Stitchers Second Season Premiere Date Set by Freeform

It is near perfect timing by ABC Freeform that they announced the premiere date of season two of the massively popular series Stitchers on Friday January 29. Freeform’s release stated that the show’s “sophomore” season will begin on March 22, 2016.

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It is near perfect timing by ABC Freeform that they  announced the premiere date of season two of the massively popular series Stitchers on Friday January 29. Freeform’s release stated that the  show’s “sophomore” season will begin on March 22, 2016.  MikesFilmTalk just returned from spending a day on set as the Stitchers cast and crew worked on the season finale.

Cast members were interviewed, and selfies taken (pics can be seen via mikesfilmtalk on Instagram or @mikesfilmtalk on Twitter). Every cast member was excited about the upcoming season and revealed a lot about how the new season was going to be even better than the first.

(Interviews will be appearing as the premiere date gets closer.)

Stitchers  follows Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta) a young lady who is “stitched” into the brains of the recently deceased to access their memories.  A team of  talented colleagues, Cameron (Kyle Harris), Linus (Ritesh Rajan), Camille (Allison Scagliotti), Det. Fisher (Damon Dayoub) and head of the lab Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) all work together in the secret lab.

The first season saw relationships built and placed under strain. Secrets were  revealed about the one young woman, as well as other characters,  who could enter the minds of the dead and learn who had killed them and why. Entering memories of the deceased is just the tip of the iceberg in this secret government facility, as no one yet knows the real purpose behind the mission.

Speaking to the show’s stars and the creator Jeff Schechter it looks like season two is going to “up the stakes”  and be even more exciting than the first season.  Without going into detail, as the actual interviews will be up shortly, everyone on the show is pleased with how the series and their characters are developing.

As more answers to questions from last season are answered, more mysteries crop up as Kirsten, along with her friends and colleagues, tries to learn more about her past.  The entire cast bring their roles to life and the writing of the series allows a depth to these character that are often missing in science fiction shows.

On March 22, ABC Freeform will give fans their second look at Stitchers with a season that promises to amp up the storyline, character development and provide a number of surprises along the way.  As the cast and Jeff emphasized, this will be Stitchers 2.0.

More will be revealed in the coming weeks, like interviews with the cast and the creator Jeff.  Stitchers will air Tuesdays, do not forget to tune in and see what happens next.

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MIkesFilmTalk was there…More to follow.

 

Stitchers: When Darkness Falls – Zed’s Dead Baby (Review)

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Stitchers is back. Not all the way, it is still a long time before  the next season starts, but this little taste of what makes this show so special proves that the gang are not resting on their laurels.  This one-off Halloween episode, titled When Darkness Falls, keeps the topical humor running and has some real “treats” in the script and a couple of clever tricks.

In the area of humor, what can be more topical than Kyle Harris, as Cameron, doing a “corn” riff, a’la Amanda Stenberg‘s “Don’t Cash Crop my Corn Rows” video. And…for treats, Aussie actress Emma Ishta, aka Kirsten Clark, gets a few “in-jokes” included in the script. The tricks all belong to the plot twist in the episode’s storyline.

In the area of treats, for example, the automated zombie that Camille uses in her attempt to scare Kirsten is referred to as “Zed,” by Allison Scagliotti‘s character  which is obviously a reference to the “Z” letter being called zed in the land down under, just as it is in England. Later, Kirsten herself mentions Australia and actually drops a little “Crocodile Dundee” type pronunciation in the same line.

Clever writing and topical humor aside, the plot for this Halloween episode of Stitchers is top notch and offers fans of the show a Cameron and Kirsten “cuddle moment.”  It also has Linus (Ritesh Rajan) in a much happier mood than when he was last seen in the season one finale.  Suffice to say that Cameron is not dead, or in a coma, in this episode but as the time period is not really specified, this could be somewhere in the middle of season one’s time line and not after the “Cameron!” shouted out by Kirsten at the end of the finale. 

