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Here’s the deal.  I’m giving away a signed copy of the Dark Matter season one finale.  But this isn’t just a run-of-the-mill signed script.  No.  I’m offering up an annotated version of the script for Episode 13 with notes on EVERY page, offering behind the scenes insights, episode secrets, and a hint or two at what’s in store for season 2.

So how do you win?  Simple.  Correctly answer all four of the following multiple guess questions.  Vote in the polls below and then leave your answers in the poll’s comment section (don’t forget your username so that I know how you are!). Everyone who guesses correctly on all four questions is entered into a chance to win.  A winner will be randomly chosen – via my handed Dungeons and Dragons many-sided dies!

*** By the way, just noticing a lot of people voting…but not many leaving their usernames and answers in the comments section.  If you don’t, I have no way of knowing if you guessed correctly.

Ready?  Okay, here goes!

DARK MATTER -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zoie Palmer as The Adroid, Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Anthony Lemke as Three, Melissa O'Neil as Two, Mark Bendavid as One, Jodelle Ferland as Five, Roger Cross as Six -- (Photo by: Dennys/Ilic/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — Season:1 — Pictured: (l-r) Zoie Palmer as The Adroid, Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Anthony Lemke as Three, Melissa O’Neil as Two, Mark Bendavid as One, Jodelle Ferland as Five, Roger Cross as Six — (Photo by: Dennys/Ilic/Syfy)

Question #1…


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Question #4…

Easy, no?  Get your answers in before 6 pm PST/9 pm EST Friday, August 28th. Open to all Dark Matter fans worldwide – except those who’ve already screened our finale.

Good luck!

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Are you ready?  This Friday night, Dark Matter’s biggest questions are answered in  our explosive Dark Matter double episode finale.


First up is Episode 12.  FIVE makes a shocking discovery, TWO meets her maker (literally!), and one crew member undertakes a rare off-ship mission in an outing that sees the return of the crew’s colorful agent, Tabor Calchek (played by Stargate alum David Hewlett), as well as a special appearance by Wil Wheaton.


Then, in Episode 13, our first season comes to a shocking, suspenseful, furious paranoia-fueled climax as we finally receive the answers to some long-standing questions.  Who wiped the crew’s memories?  And why?


Back when I first created this show, I started with a concept and two huge moments. One of those huge moments was the reveal at the end of the the pilot episode.  The second, was the reveal at the end of the our first season.  Over the many, many years I developed the show, I filled in the arcs and backstories with plenty of twists and turn-offs, set-ups and payoffs, but from the beginning, it was always those two cornerstone seismic-shifting moments.  You’ve seen one; prepare to be shocked by the other.


The finale concludes with a big reveal that we kept secret from the cast and crew until the very last day of main unit shooting.  We had 12 of 13 scripts written very early on in the production process but intentionally held off on our finale until about a month before it was scheduled to film.  And, even when it was released, portions of the final few scenes were left intentionally vague, leading to much on and off-set speculation.


To keep the cast off-balance, I engaged in an elaborate campaign of obfuscation and misdirection that even involved having certain cast members called in for secret fittings.


The final reveal for the cast came in the form of an Agatha Christie-like gathering on the bridge of The Raza in which I presided (as Hercule Poirot, natch) and delivered the news – before everyone returned to shoot those final few scenes. Dark Matter Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok and Exec Producers’ Assistant Alison Hepburn shot the pre-shoot “You’re probably all wondering why I’ve gathered you here” encounter which will turn up as an online special feature not long after the episode airs.


One of the points I made early on as the show entered production was that we have a five year game plan, but have constructed each season like separate entries in a book series.  In other words, each 13 episode instalment has its own theme, and its own beginning, middle, and end.  The conclusion of this first season sets us up for a spectacular, thematically different second and I’m hoping we get the chance to tell those amazing stories.

All the same, I’m extremely proud of how this first season stands as a unique and satisfying narrative journey.


In many ways, I’m reminded of other season finales in which I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved.

First there was Stargate: SG-1.  In that case, we knew well in advance that it would be our last season and series showrunner and Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper scripted and directed a beautiful send-off for our team in the episode “Undending” that, interestingly enough, paralleled the series finale of a complete different show – Cheers – by giving our longtime friends one more adventure yet leaving the door open for many, many more.

Then, there was Stargate: Atlantis.  In that case, the final episode was not scripted as a series finale (I assumed we’d be getting that sixth season because all signs pointed to yes…until very late in the game when it was, bafflingly, no.) but, all the same, even though we were left with a number of questions, there was something fittingly final about the expedition back on Earth – with their new toy: the city of Atlantis.  And that last shot of all of our heroes standing on the balcony overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge felt like, if not an ending, then the closing of a chapter.

