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“Episode 17: We Were Family”

Kudos to Dark Matter stunt coordinator John Stead for the phenomenal job directing this episode.  Loved this episode’s western feel, the beautiful character moments and, of course, his trademark action sequences!

This episode ran long so we had to lose some dialogue, and a few scenes, to get it to time.  Much of it I don’t miss.  Some, I’m sorry didn’t make the final cut…

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Following the flashback tease of the kid in the closet, we go to our opening sequence, then, in the original script, would have opened the episode with a scene involving TWO and THREE on the bridge.  The script was timing long and I made the decision to cut this scene that, ultimately, has most of its salient points covered in ensuing scenes anyway:

INT. RAZA – BRIDGE

TWO stands at one of the consoles, checking out the onscreen data. THREE walks in.

TWO: Looks like we’re about an hour out from the space station.

THREE: We’ve got half this galaxy looking for us. You really think stopping anywhere is a good idea?

TWO: We’re out of food. We don’t have much choice short of going into stasis.

THREE considers, then walks back and hits the console, sealing the door so they can’t be overheard.

THREE: And what’re we doing about our guests?

TWO: That’s something we have to discuss. (beat) Nyx wants to stay. She says she has nowhere else to go.

THREE doesn’t seem all that enthused with the idea.

THREE: And the others?

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At which point we segue to a shot of the ship in flight, then go to the TWO/DEVON scene in the infirmary.  A few lines of dialogue were deleted from the director’s cut – some of it pertaining to Devon’s backstory…

TWO: You can contribute something. Your medical training makes you an asset.

DEVON: I can think of less dangerous ways to make a dishonest living, thank you. No offense, but this ship is a magnet for trouble.

TWO: Got someone out there?

DEVON: Parents who I don’t talk to anymore. I’ve grown to love my alone time.

TWO: So, what does this mean? When are you planning to leave us?

DEVON: Soon. Maybe just…not right away. If that’s okay?

TWO: Your call.

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Then, we go to the THREE/Arax mess scene.  We had to lose some dialogue in the editing suite.  It always kills me to lose the funny bits but, alas, it was either that or trim actual story beats.  Arax’s pitch is similar to the one he gives TWO in the previous episode so I didn’t feel bad losing part of it here.

INT. RAZA – MESS

THREE chows down in rather boorish fashion, mouth open, fishing into his back tooth to dislodge a piece of food. REVEAL Arax seated across from him, staring in disbelief.

ARAX: I’ve seen some mighty horrific things in my days, but that ranks right up there.

Arax gets up, goes to the coffee table and pours himself a drink.

THREE: You know how a near-death experience gives you a greater appreciation for life, making you really cherish the moments you have left? Well, switch out near-death experience for prison food.

ARAX: Can I pour you a double?

THREE: It’s not even lunch yet. (beat) Single shots fine.

Arax pours another one. THREE notices the bottle.

THREE: Hey, where’d you get that bottle?

Arax walks over, hands him his mug and takes a seat.

ARAX: Found it in the store room, behind a crate.

THREE (pissed): That’s my private stock. It’s for special occasions – weddings and such.

Arax raises his glass in toast.

ARAX: Come on. This IS a special occasion. A toast – to our new partnership.

THREE: You sound like a guy who’s sticking around. Well, thinks he’s sticking around anyway.

ARAX: Ah, you guys would be crazy to dump me.

Off THREE –

ARAX: I’ve got connections, pull with criminal outfits from here to the edge of colonized space. Weapons, back-up, intel – I’m your guy.

THREE: When you put it that way, you’re right. We’d be crazy to dump you. And you’d be crazy to stay. We’ve pissed off the G.A., Traugott’s gunning for us –

ARAX: And you’ll stay one step ahead of ’em, like always. I’m confident in your abilities – which I plan on making use of somewhere down the line. Partnerships run both ways, right?

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Okay, now THIS is where it gets painful.  The director’s cut of the scene in FIVE’s quarters included an exchange in which FIVE references the events of the season 1 finale and apologizes for accusing TWO of selling them out.  TWO is understanding and the exchange concludes with a hug and an understanding that their relationship remains strong.  At the end of the day, you could argue it’s unnecessary, that their actions confirm as much, but I still think it was a sweet exchange and a nice bonding moment for the two characters.