In terms of  plot, it is noted that everyone is well aware of Camille’s annual Halloween party which has to be relocated, meaning, apparently, that the group have all known each other for at least a year. However, It should also be noted that Tim from engineering (Cameron Britton) is not at the party and after spectacularly saving everyone in the lab towards the end of the season, his lack of appearance at the Halloween “do” indicates that this is before the gut wrenching final episode.

When Darkness Falls starts with Camille being frustrated about not getting rise out of Kirsten. The stitcher explains that she does not do “scared” (as in creepy, ghosty, scared) and after an amusing scene where Cameron and Linus trot out some costume ideas for the upcoming party, things move to the lab under the Jade Frog.

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Linus with real “working” udders…

Cameron gets out his corn rant just before the alarm sounds for the latest stitch. Enter the “victim” for the episode, (2003’s Peter Pan star Jeremy Sumpter in a brilliant guest role) one Devon Landry, who is found hanged with a note stating that he is “Sorry for what I did.”

Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfieldtells the group that “what Landry may have done is kidnap a girl.” They have to do the stitch to find out where the young lady is and, if she is still alive, save her.  Cue Cameron’s usual “references” pre-stitch, which includes calling Kirsten “Scream Queen” and rumbling out “Here’s Johnny” as the the sequencing begins.

Once Kirsten is in the stitch, she learns a bit about the dead man and at one point, he talks to her while she is in his dead memory. Properly freaked out, Clarke ends the stitch and is not overly impressed with Cameron’s and Linus’ explanation about the occurrence. After the stitch, Devon shows up in the real world and once again Kirsten is, understandably, frightened. While Halloween shenanigans may not frighten Ms. Clark, nor the thought of being in dead people’s brains, a “stitch” following her around is a different matter.

While the “hauntings” continue, the group search for the missing student, Kelly Marino. Camille does not allow this to stop her search for a new venue for her Halloween party and when the stitchers gang (like the Scooby Doo gang sans dog) head to Landry’s house, Camille decides that this location is perfect for the “Nightmare on Camille Street” shindig.

There is a satisfying plot twist that involves twins, an apparent ghost, that is not dead at all, and some clever thinking on the part of Kirsten.

Before any of these things occur, Cameron and Linus explain to Kirsten that Devon talking to her in the stitch, did not really happen. She is not convinced. Clark also sees the dead man standing over a dead body, under a sheet, with a bone saw in his hand while in the stitch.

Linus (Ritesh Rajan), Cameron, Camille and Kirsten all head to Devon’s house and Kirsten sees someone upstairs. The four colleagues enter the dead man’s home,  and the two guys decide the the place is decidedly creepy. After finding “no body” (Linus’ joke) they leave.

Later, after Camille makes “eye-dourves” and then leaves with Linus to pick up a coffin for the party, Kirsten is visited by the dead man who looks at her through her bedroom window.

A creeped-out Kirsten heads to Cameron’s apartment (one of the funniest bits in the show has Ms. Clark knocking nonstop on the door until Cameron answers it) and after having a spoonful of “calming” hazelnut spread,  Kirsten tells him he has the couch and she is sleeping in his bed.

Kirsten has a very intense, and scary, nightmare and after waking up, she sees Devon in the hallway outside of Cameron’s apartment door. Grabbing her host, they look and Landry is nowhere to be seen. Kirsten then  asks Cameron to stay in bed with her. The next morning, the two are sleeping when Fisher (Damon Dayoub) calls and the stitch pilot seems pretty pleased with himself. 

As the episode moves on, they learn that Devon worked in a cadaver lab (bone saw) and when they arrive to search the lab, she finds a clue; Landry’s phone.  Before finding the smart phone, Kirsten mentions that Cameron snores and Fisher’s  bemused response is, “TMI.”  On the dead man’s phone, they find a picture of the missing student and “Devon.”

