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All hail Director J.B. Sugar, Emperor of Zairon!

Late wrap tonight means a late blog entry!

(Playback by Sumeet Vats and Victor Mare):

Welcome to Taliphus-8

Airlock Alert:

Traugott Command Center:

I leave you with Bubb and Suji…


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Today, while all the action was happening back at the palace, I was juggling writes and rewrites on four different scripts.  Between that, the edits, approvals, and prep, I’m feeling a little…anxious.  And somewhat exhausted.  In fact, the other day, I went to bed at 8 p.m. and slept for 11 hours straight.  But the finish line is within reach.  And by finish line, I’m not talking about the last day of post, or the final day of production.  I’m talking about the day I deliver my final script of the season – and I mean MY final script of the season, not THE final script of the season.  I’ll still have to do the rewrites and meetings and cuts, but having that last original off my plate will be a huge relief.


Key card for the Ishida research station designed by Roxanne Borris.  Use this card to access the facility…IF you can find it!

The mid-season hiatus fast approaches and when it arrives, that final script will be far behind me.  I’ll have one glorious week to check out Netflix and catch up on the top horror movies of 2016 I missed (Train To Busan put me in the mood).  I’ve heard good things about The Witch, The Invitation, and The Wailing.  Anyone else have some good recommendations?

So, it looks like we’ve intercepted a missile shipment.  But who sent them and where was their intended destination?  Find out when Episode 306 airs.  In the meantime, consider these missile designs c/o the Dark Matter art department’s Victor Mare:


missle_version01_top missle_version01_side

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Fandom has spoken!  Here are the results of our Name Dark Matter Episode 301 poll.

Over 600 votes were cast and the winner is…


“Being Better Is So Much Harder”

Now the next thing I’m going to need you to do is identify which character said each of the aforementioned lines.  First one to guess all three correctly gets…something!

So, the Canadian Screen Awards nominees were announced yesterday and, for the second year in a row, Dark Matter failed to receive a nomination in the VFX category.  Here’s why I found this totally baffling (make sure to watch in HD):

Suji’s instagram account is blowing up!  Head on over and invest in Sujiko Co.


Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!


She’s dressed as Rerun from What’s Happening!


Contemplating life.  And the toy.


Playtime is exhausting.

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I need episode titles for Dark Matter’s third season.  And, next to waking up early and looking for parking, there’s nothing I hate more than coming up with episode titles.  So, this is where YOU come in.  Below are three potential choices for our season 3 premiere – the episode where we find out if almost everyone died in the explosion on the EOS-7 space station.

Cast your vote.  You have 24 hours to make your voices heard.  And remember – every vote counts (you can actually see them all counted up when I post the final tally in tomorrow’s entry).

After getting home from work last night, I ate dinner, then wrote five pages of my latest script, watched auditions and made selections for Episode 306, and watched and gave notes on the Episode 301 and 304 cuts.  An early start to the day has me feeling a little…logey.  You know what I need?  Some really boozy mini rum cakes.  Well, guess what Akemi made today?


Apparently, they were so boozy that she couldn’t eat them.  I plan on eating two of them when I get home tonight and sleeping for 12 hours straight!

Today, Akemi sent me this.  It’s a Buzzfeed video featuring rescue dogs.  And, at the 20 second mark, you’ll find our Suji eating peanut butter!

Buzzfeed contacted Akemi about using the video last month and she couldn’t have been happier.

Check it out.  Over 1 million views.  Suji is famous!  I’m going to see if I can get her for a guest spot on Dark Matter!

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Today was Bring Your Doggy Daughter To Work Day at Dark Matter.  For the morning anyway as I Suji had an early morning appointment with the ophthalmologist.  Alas, more health issues for our new (old) gal.  Like many pugs, she suffers from eye issues caused by corneal abrasions.  They’re recommending micro-surgery to address the problem and I am, as always, torn.  On the one hand, I want to ensure she doesn’t lose her sight but, on the other hand, I always worry about putting older pugs under anesthetic.

photo courtesy of director Gail Harvey

photo courtesy of director Gail Harvey

Photo courtesy of director Gail Harvey

Photo courtesy of director Gail Harvey

Anyway, she came to work after her appointment, got a lot of attention, sat in on a couple of meetings, and even had some great ideas for that Ishida Cruiser fight sequence.


