April 15, 2015: Let The Creepy Black-masked Paramilitary Soldier Be Your Muse!  Elliot’s Birthday Bash!

This picture has been sitting on the back wall of Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry’s office since the beginning of the season.  It’s not uncommon for her to tack up visual inspirations, but somewhat unusual for it to be something so nefarious looking.  Every time I visit wardrobe, my eyes always gravitate to this pic of the ballistic mask worn by the Taiwanese Special Forces and I think: “There’s got to be a way to work this look into the show.”

Well, finally, after five long months, I think we’ve found a way.  You can expect something like this group to be marching into your living room this summer…

April 15, 2015: Let The Creepy Black-masked Paramilitary Soldier Be Your Muse!  Elliot’s Birthday Bash!

 Minus the kneepads.

April 15, 2015: Let The Creepy Black-masked Paramilitary Soldier Be Your Muse!  Elliot’s Birthday Bash!

By the way, before I forget, here’s your digital access card to the SVRF (Sweater Vest Research Facility).  Don’t lose it!

April 15, 2015: Let The Creepy Black-masked Paramilitary Soldier Be Your Muse!  Elliot’s Birthday Bash!

Today, we celebrated Elliot Sokolsky’s birthday in fine style, with whisky and whiskey!  We carted out half the collection and he had his choice – finishing the Oban.

April 15, 2015: Let The Creepy Black-masked Paramilitary Soldier Be Your Muse!  Elliot’s Birthday Bash!

Then, it was time for the gifts – presented in this stylish carrying bag for fans of some guy the gals in the office described as “The Australian Justin Bieber”.

April 15, 2015: Let The Creepy Black-masked Paramilitary Soldier Be Your Muse!  Elliot’s Birthday Bash!

And inside – more whisky!  And a salacious magazine detailing the faux erotic goings-on behind-the-scenes of Fifty Shades of Grey.  Get it?  The guy’s name is Grey!  Christian Grey!  And he seduces fifty women at a reunion concert of the 80’s soul band Sade.

Tomorrow, I’m off to Hamilton for a morning of fun in the sun.  And Torri Higginson!

16 thoughts on “April 15, 2015: Let the creepy black-masked paramilitary soldier be your muse! Elliot’s birthday bash!

  1. Thanks, Joe! I’ll start researching sweater-vest materials at (redacted) between now & (redacted). Should have some ideas for your review when I get back to (redacted).
    ✈️💺✈️💺✈️💺✈️💺✈️

  2. At first, I read that card as saying “barf”, but then again I’m probably just projecting. Ha! Get it?! I hope you don’t, it was awful.

    The mask is scary, as are all masks.

  3. Hope to see lots of pictures of Torri tomorrow. When do we start the countdown to first episode!

  4. Very interesting uniforms! They look uncomfortablely hot though.

    Happy Birthday Elliot 🍰

    Glad you’re feeling better @gforce

    How’s Ms. Jelly doing?

  5. I have watched your trailer several times now. I think your sets look very clean and Marc Bendavid (One) reminds me of Joe Flannigan (John Shepperd) so much. Those uniforms up there look cool. Today’s birthday boy is pretty cute too. Hope Jelly beans is feeling a little better today.

  6. The only thing creepier than that mask are the apathetic eyes behind it.

    Happy birthday Elliott! Lots of birthdays in April…July must’ve been a fun month in the 60’s and 70’s. (80’s too?) 😉

  7. Happy Birthday, Elliott! I hope you enjoyed the Scotch.

    Those masks really are kind of scary. So are the helmets with the black fabric face-covers and the goggles. The knee pads do sort of detract from the scariness; they look too much like the ones I made my kids wear when they went rollerblading. Creepy bad guy minions don’t wear knee-pads. But they do have ballistic fabric and some type of padding or protection built into their uniform pants, ’cause they are stylish, not stupid.

  8. As someone who worked for a respiratory company for ten years, my thoughts on that mask are, 1) There needs to be air holes because 2) It’s not good to re-breathe your exhaled carbon dioxide. 3) Hot and sweaty 4) Exhale blowing up into the person’s eyes.

  9. Mailbag questions from me.

    1) Which character do you enjoy writing most for?
    2) Which episode so far this season do you personally enjoy the most?
    3) Will any of the crew have a romantic interest?
    4) Will any of the crew have a enemy/person that they take a strong dislike too?
    5) Can we expect a character to be pushed to their limits this season?
    6) When exploring a characters backstory, will we see people from their past in present day that they may not recognize at first?
    7) Which character/s would you say work well as a team?
    8) Will any of the crew have any significant emotional moments between each other? Be it offworld, on a space station or simply when things get too much and they need a shoulder to cry on.

  10. Binge-watching a show is my thing. I also hate waiting for a new episode. Can you just send me all the Dark Matter episodes ASAP? I promise I won’t spill any secrets that way.

  11. Belated Happy Birthday Elliott! Actually you do sort of look like Jamie Dornan. I haven’t seen this particular movie or read the book (but reading books is not usually on my list of things to do) but I do remember him from Once Upon A Time.

    @Gforce Barfing? Are you ill?

    I love the military costumes but I agree the knee pads make the uniform look more strange. I could understand them being practical especially if you are on your knees shooting a lot of people, but I think your costume people could come up with something more sexy that saves on the knee caps.

    I would think July is a good month to get pregnant. 1) It was likely when families took vacations; 2) for a woman, being pregnant in your third trimester in the heat sucks. With A/C not being a widespread phenomenon prior to the late 70’s (and in some places still does not register on people’s radars), being miserable in your third trimester is not helped by heat (which also makes you swell–you’re swollen enough already).

  12. @PBMom: I was very ill. I got all the way to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on Monday night and then proceeded to throw up all night. So, I had to abort my backpacking trip and then make my way out of the canyon over the next two days. I still really don’t feel that well but I’m feeling a little better today.

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