jack happens to be standing beside at that moment. She tells him to come home. He says he's on his way.

Then he starts frantically searching the house. He pulls a gun from his case, which sparks a painful flashback to the time he shot three dudes. (What was that about?) He finds a tiny onesie in Amy's dresser, which sparks a painful flashback to her miscarriage. And he grabs a whole bunch of heavy-duty prescription meds—presumably to help get those painful flashbacks under control.

A few other finds: divorce papers, and a locked safe. It takes a little jimmying, but Jack pretty easily pops it open. Inside, he finds two #9 books—each written in different languages, but with the same text—and some trinkets that look like they were made in the Jazz Age. As he pockets everything, a dark shadow moves outside the house.

Jack runs to the hall and aims at the door. The lock begins to turn. "I have a gun," he says, "I will shoot you."

But it's just Brud and Bobbi. They heard noises from the house, and came to check up on things. They are, however, concerned about Jack. Bobbi asks if he's okay—is he in trouble again? Jack says he's fine.

But the question is: are they? The Zimmermans act like ho-hum retirees, but something about this pair seems a little zuzpizious.

Meanwhile, Shepherd shows up at a Chinese restaurant. It's closed, but after impressing the hostess with his perfect Mandarin, she lets him sit. When a waiter approaches the table, Shepherd asks if his name is Peter. "My friend Frank has told me some interesting things about you," he says, handing over a #9 card. "He must have been talking about the shrimp shu mai," Peter says, "I'm not that interesting."

Back at Jack's excessively gorgeous house (is that a moat outside the floor-to-ceiling windows in the kitchen?), the Zimmermans reveal that they are, indeed, up to no good. Bobbi tells Jack to move on—"she" has. (An obvious reference to Rose, not Amy.) And Brud tells Jack it's time for him to go. While pointing a gun at him.

Shepherd gets Peter's attention by playing some jazz over his cellphone. Peter pauses a bit while clearing the table, and Shepherd asks if he's having déjà vu—which, according to Shepherd, is when you re-experience a moment from a past life. Peter looks perturbed, and gets the hell out of there.

So Shepherd calls Rose. "It's him," he says. She's pleased.

Brud supervises Jack as he packs some things. But Jack isn't actually on his way out: as the Zimmermans walk him down the hall, he uses his bag to smack Brud, then pulls a gun on Bobbi. "Who are you?" he demands.

But before they can answer, Rose lights a cigarette from across the room, all cool. "I came here to tell you that Amy is gone," she says, adding that the life Jack knew is over.

Jack wants Amy to explain the books, but Rose just laughs. She says that Amy is almost completely gone—"far down inside, asleep."

When Rose starts to walk off, Jack shows her the trinkets. That gets her attention. She explains that the objects are her "lives"—they trigger her back. Then she starts going through her inventory: the pen was from her stint as a Russian, she stole the coin from the Trevi Fountain in the mid-1700s, and the rock was from India a century later. The nail polish is probably the most significant item: Bix, her jazzy boyfriend, loved it.

Even though she's done a pretty impressive job of speaking multiple languages, Jack isn't buying it. "I don't believe in Rose," he says. He thinks Amy's miscarriage has made her go haywire. Then Rose drops the bomb: she was the one who killed Dylan, Amy and Jack's son. She didn't want a baby.

Furious, Jack grabs Rose's neck and pushes her against the wall. But before things go too far, Amy (seemingly the real Amy) manages to squeak out a little "Jack, please." Jack lets go.

He starts crying, and Rose offers a few words of comfort. Amy didn't know that Rose terminated the pregnancy. And Rose apparently buried the baby in a special way—so that he, Amy and Jack could all be together again. Before taking off, Rose leaves Jack her wedding ring. "A trigger for your next life," she says.

Meanwhile, Madison's parents pull up to Larry's house—i.e. Marcus' old house—only to find his rotting corpse inside. And no Madison.

Jack drinks whiskey and remembers the details of Amy's miscarriage. There was a lot of blood. Afterwards, Jack called the hospital to make arrangements for the body, but Amy had already taken care of it. And when Jack insisted they make the decision together—for closure—she said she had already had the body cremated. So later, they went to the woods and scattered the ashes.

"The body is just a box," Amy said, while lying in bed crying.

Then Jack has another memory: Amy, coming home late from the woods one night. Scrubbing her nails clean in the bathroom sink.

The same police officer who questioned Jack about Bill Anderson—and found the bodies in Marcus' house—is on Larry's case. And as soon as he sees the body, he knows who did it. "Marcus Fox," he says, "I hoped you were dead."