Later, back at the stitchers lab, Camille does  the math and finally explains that the kidnapped girl has 124 minutes to live. (Note: Listen to Kirsten’s pronunciation of “parameters.”-  “Tie me kangaroo down sport.” Great nod to her place of birth and a nice treat for her fans.)

After another stitch, where things are quite weird and Devon speaks to Kirsten again, she learns where the girl is and the group go to rescue her. After the student is safe, it is time to party and the gang show off their outfits and have some brilliant moments of interaction.

By the end of the episode, Kirsten proves that she really can take care of herself and Camille shows that she can clear a room.  Turns out that Devon was not the kidnapper or  attempted killer of the girl and not the ghost that was scaring Kirsten.

Brilliant episode with some hints (Maybe?) about Cameron and Kirsten as well as Camille and Linus. Example: Was the fact that Linus and Camille are arguing at the party a coincidence?  Probably not.

It has to be said, that Emma Ishta wearing a set of purple angel wings and outfit  is gorgeous as an angel (or Superhero That-Look) and Allison Scagliotti as a vampire space princess totally rocks it. (Great vamp teeth…and oh so impressive in that outfit.)

Stitchers: When Darkness Falls was an excellent telling of a “one off” tale for the season. (The scary one, not the Ho-Ho-Ho one.) A reminder of what we love about the series and all the characters that fans care about.  Who can possibly not like an episode where Cameron “gets the girl” and fans get to go “Awwww.”

The second season of Stitchers returns in 2016 on ABC Freeform. While waiting for the second season to start, have a look at Emma with Zed (Brian La Rosa) or do a little binge watching of season one.

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Zed’s not dead baby…

 

 

 

Stitchers: When Darkness Falls – Halloween Special (preview)

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On October 20, the Stitchers “Halloween Special” When Darkness Falls airs on ABC and for fans, it is another chance to re-live that connection with Kirsten, Cameron, Linus and Camille. Sadly, for existing “Stitcher-philes” this stand alone episode will not answer any of the questions left unanswered in the season one finale. On the plus side, this is a brilliant “one off” with a clever plot and it is hard to imagine a better tribute to the world of “trick or treat” via the Stitchers team.

Camille (Allison Scagliottitries to get Kirsten (Emma Ishta) enthused about the upcoming holiday (cue some Camille-like jokes and quips),and  the lads drop by, Cameron (Kyle Harris) and Linus (Ritesh Rajan) to talk costumes for the festivities.  Later, in the lab, a new stitch case arrives. 

A young man is found dead (Jeremy Sumpter) and Kirsten is stitched into the man’s memory. Once there she discovers some disturbing evidence of kidnapping and the “stitch” talking to her. Properly freaked out, Kirsten stops the stitch.

The team have to find the victim and figure just what is going on with Ms. Clark all amidst the backdrop of Halloween and Camille’s killer party.

When Darkness Falls continues the clever writing and fun homages that Stitchers and its team do so well. The opening of the Halloween one off show sort of feels like a nod to the old Charlie’s Angels series open with its multiple character voice over.

Camille, tries to get to Kirsten’s inner scream queen:

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Kirsten’s roommate and colleague also has to relocate her “infamous” Halloween party, due her old venue being sold off:

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Meanwhile, despite Kirsten’s non-excitable reaction to the season, she is a bit unsettled that the dead man who spoke to her in the stitch seems to be following her:

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This is a wonderful chance for fans to get their Stitchers fix while waiting for season two to be produced for 2016. It also lets us see a hale and hearty Cameron and a happy Linus. While there is no connection between this special and the first season, or if there is a connection it is very well hidden, it is great to see the band back together.

Keep an ear out for a few mentions of Oz, one of which Camille makes. There are more treats in store for fans but unfortunately, until the actual review MikesFilmTalk cannot reveal anything else for fears of entering spoiler territory.

