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Dark Matter Episode 109 previews:

https://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/08/dark-matter-episode-9-sneak-peek-four-pulls-a-waldo/#.Vb7DtXg-D-Y

“The team checks their supplies and finds that Four has abandoned ship … and he might be in some major trouble.”

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https://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/08/dark-matter-episode-9-preview-family-reunions-are-the-worst/#.Vb7DuHg-D-Y

“Four revisits his past to prove his innocence, while One’s realization about his origins could change everything.”

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One of my fave FIVE pics!

One of my fave FIVE pics!

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Hmmm.  What's got SIX so miffed?

Hmmm. What’s got SIX so miffed?

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Looks like FOUR is toting his travel blade.

Looks like FOUR is toting his travel blade.

TWO helping ONE with his homework?

TWO helping ONE with his homework?

Who is ONE gunning for?

Who is ONE gunning for?

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Adorable alert!  One of my favorite scenes this season!

Adorable alert! One of my favorite scenes this season!

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And more Episode 108-related responses:

http://nerdgeist.com/2015/08/03/dark-matter-2015-tv-series-review/

“In Dark Matter we have a group of people who could be awfully terrible people but are waking up with renewed innocence, at least that’s what I’m hoping. It gives the series a whole different sort of conflict and an internally driven one, the fight with oneself.”

http://askgenretv.com/dark-matter-podcast/dark-matter-season-1-episode-eight/

A weekly Dark Matter podcast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytDBOhuCrB4

A SyFyFriday round-up.

http://spotlightmonster.blogspot.ca/2015/08/dark-matter-who-erased-their-memories.html

“It was discovered that one of them intentionally wiped the others’ memories but accidentally wiped their own as well. Based on what we know let’s see who’s the likely candidate…”

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While we’re no closer to settling on a name for Dark Matter fandom, we’ve got some pretty terrific candidates for the individual character fan groups.

Roll call!

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#FANDROIDS = Fans of The Raza’s whimsically endearing Android.

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#SIXPACK/#6PACK = Fans of The Raza’s principled shuttle pilot.

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#FIVEHIVE/#5HIVE = Fans of The Raza’s quirky tech monkey.

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#FOURCLAN/#4CLAN = Fans of The Raza’s  detached but deadly royal.

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#THREESCOMPANY/#3sCOMPANY = Fans of The Raza’s resident rogue.

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#TWOCREW/#2CREW = Fans of The Raza’s kick-ass commander.

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#ONESIES/#1SIES = Fans of The Raza’s principled warrior.

Artist Jon Hrubesch, whose artwork was just featured in Episode 108’s Transfer Transit sequence –

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– left a comment on yesterday’s entry.  I followed up and had him send me links to the gorgeous works on display –

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Mighty spectacular, no?  You can check out more of Jon’s art here:

http://jonhrubesch.deviantart.com/gallery/

And, while we’re on the subject of eye candy, check out the work of our VFX team on Episode 108’s Vega5:

Finally, here a few more Dark Matter Episode 108 reviews for your perusal:

http://www.mikesfilmtalk.com/2015/08/01/dark-matter-episode-eight-recap-and-review/

“Each episode moves the story forward while simultaneously shedding more light on each character and generating still more questions. This formula ensures attention levels do not wane and keeps the viewer guessing. Dark Matter is part of SyFy Friday and is great television that should not be missed.”

http://noobist.com/uncategorized/dark-matter-episode-8-review-recap/

” And what’s more, how will this revelation affect the group dynamic going forward since they’re trying the whole no-secrets-and-lies thing? This should be good.”

http://www.idiotbox.co.uk/dark-matter-review-episode-8-33965/

“First up let me just say that I love everything about the cloning transporter system, it’s such a brilliant idea and one that is so wonderfully SciFi, just the concept of it is awesome enough so it’s brilliant to see it used to such an effect here. Also great was the strong focus on Six who for me is easily the most easy to connect with of the bunch which is largely down to him having the clearest and most compelling back story, at least so far.”

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As promised, the twists, turns, surprises, and revelations are coming fast and furious as we barrel toward our BIG season 1 finale.  And, in addition, there are those wonderful character moments that serve to shed light on our crew and their respective relationships: the unlikely pep talk, the drunken dinner sequence, the hug!  Numerous individual fan contingents seemed particularly thrilled with this episode.  I’m talking about #FOURCLAN, #FIVEHIVE, #SIXPACK, and #FANDROIDS!