INT. RAZA – FIVE’S QUARTERS

FIVE, sitting at her desk, re-jigging some piece of gak. TWO steps up to the open door and KNOCKS.

FIVE: Hi.

TWO enters –

TWO: Did you get a chance to finish that sketch?

FIVE: Yeah.

FIVE grabs a sketch sitting on a nearby table and walks it over to TWO. INSERT – A sketch of the setting from TWO’s memory (Episode 203) – the alley with the distinct building in the B.G.

TWO: Thanks.

TWO goes to leave but FIVE stops her with a –

FIVE: Hey.

TWO glances back at FIVE, awkward, looking like she’s got something she wants to say. She hesitates, then –

FIVE: I’m sorry.

TWO: No need to apologize. You had to stop me. If I got control of the ship –

FIVE: Not for that. For ever doubting you. When the G.A. were about to take the ship. I should’ve trusted you but…

TWO: There was a lot of mistrust going around that day. We all made mistakes.

FIVE: Sure but I guess I just wanted to know – to make sure…well, we were pretty good friends once and –

TWO: And we still are. Best of, okay?

TWO brings her in for a hug. FIVE is palpably relieved.

Best of friends

Best of friends

TWO looks at the sketch.

TWO: You did a really nice job.

FIVE: I don’t get it. Something really bad happened to you there. Why would you want to go back?

TWO: I don’t, but I have a feeling that, sooner or later, I may not have a choice.

Off TWO –

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Now a rare case where an entire scene was excised from the director’s cut, this one involving almost the entire crew meeting up at the airlock before heading onto the space station.  Some funny bits with FIVE and the Android, THREE and Arax being frat boys, and, of course, TWO calling the shots and playing the role of den mother.  The scene also includes a very subtle hint that FIVE is developing a crush on Devon.  The director’s cut was actually peppered with these subtle little looks from FIVE that I, ultimately, felt wasn’t really working so I ended up losing.  Interestingly, some reviewers have nevertheless picked up on the possibility that FIVE is smitten with the ship’s new medic.

INT. RAZA – CORRIDOR OUTSIDE THE AIRLOCK

TWO, Nyx, THREE, Arax, and Devon are waiting at the airlock. FIVE and the Android round the corner and approach.

ANDROID: Sorry to keep you waiting.

They all stare back at the Android.

ANDROID: FIVE has asked me to accompany her – for her protection.

FIVE: Yeah. Space stations are scary.

Of course no one is buying it.

TWO: Okay.

Space stations are scary!

Space stations are scary!

THREE: You sure we don’t need her here?

ANDROID: My neural link allows me remote access to ship’s systems. I don’t need to be on board to ensure its security. Besides, FOUR has elected to remain behind.

TWO: Alright then. Group A –

Motions to her and Nyx –

TWO: We’re on research. Group B –

Motioning to FIVE who smiles up at Devon –

Crush

Crush

TWO: You’re on med supplies. And Group C –

Motioning to the boys –

TWO: You’re on –

THREE/ARAX: Booze!

TWO: Right. Any sign of trouble, get in touch –

She taps her comm –

TWO: And fall back to the ship.

She hits the console. The airlock slides open and they’re off.

I leave you with this interview in which I discuss the episode – and its ramifications – with Kelly Townsend of TV Junkies.

More behind the scenes goodies in tomorrow’s blog entry!

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It’s been  busy week for Dark Matter.  More reviews, reactions, and interviews! Tomorrow, we role into my behind-the-scenes insights into “Episode 17: We Were Family”!