But even if he knows Marcus is alive, he proooobably wouldn’t suspect he's been reincarnated in the body of a cute nine-year-old girl.

Before sending Rose in to meet her former lover, Shepherd does some of the most straightforward plot exposition we've had so far on Intruders. "We're part of a group that can live forever," he says, "If you do this thing now that they forbid, we're no longer a part of that group. We can no longer live forever." Ya got that?

Shepherd seems pretty convinced this is a bad idea, which makes you wonder why he agreed to help Rose in the first place. She says the risk is worth it.

They knock on Peter's door. Peter wants them to go away, but Shepherd holds up the little metal doohickey from Rose's box—presumably some kind of jazz thingie—and his pupils gets big.

Rose is all giddy about being reunited with Bix, though he just seems confused. She says she didn't properly "induct" or "orient" him when he died—in her arms—so there might be some glitches. Headaches. But they'll pass. She kisses him on the cheek and says welcome back. Staring straight ahead, Bix asks, "How did you find me?"

Madison's parents are devastated that they didn't find their girl. And while Allison reminisces about her pregnancy with Madison, Jack starts frantically digging through the woods.

Allison and Jack are two parents in pain. Just as Allison tells the cop that she feels like a failure for losing her baby, Jack finds his: Dylan's tiny body, wrapped up like a Qui Riverti mummy. It's a devastating discovery.

Questions of the Week
• Why is Shepherd rebelling? Is he going to turn good?!
• Is Bix happy to be back or just freaked out?
• Where's Marcus? He was conspicuously absent this episode.
• And if Rose isn't the leader of Qui Riverti, who is above her?

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We’re looking for interns!

by Neil 30. September 2014 15:54

We’ve decided we work too hard and instead of creating robot versions of ourselves, the easiest way to lighten our load is to hire interns. If you’re currently enrolled in a school programme that dishes out credits for such arrangements, CLICK HERE to apply to work with our digital team.

We're looking for three smart and enthusiastic individuals interested in a career in digital media to work with our Much, MTV, Comedy, and/or Space digital brands. An internship will give you the opportunity to write blog posts, pitch stories, think up interview questions, and even do more amazing stuff if you’re particularly clever.

Term lengths are flexible, but we’re hoping you’ll put up with us for at least 8-16 weeks this fall or during January/February terms. These are non-paid (unless you’ve figured out a way to sell your school credits) positions but you will get to work in a historic Toronto building, gain valuable experience alongside our mostly-likeable staff, and probably get a whole bunch of free swag nobody else here wants.

So break out your favourite piece of word-processing software and head over to Much.ca to apply. If you feel more strongly about one brand over another, be sure to let us know in your cover letter. Good luck!

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Doctor Who Quiz Time: "The Caretaker"

by Eleni 30. September 2014 13:56

On this week's Doctor Who: the Doctor goes not-too-far undercover at Coal Hill School, Danny learns about Clara's secret extracurricular activity, and Clara confesses her feelings for her math teacher. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the latest ep!

 

 

 

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Blu-ray of the Week: Eraserhead

by Neil 30. September 2014 10:00
The word “Lynchian” often gets tossed around to describe something surreal, dreamlike, and just plain weird. More accurately, in a 1996 article for Premiere, the late writer David Foster defined “Lynchian” as “a particular kind of irony where the very macabre and the very mundane combine in such a way as to reveal the former’s perpetual containment within the latter.” Yeah, pretty weird stuff.

David Lynch’s 1977 feature debut is by far the most “Lynchian” film he’s ever made. It’s a profoundly disturbing 90-minute nightmare about a guy named Henry (Jack Nance), who lives in a tiny apartment amidst a dystopian industrial backdrop. He has a brick wall for a window view and a small radiator that contains a mysterious, deformed lady who sings “In heaven, everything is fine.”

As if it were even possible, Henry’s life takes a darker turn after his girlfriend, Mary X, gives birth to a baby they aren’t sure is human. I haven’t even begun to describe some of the more baffling narrative, visual, and aural elements of the film, but I’m sure you can tell this isn’t a remotely pleasant experience. And yet it’s one of the most sublimely pure pieces of cinema ever made.

Even more so than Lynch’s subsequent work (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Dr.), Eraserhead is an utterly singular movie-going experience that, if you’re onboard, transcends the medium as an unclassifiable work of art. Not many films can get away with that, and Eraserhead doesn’t feel like it’s just trying to be weird for the sake of being weird—something even Lynch is guilty of from time to time. Having taken five years to make, it’s an expertly constructed amalgam of horror, surrealism, melodrama, a million other things, and no other things. It’s a trip, and a masterpiece.