It’s a fruit plate fit for a king!  Actually, an emperor!  Specifically, Emperor Ishida Ryo of Zairon.  And Akemi is the artist behind the plate.  Props Master Victoria saw her inspired doggy plates and asked her to put something together for tomorrow’s breakfast scene.  Not pictured: the vegetable trays for that heated Misaki-Teku scene!


Sadly, my inspired creations (pictured above – beady eyes and nose compliments of Akemi) didn’t make the cut. 😦

Whew!  The cuts are coming fast and furious.  I’ve spent three straight days in editing, working Episodes 301, 304, and 302 (in that order) with 303 on deck next week.  And, with the producer’s cut of our first three episodes on the docket, you know what that means…

Yes!  Tomorrow, the polls open in our seasonal Name Our Episodes selection process.  Like last year, YOU will get the chance to choose all 13 of this season’s episode titles.  You’ll be presented with a choice of three potential titles (each of them dialogue snippets pulled from the episode in question) and you’ll be asked to pick one.

Here’s an example, last season’s Episode 207 poll:


“You’re not alone” were the words our Android used to console Nyx.

“It’s very…snug” was, of course, another Android line – this one a reference to THREE’s sassy transfer transit wear.

“The past has a way of catching up with you”was uttered by Nyx in her one-on-one chat with a distraught Devon.

“She’s one of them now”, our eventual winner, was Devon’s to the Seers, letting them know that Nyx had a new family now.

So, now that you know (or have been reminded) how it works, prep your voting helmets as we head to the polls in tomorrow’s blog entry!

Today, I leave you with a little something from the Art Department.  Commander Nieman’s Quarters concept, hot off the presses.






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I received the following email this afternoon from a returning guest star:

“Okay am I supposed to have any idea what is going on in episode 306 because I do NOT. Are there any kind of Coles Notes on season 3 I can read?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Can’t wait to be back.”

Scifi is a tough business, especially in the third season of a heavily serialized show that features everything from cloning to wormhole travel, alternative universes to white hole bombs.  Add rebellious androids, mind hacking, and time travel to the mix and you have a recipe for…well, a very complicated episode.  And I didn’t realize HOW complicated until I responded with what I assumed would be a quick summary of seasons 1, 2, and 3.  Whew!  If you thought things got crazier in season 2, you better make sure you’re sitting down to watch season 3.


Those Lenari Death Masks are coming along nicely (designed by 1st Assistant Art Director/Set Designer Karl Crosby).

Let’s hit the mailbag:

Ponytail writes: “Have you posted your 2016 blog statistics yet? We know who was your most prolific commenter, but who was 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th?”

Answer: For some reason, wordpress didn’t offer an end-of-year statistical breakdown.  I looked to see if I could dig the stats myself but, sadly, couldn’t find the relevant info.  I too was curious.  😦

ceresis64 writes: “Why did you choose Stargate Atlantis’ Sheppard’s silhouette for this image?”


Answer: I didn’t choose, someone in the Art Department did, no doubt as a salute to my past.

“Will you give us full character bios for Solara Shockley; Adrian Maro and Teku Fonsei before Season 3 premieres?”

Answer: I believe something will be released before the premiere, yes.

“Will a soundtrack be released at some time?”

Answer: I’ve been bugging Ben Pinkerton about this for a while now.  He says he fully intends to release a soundtrack…when he has time.

“Will fans get the opportunity to choose a name for Android from a given list?”

Answer: As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, Zoie Palmer and I chose the Android’s name.  BUT fans will soon have the opportunity to select the season 3 episode titles!

“Will David Hewlett be behind the camera and direct an episode for Season 3?”

Answer: Alas, no.

“Would a book with the many BTS photos, concept art designs, costume designs, etc be something that could get published at some point?”