Never forget that Dark Matter doesn’t forget it’s clues and sub-plots from last season, everything connects and everything will be made known in its due time. We’re almost half-way done and I still feel like we’re just getting warmed up… by Sahurai at Blade of the Sashurai

We should definitely be thanking our neighbors to the north for more than a few things; but one of the biggest could be its being the savior of North American Sci-Fi on TV. One in particular that I have watched and very highly recommend is Dark Matter… by Dave Ward Nerd Nation Magazine

AfterBuzz’s Yael Tygiel gets Dark Matter’s Alex Mallari Jr. and Anthony Lemke in bed…

Alex Mallari Jr. and Jodelle Ferland talk to TV Equals:

Melissa O’Neil and Anthony Lemke talk to TV Equals:

Melissa Liburd and Executive Producer Jay Firestone talk to TV Equals:

A group interview:

Alex Mallari Jr. and Anthony Lemke talk to Seat 42F:

Jodelle Ferland and Melissa O’Neil talk to Seat 42F:

A little something for the StargateDark Matter, and science-minded.  Meet the Physicist Behind the Science of Stargate by Jacqueline Ronson at Inverse profiles former Stargate science advisor Mika McKinnon who, incidentally, helped me out by offering me her expert input on a facet of “Stuff To Steal; People To Kill”, the eighth episode of Dark Matter’s second season.

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I want to start off today’s blog entry by simply stating how bullshit home printers have become.  Today, I was unable to print up a copy of my new script because my HP printer needed to have its magenta cartridge replaced.  Magenta?!!  Seriously. I only require one color for all of my printing needs.  Black.  That’s it!  NOT magenta! NOT yellow!  And certainly NOT cyan, whatever the hell THAT is.  And the fact that they’ve designed printers NOT to print if the color cartridges run low due to evaporation brought on by year’s of disuse is absolutely galling!  Let it be known that, in the Dark Matter universe, HP executives were exiled to a barren moon in the Adhara sector for their shady product practices, only to be forgotten by a disinterested populace.  When someone finally remembered them (“Hey, remember those guys who used to make the printers that would stop printing every time one of their little-used color ink reserves would tap out?”), a rescue shuttle was promptly sent only to discover the remains of the HP brain trust, their remains as desiccated as the innards of my cyan printer cartridge.  Consider it canon.

 

Hey, what’s up with some of my former Stargate co-workers?  Well, glad you asked…

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Former Stargate Showrunner (and SGA and SGU co-creator) Robert C. Cooper is an Executive Producer on the forthcoming Dirk Gently’s Holisitic Detective Agency for Netflix.

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Former Stargate Executive Producer (and Dark Matter Consulting Producer) Martin Gero is show running NBC’s Blindspot and is directing its season 2 premiere (which he also wrote!).

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Former Stargate stunt coordinator James “Bam Bam” Bamford has been busy on Arrow.  In addition to fight coordinator duties, he’s also directing episodes as well – most recently the first two episodes of the show’s fifth season.

Meanwhile, on the Dark Matter front, some thoughts on “Episode 16: I’ve Seen the Other Side of You”…

Dark Matter Season 2: Is Five the Reason for the Raza’s Change of Heart by Justin Andress at Inverse

In every chapter of forming a family, there’s always the fear that who someone once was will creep back and destroy the ties that bind in the present…by Sashurai at Blade of the Sashurai

It has been said that we all have two sides of ourselves. The side we are in private and the side we show to those around us. On last night’s episode of Dark Matter, this took on a whole new meaning… by Rueben at TV Equals

Little Green-Haired Girl by Katie at Three If By Space

A big episode for the crew, though most importantly Five who continues to grow the most as the heart of this cast of characters…by Jodeobi Odunze at Geeked Out Nation

Something profound happened at the end of this episode, and I really don’t think it was given enough focus… by Kathleen Wiedel at TV Fanatic

It was great to have Five at the center of the narrative, though, with her unwavering belief that her friends should all want to be who they’ve become after the mind-wipe… by Michael Ahr at Den of Geek

Just because someone can’t remember the past doesn’t mean it didn’t leave an everlasting impact on them…by Aimee Hicks at Spoiler TV

One tiny mystery solved, but of course the bigger ones remain... by Veronica Scott at Happily Ever After

Clearly, we knew this in theory, but it is something to behold actually seeing them in action…by Cort Robinson at Pure Fandom

Now that most of the crew of the Raza are reunited aboard their ship, you’d assume things could slowly return to normal… not yet at least… by Elise Koszarek

Reboot by Michael Knox-Smith at Mike’s Film Talk

Anna and Josh of Geeksiders weigh in with their thoughts:

And my weekly post-episode discussion with The TV Junkies’ Kelly Townsend:

Dark Matter: Joseph Mallozzi Talks “I’ve Seen the Other Side of You”.

