Actor Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter’s Three), forwarded me a terrific podcast about gendered robots and stereotypes. The participants point out that female androids tend to be sexualized entities while their male counterparts are usually powerful forces.
It’s an interesting listen and it made me think of our ship’s android, played by the awesome Zoie Palmer, who is clearly atypical from the normal: a female android who isn’t sexualized but a force to be reckoned with. On the surface, she is your standard logic-based robot but, as the first season progresses, viewers will come to realize there’s much, much more to our android. In describing her the other day, I said she was much closer to Hitchhiker’s Guide’s Marvin and Red Dwarf’s Kryten than TNG’s Data. Zoie has done a great job fashioning an incredibly endearing character. Every time she pops up on screen, Akemi gleefully shouts “Zoie!”. The Android scenes are her favorites!
Anyway, sometime soon, I’m going to start offering an introduction to the world of Dark Matter, covering everything from currency to intergalactic politics, ships to the characters and the amazing cast who will bring them to life. Behind the scenes pics and anecdotes to come!
While you’re waiting, check out some of the early construction work done on our ship in late 2014, back when I was still wondering how we were ever going to pull this off…
The door to the quarters. No, lime green isn’t the final color.
Nor is the ceiling orange.
The exterior bridge. I love it because it’s so damn unique.
And early interior. Check out the windows on top.
In the beginning…
Laying down the corridor’s running lights.
arcticgoddess writes: “I love hearing about how you managed to sell Dark Matter. It goes to show just how hard it is to get into television. […] For your mailbag question, I’d like to ask, is there any other way to get into television besides the above mentioned methods?”
Answer: Several possibilities come to mind… 1. Have a really good agent or connection who can get your work in front of the right people, or 2. Use the momentum coming off your last hit project [note: prior to this, create a hit project], 3. Be related to or friends with someone who can push your project through, 4. Be very lucky.
riss writes: ” Joe, do you think that it would be better to read the comic books before watching the show, or to wait and read them after getting to know the TV show?”
Answer: Nope. Tune in June 12th at 10 p.m. and enjoy the ride.
FargateOne writes: “Nous avons le canal SPACE au Québec. Sauf erreur de ma part, rien ne semble annoncer Dark Matter. Et SyFy n’est pas diffusé au Canada si je ne me trompe. Pouvez-vous nous rassurer sur le fait que nous ne manquerons pas le 12 juin ?”
Answer: Je vous rassure que vous ne manqueriez pas Dark Matter.
Tam Dixon writes: ” What are you doing with your summer hiatus?”
Answer: Working on season 2. Trying to set up a few more shows.
alexf85 writes: “Hi, Joe! I know it’s somehow off topic but I hope you won’t mind if I ask you a few questions about Stargate. Yes, it’s history but I still love it. 1. Could you please enlight me about the Asgard home galaxy? I mean it’s just ida or they moved to othalla after season 6? Is even existing this othalla galaxy or is just a writing mistake?”
Answer: From what I recall, one is the name of their home galaxy, the other the name of their home world.
“2. Is the supergate still functional?”
Answer: Last time I checked, it was.
“3. Are they rebuilding the intergalactic bridge between milky way and pegasus?”
Answer: I’d imagine that the midway station and any component gates were reassembled and rebuilt not long after the events of Mideway.
“4. What about the antarctic outpost? Is there any chance to find another control chair? To replace the one destroyed by the wraith. May be from Tria or even from the Tower? They could negotiate with the locals for it.”
Answer: It’s a possibility but, last I heard, it has yet to be replaced.
“5. Who is the supreme leader of the system lords after Ra’s demise? the show is not so helpful in figuring that out. My thought is about Cronus being this next leader then Apophis after double jeopardy. From season 5 onwards it’s hard to determine. Anyway if you could tell me something about this leadership I would be in your debt :).”
Answer: SG-1 and Earth’s forces destabilized the System Lord Alliance, resulting in a fracturing and infighting amongst the various factions.
“6. What about Furling? Are they ascended beings along with the ancients? Are they the second of the four great races in terms of tecnological development, with the ancients being the first of course?”
Answer: I believe the latter.
“7. I know you said some things about the planet builders aliens from sgu, but are they more powerful than the ancients?”
Answer: Ancients past or present?