Guest post by Darwyn Carson – Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) AKA Eph. Chief Medical
Officer for Centers of Disease Control New York branch; he’s really-really good
at his job, but he’s never handled a pathogen like this. His skills and those
of his fellow Canary team CDC members, Nora Martinez and Jim Kent, will be
pushed beyond their limits.
Biochemist Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) Eph’s
second-in-command and his right-hand “man,” she’s one of two that has his
back. Very sharp, but more than that she
has a no-guts-no glory attitude and an inner intuition which she keeps in check.
Both traits could be to her benefit or detriment depending on the situation in
which she finds herself.
Jim Kent (Sean Astin) The third member of the CDC Canary
team and the techie “Barney” of the group. He enters the fray head-on with his
group and supports Eph at every turn. A good man to have at your back.
Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) An elderly Armenian who’s
seen and fought this thing before… a long-long time ago on another continent. He
vows, this time, to see The Master defeated forever. He has the knowledge,
drive and experiences, but he could use a little help. Will he be able to make
anyone believe him, or will they think he’s an old man going senile? The CDC
may take advantage of what he knows just a little too late.
Vasiliy Fet (Kevin Durand), pest exterminator
extraordinaire, with a heart of gold for cats, kids and nice people and a heart
of steel for all others. Critters don’t scare him and venturing out on a guess…
his acquired knowledge and exterminator skills will be put to good use. This is
a guy to love and to have on your side in the battle to come.
Thomas Eichorst (Richard Sammel) is chief lieutenant to the
Master. It was during World War II that he was turned into a being who exists
in the in-between. That was also when he first encountered Setrakian. Fiercely
loyal to the Master, he takes joy in taunting those he bribes to aide them, in
their quest to infiltrate New York City and beyond.
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Eldritch Palmer (Jonathan Hyde) has been in ill health for a
number of years. As the owner of the illustrious Stoneheart Group, he has an
awful lot of money and power, but the one thing he wants the most, a sound body,
has remained out of reach…. up to now.
Augustin Elizalde (Miguel Gomez) AKA Gus. Spending time in
the Big House served to sharpen his street smarts. Never one to back down from
a fight, he often seems to be searching for one. Nothing scares him except
perhaps those things unseen that go bump in the night. His main weakness would
be his loyalty to family and his no excuses love for his mom.
Gabriel Bolivar (Jack Kesy) he is one of the four survivors
from the plane. An internationally known satanic type rock star, “drugs, sex
and rock and roll” was probably his daily mantra. After the plane incident his
preoccupations will take a different direction.