Jodelle and Anthony chat with TV Goodness:

Anthony Lemke and Jodelle Ferland Talk Dark Matter Season 2

 

 

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Director Bruce McDonald, Stunt Coordinator John Stead, and their fellow miscreants on Hyperion-8.

Tomorrow night’s instalment of Dark Matter, “Episode: 16: I’ve Seen the Other Side of You” sees a welcome return to the friendly environs of the good ship Raza. Until all hell breaks loose but, still, nice to be back in familiar surroundings.

I won’t be live-tweeting the episode BUT – on Akemi’s persistent insistence – I will be doing a live Periscope after the show.  That’s right!  Come find me on twitter after the episode airs (7 pm PDT, 10 pm EDT) – @BaronDestructo .  Bring snacks!

But first, here’s a treat for you.  The Mikkei shuttle…

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Mikkei shuttle concepts from FuseFx.  FuseFX Supervisor Shawn Hillier.  Dark Matter VFX Supervisor Lawren-Bancroft Wilson requested some slight adjustments that are reflected in the revised version:

Mikkei shuttle back Mikkei shuttle profile Mikkei shuttle top

Mighty damn gorgeous, no?

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While laying low on the Raza, a computer glitch causes the crew to turn against each other.

Oooh.  Sounds ominous.

DARK MATTER -- " I've Seen The Other Side of You " Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari, Jr. as Four, Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — ” I’ve Seen The Other Side of You ” Episode 203 — Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari, Jr. as Four, Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

I’m not going to say much about this episode because I don’t want to spoil the surprises in store, but suffice it to say it’s one of my favorite episodes of the show’s second season.

DARK MATTER -- " I've Seen The Other Side of You " Episode 203 -- Pictured: Melanie Liburd as Nyx -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — ” I’ve Seen The Other Side of You ” Episode 203 — Pictured: Melanie Liburd as Nyx — (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

The story’s unique premise allows two different groups to shine in totally different ways: the old guard vs the new order.

DARK MATTER -- " I've Seen The Other Side of You " Episode 203 -- Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — ” I’ve Seen The Other Side of You ” Episode 203 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

And, as is always the case in Dark Matter, events in this episode will influence future storylines, so pay close attention!

A few sneak peek previews:

Dark Matter Preview: Identity Crisis by Kelly Townsend at TheTVJunkies

“I’ve Seen the Other Side of You” Sneak Peek by Tom Gardiner at ThreeIfBySpace

And some thoughts on season 2 so far…

“Kill Them All” is a title that by itself promises to put the dark in Dark Matter, one of the three things we were told to expect in season 2. – by Aaron Billingham at Kneel Before Blog

Dark Matter 2.2 Raza Crew Assemble at Black Girl Nerds

Dark Matter certainly seems to have stepped things up a gear with its second season by Baz Greenland at The Digital Fix

What You Can’t Unsee by Agasicles Stamas at GWW

Some solid acting performances and a fantastic prison riot make for a fun watch by Ian Cullen at SciFi Pulse

Is [Spoiler] Really Dead? by Jen Stayrook at The Workprint

Dark Matter’s Joseph Mallozzi Goes Dark Season 2 by Greg David at TVEh?

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Okay, finishing up our BTS look at Dark Matter “Episode 15: Kill Them All”.

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So, back in 2015, we did a photo gallery shoot for the show’s first season.  While waiting for her turn under the hot lights, actress Jodelle Ferland was just hanging around so I handed her Bubba and told her to strike a pose.

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She did.  A whole whack of ’em!

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And I remember deciding, right there and then, that if we got a second season, I would expressly write a scene in which FIVE lugs Bubba down a corridor, swings around, and blasts someone.

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And so, some four months later, when the opportunity arose to put the big gun in her little hands, I took it!

