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Interview with Dark Matter’s Jeff Teravainen

The last few years, Syfy has really raised the bar for science fiction television fare in my opinion. Aside from Black Mirror, four out of five of my top five sci-fi shows are on Syfy. I’d actually rank The Expanse & Dark Matter higher in that hierarchy than Black Mirror, despite its extraordinary writing. I guess maybe I am more interested in episodic shows. Or maybe I am captivated more by teams of outlaws fighting impossible odds and usually coming out on top.

Whatever the explanation may subconsciously be, I love a bunch of the shows they run these days, including two that feature Canadian rocker turned voice actor Jeff Teravainen: 12 Monkeys and Dark Matter. My constant use of hashtags and Twitter have led me to a bunch of my favorite TV stars the past year, and sometimes you luck out and they #FollowBack, which leads to chances to ask them to do interviews, bringing us right here to the phone interview I recently conducted with Jeff.

If you’ve never watched either show, now is your chance to binge watch it all. Then come right back and read this fun interview I did just in time to mark the season three finale of Dark Matter, tonight on Syfy!!

PlanetPhoebe: On Dark Matter, you play as Lieutenant John Anders, who has a history as an undercover agent alongside Six, back when he was working for the Galactic Authority. Season three opened with you holding Three in custody while he saved your ass a few times from the attack drone, which was after both of you. It was a chance to see you working closely with Anthony Lemke for a change instead of when we usually see Anders deal mostly with Six played by Roger Cross. What was it like working with Anthony this time around?

Jeff Teravainen: It was amazing. I knew him from before as well. He’s just a great guy. That’s the thing about Dark Matter. For me I always said that they are like the core family and I was like the very close cousin. And I got treated that way: “Come over for dinner. Let’s hang out and all have a great time.” So we have a real relaxed atmosphere with the actors/producers, everybody. We just bounced stuff off each other. It was a real pleasure to work with him just in a professional manner. It’s fun to watch how other people work and see what they do. Yeah like you experiment and stuff. I learned a fair bit on that episode too. Vaughn Murphy, who directed… I’ve known him forever as well, so I was excited to work with him. I learn things like I am told how consistent I am on takes. And I like that, but at the same point, both of them were pushing me to do different things here and there. Since then I don’t think I’ve done the same take twice, and I think that’s basically on their advice. So yeah, we had a ball. We had a scene where he was gonna be on top of me and I remember I was concerned about my breath, ’cause he was gonna be over me for so long. And then on the first take, he went into the snack truck and went for something heavy on the hummus, and I decided, oh then I’ll go grab something there too. For a minute, it was biological warfare there.

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Recap/Review – 12 Monkeys Season 3 – 5/28/17

Like a phantom fleeting at the corner of your eye, blink and you just might miss it. With the light bulbs flickering… An audible draining of the air from space that just impossibly popped in or out of existence… That is what 12 Monkeys season three was like for me. Last weekend, Syfy decided to take a page out of the Netflix playbook and drop the whole season at once. They staggered it slightly, airing blocks of shows on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, but I had it all finished by brunch Tuesday.

Based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam sci-fi film of the same name, both stories are iterations of a 1962 French film entitled La Jetée. A central theme in all versions is time travel from a post-Apocalypse to a time before the disaster, in hopes of averting it. Also central to all three incarnations is causality in time travel, unalterable tragedy, and love that burns eternal outside of time and space.

Season three began in the far future, where the last one ended: with time-displaced scientist Cassandra Railly being held hostage in the year 2163 by the elusive cult the Army of The Twelve Monkeys. Railly, over the last two seasons, had been working with fellow traveler Cole to stop a virus that was released by the Monkeys in about 2016. In late season two, lost in time, untethered from their team in 2040, the two of them had made a simple life in which they finally explored their love for each other. Shortly thereafter, the Monkeys lured her to their base, the time-traveling city Titan, to kidnap her. Their reason was startling: she was now pregnant with a baby that was destined to become the messiah of the Monkeys, the foretold Witness, who has guided them through looping timelines the whole run of the show.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/19/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, Syfy’s end-of-the-world time-traveling series, 12 Monkeys, returns for its penultimate season with a special binge-worthy 3-night event. Syfy is airing entire 10-episode third season over the course of the next three nights! Tonight, the first four episodes air back-to-back with limited commercials. Then, the remaining six episodes will be aired in two 3-hour blocks on Saturday and Sunday night.

The series follows the story of time traveler James Cole (Aaron Stanford), who was sent back in time to prevent a cult known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys from unleashing a deadly virus that wipes out most of the world’s population. Cole meets modern day virologist, Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), and enlists her help in his quest as they try to locate and identify the mysterious leader of the Army, known only as “the Witness.” While Cole and Cassie have the help of their ragtag team in the future and the assistance of the seemingly crazy Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire, Schitt’s Creek), who has a knack for being able to see into the future, the Army of the Twelve Monkeys always seems to be one step ahead of them.

As the second season came to a close, Cole and his crew traveled to Titan to stop the Army’s attack but were unprepared for the fact that Titan itself was the Witness’s machine. The group soon found themselves separated – Deacon was captured, Jennifer was splintered to a French battlefront in 1917, the Striking Woman took Ramse to a reunion with his son, and Cassie was splintered into the future in 2163. She found herself surrounded by messengers as the Pallid Man informed her that she was actually carrying the Witness inside her.

I’m thrilled that we are finally going to get a continuation of that jaw-dropper of a reveal – that Cole and Cassie’s son was in fact the Witness that they had been searching for all this time! What plans does the Army have for the mother of their unborn leader? Will Cole be able to find/rescue Cassie, and how will he take the news about his son? How will our group get back together, and will they be able to stop the Army from completing their plan to destroy time itself – and will they need to sacrifice the child in order to do so?

