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As most of you know, I created and started developing Dark Matter back when I was working on Stargate: Atlantis.  The hope was to roll into Dark Matter whenever Stargate ended…which turned out to be a little later than I’d originally expected.  Throw in a year to script and launch the Dark Horse Comics series, the inevitable/interminable wait for the financing to come together on the way to an eventual green light, and we’re talking roughly eight years.  Yes, eight years of waiting but, in that time, eight years of fleshing out the big picture arcs, the characters, their backstories, the moments, and a slew of surprising twists and turns.

There’s nothing I hate more than watching a show that clearly doesn’t have a plan.  One thing I promised viewers from the get-go is that we had a plan, a long term (five season) arc that included narrative elements, big and small.  We know where we’re going and, if you come along for the ride, we promise not to keep you hanging.  You will be rewarded with answers – and some of those answers are coming fast and furious from Episodes 106 onwards, culminating in an OMG! finale that will have you jumping out of your seats.

We’ve been afforded the freedom and respect to tell the story we want to tell and this has allowed us to seed the narrative with clues, some subtle and some pretty damn glaring, to future revelations.  I’m always delighted by the post-episode online responses, especially those that catch perceived hints in the story or criticize baffling inconsistencies in the characters.  There was one exchange on an online forum that had one viewer (let’s call her Viewer A) fixate on a seemingly inconsequential exchange in Episode 3.  She was convinced that the inflection of the delivery, the looks exchanged, suggested something more.  Another viewer (Viewer B) dismissed the theory; told her she was reading something into a line that wasn’t there.  Well, all I can say is – Viewer A, before the end of this season, prepare to tell Viewer B: “I told you so!”.

Setups and payoffs!  Setups and payoffs!

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How come our crew only recovered some cash, weapons, an entertainment android, and a woman in stasis from the mystery room?  After all, back in Episode 101, didn’t FIVE refer to the fact that it held “secrets”?  What secrets?!

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Why is ONE so out of place amongst the rest of the crew?  And, if he’s not the real Jace Corso, what the hell is he doing on the ship?

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Why did TWO’s wound magically heal following her ill-fated excursion aboard The Far Horizon?

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How did Hrothgar’s weapons – and pendant – end up on The Raza?

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How did FIVE get out of that airlock?

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What is with the Android and her odd behavior?  She appeared jealous of entertainment bot Wendy and androids shouldn’t feel jealousy.  Why would someone program her with emotions?

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Who was THREE’s old crew that abandoned him on that planet?

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What was going through FIVE’s head when she gave Sarah’s stasis pod that curious look at the end of last episode?

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Who is Cyrus King?

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Who is that creepy old man?  (Oops.  Sorry.  That one’s upcoming.)

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Who wiped their memories?  And why?

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Who the hell is Titch?

We’ve got answers for you, a whole whack of ’em coming over the course of these last six episodes.  Plus many. MANY more – in addition to more questions and surprises – in the seasons to come.  As we await word of a pick-up, we’ve already got our second season game plan and character acts – and if you thought our first season offered up some shockers (see end of episodes 101, 103, 105, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, and 113!) just wait until you see what we’e got in store for you in season 2, leading up to mind-boggling finale that will rival even our first season finale (which, I’m sure you’ll agree after watching it, may seem nigh impossible!).

At the risk of getting way, way ahead of myself – season 3’s arc will be Sci Fi Epic and culminate in a closing episode that will blow the doors off everything that has come before.  Which will lead into season 4’s I-can’t-believe-this-is-really-happening arc that we’ll cap off with an ender that will crash the forums.  Then, all roads – not to mention every arc we’ve set up since the beginning of the show – lead to season 5 where all the pieces of our intricately composed puzzle finally fall into place in dramatically satisfying fashion.  And we’re left with a series finale for the ages.

All this will be yours and more!

Unless some terrible fate befalls me in which case…never mind.

But, hey, let’s back up a bit to the next episode of Dark Matter, Episode 108. What’s in store?

Well, this –

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And this –

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And this –

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And this!

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BTS on Dark Matter Episode 107: Searching the mystery room.

BTS on Dark Matter Episode 107: Searching the mystery room.

So, in Episode 107, the crew gained entrance to the mystery room and we finally found out what it held.

Or did we?

