Levi Meaden Talks Aftermath and More (Interview)

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Levi Meaden is starring as Matt Copeland on the SyFy channel’s apocalyptic science fiction drama, Aftermath.  Working alongside James Tupper, Anne Heche, Julia Sarah Stone and Taylor Hickson (who will feature in a Mike’s Film Talk interview shortly) Levi plays  the eldest son of a family struggling to survive the “End of Days.”

Meaden is a pleasant chap who was fun to talk with and he spoke highly of his colleagues on the show. He also emphasized how much he and his onscreen siblings got on like a family off-screen

Levi has been steadily working since 2012 and has been a regular on The 100, The Killing, and Olympus. He completed work on Incontrol, which we mention later and is slated to appear in the Pacific Rim sequel Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.

Michael: Hi Levi. Thanks for stopping by for a chat today. I’ve got to tell you that I love what your character brings to the show. He’s had a very impressive arc in the series. So what drew you to the part?

Levi: Thank you! I grew up as a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan as a teenager. I always loved the apocalyptic/post apocalyptic genres; like Mad Max…So the chance to run around with  guns and to  fight monsters just seemed like a lot of fun.

Michael:  Yeah. It looks a like a lot of fun.

Levi:  So I saw that aspect of it and thought, “Yeah let’s do it.”

Michael: Brilliant! I’ve got to ask you. Are you anything at all like your character, personality wise?

Levi:  Well, he’s certainly more of a football player/jock, which I certainly was not while growing up. He definitely has more of an affinity for guns and fighting than I do. Those are the differences, but, there is an  intensity and an underlying  “quick to anger” side to him that we both have in common.

Michael: Speaking of guns. Did you have to undertake any special kind of training?

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Levi Meaden as Matt Copeland using a shotgun…

Levi: Not really. I’m already pretty familiar with shotguns as most of my family live on farms. I did go to the shooting range to get familiar with the different weapons, like the Glock and the shotgun,  just so I had it fresh in my head. Getting into the frame of mind of “fake shooting it for real.” 

Michael: Well it worked. Your character seems very competent.  You and Anne Heche looked quite proficient with the weapons.

Levi: Yeah, well initially we were very careful around the weapons but as time went on we got more relaxed as we got more familiar with them. 

Michael: I know we sort of broached this briefly, but what is it like working on the show. The subject matter is rather grim…

Levi: Yeah. Well we shot at such a breakneck pace that we really did not get a chance to get hung up on the grim moments. There were a lot of them (grim moments) and sometimes it did take a little bit of a toll on us. We liked the fast pace as it got us past the “grossness.” 

But it was kind of fun. There were so many stunts that we either took part in or watched and a lot of driving and shooting. Shooting the show at such a breakneck pace meant that things happened so quickly that the energy really translated to the screen.

Michael:  Yes it very fast paced. I’m guessing here, but is a lot of the work green screen? Is that hard to work through?

Levi:  Actually we were lucky. We didn’t have a lot of green screen. A lot of it was as practical as you could possibly make it.  The Quetzalcoatl, or the dragon as most people keep calling it…

(Sidenote: Many of the creatures that the Copeland family encounter are from different cultures. The Quetzalcoatl is from the Aztec culture and it does indeed, look a bit like a flying dragon.)

Michael: Yes, I’m guilty of that. I keep calling it a dragon as well…

Levi: Well that bit was pretty well laid out. We had parameters set out and we had a mark to show where the thing might be. So it was not too difficult. I’ve done green screen before and while practical FX take the challenge out of it, the green screen does become an acting exercise after a while.  It’s all about channeling your imagination to provide a realistic reaction to something like that. 

Michael:  Your character has actually evolved quite a lot in a short period of time. You mentioned it earlier when you said he (Matt) was a bit quick to anger. He does seem to be getting a handle on that. Where do you see Matt going next?

Levi: Well a lot of the storyline has him embracing that anger and the darkness allowing him to become a protector for his family. He also has to learn where to draw the line and not become like the evil he is fighting against. He’s already crossed that situation in the show and I think he is motivated a lot by retribution and getting revenge for what’s happening to his family.