Apart from Cameron and the gang, Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) and Fisher (Damon Dayoub) show up and to get involved with this spooky episode and even Tim from engineering (Cameron Britton) can be seen in the lab. The only other “regular” who does not pop up is Les Turner…

In only two days time Stitchers: When Darkness Falls will air on ABC Family. Prepare to see Kirsten in a new light and for a little surprise here and there in relationships. Kudos to all the cast for delivering a great Halloween special. One last hint about the upcoming episode not everything is what it seems, not even candy corn…

Stitchers: A Poll (and a Theory)

EMMA ISHTA, KYLE HARRISIn the time since Stitchers first season ended with Cameron dead and not being revived (while Kirsten yells his name over and over…) there are only so many places to watch old episodes. Hulu has two whole episodes, be still my beating heart (Sorry Cam.).

ABC have an “on-demand” option to re-watch the first season apparently and then there are sites where one can access the show’s first season.  So out of boredom and a need to see who else is thinking of  Stitchers, a poll was created.

For those who had the wherewithal to record the episodes on DVR (And really…why wouldn’t you?) getting that Stitchers fix is a bit easier. By the end of the show’s finale, it looked like the question of Ms. Clark and Dr. Goodkin becoming a couple, aka “Will they, won’t they?” was (pardon the pun) possibly a dead issue. If Cameron does not make it back into the world of the living, who will Kirsten turn to for support?

Sure the show is about so much more than link ups between workmates and colleagues. It has a pretty intricate plot with so many questions that need answering.

For Example:

The whole, is Kirsten’s father (Who turned out to  be C. Thomas Howell…how cool is that?) still alive and if so where is he and what is he doing scenario.

Who was Barbiero talking to, in the car and on that cell phone …And who killed him?

Linus with his, “nobody likes me, everybody hates me” storyline.

Liam’s phone call (To whom?) where he asks about plan B.

Les Turner…

Quincy seems to be doing okay in hospital and Camille is the only member of the team with no real “outstanding” issues at the moment (apart from Linus being totally p*ssed at her for not telling the then live Cameron that he should pilot).  Maggie proved that regardless of any doubts beforehand that she supports her stitchers team. All of them.

While waiting for the Halloween special, it was decided to look at the more romantic side of the show and see who fans think Kirsten should link up with.

Be advised, one answer does kind of depend on Cameron being revived… (Although not necessarily – see theory for further explanation.)

The question for the poll  is…”Who should Kirsten link up with in the show?” In other words who do you think her perfect mate is? But before answering that question by clicking on the below suggestions, or adding your own, check out the theory.

Time for that theory:

Anyone watching the season finale will remember the secret footage of Kirsten’s dad giving her Temporal Dysplasia and “killing” her mother while trying to rescue mom from her coma.

So…

What if Mother did not die? It only looks like the poor woman expired. Perhaps mother is still alive somewhere, not necessarily in a coma (which this viewer believes to be the case). If Kirsten’s mom is alive this brings us neatly to the theory:

What if Cameron does not die and ends up comatose? Could Kirsten then, with the updated technology that Cameron himself structured, talk to him while he is in the coma?  It sounds a little like a variation of the Jennifer Lopez film The Cell (Her character entered into the minds of  others and interacted with them.) This would give the second season a completely different slant and allow Kirsten to be with Cameron although only in the metaphorical sense.

There it is, the  theory. What do you think? Possible, not possible?

Down below is the poll. There is absolutely nothing to be gained by participating. It is just for fun…and to see who fans think should be in the “will they, won’t they” running. Plus, it is a little something to keep minds on the ABC Family show until its Halloween Special. Anyone who has ideas, or an idea, for future polls about other characters…like, for instance, who you would like to see have a bigger role in future (think Tim from engineering…) please leave suggestions in the comment section.

The same holds true for ideas of what Cameron’s fate may be, thoughts and suggestion in the comment section please and thank you.

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Stitchers: Season Finale (recap/review) & Jeff Schechter Interview [UPDATE]

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[UPDATE] It was mentioned that the subject of Cameron was not broached in the interview. Au contraire! He was and this has now been included at the end of the interview with Jeff. Since the ending was such a “life or death” cliff hanger involving that character the mention was very brief…and left open for debate.