Sure, we found weapons, cash, an entertainment model android and a woman in stasis, but something doesn’t quite line up here.  Remember back in Episode 101 when FIVE was talking to SIX about “the door”.  The dialogue went something like this…

FIVE: A big metal door.  And they keep it locked, always.

SIX: Why?  What’s inside?

FIVE: Secrets.

Secrets?  Hmmm.  There was nothing particularly secretive about the cash or guns. The entertainment model android?  Not really.  The woman in stasis?  Possibly. But, back in Episode 101, FIVE used the plural, “secrets”.

Looked like there were a few locked boxes in that room.  I wonder…

Oh, hey, check it out.  Wendy stunt double (Jennifer Murray) gets blasted by Bubba:

Down and right back up!  Thanks as always to Dark Matter stunt coordinator John Stead for crafting and overseeing the action.

As we move past the halfway mark of season one, we begin to unearth answers, backstories, and surprises.  And Episode 108 will offer up more than a few.  In preparation, check out some of the behind the scenes pics…

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Check out my Dark Matter chat with Fictional Frontiers:

http://www.fictionalfrontiers.podcastpeople.com/posts/61640

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The second instalment in my Weird Food Purchase of the Week: Weird Soda Edition:

Some Dark Matter links:

The Summer Studs of SyFy (P.S. After last episode I’m sure you’ll agree they’re missing one!):

http://www.twcc.com/entertainment/galleries/2015/07/the-summer-studs-of-syfy-series#1

An Episode #107 post-mortem:

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/dark-matter-episode-7-postmortem-a-rose-does-not-a-romance-make/?utm_content=bufferd9a13&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

“As we do every week, we talked with Mallozzi all about Episode 7 for more information on Three’s backstory, a look into how some of Wendy’s special talents and skills came about and how things are looking for the Android next week.”

An Episode #107 review:

http://noobist.com/uncategorized/dark-matter-episode-7-review-recap/

“Snap, Crackle ‘n Pop. The latest episode of Dark Matter was the sexiest episode thus far, at least suggestively anyway. Brace yourself, because Dark Matter definitely went there this week. The Raza crew finally gained access to the secret room, we found out Three isn’t a jerk ass after all, and One and Two finally hooked up on “Episode 7” of Dark Matter.”

Another Episode #107 review:

http://www.mikesfilmtalk.com/2015/07/25/dark-matter-episode-seven-review/

“Each episode is reveals more about the crew and each character is becoming well rounded and three dimensional as a result. Zoie Palmer is becoming more endearing with each episode as are the rest of the crew. Anthony Lemke rocks it this week with his heel with heart story and the entire cast are hitting their stride performance wise.”

What was the best scene from Episode #107?  Read the review and vote for your favorite here:

http://www.spoilertv.com/2015/07/dark-matter-episode-7-review-redemption.html?utm_source=TrendingNow&utm_medium=WhatsHot

“This episode shed a lot of light on Three and left fans with a lot of things to ponder. […] Only time will tell, but I suggest buckling in because things are only going to keep escalating as the second half of the season gears up to FTL speed.”

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Last night episode of Dark Matter was written by former Stargate creator/writer/director/executive producer/showrunner Robert C. Cooper.  Sure, he writes some pretty good scripts – but what he really excels at is making pizza…which Akemi, Ivon and I can confirm after having had dinner at his place the other night…

Sing us a song you're the pizza man!  Bake us a pizza tonight!

Sing us a song you’re the pizza man! 

Make us a pizza tonight!

Make us a pizza tonight!

Well we're all in the mood for some sausage and cheese!

Well we’re all in the mood for some sausage and cheese!

And a crusty that's crispy and light!

And a crust that’s crispy and light!

Also a half dozen other pizzas including this mushroom and cheese.

Also a half dozen other varieties including this mushroom and cheese.

Oh and chocolatey dessert.

Oh and chocolatey dessert.

With various ice creams no less!

With various ice creams no less!

So, yeah, thanks for last night’s episode.  But an especially big thanks for dinner!