And they weren’t the only ones.  Check out some of the online review…

http://www.denofgeek.us/tv/dark-matter/248093/dark-matter-episode-eight-review

“Overall, I get the sense that the writers of Dark Matter know exactly where their characters and storylines are headed. They continue to dole out puzzle pieces in a deliberate and methodical manner.”

Oh, we know exactly where we’re going.  And, when this first season comes to its dramatic conclusion, prepare to have your mind blown.

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http://scifiempire.net/wordpress/dark-matter-episode-8-review-syfys-space-opera-finds-its-secure-footing/

“Slowly the first season of Syfy’s Dark Matter is developing to be the space opera that can actually replace Firefly and Stargate.”

I don’t think want to replace them, only stand side by side with them in the annals of SF television! 

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

“However, while the mystery and intrigue will always be a major factor in why Dark Matter is so compelling to watch, it’s the small, happier moments that have maintained my interest. The cast has solid chemistry together and it makes scenes like their drunken bonding on the space station add a lot more vibrance to an already entertaining show. The darker moments may be imminent, but if we keep those lighter times along the way, it may be that much easier to endure.”

This.  One of the things I’ve mentioned time and again in interviews is that humor and character moments are so important to the show because they go such a long way toward humanizing our crew.  And the these lighter moments make the darker moments sooo much darker in contrast.  See next episode.

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/07/dark-matter-episode-8-review-revenge-is-a-dish-best-served-cloned/#.Vb0RoXg-AdU

“Why am I asking so many questions?! Because Joseph Mallozzi likes it that way, that’s why! He writes it like this on purpose … and I not-so-secretly love it.”

True.  I love the theorizing, debating, and, especially, the “this doesn’t make sense” critical assumptions that inevitably get upended.  Early on, people were wondering how the show’s premise could be sustained for any extended period.  Well, whaddya think now?

https://bladeofthesashurai.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/a-sashurais-review-dark-matter-season-1×08-its-official-four-is-a-reincarnated-ninja-turtle/

“Hands down the best episode thus far. The very breadth of Science-Fiction really saturates this episode and it’s mystery sub-genre attacks and reveals new elements to our amnesiacs that really sell the need to keep watching and find out the truth.”

Yes, layers upon layers.  Think you’ve got our “misunderstood”/”inherently good” characters figured out.  Let’s resume this discussion next week… 

Finally – hey, check out Akemi’s FIVE-inspired hair!

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Today’s entry is dedicated to my sis!  Happy Birthday!

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The twists, turns and revelations come fast and furious as we pick up speed and hurtle through the back half of this season toward our big BIG season finale.  So, what awaits on tonight’s episode of Dark Matter?

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http://www.thetvjunkies.com/dark-matter-episode-eight-preview/

“There’s plenty of action, suspense and, best of all, another big bombshell awaits fans in the episode’s final moments.”

DARK MATTER -- "Episode Nine" Episode 109 -- Pictured: Mark Bendavid as One -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “Episode Nine” Episode 109 — Pictured: Mark Bendavid as One — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

http://www.screenspy.com/articles/tv/editorials/the-crew-face-fresh-surprises-in-syfys-dark-matter/

“This week Syfy’s Dark Matter will see the crew making a Space Station stopover for some drunken bonding, a little home cooking, and a spot of old fashioned revenge.”

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/07/dark-matter-episode-8-preview-a-one-way-trip/#.Vbro9Xg-A_U

“Back at the end of episode 6, we knew Six would eventually try to track down the General, the leader of the Protheon Insurrection. This is the man responsible for the destruction of a space station which killed over 10,000 innocents. At the time, Six was a member of this group, but he believed they were fighting for the betterment of his fellow human beings, not killing innocent people to make a political statement. Ever since he found out the General was just fine with collateral damage on such a horrible scale, Six has been planning on finding him and stopping him. That begins now.”

http://www.iol.co.za/tonight/tv-radio/shedding-light-on-dark-matter-1.1892907#.VbqHcHg-CgQ

Some behind the scenes pics of Dark Matter Episode 8…

The crew of The Raza catches up on 200 year old episodes of Game of Thrones.

The crew of The Raza catches up on 200 year old episodes of Game of Thrones.

Director T.W. Peacocke, prepped and ready to go.

Director T.W. Peacocke, prepped and ready to go.

Help yourself!

Help yourself!

Jodelle enjoys a break in the action.

Jodelle enjoys a break in the action.

Welcome to Vega 5…

Who’s up for a little post-episode Periscope Q&A?

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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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