Finally, there was Stargate: Universe, another show we didn’t know was going to end until after we’d produced the finale.  Like Atlantis, I assumed we’d be back for what we were told would be a third and final season to wrap things up…until we weren’t.  Still, my writing/producing partner, Paul, had the foresight to hedge our creative bets and so, when the crew goes into stasis, The Destiny shuts down.  We drop through its various levels, rooms and corridors, as the lights go out – a sequence that bookends the opening in which we do the opposite, lighting up the various levels, rooms and corridors as the ship comes to life.  The final shot of The Destiny jumping into FTL for the last time is incredibly poignant because, unlike past adventures in which we join them for the ride or jump ahead to greet them at their point of arrival, we are left behind to wonder.  A bittersweet ending.


But, of course, unlike the aforementioned, ours will be a season rather than a series finale.  Yes, I’m cautiously optimistic.  You all may feel we’ve waited a while to hear word about a renewal but, in that time, we’ve solidified our position as SyFy’s #2 original scripted program this year in both overall viewers and that 18-49 demo the kids always talk about (tied with Defiance and 12 Monkeys).  Not bad.

Anyway, in keeping with that positive vibe – after the finale has aired worldwide, I might offer you all some very small and subtle hints as to what we have planned for season 2!


Hurray!  Received my contest-winning swag from GeekOnReview.  Check them out for t.v., comic book reviews and more!

Hey, speaking of contests, check out tomorrow’s blog for your chance to win a signed copy of the Dark Matter finale script, annotated with insights, behind the scenes tidbits, and hint or two of what lies ahead in season 2!

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From the onset, I promised viewers, twists, turns, surprises and shocks over the course of Dark Matter’s first season.  There have been plenty in these first 11 episodes and there are a couple of more BIG ones to come.  So, as we barrel toward our big double episode finale (this Friday night on SyFy and SpaceChannel 6 pm PST, 10 pm EST/PST), I thought I’d take a moment to offer up my take on Dark Matter’s Biggest Holy Sh%t Moments this season…



#12 = SIX is shot and killed (Episode 108)

Yes, it’s a misdirect but, damn, it’s a great one.  Our lovable SIX gunned down and bleeding out on the floor.  How the hell does someone come back from that?  Well, someone wouldn’t – but some”thing” might…


#11 = TWO takes out the entire casino crew (Episode 104)

We knew these people were bad.  We knew that they were capable of some pretty horrific acts.  And it’s during a space station stopover that we find out just how capable when TWO responds under threat.  Quite literally – overkill!


#10 = ONE discovers why he is on The Raza (Episode 108)

After acquiring a genetic sample from a transfer transit trip, ONE runs an analysis and finds out his true identity.  Turns out he was a wealthy industrialist.  Great! Who boarded The Raza under an assumed identity to seek revenge for the murder of his wife.  Her killer?  None other than fellow member THREEE, Marcus Boone. Whoa!


#9 = The shocking turn in the episode’s closing seconds (Episode 112)

Can’t say much about this one as it’s yet to air but I’m sure more than a few fans will be very disturbed.


#8 = The planet destroyer (Episode 111) * Gif compliments of Tom Gardiner from ThreeIfBySpace.net

The crew holds up their end of the deal, delivering the mystery device to the Mikkei research facility – only to have it all blow up in their faces.


#7 = Somebody wiped our memories (Episode 102)

FIVE reveals that their communal memory loss was no accident.  And the perpetrator is one of them.


#6 = FOUR kills Akita (Episode 109)

FOUR asks his former mentor to deliver a message for him.  In hindsight, maybe Akita should’ve refused.


#5 = TWO’s magically healing wound (Episode 105)

After testing negative for the deadly virus that scans showed WAS in her system, TWO returns to her quarters to discover the nasty bite wound she sustained has magically healed as well.  Bonus!

DARK MATTER -- "Episode Four" Episode 104 -- Pictured: Mark Bendavid as One -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “Episode Four” Episode 104 — Pictured: Mark Bendavid as One — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

#4 = Will the real Jace Corso please stand up (Episode 103)

Following an episode teeming with distrust, recriminations, betrayals and an all-in lie detector test, the crew concludes that they may never know who wiped their memories.  Cut to a distant space station where we are introduced to a very familiar-looking fellow who claims to be…Jace Corso!


#3 = We didn’t come here to help these people.  We’re here to kill them. (Episode 101)

The crew finally learn their true identities – and it aint good news.


#2 = TWO gets blasted out the airlock (Episode 110) *Photo caption compliments of Tom Gardiner from ThreeIfBySpace.net

The nefarious leader of the even badder crew threatens to space TWO unless the crew gives up the codes to the vault.  They do.  And he does anyway.


#1 = The closing seconds of our season finale (Episode 113)

Yes, we’ve had some mighty shocking moments in the series to date but, really, nothing beats the closing seconds of our season finale.  In the words of Melissa O’Neil (Dark Matter’s TWO): “It will blow your mind.”

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When I was first told that the last two episodes of the season would run as a double-header finale, I didn’t like the idea.  We’d fashioned each episode to end with a huge, more often than not, WTF?! moment that would keep viewers buzzing until the following week’s instalment.  In my mind, the BIG WTF?! moment that ends Episode 112 deserved a week of agonizing and theorizing…but, in retrospect, I’m sure you viewers will greatly appreciate NOT having to wait an entire week after what goes down (quite literally) in those closing seconds.


