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Guys, you’ve got to help me.  I think I may have sort of, uh, inadvertently torn a hole in the fabric of spacetime.  It was an accident! Honest.  Yesterday, I took a quick trip to the future in order to pre-screen the Superbowl and then, after watching the Falcons demolish the Patriots, returned home.  Or so I thought. Instead, I seem to have crossed over into some bizarro reality where Stargate: SG-1 didn’t produce its Apple iTunes exclusive 11th season, Stargate: Atlantis didn’t get its sixth and final season, Stargate: Universe was cancelled after two years instead of running its full five, and the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl (although, as this AU’s Robert Cooper pointed out: “At least Atlanta won best comedy at the Golden Globes”).  In other words, I’ve somehow ended up in some dark alternate timeline.

Until I can figure out a way to return to my proper reality, I’m just going to have to console myself by picking up a couple of McDLT’s and cracking open a nice cold New Coke while watching Tom Selleck in his classic role as Indiana Jones on my WebTV.  Now if I could only find the keys to my Fiero…


The people have spoken!  Over one thousand votes were cast and we have a winning episode title:

“Episode 28: It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This”

Let’s celebrate with a sneak peek at the work of concept artist Henry Fong:


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I’ve always hated coming up with episode titles, but this little exercise in fan democracy has turned out to be all sorts of fun.  Once again, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from among three possible candidates.  So far, this season, we have –

“Episode 27: Being Better Is So Much Harder”

What’s next?  You decide…

As promised, the answer to last episode’s Who Said It?

“Welcome Back” – The Android

“The Costs Are Always Personal” – Commander Truffault

“Being Better Is So Much Harder” – TWO


So this blast-from-the-past pic adorned the triptych of The Raza mess the other morning, compliments of playback operator Greg Whiteside.  Ah, this takes me back.  There were rumors a few years ago of a planned a reimagining, tentatively titled Space 2099, but I haven’t heard anything since.  Hey, ITV Studios America, get in touch!

Hey, someone asked me about that military SF series I mentioned a few months back.  Well, there have been some very interesting developments on that front. Way too soon to early anything as these things have a way of doing a fast dissolve, but there are flickers of interest from some heavy hitters.

I am cautiously optimistic, reminiscent of my mood five years ago when I was trying to set up another project.  Remember? https://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/december-14-2011-dark-matter-developments/

Suji in “Kisses Coming Your Way”

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Holy crap!  We’re over the halfway mark of the season 3 production schedule!  Do you know what this means?!

DO YOU?!!!

Uh, yes.  That’s correct.  It means we’re a little over halfway done shooting Dark Matter’s third season!

I await director J.B. Sugar’s cut of Episode 305 while director Gail Harvey heads into editing to work on her Episode 306 while director Paul Day oversees the action on Episode 307 while director John Stead preps Episode 308 while Paul and I scramble to get the script for Episode 309 written.

Tomorrow, YOU all get to vote on an new episode title!  Tentatively titled Episode 302, you’ll have the chance to select an official episode title from three glorious choices (and actual lines of dialogue from the episode in question).  This is going to be a tough one – for me as I have six pretty memorable lines that I’ll have to whittle down to three for the poll.  Wish me luck!


Your first glimpse at the structure for the Ferrous Corp lab.  And concept…


Would just like to say Production Designer Ian Brock and the Dark Matter Art and Construction departments have been delivering some truly amazing sets this season.  This has been their best year yet and there’s still more to come!


Super premium Dark Matter Android action figure in mint condition.  $1,955.99 (photo by Grant Boyle)


Slightly used Dark Matter Chris Toudy with Kung Fu (Key) Grip action figure in fair condition.  Best offer (photo by Grant Boyle)

Raza bridge spark test with SPFX Coordinator Dylan Hankinson


Suji carries her treats back from the dog shop in her backpack.

The Superbowl is only days away.  Weigh in with your prediction!

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So, who can identify this gorgeous piece of architecture?


Zoie Palmer as The Android.


The medical table (design by Karl Crosby).


Mikkei Combine office supplies.


Missile delivery!  (Design by Victor Mare)


What the hey?  Suji is an instagram star.  Today, she eclipsed my follower count! And it took her less than two months to do it!


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Small spark test with SPFX Coordinator Dylan Hankinson

Medium spark test with SPFX Coordinator Dylan Hankinson

Big spark test with SPFX Coordinator Dylan Hankinson


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I like to keep an open line of communication with my cast.  I want them to know that they can come to me with any issues they have, creative or otherwise.  I’m always here for them, willing to lend a sympathetic ear and, in some cases, equally sympathetic keyboard should the need ever arise for a little dialogue tweak or character adjustment.

Of course, I assume this is a two-way street, and nowhere is this more evident than in my professional relationship with actress Zoie Palmer (the Android).  I probably exchange more texts with Zoie than I do anyone, including my girlfriend, which is great because – as I said – it’s important to keep those lines of communications open whether it be to discuss a line change, a scene request, or that really weird dream I had the other night where Zoie jumped into a frozen lake…









Pretty amazing insight into the magic of the creative process, amiright?

Ah, showbiz!

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While I was sequestered in the Production Offices writing, sitting in on the VFX and Playback meeting, and trying to figure out a way to fit  a square peg (Episode 308) in a round hole (the Episode 308 production schedule) Alison, Ivon, and Elliot were back at the other studio having a blast.  Trust me.  Behind those dust masks are the HUGEST smiles.  Picture courtesy of Jozie Conte.

After yesterday’s kvetching, I’m pleased to report significant progress on the script front.  Special thanks once again go out to Alison Hepburn who offered up a terrific visual idea – inspiring me to tear through 5 full script pages so that I could finally get to it.  She’s got some pretty funny ideas – both “haha” and strange.


Director of Photography Craig Wright finds his light.


Director Gail Harvey calls the shots.


Reminds me of the summer camp I went to when I was a kid.  The kid who slept in the bunk above me was nicknamed Monkey and ate styrofoam cups on a  dare.  Ah, the follies of youth.


Amy Matysio as Lieutenant Vara.


Lara Arabia, Amber Goldfarb, Michael Rhoades and other passengers bound for parts unknown.


Suji in her oversized earmuffs.

I have a feeling tomorrow’s going to be a BIG writing day.  If I can power through this fourth act, it’ll be smoooooth sailing.

As soon as I figure out what’s going to happen in the fifth act.


In case you were thinking about it, this was not good.  Note the mother chortling away at the thought of her kid eating it.

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