Answer: Something like this would be great – but it would be up to the production company to organize.

Duptiang writes: “So Joe, speaking of death defying, did you have your official issued Mochi yet?”

Answer: No mocha for this guy.

Tam Dixon writes: ” When you mom makes her red sauce for spaghetti, does she use red or white wine?”

Answer: Would you believe I don’t know?  But I don’t ever recall my mother putting wine in her sauce.  I have scene her splash red wine into her cooking meat though.

Harley Powers Parks writes: ” Three was incapacitated by his departed Sara. What happened that 3 recalls being in love?”

Answer: Hmmmm.  I’m not sure I understand the question, but I THREE doesn’t “remember” being in love.  He doesn’t remember Sarah but he sees in her an important piece of his past, that part of him that runs contrary to his bad-ass public persona, a humanity demonstrated in the love he once held for this woman.  It pains him that he doesn’t remember her but pains him even more (a rare display of empathy for The Raza’s resident bad boy) to see how much it hurts HER.  She was his sole connection to redemptive aspect of his past, one that was lost after the events of Episode 107.  In Episode 210, various members of the crew fell victim to neural attack, but it wasn’t simply matter of these hallucinations appearing to them.  If that was the case, neither TWO nor THREE nor FOUR would have so completely fallen victim to the Randroid’s attack.  The neural attack also comprised their judgement as well.

“Three was freaking over what Ryo must know about him, and we are nowhere near close to Seeing this answered with all of the back story on Ryo now possible.”

Answer: Oh, THREE will get the answer to that particular questions before the end of this season.  And he’s not going to like what he hears…

“Speaking of, what happened to the seers ship?”

Answer: The rest of the seers are still out there somewhere.

MaggieL80 writes: “Will there ever be a “slipped in” reference to Devan’s death by the Seers?”

Answer: Eventually.

“Are there potentially several different AU’s in the Dark Matter verse?”

Answer: Yes.  We visited one of a theoretically near-endless number.

“Based on the Seven Samurai template will One and Four be “replaced”?”

Answer: There will be no replacing lost crew members.

“Does the Raza need a crew of 7?”

Answer: Nope.

“What was the last movie you watched?”

Answer: Train to Busan.  Loved it.

“Favorite mixed drink?”

Answer: The Moscow Mule.

“What do you do to decompress besides spending time with Akemi & the pups, eat good food & read?”

Answer: Mostly, yes.  Looking forward to doing a lot of reading once I finish my last script of the season.

Okay, that’s it for today.  More to come!

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Seriously, people.  You’ve been warned.  Proceed at your own risk.

Well, coming off a one-day weekend to a work week packed with early morning meetings, late night cuts, set sitting, writing, rewrites, and phone calls, I’m running on low battery setting.  Compounding the chaos was another one of those curveballs that forced us to scrap a script idea, reorder the line-up and, most importantly (and alarmingly), drop a new script into the Episode 9 slot.  12 pages into the script I’m currently writing, I’ve had to switch gears to brainstorm a new story with Paul, Ivon, Alison, and Elliot, one I’m going to have to jump on immediately.  Or as soon as I have an outline I’m happy with.


After being unable to identify the movie that graced the mess hall triptych last week (Rogue One as it turned out), I discovered this much more recognizable still awaiting me this week.  Open the pod bay doors, Hal.  I’m putting in a request for John Carpenter’s The Thing.


The master of the triptych, Playback Operator Greg Whiteside, is full of surprises.


The calm before the storm.  10 minutes before first blocking (say, 7:20 a.m.) – Director JB Sugar and the team.


From the Dark Matter Art Department – the Taliphus-8 Safety Deposit Box. Where’s Taliphus-8?  What’s in the box?  Who’s the mystery silhouette?


I received this at the office today – a Mallozzi/Aota pup calendar from person(s) unknown (the name of sender was so tiny, I could’t make it out).  Thank you, mystery person.  We love it!


TastyFace #2.

So I’m going to try to catch up on the mailbag this weekend.  If you have anymore questions, just post them in the comments section and I’ll eventually get to them.

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