I’ve checked out the first few episodes of the new season, and I am so happy this show is back. It’s SO good! The writers waste no time in introducing interesting new twists and mysteries that will play out over the course of the season. And based on what they’ve done in previous seasons, I have no doubt that we are in for a well-planned and executed roller-coaster of a ride over the next 3 nights! I can’t wait to see what happens and where they leave us going into the fourth/final season. Plus, there are some amazing guest stars this season, including Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Hannah Waddington (Game of Thrones) and James Callis (Battlestar Galactica).

On tonight’s premiere, “Mother,” in the apocalypse of 2163, a desperate Cole searches for Titan. Meanwhile, a captive Railly is faced with an impossible choice as the 12 Monkeys await the arrival of The Witness. On the second episode, “Guardians,” while searching for Jennifer Goines in post-WWI France, Cole and Jones encounter a dangerous group of time-travelers: the Guardians.

Then on the third episode, “Enemy,” bonds of trust are tested when Ramse returns to the facility with an old enemy held captive. How far will Cole and Jones go for the answers they need? And finally, on the final episode of the night, “Brothers,” Ramse and Cole splinter to 2007 expecting either a trap – or a final chance to kill the Witness. But when Cole discovers a heartbreaking truth, he’ll discover that the mission was both.

The action starts tonight on Syfy at 8/7c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Toy Box, and Ginormous Food.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/9/16

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

12monkeys59smallSyfy’s 12 Monkeys continues to be a thoroughly entertaining series in its second season. Last week Cole and Cassie had to splinter back to 1944 in order to try to stop members of the Twelve from killing someone important to the timeline. Cole and Cassie didn’t get to the man in time, but fortunately for them, the Messengers had accidentally killed the wrong person. The intended target was actually the dead man’s son, who shared the same name. Cole and Cassie tracked the younger Tommy down at a mental hospital and discovered that he behaved very much like Jennifer Goines. He seemed to easily comprehend why they were there and where they had come from. However, he had already accepted his fate that he was destined to die that day, and no matter what Cole and Cassie tried, they couldn’t stop it. Meanwhile, in 2044 Deacon wanted Ramse dead and even drove him out to dig his own grave. However, Tommy’s death in the past caused a paradox that rippled into the future – the leaves in the forest started turning red and the guys found themselves in grave danger (no pun intended) from a storm of temporal anomalies.

Ramse managed to save Deacon from getting sucked into an anomaly – perhaps this will finally end their feud? But what other side effects have these temporal anomalies caused in the future? Cole and Cassie had been knocked unconscious in the past when the police arrived, and Jones had lost their connection – how are they going to explain what happened, avoid being arrested, and find a way to splinter back home? What are the Messengers planning next, and can our gang manage to get one step ahead of them this time?

On tonight’s episode, “Emergence,” Jones reluctantly places her trust in Ramse to bring Cole and Cassie safely home after they get stranded in the year 1944. As Ramse looks forward to this chance to atone for his sins, Jones explores the true nature of time with old Jennifer Goines.

To see if Ramse can bring Cole and Cassie home, tune in to Syfy at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Castle, Blindspot, Gotham, Houdini & Doyle, Jane the Virgin, The Detour, Bates Motel, and TURN: Washington’s Spies.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/18/16

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

12monkeys418smallLast year, Syfy’s new time-bending sci-fi drama 12 Monkeys was a pleasant surprise and ended up being one of my favorite shows of the year. Tonight the series returns for its second season. The show centers around James Cole, who was sent back from 2043 to 2015 in order to prevent a virus from being spread that would wipe out the world. When we last left off, Cole had confronted his former best friend Ramse, who had traveled back decades earlier and was just waiting out his time until 2015 so he could use the splinter machine when it was first created, to save his son. However, Cole and Cassie caught up with him, and Cassie pulled a gun and shot Ramse, but she was also shot in the crossfire. With both of them bleeding out, Ramse gave Cassie his needle of time-travel serum and told her to inject herself and go to the future, where Jones would save her. However, in 2043, Jones was having her own issues – Deacon had joined forces with the group of 12 to storm the facility and seize control of the machine. However, they were shocked to see Cassie arrive. And back in 2015, new Markridge CEO Jennifer Goines was seen setting out for a 12-city trip around the globe and was loading 12 mysterious boxes onto her plane.

The Striking Woman said that it was Ramse’s fate to die in 2015 and that couldn’t be changed, but Cole decided to save his friend – how is that possible, and what affect will this have? If Ramse isn’t The Witness, then who is? With no time-travel injection, how will Cole and Ramse get back to the future, or will they just wait out the next 28 years?! What does the group of 12 have planned in the future, and how will Cassie’s arrival affect that? And speaking of Cassie, how will she survive in the future – isn’t she in danger of catching the virus? And what is Jennifer planning with her 12-city globetrotting adventure?! I’m really excited to see what happens next and can’t wait to check out tonight’s season premiere!

On tonight’s episode, “Year of the Monkey,” Cole and Ramse mend their broken friendship while on the run from the Army of the 12 Monkeys in the Season 2 premiere. And in the year 2043, Railly and Jones navigate an uncertain future as Deacon and the Twelve command the Temporal Facility.

Catch up with Cole, Ramse, and the others tonight on Syfy at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording Supergirl, Castle, Blindspot, Gotham, Lucifer, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin, The Detour, Bates Motel, Hunters, Better Call Saul, and Talking Saul.
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