October Faction (TV series)

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October Faction
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Genre
Created byDamian Kindler
Based on
The October Faction
by
Starring
ComposerTim Welch
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
  • Damian Kindler
  • James Thorpe
  • Eric Birnberg
  • Thomas Walden
  • Lydia Antonini
  • Matthew McCluggage
  • Steve Niles
  • Ted Adams
  • John Calvert
Producers
  • Mohamad El Masri
  • John Calvert
Production locationsToronto, Ontario
Cambridge, Ontario
CinematographyMiroslaw Baszak
Editors
  • Ben Wilkinson
  • Lisa Grootenboer
  • Michael Doherty
  • Hugh Elchuk
  • Don Cassidy
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time36–49 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in HDR)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)

October Faction is an American supernatural drama streaming television series created by Damian Kindler, based on the comic series of the same name by Steve Niles and Damien Worm. It premiered on Netflix on January 23, 2020.[1] The series stars Tamara Taylor, J. C. MacKenzie, Aurora Dawson-Hunte, Gabriel Darku, Wendy Crewson, Megan Follows and Stephen McHattie. In March 2020, the series was canceled after one season.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

October Faction follows the story of a monster-hunting couple, Fred and Deloris Allen, and their twin teenage children, Geoff and Viv. Following the death of Fred's father Samuel, the family decides to go back to their home town Barrington-on-Hudson, in New York, to arrange the funeral. Haunted with childhood memories of his brother's death and the incessant arguments with his parents over his inadequacy and his choice in women, Fred is repulsed by his childhood home. The children soon begin showing supernatural tendencies. During an impromptu seance Viv has visions of a creature with long hair chained to the seafloor, struggling to free itself. Her brother Geoff accidentally reveals a teacher's deepest, darkest secret about his wife in front of his classmates. Both are ridiculed by the popular cliques for being outsiders.

Fred and Deloris are members of Presidio, a secret organisation tasked to protect humanity from various breeds of monsters. They must hide their identities from the townsfolk and appear to live a normal life. This proves hard from the start as strange things begin to unfold in the sleepy little town.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Tamara Taylor as Deloris Allen, a supernatural hunter who is part of a secret organization known as "Presidio"
  • J. C. MacKenzie as Fred Allen, Deloris' husband and a fellow Presidio supernatural hunter who came from a family of Presidio supernatural hunters
  • Aurora Dawson-Hunte as Viv Allen, Deloris and Fred's teenage daughter
  • Gabriel Darku as Geoff Allen, Deloris and Fred's openly gay teenage son and Viv's twin
  • Maxim Roy as Alice Harlow, a murderous warlock hunting the Allens after she caused the deaths of her own family and friends, Viv and Geoff's natural mother
  • Stephen McHattie as Samuel Allen, Fred's father who is thought dead, but is a prisoner of Presidio
  • Wendy Crewson as Maggie Allen, Fred's mother and a retired Presidio archivist
  • Megan Follows as Edith Mooreland, the head of Presidio

Recurring[edit]

  • Anwen O'Driscoll as Cathy MacDonald, Viv's potential friend who betrays her trust first chance she gets
  • Nicola Correia-Damude as Gina Fernandez, the local sheriff of Barrington-on-Hudson and Deloris' friend
  • Sara Waisglass as Madison St. Claire, a bully to Viv and Cathy's former friend
  • Praneet Akilla as Phillip Mishra, a closeted jock and initially a bully to Geoff
  • Michelle Nolden as Hannah Mercer, a Presidio agent and Fred's mistress
  • Dayo Ade as Moshe, a werewolf who forms a grudging friendship with Fred and Deloris, and later with the Barrington sheriff department
  • Robin Dunne as Woody Markham, a deputy sheriff of Barrington-on-Hudson
  • Charles Vandervaart as young Fred
  • Taveeta Szymanowicz as young Deloris

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Presidio"Director XDamian KindlerJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
2"No Country for Old Vamps"Director XMohamad El MasriJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
3"The Horror Out of Time"Damian KindlerGeorge StraytonJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
4"Soirees of Future Past"Damian KindlerKeely MacDonaldJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
5"Truth and Consequences"Megan FollowsMelissa BlakeJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
6"Open Your Eyes"Megan FollowsChristina WalkerJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
7"Nadir"Mina ShumJames ThorpeJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
8"Alice"Mina ShumKeely MacDonald & Mohamad El MasriJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
9"Bonds of Blood"David FrazeeMelissa Blake & George StraytonJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
10"The October Faction"David FrazeeDamian Kindler & James ThorpeJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On September 28, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. Damian Kindler, Director X, Megan Follows, Mina Shum, and David Frazee are set to direct some episodes.[3][4] The series was created by Damian Kindler who will also act as writer and executive producer. Additional executive producers are set to include James Thorpe, Steve Niles, Thomas Walden, Eric Birnberg, George Strayton and Melissa Blake. Production companies involved with the series include High Park Entertainment and IDW Entertainment.[5] On March 30, 2020, Netflix cancelled the series after one season.[2]

Casting[edit]

Sometime after the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Tamara Taylor, J.C. MacKenzie, Aurora Burghart, Gabriel Darku, Wendy Crewson, Megan Follows and Stephen McHattie would star in the series.[6][7] In October 2018, Maxim Roy was cast in a recurring role.[8]

Filming[edit]

Filming for the first season took place on location in Cambridge, Ontario from September to December 2018.[9]

Release[edit]

On January 8, 2020, Netflix released the official trailer for the series.[10]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 29% with an average rating of 5.5/10, based on 7 reviews.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ See What's Next [@seewhatsnext] (11 December 2019). "New Year, New Titles from the final season of #AnneWithAnE to movies like Inception, A Cinderella Story, and The Bling Ring...Here's everything coming to Netflix US in January!" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 December 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b Sippell, Margeaux (March 30, 2020). "Netflix Cancels 'V-Wars' and 'October Faction' After 1 Season". The Wrap. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "Netflix adds three new series to thrilling sci-fi drama slate including THE I-LAND, OCTOBER FACTION and WARRIOR NUN". Netflix Media Center. September 28, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (28 September 2018). "'The I-Land' Starring Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez & Alex Pettyfer Among 3 Sci-Fi Series Ordered By Netflix".
  5. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 28, 2018). "Netflix Orders Three Sci-Fi Shows, Including Kate Bosworth Produced 'I-Land'". Variety. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "The October Faction – Showatch". The Futon Critic. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (12 October 2018). "'October Faction': Tamara Taylor & J.C. MacKenzie To Lead Cast Of Netflix Sci-Fi Series".
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (16 October 2018). "'October Faction': Maxim Roy To Recur In Netflix Sci-Fi Series".
  9. ^ Booth, Laura (September 13, 2018). "New Netflix series films in Cambridge". The Record. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Nolan, L.D. (January 8, 2020). "October Faction: Netflix's First Trailer Leans Into Horror (Excl)". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "October Faction: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 31, 2022.

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