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Well, looks who’s back to close out the year.  Yes, it’s director Ron Murphy, here to book-end Dark Matter’s third season with a season finale that will, well, blow your minds.

Today, I traveled to capitol of Zairon for the big Ishida Palace dinner scene.  Who are the invited guests?  Well, you’ll have to wait until episode 312 to find out, but here’s a sneak peek at one of the table pieces compliments of Set Key Props Lisa Amaral Wright.

And while they were eating fruits and vegetables at the Ishida Palace, Ivon, Kerrington, Elliot and I were two minutes away enjoying a decidedly different meal…

Hey!  Who feels like choosing our next episode title?   Your choices are…

What, pray tell, could this episode be about?

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Dark Matter Productions!  Joe speaking.  How may I direct your call? (Photo by Alice Foster.  My new boss?)

These new Apple power adapters are the worst ones yet!

This afternoon, I got to spend a few hours in the editing room with the outrageously talented Nick Wong as he prepares to put the finishing touches on one of my very favorite episodes of the season.  Nick, in his rookie year on Dark Matter, came highly recommended by Blindspot Creator/Showrunner Martin Gero and he has done Marty G. (and the DM production) proud by delivering some of the tightest, most dynamic episodes in the show’s run.  Always a pleasure.

We’re down to The Final Four!  No, not THAT Final Four.  THIS Final Four.  I’m referring to the Dark Matter Ping Pong Tournament.  If you were paying attention today, you got a chance to watch the action live when actor Anthony Lemke took on heavily favored line producer Norman Denver for the final spot in the semi-finals.  Norman, of course, one in three games, setting up a match-up against his right-hand man Brandon Tataryn (who will someday give name to the terrible disease that claimed Sarah’s life).  In the other semi-final match-up, it’ll be red hot Rich Green vs. Jesse “Iceman” Partin.  Check out some of the action:

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There you have it.  Yet another season 3 episode title…

“Episode 34: Hot Chocolate”

But what does it all mean?  Well, turns out you’ll find out sooner than later as Dark Matter’s third season fast approaches!

Read-thru for Episode 312 today.  Boy, A LOT happens in this episode.  And it’s chock full of surprising revelations.  Not just one or two or even three, but four BIG secrets are revealed!

Today, check out some behind-the-scenes pictures compliments of our second unit director of photography Gregor Hagey:

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Hey!  I need a title of Dark Matter Episode 308.  Click on the link below and vote for one.  It only takes a few seconds and would really help me out.  Thanks!

P.S. I just got a sneak peek at the director’s cut of Episode 309.  Disguises!  Bikes!  Fresh-baked cookies!  It’s gonna be crazy!

Anya on Janah-12 (photo by Renee Chan).

Anthony Lemke on set.  No, this isn’t from a scene in the episode.  Mine was the only camera on him.
The Dark Matter Whisky Club continues to expand its empty bottle collection.

Finally, I post a lot about dogs on this blog because, well, I have dogs.  Today, I’d like to mention a cat who is in need of our help.  She’s sick and her owner can’t afford the tests.  Read the story and help out if you can by clicking on the following link: Help Gatico

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Director Steve DiMarco takes a stroll through the pod room (photo by Renee Chan).

The pods – one of three new looks we’ll be featuring in season 3.

I believe the sign is self-explanatory.

Crew blocking.  Or the line-up for today’s oreo cake dessert.

Director Bruce McDonald shows off his mad sword skills.

From the Wayne Gretzky collection.  Brantford Ontario’s smoothest drinking.

Sitting down with the international press.

And finally, I found this sitting on my desk today courtesy of 1st Assistant Art Director Roxanne Borris.  And, inside, a little bedtime reading:

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Adorning the triptych on this day: Classic Battlestar!

Director Melanie Orr calls the shots on Janah-12.  Hmmm.  Jana-12.   That rings a bell…

Relaxing between set-ups.

Executive Producer Jay Firestone, keeping things light.  And kinda kooky.

Handicap International Charity winner (and blog regular!) Alisa Scott visits the set.  She got to hang with Anthony Lemke, took the full tour, AND, no doubt the highlight of her trip, had to field 101 questions from yours truly over lunch.  Welcome to Dark Matter, Alisa!

Well, I have John Stead’s director’s cut of Episode 308 downloaded and ready to watch.  I’m really looking forward to this one!

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Jodelle Ferland does Goth Chick chic.

Line Producer Norman Denver and Roger Cross strategize over the big screen.

The Ferrous Corp guns are red.  The Mikkei guards are blue.  So who have the green guns?

Blocking on the bridge with director Melanie Orr.

Dr. Shaw’s secret lab.

Wait.  Who’s Dr. Shaw?

What (or who?) resides within this storage unit.  The answer will surprise!

Only four weeks to go before wrap!  This week, Melanie Orr finishes up on Episode 310 while Steve DiMarco helms Episode 311 and Bruce McDonald preps Episode 312.  I’ll be receiving John Stead’s director’s cut of Episode 308 on Tuesday night, then Craig David Wallace’s director’s cut of 309 on Thursday.  Wrote an additional scene for Episode 311 today and received some as-always-wonderful input from Zoie Palmer, did a pass on the Episode 312 script, AND started putting together the game plan for season 4.  Ideally, I’d like to convene the writers’ room in June for  a few weeks.  An early pick-up sure would be great!

Hey!  I make this list twice (although, in all fairness, the all-inclusive “franchise” designation makes it more like four times)!

9 Best Sci-Fi Space Operas To Stream Right Now

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