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STRANGE EMPIRE REVIEW – SEASON FINALE – Pivot Points

Strange Empire, the Western series that launched on CBC television in October 2014, concluded its first season on February 2nd. In this final and 13th episode entitled “The Dark Riders”, the show reset its direction for a yet-to-be-announced but hoped-for second season. To do so, a number of major pivot points occurred within the overall…

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STRANGE EMPIRE REVIEW – Episode 12 – The Power of Print

In this site’s review of Episode 11 of CBC’s Western series Strange Empire, the question was raised as to what repercussions the story sold to a US newspaper by Fiona Briggs (Ali Liebert) could bring to the community of Janestown. With the dime novel-style headline, “Massacre on the Plains”, Briggs’s tale gave an account of the killing…

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DICAPRIO MOUNTAIN MAN FILM – UPDATE

Interest remains high for the upcoming mountain man Western starring Leonardo DiCaprio. With the working title of The Revenant and a screenplay based on the 2002 novel of the same name, DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, an 1820s mountain man left for dead by two companions after being mauled by a grizzly bear. Glass survives…

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STRANGE EMPIRE REVIEW – Episode 11 – The Set-Up

Following its eleventh episode, “Confession”(January 19th), the new Western series Strange Empire on CBC television has set up the show for a number of dramatic conclusions with just two installments now left in its debut season. Set in the Alberta-Montana border region of 1869, Strange Empire launched in October of 2014. SET-UP #1 – A…

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MYSTERY TRAIN – ALGOMA CENTRAL RAILWAY SET TO BE SAVED

Efforts to save the Algoma Central Railway (ACR) passenger service have yielded results. A yet-to-be-named rail company is now poised to take over operations from Canadian National (CN) on the line that runs from Sault. Ste. Marie on the Michigan border to Hearst, Ontario.  In the winter of 2014 the Canadian federal government announced it…

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STRANGE EMPIRE REVIEW – Episode 10 – Breaking Thru

Following a one-month holiday break, the CBC Western series Strange Empire resumed January 12th with the tenth episode of its debut season. While entitled “The Cage”, this tenth installment in fact represented several points of “breaking thru” for certain characters. Filmed in British Columbia, Strange Empire is set in the Alberta-Montana border region of 1869.…

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STRANGE EMPIRE ON CBC RETURNS TONIGHT

Strange Empire, the new and well-received Western series on CBC television, returns tonight (January 12th) with a new episode following the holiday break. The episode, entitled “The Cage”, is the tenth installment in a thirteen-episode first season. Strange Empire plays Mondays at 9pm (local time).  Created by Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik, the show is set in the…