Last week in Future Tense Stitchers team members Linus and Camille played happy families, Liam got his marching orders and the episode was pretty light-hearted, Full Stop sees Camille as fortune teller again, Fisher gets shot, Cameron puts himself in harm’s way and Kirsten makes a shocking discovery.

At the start of the episode, Camille says that Fisher needs “one shot, maybe two” before taking Kirsten to the ladies room for a pep talk. While the two are in the “ladies” gunfire is heard and Fisher has been shot. Rushing back out the girls find, Cameron, Quincy and a waitress down on the restaurant floor. Later they learn that Dr. Goodkin has a possible concussion and a bullet has nicked Fisher’s aorta. The detective is in ICU and the waitress is dead.

As Kirsten and Camille talk, Linus comes up and spots the “Ed” key, he identifies it as a safe deposit box key and later the three find out where the bank and the box are. Cameron shows up to stitch the dead restaurant worker and Kirsten hopes the woman saw who the shooter was. Before they start, Cameron asks Camille to step up and help out on the stitch. Just as he begins piloting the procedure Cameron learns that Fisher saved his life and it affects him significantly.

Camille is given the controls and Linus is not happy. Kirsten learns that the shooter was a guy in a wheelchair and she sees his face. After the stitch Camille and Kirsten do a composite and Maggie knows who the guy is. His name is Barbiero and he is a former Marine Sniper who worked for the Stitcher’s program in security and he was close to Kirsten’s parents, especially her mother.

Cameron and Camille talk stitching and he reveals that it less to do with science and is more of an art. The two talk about Kirsten and how odd it is that she can stitch so easily. The settings, Cameron points out, almost seem set to her brain pattern. As they talk it turns out that regardless of any “secret” agenda behind the Stitchers program Cameron’s motives are pristine.

Camille and Cameron are doing a practice stitch and Linus talks to his friend who tells him point blank that he does not have the finesse to pilot the program. Kirsten goes to access Ed’s deposit box and has to sign the signature card twice. She has a flashback to Ed having her sign her “new name” Clark, instead of her birth name, Stinger. The bank clerk allows her to re-sign her name.

The box contains the missing encyclopedia; the ‘K’ and despite her best efforts Kirsten cannot get the book to give up its secret. Cameron notices that the book’s binding on the spine does not fit correctly and they find a flash memory card lodged in the book’s cover.

They play the card and it contains a video with a young Kirsten, her father (not Ed) and her mother; they are doing a stitch. Little Kirsten is floating in a tub of water with a harness of electrodes on her head and Kirsten’s dad starts the procedure. Young Kirsten says she is inside “mommy’s head” and that she can see them all. Dad tells her to reach out to her mother and things go wrong. After checking his wife’s pulse, Kirsten’s father (C Thomas Howell) takes her from the tub.

Kirsten realizes that she was not born with temporal dysplasia, her dad caused it by stitching Kirsten into her mother. The act gave her the dysplasia and the stitch killed her mother. Apparently the woman was in a coma and her dad was trying to rescue her.

Maggie takes security to Barbiero’s apartment and they find him there dead. Linus goes to see Camille and he is angry that she is learning to pilot. He feels betrayed and upset, Camille tries to convince him that they are not trying to “edge him out.” “I thought we had each other’s backs,” he says before leaving.

Kirsten is stitched into Barbiero to see why he went after Fisher and Cameron lets Camille pilot. As they undergo the countdown, Linus lets his feelings be known. In the stitch, Barbiero is on the phone with a woman, Kirsten believes the woman hired the man to kill Fisher. The next memory is in an alley and Barbiero is talking to someone in a black sedan and in the stitch Cameron walks past the man and the car and notices nothing.