The challenge for Matt will be getting back a part of himself that allows in some happiness which will make him less grim  and allow him to stop beating himself up so much. He has to learn how to draw back that anger.  

We’ll see him kind of embrace that a little bit more. Somethings will come in and allow him to alleviate his guilt.

Michael:  I’ve got to ask you. I’m a huge fan of Anne Heche and James Tupper.  What’s it like working with them?

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Levi Meaden, Anne Heche, James Tupper and Julia Sarah Stone.

Levi: Well, when they were together they brought this high energy to the scene, it was like that when they were apart too, but when they were together they really brought it. They also kept things simple and got the ego out of the way to server the story. 

It was also interesting to see how they would work out a scene and kind of turn it. Making the most out of a  scene’s impact and then watching them in the scene taking back and forth and creating the sense of a real partnership.

Michael: They have a splendid chemistry on screen, as do you all. The chemistry between all the characters is really impressive.

Levi: Thank you. 

Michael: You’ve been working steadily since 2012. Most of your work has been in television but lately, you’ve started doing more films. Are you starting to have a preference?

Levi: You know it all depends on the project.  They’re very different mediums, although they both involve storytelling. You know, working long term on a television show is fun because you get to work on your character for months. And that is such a blessing, it is so great.

In movies though, you kind of have the entire arc of the story and your character and where you’re going to go  so you really kind of plan for that and build those moments in.  And you then find the best way to tell that story and how to make that character’s journey more interesting. 

They are both the same beast, so to speak, but I do love doing the indie film thing once in a while because you get to experiment and have some fun. You get to push things and kind of do your own thing a bit more. I miss getting to do that. Maybe after Aftermath is finished…

Michael: I see that you’re down for Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, the sequel. Have you started working on that at all?

Levi: Yeah, we’ve started a little bit. The filming hasn’t started yet but things are gearing up and getting ready to go. I’m still waiting for some small things to get worked out and if Aftermath is brought back for another season, that will keep me  pretty busy. 

Michael: Brilliant stuff, let us know how that all works out. Being a huge fan of the first Pacific Rim, I cannot wait to see what the sequel will do.

Levi: I know.  It gsoing to be pretty exciting. 

Michael:  Have you heard about Aftermath being picked up for a second season?

Levi: No, we haven’t heard anything yet. 

MIchael: I’m actually going to be talking to Taylor (Hickson) tomorrow. Is that anything you’d like me to pass on to her.

Levi: [Chuckling] Tell her hi and that she needs to give me back my Bowie t-shirt.

Michael: I have to ask you, in regards to the parents in the show. Joshua seems quite low key, although he is coming into his own as the series progresses, and Karen, the mum, is very “Rambo-esque…”

Levi: Yeah!

Michael: Are they anything like their characters when they’re not working?

Levi: Yeah, you know a little bit. Everyone was pretty much, I think, cast to type so that they are to a degree like the characters they portray. Like James is super insightful, quiet but direct and   to-the-point.  Anne is just a firecracker so yeah, they are similar to their characters. 

Michael: Brilliant stuff. That has me pretty much wrapped for today. Is there anything you want to mention? Like upcoming projects?

Levi: Yeah. I’m in a film called Incontrol that will be coming out in a few months. It’s on the festival circuit at the moment. It’s a thriller about these kids who find a machine that allows them to enter other people’s consciousness  and control them like an avatar. And they start getting addicted to it like a drug.  So that, Aftermath and Pacific Rim II.

That concluded our interview with Levi Meaden.  Incontrol is a Canadian film due out shortly  and it does sound very good. Pacific Rim: Maelstrom has a projected release date of 2018 so keep your eyes peeled for the first one and pencil “Maelstrom” into to your diary.

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Levi and his onscreen sis, Taylor Hickson.

 

In the meantime, fans of Levi’s can see him weekly on SyFy’s Aftermath. The series aries on Fridays and there are two episodes left in this season.

As mentioned in the interview Mike’s Film Talk will also be talking with Taylor Hickson, who places Levi’s sister on the show.