Eraserhead has a very specific, very dark visual appearance, and fortunately Criterion was able to get Lynch to re-master the picture and mix the sound himself. There’s even a handy calibration tool to make sure the brightness of your television is just right.

As for extras, this is a pretty stacked set. If your curious about Lynch’s pre-Eraserhead output, there are several short films he made that showcase his fascination with animation, dreamlike imagery and narrative, and, of course, the grotesque.

Other goodies includes Lynch’s version of an audio commentary (he’s videotaped doing a sit-down interview for about the length of the film), an excerpt from the 1997 documentary about the filmmaker, Pretty as a Picture, a trio of new and old interviews, and more. Another nice addition Criterion has included is a 63-page booklet with a large excerpt from Chris Rodley’s excellent interview book Lynch on Lynch.

Like almost all of Lynch’s previous DVDs and Blu-rays, there are no chapter markers or selections, because he doesn’t like the idea of people not watching his films as a whole. Have it your way, David. You’ve clearly earned it.

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5 sweet things to watch on Space this week

by Space.ca 29. September 2014 15:01

1. Utopia (Monday 10e 7p)

Haven't scoped out Utopia yet? Here's why you should: 1) it mixes elements from the comic book, thriller and sci-fi genres, 2) it's "provocative, unique and desperately cult," and 3) what else are ya gonna do on a Monday night? This BBC series centres on a group of strangers who come into possession of a manuscript for the sequel to a mysterious graphic novel that's said to have predicted all the great disasters of the twentieth century. Watch the trailer here!

2. Face Off (Tuesday 9e 6p)

With only five episodes left this season, it's tough to make any predictions about the final three. Dina has recently emerged as the frontrunner, with three wins in her bag. Cig, however, isn't far behind—though he's only won once, he's had a top look for three weeks running. George, Stella, Sasha or Rachael could all very plausibly land a finale spot, and while Drew's performance has been more tepid, he's never tanked. This week, the artists will have to design high school versions of ogres and trolls. High school is hard enough, but it would really suck if you were a literal troll.

3. Z Nation (Friday 10e 7p)

The Z Nation zombies are no-frills zombies. They aren't rehabilitated dead teens with drama à la In the Flesh. (A great show.) Nor are they blasé French corpses à la The Returned. (Another great show.) And they're definitely not organized enough to form a cult that facilitates a classy comeback from death à la Intruders. (More on that below.) These zombies are classic brain-eating zombies. They're not sophisticated. They just like brains! Eating brains! Brains! Got that? Brains!

4. Doctor Who (Saturday 9e 6p)

According to the trailer for "Kill the Moon," this week's episode will hinge on a decision: save one human life, or save all humankind. We're still getting to know Peter Capaldi's Doctor, and this type of ethical dilemma is likely to peel back his inner workings. We've seen his weirdness. We've seen his hardness. We've seen his solitude. But we haven't seen a lot of his capacity for kindness or mercy. "Kill the Moon" might be an opportunity for just that.

5. Intruders (Saturday 10e 7p)

After several weeks mysteriously sashaying to jazz, "Amy" finally revealed her true identity: she's Rose, a high-level member of Qui Riverti, and she's willing to go against cult law to reunite with the dead love of her life. Who is now trapped in the body of a man who owns a Chinese restaurant. Simple, right? Also, there was no sign of Madison/Marcus this week—but we doubt he's lying low. Expect a bloody comeback in Saturday's episode, which is the last one before the finale.

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Doctor Who: "The Caretaker"

by Eleni 29. September 2014 14:36

The title of this episode signals its underlying meaning. At plot level, this is a story about the Doctor posing as the caretaker at Coal Hill School, where Danny and Clara are teachers. But it's also about two men who, in their own ways, compete for the chance to "take care" of Clara. Not that she can't take care of herself! But Danny and the Doctor both want to have her back—even if their priorities are somewhat at odds.

At the episode's outset, Clara is frantically juggling two lives: her travel-the-universe, evade-freaky-monsters life with the Doctor, and her snuggle-up-to-a-movie, go-for-jogs-before-work life with Danny. It's a tricky balancing act, but she's kind of pulling it off. Then the Doctor tells her he needs a break: he's got business to attend to—solo. Except it's not so solo, because his business just happens to be at Clara's school, where a Skovox Blitzer—a deadly space monster, but that's really not too important—is threatening the world. Cue Danny's inevitable—and inevitably bizarre—intro to the Doctor.

"The Caretaker" is about as human as Doctor Who gets. We're on earth, the drama is small-scale (people's hearts are colliding, not asteroids)—and the alien menace is easily flicked aside. The Skovox Blitzer will likely disappoint hard-sci-fi Whovians—this robot was truly an afterthought—but what the episode lacks in interstellar combat it makes up for in wit and sweet, sweet love.