So, what’d you think of last night’s episode of Dark Matter? Some of the online reviews…

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/07/dark-matter-episode-7-review-dunking-donuts-the-cosmic-way/#.VbMDwHg-B-U

“Kudos to Anthony Lemke and Zoie Palmer for their outstanding performances in tonight’s episode. The spotlight was on them, with Lemke getting the lion’s share of screen time, but they both amazed and amused. We got a level of depth from Lemke’s Three heretofore thought nonexistent, while Palmer’s android was simultaneously amusing and sympathetic. That’s one of the things I like most about Dark Matter – each actor has shined when the focus was on their character and every single one of them has done an outstanding job. ”

http://www.theworkprint.com/dark-matter-review-episode-seven/123

“Last week on Dark Matter we got a glimpse into the back story of Four, Five, and Six, and this week in “Episode Seven” Three takes the spotlight.”

http://www.denofgeek.us/tv/dark-matter/247935/dark-matter-episode-seven-review

“Episode Seven” reveals several enticing details about the ship and its crew, and it further explores by far the strongest theme of the show: are humans only what their experience makes them, or are they good or bad by nature?”

http://www.examiner.com/article/geeky-tv-commentary-killjoys-1-6-and-dark-matter-1-7

“This episode had a lot of the team working together as a team, as well as everyone being kind and respectful to each other, and as the world around them gets more hostile and they keep running into more and more of their past exploits that they don’t know to look our for, that teamwork will be useful.”

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/dark-matter-episode-seven/

“The big metal door was finally opened in Dark Matter‘s seventh episode, unleashing a veritable Pandora’s box within the Raza. While their money troubles have finally come to an end, the consequence of opening it led to a devastating outcome for one member of the crew.”

I followed up both east and west coast screenings with more semi-disastrous post-show Periscope Q&A’s!  Sooner or later, I’m going to get this right!

East coast…

West coast…

Still awaiting Lulu’s test results.  Today, we bring her in for a B-12 shot!  Tomorrow, it’s cosmos and lunch at the Ivy!

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Dark Matter Episode 107 airs tonight at 10 p.m. EST and 7 p.m./10 p.m. PST on SyFy and Space Channel! Written by Robert C. Cooper!  Directed by Bruce McDonald!  Guest starring Ruby Rose and Natalie Brown!

Ruby Rose coming your way tonight on Dark Matter!

Ruby Rose coming your way tonight on Dark Matter!

I’ll be live tweeting both airings (and Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok) and then follow up with a live, 15-20 minute Periscope Q&A directly following the episodes (11 p.m. EST and 8 p.m./11 p.m. PST).  Download the Periscope app and join me. https://twitter.com/SpaceChannel/status/624648903946715136

Here’s a slew of behind the scenes pics to get you hyped…

Director Bruce McDonald wields Bubba during prep.

Director Bruce McDonald wields Bubba during prep.

Something's afoot!

Something’s afoot!

Hey, who opened the door?

Hey, who opened the door?

Exploration and discovery!

Exploration and discovery!

Director Bruce McDonald - ready for action!

Director Bruce McDonald – ready for action!

What's in the big box?

What’s in the big box?

Bruce McDonald directs Jodelle Ferland, Natalie Brown, and Anthony Lemke in the infirmary.

Bruce McDonald directs Jodelle Ferland, Natalie Brown, and Anthony Lemke in the infirmary.

Bruce McDonald directs Marc Bendavid and Melissa O'Neil.

Bruce McDonald directs Marc Bendavid and Melissa O’Neil.

Director Bruce McDonald and Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok on set.

Director Bruce McDonald and Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok on set.

Man down!

Man down!

Director Bruce McDonald talks shop with Natalie Brown and Anthony Lemke.

Director Bruce McDonald talks shop with Natalie Brown and Anthony Lemke.

Wild man director Bruce McDonald!

Wild man director Bruce McDonald!

Anthony Lemke and Tanya Lemke (actually, no relation!).

Anthony Lemke and Tanya Lemke (actually, no relation!).

Natalie Brown takes Anthony Lemke for a stroll.

Natalie Brown takes Anthony Lemke for a stroll.

And check out these intriguing previews… https://tvgeektalk.com/previews/dark-matter-advance-preview-episode-seven-joe-mallozzi-exclusive-interview/ “Definitely the best episode of the series thus far, and I can’t imagine a single fan out there that won’t absolutely love it.” http://scifivision.com/3112 “I really enjoyed episode seven; it was actually my favorite so far. The interaction between the characters was really fantastic this week.” http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/07/have-a-third-sneak-peek-at-dark-matter-episode-7-finding-a-ruby/#.VbJ8uHg-D-Y “The crew finds another android played by Ruby Rose.”