 

 

Channel Zero’s Paul Schneider Talks Candle Cove

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On October 25, Paul Schneider spoke to several members of the press about Channel Zero:Candle Cove and his character in the show; Mike Painter. Just prior to Halloween, Paul talked to a number of press sites about the adaptation of Kris Straub’s Candle Cove and, amongst other things, his preparation for the role of Mike.

Channel Zero: Candle Cove is about a series of child murders that takes place back in the 1980’s. Mike is convinced that the deaths are connected to an old child’s program Candle Cove.  He returns home to seek some closure and to see if he can keep the kid’s show from claiming any more lives.

Paul was asked by  SciFi Vision if he had done any special preparation to play child psychiatrist Painter, especially as the man had such a traumatic childhood.   Paul  replied that initially he had not.

However, he did read an old Abnormal Psychology textbook from his days at Columbia. Paul’s final diagnosis of Painter was that he had acute anxiety disorder.

Schneider then went on to talk about how he got involved with the project.  He explained that executive producer and show creator Nick Antosca and co-executive producer Craig William Macneill approached him. They asked if Paul would read the script. He did and loved the concept of the series.

Playboy asked if Paul had any idea why the shortened season of six episodes was proving to be so popular. The actor was also asked about why he chose to play Mike as such a quietly intense character.

Schneider could not really offer an opinion on the show’s seasonal format of six episodes.  He did say that his portrayal of Mike was based upon a man returning to his hometown. A place where he was uncertain of who was friend or foe.

He also points out that Mike’s relationship with his mother is very chilly. The character is also one who left small town life and became quite successful. Apart from returning to the scene of the crime, Mike is back amongst people who resent his success.

Voiceoftv.com asked if Paul had seen the original program on Straub’s Creepypasta and the answer was no. Paul went on to explain that he tries not to over research for any role. Reading the source material could, he said, completely change the way he approached the character.

He admitted to having never heard of Creepypasta or seen it before he took the part. It was only after he agreed to play Painter that he learned of the website’s existence.

Paul did say that he loved the idea of the website that it allowed those types of stories to be told.

As The Nerd Element started to question Paul, he joked that “listen to your answers is not anxiety provoking  at all…” He was then asked if he could see himself writing or directing a future Creepypasta series.  The actor answered that he had not been approached to do so.

Paul also explained how he approached any particular writing and/or directing job. He explained that it was a combination of story and whether or not it felt right for him.

He was then asked what film, book or television program, scared him as a child.  It turns out that The Elephant Man, starring John Hurt, made a huge impact on the young Paul Schneider.

It was, Paul said, the first film he had ever seen and it was not the film he was meant to be watching. His mother had taken him to the cinema to watch the Disney film, Song of the South, a kid’s movie  now considered to be racist.

Paul and a number of neighbor kids went to see the show but he broke away from the group and went to the toilet.  On his return he chose the wrong door and wound up watching the David Lynch film.

Five year old Schneider walked in on the scene of Merrick’s nurse bringing him a cup of tea. The woman sees Merrick in the flesh, sans his drape like clothing. The camera showed all the wrinkled and deformed flesh of Merrick.

Paul said that particular scene, “terrified and transfixed” him made the five year old react with a combination  curiosity,  enchantment and sheer horror. He went on to say that scene still gave him the “heebie-jeebies” and it was, oddly, his favorite film.

Inverse wanted to know if Paul could say what Mike was like before his return to Iron Hill and the whole Candle Cove business. The actor replied that he, and the series producers felt that Painter buried himself in academia.

He also felt that Mike wrote in a way to handle the trauma. Paul thought that Painter’s marriage allowed some cracks to appear in his carefully crafted exterior. The appearance of his daughter furthered his deterioration and he felt that Mike may have had a drinking problem.

The actor also revealed to  OMFGTV that he has not been keeping up with the series and that he watches them as they air. It has, Paul said, become an event that he and his wife share.

Schneider went on to say that the highlight of  the project was getting to work with performance artist Olivier De Sagazan who plays The Skin Taker in the show. He explained that their scene together was the most intense of the series.