Let's start with Clara and the Doctor. This episode carved out a careful place for their dynamic that wiggles its way somewhere between father-daughter and brother-sister. They squabble like sis and bro, but when the Doctor misunderstands the identity of Clara's boyfriend—he thinks it's an Eleven-esque bowtie-wearer named Adrian—his pleased reaction is very "embarrassing dad." And his reaction to Danny is even more dad: he disapproves, not necessarily because Danny is a soldier—although that's his on-paper line—but because he's not convinced Danny is good enough for his girl.

As for Danny, if he's not yet proven himself to the Doctor, he seems to be winning over Doctor Who fans. Especially since, after learning the true identity of "John Smith" the custodian—and, you know, the fact that aliens exist, regularly visit our planet, and can travel through time—he isn't necessarily angry or critical. He just wants to understand why Clara travels with the Doctor, and why she lied to him. At the end of the episode, he asks Clara to make him a promise: that she'll tell him if the Doctor ever pushes her too far. The idea that any companion would have boundaries, let alone have them respected by the Doctor, seems kind of laughable—but it's nice that Danny tries to acknowledge Clara's.

And what's with the Doctor's hate-on for soldiers? I'm somewhat new to Doctor Who, but from what I've read this is not some longstanding grudge. I'm curious to see if his soldier-anger somehow ties into the mystery of Missy—who made a comeback this week after a few episodes on hiatus. And here's another thought: I've seen a lot of speculation about Missy's identity, but what about the Promised Land, where she supposedly lives? Everyone who pops up there presumably is dead. Could she be occupying another, after-life dimension? Or are her new Promised Land occupants not really deceased? These are questions that need answering as much as who the heck Missy actually is.

Watch the whole ep here!

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7 reasons to tune in to Space this October

by Neil 29. September 2014 12:27

This October, viewers should have plenty to give thanks for. Not just because it’s turkey time, but because Space has a lot of really cool things in the pipeline. From Hogwarts to Doctor Who, here are seven reasons to tune in this October.




Movie Premiere: The Expendables 2 (Oct 4 11e 8p)

Bruce Willis, Sly Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Chuck Norris are just small sample of the action icons headlining this 2012 follow-up to the mega-cool action hero mashup. For more Expendables goodness, we ranked the entire cast when part three bazooka’d into theatres last August.

Series Premiere: Town of the Living Dead (Oct 7 10e 7p)

What’s tastier than a bowlful of mushy brains? This unscripted series in which cameras capture a group of dudes from Jasper, Alabama, as they attempt complete their own independent zombie movie, Thr33 Days Dead.

Hogwartsgiving: Harry Potter Movie Marathon (Oct 11 2:30e 11:30p & Oct 12 12:30e 9:30p)

For the first ever, we’re airing the ENTIRE Harry Potter film series. Meaning, this is the first time we have rights to air Order of the Phoenix. Eight flicks. Zero omissions. 19.6 hours of pure movie magic.

Season Finale: Intruders (Oct 11 10e 7p)

In “There is No End,” Jack discovers the alarming depth and scope of the organization to which he’s lost Amy; Marcus and Madison engage in a fatal struggle; and Richard is forced on the run but recruits an unexpected partner along the way.

Special Premiere: Doctor Who: Earth Conquest (Oct 4 9e 6p)

In support of the season eight debut in August, the cast of Doctor Who took the TARDIS (not actually) for a global press tour. This one-hour special follows Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as they visit seven cities across five continents in 12 days.

Season Finale: Face Off (Oct 28 9e 6p)

That’s right, folks, it’s almost time for the season seven finale of Face Off. Watch the contestants present their best creature creations in hopes of taking home the top prize.

Movie Premiere: Cell 213 (Oct 30 9e 6p)

A young attorney (Eric Balfour) is framed for murder when an inmate he’s defending kills himself during their interview at South River State Penitentiary. Things only get worse when he’s sent to that prison, where untimely prisoner deaths are a common occurance. The never-not-spooky Michael Rooker costars.

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Space-iest stories of the week

by Eleni 26. September 2014 15:55

1. "Everywhere I go I am the Doctor and everyone smiles at me!" During an appearance on the BBC's Graham Norton Show, Peter Capaldi discussed the benefits of being the Doctor—and claimed his profane Malcolm Tucker days are done. Express has a nice recap of the interview right here.