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Thanks to those inquiring about my french bulldog, Lulu.  Alas, nothing in the way of any significant improvement yet although I would best describe the change in her condition as a slight upgrade from “yellow mustard” to “Japanese curry”.  I’m hopeful for an eventual advancement to “Irish stew” but, for now, we’re treating her with antibiotics, deworming medication (thanks for the tip, Elke!), and tomorrow’s endoscopy.

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Hey, did I mentioned I’d be doing one of those Periscope Q&A’s after the North American airings of Dark Matter’s seventh episode?  The episode will air at 10 p.m. EST and 7 p.m./10 p.m. PST and I’ll be answering YOUR questions for about 15-20 minutes after the show ends (11 p.m. EST and 8 p.m./11 p.m. PST).  So, what do you need to do to join?  Great question!  I think you just have to download the Periscope app and follow me (@BaronDestructo), then check out the Periscope app at the appointed time and voila!  Before you know it, you’ll be madly sending me virtual hearts and watching me fumble through this, my SECOND and THIRD, Periscope Q&A’s.

And what will I be talking about?  Oh, whatever you like – but I imagine we’ll mainly be chatting about this episode…

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http://www.screenspy.com/articles/tv/editorials/syfys-dark-matter-will-give-one-character-a-surprising-past-this-week/

“We’ve seen the episode a little earlier than most, courtesy of Syfy, and have a handful of teasers to share with you. As usual, there are no major spoilers here because we want you to enjoy the episode as much as we did.”

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/6-things-to-know-about-ruby-rose-on-dark-matter/

“This episode marks one of Mallozzi’s personal favourites of the season and that’s because it’s “one of the most fun episodes.” He also said “it’s an episode with a lot of warmth and a lot of humour.” Not only that, it’s also the favourite of one of his most important critics. “This is one of my girlfriend’s very favourite,” he shared.”

http://www.spoilertv.com/2015/07/dark-matter-episode-7-preview.html

“At the midway point Dark Matter is still as fierce as it was in the premiere. […]  Speaking of surprises, this episode is full of them.”

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Hey, look who was in town!  None other than Jeff Teravainen, Lieutenant Anders from Dark Matter Episode 108.  Oh, wait.  That doesn’t air until next week. Anyway, here’s a sneak peek of Jeff…eating gelato.  Will he be eating gelato in next week’s episode?  And, if so, what flavour?!!!  Sorry, that’s a spoiler.

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Thanks to all those who asked but, sadly, Lulu isn’t doing any better.  Yesterday’s ultrasound offered up nothing in the way of answers, so she’s going in for an endoscopy on Thursday morning to test for something called stand lymphagectasia. If that too comes up empty, then next week it’s a colonoscopy to check for granulomitis colitis (aka “boxer colitis”).  Hopefully it won’t come to that as that would mean not feeding her for three days prior to the procedure.  THREE DAYS of nothing but broth!  At first, when we thought she would have to go in this week, Akemi suggested we adopt the same diet in solidarity – but I dismissed the notion on the grounds that we already had lunch and dinner plans.  But next week is wide open!  Akemi is already simmering the chicken necks!

If nothing else, this past week and a half of Lulu’s “intestinal issues” has sharpened my instincts to razor focus.  My reaction time is unparalleled.  At night, the merest cliquey-clack of Lulu’s nails on the hardwood floor will snap me out of the deepest slumber, out of bed and throwing on my pants, racing downstairs to open the backdoor so that she can go outside and relieve herself before it’s too late.  I’m like a soldier deep in enemy territory, sleeping yet always fully aware and fully prepared, his ears attuned to the slightest noise, ready for trouble.

I’m thinking of doing another Periscope Q&A, to run 15-20 minutes after each of the North American broadcasts of Dark Matter Episode 107.  The episodes air at 10 p.m. EST and 7 p.m./10 p.m. PST and I would jump on at approximately 1 minute after to field your question.  Who’s in?

Speaking of Dark Matter Episode 107, here are a few more intriguing sneak peeks for you to check out:

You're doing something new with your hair.  I love it!

You’re doing something new with your hair. I love it!

There's a new android in town!

There’s a new android in town!

Looks like THREE's had a bad day.

Looks like THREE’s had a bad day.

Something's up with SIX.

Something’s up with SIX.

Trying to book a trip to Tokyo for late September – and considering whether to go to L.A. for some agent-shopping next month.  Might be a good idea to have someone on board.  You never know…

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