(It is where the burning Skin Taker runs at Mike Painter in the show.)

He went on to say that everyone was buoyed by Olivier’s presence on the set.  Finally he talked about whether or not Jessica  (Natalie Brown‘s character) and Mike would have married if  he had not left Iron Hill. (The answer was yes)

There was some discussion about whether Mike saw what his daughter sees in the episode where he takes Lily out of her bedroom and Paul believes that Mike did see it. He has, after all, seen Jaw Bone in the woods.

Channel Zero: Candle Cove airs Tuesdays on SyFy.  There are two episodes left in this little chiller. Tune in and see if Mike can save this generation from Candle Cove.

Perez Hilton Talks ‘Most Likely to Die’ and Horror

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Prior to the film ‘Most Likely to Die’ being released on on Friday the 13th (of May) Mike’s Film Talk spoke with Perez Hilton, who plays Freddie in the “throwback” slasher film. As we set up the interview, the celebrity blogger/columnist producer and actor spoke of his excitement over the film finally being released.

It should be pointed out that despite what must have been a hectic blitzkrieg press schedule, Hilton was not only gracious but fun to speak with. His enthusiasm for the project and his joy at being reunited with the film’s star Heather Morris (from ‘Glee’) was evident from the moment we started talking.

Perez: Hi Michael! How are you?

MFT: I’m fine. How are you?

Perez: I’m very excited that fans of horror films and slasher pictures are finally going to see this film.

MFT: I loved the film and watched it three times..

Perez: You watched it three times?!

MFT: Yes. I kept thinking that it was a throwback to films like ‘I Know What You did Last Summer’ and really enjoyed the feeling of nostalgia.

Perez: You know, I think it may have been written in the ’90s. I could be wrong, but I think it was. I believe it was written in the 1990s and not produced until 20 years later. Which is kind of awesome as it’s like a time capsule, almost. Written so long ago and produced in the 2000s. In the teens.

MFT: I’ve got to admit to being a fan, of your blog and I thought after seeing that film that you just killed it as Freddie. So, lets talk ‘Most Likely to Die’ and what drew you to the project.

Perez: Well, the honest answer is that I’m excited, and hungry, to do more acting work. The reason for that is twofold: A) I love acting and B) it gives people a chance to see me in a different way. And if you want to have longevity in Entertainment, you have to keep re-inventing yourself.

In my case, it’s not even a re-invention. It is a return to myself, a reconnection with my roots. This is what I went to school for. I studied acting in college and that was what I wanted to do when I left high school and came out to Los Angeles. Life sidetracked me though; wonderfully, I love my day job  and I love getting to do cool things like this.

I’m a true horror fan and love the genre. I was also pleased to work again with Heather Morris, I worked with her on ‘Glee’ and there were so many things that appealed to me about the project.

MFT: Wow, you are almost the perfect interview. You answered about three questions before I could get to them. One thing you mentioned was Heather. How pleased were you to work with her again?

Perez: (laughing) Very pleased she is such a great actor. AND a great dancer as well…its not fair. (laughing again)

MFT: Did you get a chance to do anything with Jake Busey?

Perez: No. He shot all his scenes before I even started.

MFT: Congratulations on those screams your character came out with. You are apparently a master at what I call the “Tom and Jerry Scream.”

Perez: (Laughs.)

MFT: Are you looking to do more horror?

Perez: I would love to. If I’m going to spend more time doing movies, I want to have fun and horror films are so fun. I’m very honest, realistic and objective; I’m not a super-star by any means. I’m not even that famous or anything. I”m known by people but there are not people banging down my door saying, “Work with me!”

But, if I have a choice of spending a few weeks of my life working on an Indie drama or an Indie horror film? I’d rather do the horror film:  A) Because it is more fun and B) Fans of the genre are so passionate. The business is such a crap shoot. You may love working in Indie drama but no may ever see it. But with horror, there are those loyal fans who will see almost every horror film that’s out there.

MFT: Very true.