2. In the upcoming episode of Doctor Who, the Doctor shows up at Clara's school pretending to be a custodian named John Smith. This isn't the first time he's used that pseudonym—which seems uncharacteristically bland. Metro put together a comprehensive history of all the times the Doctor has gone by that name.

3. In our homepage poll this week, over 50 per cent of you voted Missy this season's biggest Doctor Who riddle. Den of Geek is also curious about her identity, and they're using the Missy mystery as a launchpad for a thorough discussion of Steven Moffat's many female enigmas.

4. A sign the Doctor is a rock star: Rolling Stone wrote a major feature on him.

5. "Our main character, Murphy, who’s been infected with the zombie virus and given a vaccine, is going to be evolving over the course of the season into what eventually may become a human-zombie blend." Z Nation showrunner Karl Schaefer teased some details from the upcoming episodes in this chat with TV Equals.

6. Yesterday, we published an interview with Jeff VanderMeer, author of the unsettling/addictive/hopefully-not-prophesizing Southern Reach Trilogy. For more information on these books—and why you should read them—check out these all-posi reviews in Slate, The Guardian, and The New York Times.

7. Teller (of Penn and Teller) does not agree with Gob Bluth: he thinks "trick" is a perfectly fine word to describe magic. As he told The Huffington Post for this piece on Wizard Wars, "You're not just appreciating the illusion but you're aware that it's a trick. And that's all right."

8. And it was Tatiana Maslany's birthday on September 22! To celebrate the Orphan Black star's 29th year, SheWired compiled the best of her Instagrams—including some pretty adorable #tbt outtakes.

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Start Halloween early with 3 Paranormal Activity flicks

by Neil 26. September 2014 15:05
This Sunday beginning at 9e 6p, turn off the lights and snuggle your coziest blankie, because Space is airing the first three (out of five) of Paranormal Activity flicks. That’s enough creaky doors, flickery light bulbs, and late-night camcorder footage to spook even the most hardened horror aficionado.

If you don’t know what these movies are about, seriously, where have you been for the last six years? This series essentially revitalized the found footage horror subgenre years after The Blair Witch Project initiated it. Without giving away too much, the first three films concern a family haunted by a demonic spirit.

Paranormal Activity (Sunday, 9e 6p) follows Katie and Micah, a young couple dealing with a strange, malevolent presence in their new house, which Katie claim is an evil entity that’s after her. Fortunately for us, Micah is totally down to document the whole thing in order to get to the bottom of it.

Moving along,Paranormal Activity 2 (Sunday, 11e 8p) occurs several weeks earlier, where strangely enough, Katie’s sister Kristi is dealing with some strange, malevolent presence that seems to be after her son.

Finally, Paranormal Activity 3 (technically Monday, 1e 10p) goes all the way back to the ’80s, where Katie and Kristi first encounter a strange, malevolent presence that will certainly haunt them into their adulthood. Naturally, static-y retro cameras play heavily into this.

And there you have it. Now that you’ve read these petite synopses and watched the trailers, go ahead and see if you’ve got what it takes to survive our triple bill of horror. Not a bad way to get into a Halloween kind of mood a little early.

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Town of the Living Dead will eat some brains October 7

by Neil 25. September 2014 16:32

You didn’t think you were safe from the zombie apocalypse after surviving the series premiere of Z Nation, did you? On October 7 at 10e 7p, a new breed of undead entertainment will have its exclusive Canadian premiere on Space. Town of the Living Dead is an unscripted series that follows a motley crew of amateur filmmakers from Jasper, Alabama, as they attempt to complete their own independent zombie flick.

We don’t have too much intel on the upcoming series, but our official PR blurb does:

This October, Space goes deep into the Heart of Dixie to get a taste of country cookin’, southern hospitality, and…zombies! In the raw and unscripted 12-episode, 30-minute series TOWN OF THE LIVING DEAD, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET, cameras capture a group of regular folk from Jasper, Alabama, as they attempt complete their own independent zombie movie, Thr33 Days Dead. Based on an urban legend from the town, Thr33 Days Dead follows a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama. Already six years in the making, the clock is ticking for this intrepid crew of amateur filmmakers to finally complete their movie.

TOWN OF THE LIVING DEAD stars producer, no-nonsense taskmaster, and “mama bear” Tina Teeter, and director John M. Ware, a lifelong horror junkie fulfilling his life dream of making his own zombie film. The series also features the film’s lead actor Bryan Boylen, co-star/aspiring Cosplay photographer Chase Lawrence, and lead actress and recent mother, Catie Teeter. Rounding out the crew are Terry Hunter (special effects/make-up/zombie recruitment) and Laura Bramblette (lead zombie coach/assistant to the producer).

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s a little taste of what’s to come:

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