Speaking of Episode 112, head on over to EW for an exclusive clip feature the man with all TWO’s secrets, Alexander Rook, played by Wil Wheaton:



So what can we look forward to in these last two episodes?  Well, I chatted with TheTVJunkies’ Bridget Liszewski for our weekly episode post-mortem and shape-of-things-to-come discussion:


The title of the article says it all: “LOOKING AHEAD TO A SHOCKING FINALE”.  LOTS of teasers, big and small, in here!


Meanwhile, the reaction to Episode 11 continues to be positive…

Over at MikesFilmTalk.com:


“Dark Matter is the best science fiction thriller/mystery on television. Those who love the show will now have to agonize over SyFy not letting its viewing audience know if the show is coming back for a second season. Until we learn the fate of the series, Dark Matter can be found, for two more episodes at least, on SyFy Fridays.”

And TheNoobist.com:


“Only two more episodes left in this season, folks.*Biting nails*”

Hey!  Check this out!  Dark Matter made Mediametric’s list of this summer’s top ten most popular shows online!  Here are the stats:


Source: http://blog.mediametric.com/2015/08/media_recap_summer_in_tv/

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So, what’d many of you think?  I use the term “many” because our international friends have yet to see the dark, adrenaline-charged, action-packed recent episode.  All I’m going to say is: “One more question answered – and a couple of more asked.  Like what the heck happened in those closing minutes?!”

More answers to come including further insight into one kick-ass crew member.  Oh, and the final reveal on who wiped their memories and why.  But, like I told the cast in the lead-up to our grand finale: The individual who wiped your memories may not be the one you have to worry about!


If you live in Canada and missed an episode, you’re in luck!  Tomorrow, Sunday, SpaceChannel will be running a Dark Matter marathon!  That’s 11 glorious hours packed full of twists, turns, surprises, action, and humor!


If you live in the U.S., on the other hand, and can’t wait until next week to find out how FIVE got out of that airlock way back in Episode 6, well click the above link and take in a sneak peek courtesy of SyFy.

So what did you all think of Episode 11?  Here are what others are saying – but be forewarned!  If you’ve yet to see the episode, be forewarned…spoilers abound!



” It was an episode full of terrific performances, exciting action and an answer to a major question that’s had us scratching our heads for weeks.”



“Oh, hey there Dark Matter. You are looking mighty fine these days and I, for one, am incredibly happy you’ve turned into this exciting and character-driven sci-fi show.”

ThreeIfBySpace.com = Dark Matter Episode 11 Review – Out with a Bang


“Okay, THIS is my favorite scene and I’d say it pretty much tops the list of WTF moments. It’s not as personal as when we watched Two fly out into the vacuum of space, but c’mon, a whole…”

DenOfGeek.com – Dark Matter: Episode Eleven Review:


“And that’s really what Dark Matter is: a peeling back of layers of questions and revealing answers that contain new mysteries.”

SpoilerTV.com – Dark Matter – Episode 11 – Review: “Full Circle”:


“This was by far my favorite episode of the season.”

Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section.  And also post your questions for actor Alex Mallari Jr.’s upcoming blog Q&A.  Deadline is tomorrow!


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Look at what arrived today compliments of blog regular PBMom.  A slew of Dark Matter chocolate bars!  FireRoasted & StoneGround!  Black Chocolate, Black Lava Sea Salt, Black Pepper!  The very flavour of dark matter!

Thanks so much, Hilda!  Your gift couldn’t have come at a better time as we sit down, tonight, to Dark Matter Episode 11 in advance of next week’s big double episode finale.

And here are a couple of links to whet your appetites:

7 Reasons to Binge Dark Matter:


Series review:


An Episode 11 preview:


You have until Sunday to post your questions for actor Alex Mallari Jr., Dark Matter’s FOUR.  Don’t miss out!


Firefight Panda!

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I’m pleased to announce our second Dark Matter cast Q&A.  On the hot seat next is actor Alex Mallari Jr., Dark Matter’s FOUR.

DARK MATTER -- "Episode Two" Episode 102 -- Pictured: Alex Mallari Jr. as Four -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “Episode Two” Episode 102 — Pictured: Alex Mallari Jr. as Four — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

If you’ve got a question for Alex, post it in the comments section of this blog.  In the interest of preserving my own sanity (since I’m the one who has cut and paste all the text to upload), I’m limiting questions to a very reasonable 5 per person.

So…have at it!

DARK MATTER -- "Episode Three" Episode 103 -- Pictured: Alex Mallari Jr. as Four -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “Episode Three” Episode 103 — Pictured: Alex Mallari Jr. as Four — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Hey, you know what’s on this Friday?  That’s right!  Dark Matter Episode 11!  Check out the promo:

And speaking of Alex, here a little appetizer for our upcoming Q&A: “10 Questions for FOUR”:



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