Perez: Like this film for instance. There is a certain novelty factor in it;  “Oh Perez Hilton is in this” and “Look, it’s Heather Morris from Glee.” Apart from that though I would love to do more because I am truly a fan of the genre. I would love to do a big budget horror film that became a franchise. That would be rad but to be honest I just want to keep working. That is the goal of any entertainer. I want to keep entertaining people for as long as possible.

MFT: Well, watching the film it seems there is room for a sequel, is that something that, you would be interested in?

Perez: Really? A sequel? Listen, I had so much fun working that if my character lives in the film, I’d love to!

MFT: Moving away from “Most Likely to Die” it looks like you are very busy at the moment. Working on ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie‘ and a couple of other projects. How did the AbFab film go?

Perez: I don’t have a huge role in that, it’s a cameo, but I am such a huge fan of AbFab. In the ’90s I was all about horror movies, talkshows, Madonna, ‘Sex in the City’ and ‘Absolutely Fabulous.’ So even if they cut my screen time down to 5 seconds I’ll still be happy.

MFT: Back to ‘Most Likely to Die,’ I’ve got to ask this; I’ve never gone to any of mine, have you attended any of your class reunions?

Perez: Oh my God, it is so funny that you’re asking me that. Because my 20th [class reunion] is happening this year, in September…And I don’t want to go. I’m not going and instead I’m planning my own. I’ve sent out an email thread and invited anybody who wants to go to meet me in Vegas instead of Miami. A few people have already taken me up on the offer.

It really is much better to meet up in neutral territory and at least in Vegas I can be guaranteed to have a good time. So I’m doing that.

MFT: So, have you got any upcoming projects?

Perez: Well, I’ve got the “AbFab” movie and I’m also in two sitcoms where I have cameos but they have not been announced yet, so I can’t say which two. But be on the lookout. I’m so grateful, thankful and lucky to have been able to do so much more acting lately.

MFT: Well, that’s our high sign to stop. So, thank you Perez  for taking time to speak with us today.

Perez: Thank you!

Perez Hilton is impressively natural in  ‘Most Likely to Die’ and he as well as the rest of the cast make this nostalgic gem well worth watching. The film premieres on Friday the 13th this month via a limited theatrical release and on VoD.

Mr. Hilton is re-visitng his roots and will be doing a lot more acting, in several other projects. Check out his work in this slasher film and see just how good he is.

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‘Most Likely to Die’ May 13, 2016 premiere

Tiya Sircar Talks ‘Miss India America’ (Interview)

Miss India America ran through the festival circuit last year and garnered three awards and one nomination. The film has now become available to the public in a limited theatrical release beginning on 24 March 2016 and then will be on VoD from 5 April this year. In anticipation of the film’s open at Santa Monica tonight the star of Miss India America, Tiya Sircar took a few moments to speak with Mike’s Film Talk (MFT).

Miss India America (from left to right): Hannah Simone, Tiya Sircar and Contestant #5 - SAG Actor: Rima RajanMiss India America ran through the festival circuit last year and garnered three awards and one nomination. The film has now become available to the public in a limited theatrical release beginning on  24 March 2016 and then will be on VoD from 5 April this year. In anticipation of the film’s open at Santa Monica tonight the star of Miss India America, Tiya Sircar took a few moments to speak with Mike’s Film Talk (MFT).

Tiya is currently working on the Disney/ABC animated televisions series Star Wars Rebels where she voices the character of Sabine Wren. Sircar is also in  pre-production for Dumb Prince a TV movie for NBC. The busy actress has been working since 2005 and has over 39 credits for her accomplishments that are split between film,  television and the video games industry.

MFT: First off, thank you for talking to Mike’s Film Talk and congratulations on winning the VC FilmFest best actress in a narrative feature award for your portrayal of Lily Prasad in Miss India America.

Tiya: Thank you!

MFT: I have to tell you, I watched the film last night and really enjoyed it. Very entertaining and it made me laugh quite a lot.

Tiya: I’m glad you liked it!