It is revealed that Barbiero has been acting as a guardian angel to Kirsten, he was there at the Santa Monica Pier and it was the former security man who turned on the carousel. Kirsten then sees her mother and herself when she was young and a younger Barbiero. She bounces back to the alley when she touches her mother’s arm. The woman on the cell phone tells Barbiero information meant for Kirsten, and the message is for her to trust no one but to continue with the Stitchers program. The last thing she says, before Barbiero is stabbed to death, is for Kirsten to not tell anyone about what she has just learned.

Later Kirsten tells Cameron about the message and the two realize that Barbiero was used as a human message machine. Cameron says, “Damn that’s…” “Evil,” Kirsten says. “I was going to say ingenious, but I can go with evil,” he replies. Kirsten tries to get Cameron to remember the plates on the car and he cannot.

He orders Ayo to get a drug to flatline him so Kirsten can stitch his memory to learn the number. Maggie tells him she will not allow it and Les Turner comes in to say it should be done. The entire team refuse and as they argue, Cameron gives himself the injection and “dies.”

The team begin the procedure after Kirsten takes charge and orders everyone to get started overruling Maggie. Camille runs the stitch and while Kirsten is in Cameron’s memory, she finds she is everywhere in his mind. She also learns that they first met when they were children; Cameron recovering from his heart surgery and Kirsten waiting for her mother to come out of her coma.

After the stitch, Kirsten stands over Cameron as the team try to revive him saying his name over and over and finally shouting it when he fails to respond.

The season finale of Stitchers was the most intense episode of the season. There are many lump inducing moments; the Cameron memory montage, the childhood meeting of the young Kirsten and Cameron, the death of Cameron and Camille shouting, “All right dead or alive Cameron you’re coming with me,” left this viewer practically in tears.

This final episode of the season answered many questions, one of which was that disturbing vision that Kirsten had of Cameron in the corpse cassette last week. Who is the woman on the other end of that phone? Did she order Fisher killed? What is Les Turner’s real place in all this? Will Linus and Camille survive the stitch pilot lessons?

Many more mysteries remain but regardless of new questions raised the cliff-hanger ending is a great one. A finish so fraught that even though the series is coming back in 2016 it will feel like forever for fans who have one thought in their heads, “Cameron!”

ABC Family have outdone themselves by keeping this show on for another season as this is great television! MikesFilmTalk was fortunate enough to talk to Stitchers creator and Executive Producer Jeff Schechter to get his thoughts on the the show, its finale and season two.

Interview with Jeff Schechter, show creator and Executive Producer:

MikesFilmTalk: Right, my first note after watching the season finale was “C Thomas Howell…Wow!” So are we going to see more of him in the next season?

Jeff: Yes now that we’ve pulled back the curtain and we have seen that dad exists, the big question is “Where is dad now and what is he up to?” That will certainly be something that we’ll be looking at in season two.

MikesFilmTalk: My second question has to be about the pop culture references, will they continue?

Jeff: Well, the short answer is yes. I am the guilty one here in that I used these to combat my short attention span!

MikesFilmTalk: Well they work brilliantly. The RoboCop quote, (“Dead or Alive I’m coming to get you”) when Camille says it the second time, made me well up!

Jeff: The funny thing about that quote is that it was supposed to be in episode 9. Then later when we started working on 10, it fit better there and worked brilliantly. It is one of those moments that I’ll admit, at the risk of sounding wimpy, like you, every time I see that and even watching it live when it was shot, I would tear up!

MikesFilmTalk: As season one progressed we were seeing a lot more of the “secondary” characters “step up. Tim from engineering for example, was the savior of the day in Fire in the Hole, will see more of these guys move up into the limelight?

Jeff: I would love to see more of the guys come up. Everyone loves Tim! Saying he should have his own show and there are so many of them who are so great, Alex, Ayo and I would love to have them do more. Unfortunately the amount to time it takes to film the show and the constraints of getting everything in means that they don’t get to be used too often. I would love to have them do more though.