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Before she even got to Bubba, however, there was a matter of getting her out of that room.  A couple of things about the “Kill Them All” scene.  First, I was strongly urged to have her drop the line in favor of the less controversial: “Take them out.”, but I couldn’t imagine our little FIVE using the term.  Yes, admittedly, “Kill them all” feels pretty bonkers for our adorable ship’s mascot, but that WAS the point.  Also, in retrospect, “Take Them Out” would’ve made a terrible title.

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Second, the director’s cut contained a little something extra that didn’t make final version.  After overseeing the Android’s torture, threatening the crew, slapping FIVE, and then pulling a gun on her, Shaddick ends up on the floor, bleeding.  She looks up at our Android and says: “F*^k you, robot.”  And the Android pulls the trigger.  Now, I was fully expecting a portion of the line to get bleeped, but thought it the perfect cherry on the proverbial sundae.  But there was vehement disagreement about the line – which was too bad.  It would have made for another memorable little surprise.

One more review, this one from Jessica Anson at MyMBUZZ:

There’s something for everyone here! If you like action scenes, you got ’em. If you like space politics, you’ve got that. Sword fights? Yup. Giant guns? Them too. It’s an episode spilling over with content. 

And I leave you with a little something from an upcoming episode that came my via Dark Matter VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson.  The Witness Droid was designed Jeff Bartzis and overseen by FuseFx’s Shawn Hillier who, along with his team, created the awesome 3D turntable display…

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Whew!  Some great responses to Dark Matter’s second episode “Kill Them All”:

Loss Of Innocence – Aimee Hicks at SpoilerTV

“Dark Matter knows how to capture attention and enthrall its audience, which is precisely what they did with the season premiere. The show wasted no time gearing back up to full speed and that pace doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.”

DARK MATTER -- "Kill Them All" Episode 202 -- Pictured: Jodelle Ferland as Five -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

There’s A New Kid In Town – Tom Gardiner at ThreeIfBySpace

” Now that we’ve established the basics of the situation, episode 202 was free to run wild. And it did. And it was fun.”

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Veronica Scott recaps season 2, episode 2 of both ‘Killjoys’ and ‘Dark Matter’ – at USAToday

“I wish my two favorite Syfy shows weren’t back to back, so much goodness packed into one evening!”

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New enemies, possible allies, and challenges for the Raza’s imprisoned crew – Cort Robinson at PureFandom

“Oh, boy. This season is shaping up to be one wild ride.”

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Shocker Times Two – Michael Knox-Smith at Mike’sFilmTalk

“Season two continues to be a rollicking roller coaster ride of reveals and close calls. ”

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The Dark Matter Raza Crew Try a Jail Break – Together – Justin Andress at Inverse

“After last season saw the team crumble under the weight of suspicion and paranoia, the team has finally gotten their collective head on straight, which is pretty satisfying. Especially when it leads to the kind of intricately plotted action scenes that make up the third act of the episode.”

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This show strikes the perfect balance of being kept guessing while not becoming frustrated by stories that don’t move forward. – Michael Ahr at DenOfGeek

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Dark Matter “Kill Them All” is where this season starts to kick off. – Jideobi Odunze at GeekedOutNation

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Last night’s episode was jam-packed with plenty of action and an opportunity for each of the main characters to shine… Ruben at TVEquals

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We’re only two episodes in and we’ve already been granted the death of a core character, an AI killing spree, a prison break and more. – Christopher Hart at TheNerdRecites

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Kill Them All was the kind of episode we’ve come to expect from this great series; action packed, full of mysteries, twists, and turns, and suspense. Craig Suide at SciFiMoviePage

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I’m continually fascinated by the lengths this show will go and how it overlaps its concurrent plots, peaking and dipping when the times are right. – Sahurai at BladeOfTheSashurai

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This episode gave each of the members of the crew a chance to shine… – Kathleen Wiedel at TVFanatic

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Only time will tell… – Elise Koszarek at Nerdophiles

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Anna and Josh at GeekSiders

Tonight, catch the Dark Matter after-show discussion with @yaeltygiel and @TauriJay LIVE on @afterbuzztv at 7 pm PDT/10 pm EST!

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So, what’d you all think?

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