MFT: So the film is opening tonight in Santa Monica, outside the festival circuit for the first time. How excited are you about that?

Tiya: I’m very excited. For the last year we’ve been taking it around to the various film festivals which has been thrilling and  being able to share it with film fest audiences was great. But to finally have it open in theatres and be able to reach an even wider audience via VoD and streaming on Hulu and iTunes is even more exciting. You know people who don’t do festivals have been asking “when can we see the movie” and I didn’t have a good answer. Now, finally I do and I’m really grateful and happy that I’ll be able to share the film with folks all over the place.

MFT: Is the premiere tonight be a red carpet affair and if so what, or more accurately who, will you be wearing?

Tiya: I believe it will be the whole thing.  We’ll have some press and the red carpet, so yeah.  Regarding what I’ll be wearing…Good question. I haven’t had time to think too much about it as we wrapped on the show I’ve been working on (Star Wars Rebels) very late last night. But, I will probably be wearing a designer that I love, Anna Sui .

MFT: That’s brilliant. I wanted to congratulate you also on pulling off the teen look so effortlessly. I was shocked find you were not the same age as Lili!

Tiya: Thanks! I guess I should thank my parents for that. 

MFT: So what drew you to the project?

Tiya: I read the script early on and Ravi and Meera (the writers and director of the film) worked with me on another show and they played my parents. That was in the nascent stages of the script and they had a “table read” and I read the part of Lily and immediately felt a connection to the character and I just knew that if the film ever got made that I had to play this role. 

There was something about Lily that I felt drawn to and familiar with and I felt such an intimacy with her that I knew if the film ever got made I was going to fight tooth and nail to get that part. Luckily I didn’t have to do that. But I was ready!

MFT: I now have to ask if you really identified with this young lady who was completely addicted to winning.

Tiya: Yeah, you know I wasn’t Lily growing up, but there are aspects of Lily that I can definitely relate to. I mean I do sort of have a “type A” personality and I like to win. I like to be good at things I try my hand at and when I’m not, I find it very frustrating. But unlike Lily I’d like to think I’m a little more “well rounded”and hopefully my interpersonal skills are a little better than Lily’s.

And I’m sure my parents would have liked me to be a little more like her; studios and going on to be a brain surgeon.  But there were definitely parts of me that I could see in Lily. I could see parts of me but I could also see parts of my older sister, you know that “first child, model child” growing up thing. So I really felt familiar with her even though I was not her. 

MFT: I read in an interview from last year, while the film was in the festival circuit, that you’d never actually heard of the Miss India America pageant.  So how did you research for the role?

Tiya: Yes that’s right, it was news to me.  I guess because while growing up I had no interest in beauty pageants. But even if I had been, I’m sure my mother would not have allowed me to be in one…thankfully. It is funny though, I didn’t have to research the role because as foreign as the concept of Miss India America was to me, it was even more so to Lily. (Laughing) It made my job a little easier.

Stitchers Season Two Interview: Jeff Schechter

Last, but definitely not least, the last of the Stitchers season two interviews is here. Jeff Schechter executive producer and creator of the series was able to take time to speak about the next season. Jeff and Mike’s Film Talk have been talking for some time, there was an interview last year and further, very short, conversations via DM.

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Last, but definitely not least, the last of the Stitchers season two interviews is here. Jeff Schechter executive producer and creator of the series was able to take time to speak about the next season. Jeff and Mike’s Film Talk have  been talking for some time, there was an interview last year and further, very short,  conversations via DM.

It is fitting that Jeff was the last person interviewed on “the day” as he is the chap who drives the vehicle that is Stitchers and able to talk about, and confirm, what the cast were saying. One thing he agreed with was the phrase that the series this year was Stitchers 2.0. He also revealed a few things that we cannot talk about too much, to keep from heading into Spoiler City, and a few others that can be.

(sidenote) The first episode of Stitchers season two is called…drum roll please…2.0.

We also talked a little about the Halloween special,  candy corn and Cameron and Kirsten’s “relationship.”

MFT: After talking to everyone on the set, they have all declared that this is an amped up version of the show and that thinks were darker. More intense. Was this an arc you planned all along?

Jeff:  Yes. The whole idea all along was to sort of ease ourselves into the lives of these characters and as we move forward kind of progress them emotionally.  You talk a lot about season one being the creation of family? If you look at all the characters…

MFT: Yes…

Jeff: You know Cameron, we don’t know anything about his dad, although we do learn a huge thing about his dad this season, but last season we’ve got his mom who doesn’t even recognize his voice over the phone. So you know there’s a story there.

MFT: Yes.

Jeff: Then obviously Kirsten has her issues, Camille left the trailer park around the age of 16 and raised herself. We have Maggie who, we learn in episode eight, has an estranged son who may or may not even want to talk to her over the phone. She’s not even sure if he’s listening to the message on the phone. Fisher is  divorced…

MFT: Right.

Jeff: And you have Linus who, even though he has the most stable family, has a little tension with his parents between their kind of life an his wanting to branch out on his own. So season one took all the orphans, basically, and forced them to become a family. 

Now  we have season two and it’s “Okay, now that we have a family how do we deal with each other.”  Like family is messy so there’s a lot of coming together and drifting apart and learning other people’s feelings and learning how to be supportive even though it may not be what you want. But it’s something that is good for a family member.

So there is a lot of that and it is that understanding that sort of forces the stories forward. But it’s not a overly mature turn as the stories are still fun.Everything we liked about “Stitchers” season one is all still there; all the interplay, the banter, it’s the relationship stuff but all taken to the next  level. It really is like Stitchers 2.0.

MFT: Right.

Jeff: The cases are bigger, the stakes are…stake-ier (laughs) beefier (laughs again). Everything is an amped up version of the stuff we liked and hopefully whatever was not working as well as we’d liked in season one is fixed up.  

MFT: We’re not going to lose the pop culture references are we?

Jeff: No, no there will still be  a bunch of them in there. We actually start getting self-referential this season. There is a scene where they are talking to the bad guy and he makes a pop culture  reference to Kirsten who has the person on the speaker phone. The reference is about Star Trek Voyager series and Kirsten goes “I have no idea what you’re talking about and Cameron, who is on the couch nearby goes, (whispering) “I do.”

MFT: (Laughs)

Jeff: So we’re having fun with all that.

MFT: I know I’ve mentioned this several times and to members of the cast, but my favorite was the Buckeroo Banzai line. Although I had to look it up! After finding it  I was like, this is now my favorite program.

Jeff: Okay, I have a “Mike’s Film Talk challenge.” Episode six, before the first stitch Cameron does this huge pop culture reference so you have to figure it out…

MFT: Okay,  I’ll figure it out! Now I have to ask you. No one else may know but you will.  I mentioned it in my review but no-one came back to say yay or nay. So I have to ask. When Cameron goes off on that candy corn rant was that a reference to the Amanda Stenberg rant on corn rows?

Jeff: It was not.

MFT: NO? I just knew that’s what it was.

Jeff: Nope. That episode was written by Lynne Litt and Eric Tuchman and I think it’s Lynne who just cannot stand candy corn. I remember when I read it I was like, “Ooh, somebody doesn’t like candy corn!”  (aside) “Lynne if you ever read this, I apologize if I got this wrong.” 

MFT: Okay I was reaching too far on that one. I saw John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise, True Blood) today and got really excited. Is he going to be a recurring character this season.

Jeff: Yes he  pops comes in around episode two or three and he’s in the hierarchy  in the NSA, he’s above  Leslie Turner.

MFT: What is his role going to be?

Jeff: Well now our are older and more mature they need a firmer hand than Turner.

MFT: I had decided that Turner was a baddy from day one. As the show went on I kind of wavered on that. I remember that Damon said the character answered  everything so ambiguously that it was difficult to know where he stood.

Jeff: I think initially we were going to have Turner always tell the truth, or at least not lie, about things he was asked. That was the intent but, I think, we had a hard time sustaining that trait.  It did work for quite some time, in episode five (in season one) he does answer every question put to him about Marta.