MikesFilmTalk: Okay. I’m going to say I noticed this next bit by accident. In Future Tense, the group are discussing the psychic’s death and it is pointed out that she was battered to death with a geode. Camille says, “Wow that’s a big rock,” and later in the show, Linus’ mother brings out the grandmother’s ring and it is a “big rock.” In the season finale, Camille, just before she drags Kirsten off to the ladies room tells Cameron (referencing Fisher) “big guy needs a shot, maybe two.” While she and Kirsten are in the restroom, shots ring out and the detective is down. Camille seems to be signposting here, in both episodes, is that what she is doing or am I reading way too much into this, or being over imaginative?

Jeff: The way we craft these episodes, you can never read too much into it. So you are not being over imaginative. There is a lot stuff in there that is really deliberate and I wait to see if people are going to clue into it. Not that I’m trying to be too clever, but the whole show, to me, is like a Where’s Waldo scenario or a Chinese puzzle. It’s like the wheelchair. Do you remember when you first noticed the wheelchair?

MikesFilmTalk: Oh! At the eatery in a stitch, Kirsten sees it.

Jeff: You’re talking about episode five. Actually the wheelchair has been in every episode since the pilot. We put lots of things like that in the show and if people snag it that’s great. There are loads of things that not everyone catches. For instance one woman on Twitter caught that in the pilot, the show begins and ends with the same line of dialogue “I’m in.” She also caught the chess reference where young Kirsten plays chess with Ed in a flashback and she says “Queen takes Knight” and later in episode two she says the same thing to Fisher. There are many things like that in the show and hopefully people catch it.

MikesFilmTalk: The only person on the team who does not have any prior contact or connection with Kirsten is Linus. Is there going to be a reveal in season two where he does have a connection?

Jeff: You know that’s a good question. I’ve never considered it. Right now Linus is in a different place and feeling a little left out.

MikesFilmTalk: Ritesh Rajan sold Linus’ disappointment so well when Cameron tells him that he is basically too “clunky” to be a good pilot.

Jeff: It’s funny, Ritesh and Kyle Harris have gotten to be really good friends since the show started and Ritesh was able to pull that into the performance.

MikesFilmTalk: Will we find out in season two who is on the other end of that phone and in the car?

Jeff: Yes we will, I can’t promise that it will happen very early on in the season but we will find out.

MikesFilmTalk: In terms of casting, everyone has brilliant chemistry and each character sparks very well off one another. Apart from the actors in the show, I am dying to find out what the real purpose is behind the Stitchers program. I know Cameron has a real “white knight” view of the program and what it can do.

Jeff: Well Cameron is like a “best friend” character and his single most important trait is that he is a protector. Certainly there is a disconnect between the billions of dollars sunk into the Stitchers program to just be used for solving murders. A lot people rejected the show early on saying that they could not identify with Kirsten and the issue of all the money and technology being used to solve little crimes. People bumped on these things and did not realize that they were there to be bumped. Turner’s line to Maggie, when she asks what she should tell Kirsten when she asks about what the program is really for. He answers, “Tell her anything you want as long as it’s not the truth.”

MikesFilmTalk: Yes.

Jeff: The idea of an eight billion dollar program being used to solve the murder of an 18 year-old at at rave doesn’t make any sense. All that is needed then is for a character to “hang a lantern” on that and say what the audience is thinking. The show is meant to be like that Chinese puzzle box that people can enjoy on a three dimensional level, like Camille telegraphing action, or just a two dimensional one if they like.

MikesFilmTalk: Well, keeping in mind your short attention span, I’ll thank you now for chatting about the show, the finale and the second season. Congratulations again on getting the second season and I can’t wait for the next one.

Jeff: Thank you!

[UPDATE]

Cameron question:

MikesFilmTalk: …Obviously he’s got to survive and they do obviously resuscitate him; he lives for season two…

Jeff: [laughing] That’s your opinion…

MikesFilmTalk:…Well…okay…I hope he survives…