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Loving Thy Northerly Neighbor: CANADA!


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Original air date: Monday, September 14, 2015

In celebration of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, second only to Cannes, and known for launching Oscar hopefuls, we’re discovering there’s plenty to love about Canada. Canadians are much like us, many of them with similar accents, so we don’t notice when they show up in our favorite TV shows or movies. Cable programming is full of Canadian-produced television shows, and musicians and comedians become some of our favorites, without our even realizing it. So let’s point out how much they bring to our lives in the good ol’ US of A, and the world at-large, and share some love for our neighbors to the north! Plus, team member Michele Coles will join us to share her observations from her up-close-and-personal trip to the Great White North!

Malayna’s Pre-Show Notes:
Toronto Film Festival is the main event in terms of Hollywood launching its Oscar hopefuls. It’s also the place to catch North American premieres of the big film fish from Cannes in May.
  • Murdoch Mysteries (on Ovation Channel as The Artful Detective) is one of my favorite shows ever! – In the late 1890s Toronto, police Inspector William Murdoch takes a new, more scientific approach to solving crimes. Assisted by coroner Dr. Julia Ogden and Constable George Crabtree, Murdoch introduces such concepts as finger marks and lie detecting machines. He has the support of his somewhat doubtful superior, Inspector Brackenreid, though at times, even he finds Murdoch’s methods – and claims – somewhat astounding. Started in 2008 – they’re in Season 9. http://www.acornonline.com
  • The Listener on Ion Television – started in 2009 in its 5th Season, (perhaps its last) stars Lauren Lee Smith who played Riley on CSI (Vegas) for a while. A young paramedic discovers he has telepathic powers, and uses them to help solve criminal investigations.
  • Dark Matter on Syfy – A guy from the Listener, Anthony Lemke, who played Becker, and Jodelle Ferland, who played Bree Tanner in the Twilight Saga movies. The six-person crew of a derelict spaceship awakens from stasis in the farthest reaches of space. Their memories wiped clean, they have no recollection of who they are or how they got on board. The only clue to their identities is a cargo bay full of weaponry and a destination: a remote mining colony that is about to become a war zone. With no idea whose side they are on, they face a deadly decision. Will these amnesiacs turn their backs on history, or will their pasts catch up with them? Read the rest of this entry

Time Travel and Immortality


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Original air date: Monday, October 13, 2014

Time Travel and Immortality – These themes are popular because they resonate with people of all ages and cultures. Working with the concept of mortality is something we do throughout our lives, and Pop Conscious is ready to explore that and find other life lessons that can be gleaned from tales of time travel and eternal life. We want time travel! And we want it now and forever! Or do we?

Malayna recently contributed a piece on this topic to Beliefnet.com, and found she had so much more to say about it!

Why the resonance and popularity?

•    They allow us to see history with a twist of fictional fun, enjoying the contrast created by the passage of time and sometimes, alternative paths through the evolution of culture and technology.  (Steampunk is a genre based in alternative history.)   (Fringe has an alternate present with zeppelins! Sliders, and Dr. Who too….)

•    It also offers a way for us to grapple with our own mortality.  We yearn for the ability to see beyond what our years normally allow, to have more time to travel, and of course, with unending youth and strength to enjoy it all.

•    Learn about who we are from our ties to our ancestry — our families, our tribes, and our nations, and the family of humanity.

•    Perhaps learn reasons for gratitude for the rarity of this moment.

•    What we love! What we’d like to add to our lives in the here and now to live them to the fullest.
TV Series
Voyagers! – 1982-83 – A member of a league of time travelers (Phineas Bogg) and a boy travel through time repairing errors in world history.  (Aaron was stunt double for Meeno Peluce

Quantum Leap is a 1988-1993 NBC Cult Classic series about a scientist, played by Scott Bakula, caught in a malfunctioning Time Travel experiment that bounced him back and forth in the past; the only way for him to move on from any time period he landed in was to change the life or lives of someone there for the better.

Time Trax is an American/Australian co-produced science fiction television series that first aired in 1993.[1][3][4] A police officer, Darien Lambert (Dale Midkiff) sent through time into the past, has to track down and return convicted criminals who have escaped prison in the future.[5] This was the last new production from Lorimar Television.

Twice in a Lifetime (1999–2001) – Canadian production – Various judges from the Old Testament’s Book of Judges, preside over the court of judgment of the recently deceased. The judge in question evaluates their life and decides their fate, specifically if they deserve a second chance at their life. For those who had a questionable life but whom he deems deserves a second chance, the judge sends them back to a pivotal point in the past where their life path was determined. However they are sent back as someone other than themselves but with the full knowledge of their mission of their own redemption. In addition, they only have three days to change that life path. – GREAT MEDITATION EXERCISE!!!  (Other Canadian prod that I love, love, love – Murdoch Mysteries/Artful Detective)

Tru Calling 2003 to 2005 – The show starred Eliza Dushku as Tru Davies, a woman who works at the city morgue. In the course of her job, the bodies of dead people start talking to Tru, asking her for help. Tru then finds herself reliving their last day alive, trying to keep their death from happening. Her morgue assistant:  (Zach Galifianakis), her socially-challenged but loyal friend, confidante, and supervisor at the morgue.
Timelines of Time Travel Movies & TV!
from Information is beautiful:
•    Methods of time travel: Alien tech, Forces of Nature, Time machine, Deep Freeze, Unknown
•    Intersections = paradoxes:
•    The Terminatrix encounters Evan from Butterfly Effect pursued by Timecop Max Walker
•    Marty McFly meets the Star Trek crew and both battle The Terminator (1985?)
•    Time Bandits meet Evan from Butterfly Effect
•    DCI Sam Tyler (Life on Mars – 1973) arrests Miles Munroe from Sleeper

Top 10 Immortals – Live Science

Ranker.com — Top 50 Immortals

How to Make People Think You’re Immortal – on WikiHow

Michio Kaku – Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel

Spiral Whirled Travels — World Travel IS Time Travel