The fall TV season gets underway in over a month, and as such a lot of familiar actors are going to find themselves in new parts on some of your other favorite shows. To wit, look for the artist formally known as Captain Karl “Helo” Agathon on Battlestar Galactica, actor Tahmoh Penikett, is set to appear on the long-running CW series Supernaturalwhen its ninth season begins this October, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Penikett will play Ezekiel, who is described by Supernatural executive producer Jeremy Carver as, “a dignified warrior angel injured in the fall.” The last season of the show ended with millions of angels falling to Earth, and Carver says that the formally heavenly bodies will be playing with “lots of different agendas.”
[The angels are] lost, scared, and vengeful, and I think [the storyline] is lending itself to lots of exciting and wonderful character moments for all of our characters to be dealing with. A world of fallen angels is a dirty, bloody, scary and in some ways very human world. We’re very excited to explore that.
Penikett will be in good company on the show as numerous former BSG actors have had recurring roles in Supernatural including, Mark Sheppard, Rick Worthy, Donnelly Rhodes and Sebastian Spence. Penikett is also well known for appearing as a regular on Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and recently played Vancouver mayoral candidate Jim Martin on Sy-Fy’s Continuum. His first episode of Supernatural will be the season premiere on October 8.
What do you say Bastards? Excited for more Helo on your TV?
Arrowwas back last night after a week hiatus for the stuffin’-your-face-with-turkey holiday, and it came back strong. In an episode without any island flashbacks, though still managed to make the consequences of Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) time there the focus, we were introduced to Helena Bertinelli (Jessica de Gouw), known to most as Huntress, learned the true identity of John Barrowman‘s “Well Dressed Man,” and finally saw Ollie be honest with someone.
“Muse of Fire,” co-written by DC’s wonderboy, Geoff Johns, picks right up with Ollie trying to mend his broken family ties. On his way to meet his mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson), for lunch Ollie sees her narrowly avoid being shot as the man she was speaking with, an “associate” of mobster Frank Bertinelli (Jeffrey Nordling), is gunned down by a mystery motorcyclist. After first suspecting his mother must have been the target, Ollie decides to investigate Bertinelli thanks to a tip from Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne).
The first episode of Kevin Tancharoen’s online web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy -spawned from the 2010 viral video– premiered last week on Machinima.com . In the course of the week, that one 12 minute episode attained over 5 million YouTube hits. While 5 million people can’t be wrong (FYI 5 million is a lot for a web based series. like whole a lot). I did have my complaints. The story followed Sonja Blade (Jeri Ryan), Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett) and Jax (Michael Jai White) while they try and stop an evil crime ring run by Kano (Darren Shahlavi). At least, that’s what happens in the first 10 minutes. The episode didn’t really grab me. Too many guns for the beginning. It was a standard cop routine, impaired by pretty mediocre acting, even worse dialog. It didn’t feel like MK. I know Tancharoen’s intent is to put a real world spin on the fantastical elements and characters of the fighting based video game franchise, but the first episode was cliched; one of thousands of generic action movies we see all the time. To be fair, I paid money to watch the Mortal Kombat movies, (yes both of them) I got this for free. This is much better than those.
Now episode two is upon us. Which honestly, should be ep1 part 2. Titled Jax, Sonya and Kano (Part 2) it plays out the rest of the showdown set-up in part one. It’s only 9 minutes (while 6 if you cut out the the recap and credits), half the time as the first, yet twice as good. Huh? How does that work? Well, the direction, production, action, acting, dialogue and thematic elements and so on are simply done right this time around. Clean and concise. You’ll probably be too pissed at the mere 6 minutes of new material (which is a bit ridiculous to wait a week for) to take notice, but really, the difference is night and day. But I do agree, this is nothing they couldn’t have shoved into the 1st episode. It was kinda dumb having two episodes to tell this. Especially when there is only 9 episodes in the whole series. Regardless, Mortal Kombat: Legacy is getting better.
Watch episode 2 below, hit the jump for a newly released press release and don’t forget to share your thoughts on the series in the comments section.
It’s got violence, it’s got blood and it was the first fighting game you tried playing in real life only to get suspended from school (guilty). Now the world of kicks, punches and fatalities we know as Mortal Kombat is almost here for the world to enjoy in the live-action Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series. A gritty, real-world approach to the fun but completely preposterous, fantastical fighting game. It started out as a fan short that garnered over 10 million views worldwide and now it’s one of the most anticipated series to date.
Director Kevin Tancharoen has been doing a lot of updating of his Twitter the last few days, offering us a hand full of new photos and sneak peaks at fan favorite characters. While the first episode is only days away ( April 12th on Machinima.), we’re uncertain when the likes of Baraka, Raiden, Sub-Zero and Scorpion will make their appearances. I kinda ruined it in the title picture above, but HIT THE JUMP for a closer look at these grounded-in-reality versions.
I am not much of a book reader, so I don’t know much about Philip Jose Farmers’ Riverworld novels but I hear they are quite good. However, I do know that the SYFY channel has adapted the series for a new 4-part TV movie. Readers of the series are pissed because they believe a faithful adaptation is damn near impossible and just shouldn’t be attempted. They’re also angry that adaptation scribe Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Star Trek Deep Space Nine) doesn’t seem to give a shit about ditching the original story lines and changing the characters around. As with any literature adaptation it’s bound to alienate a few members of the core audience, but I say give it a shot. Riverworld is a huge undertaking for SYFY and I’m pretty sure they don’t want to screw it up. To calm skepticism, and to exicite the rest of us, a few stills featuring lead stars Tahmoh Penikett and Alan Cumming have hit the net. (check out io9 for the gallery)
Until it’s 2010 release here’s the official synopsis of Riverworld: