Thanks to those inquiring about my french bulldog, Lulu.  Alas, nothing in the way of any significant improvement yet although I would best describe the change in her condition as a slight upgrade from “yellow mustard” to “Japanese curry”.  I’m hopeful for an eventual advancement to “Irish stew” but, for now, we’re treating her with antibiotics, deworming medication (thanks for the tip, Elke!), and tomorrow’s endoscopy.


Hey, did I mentioned I’d be doing one of those Periscope Q&A’s after the North American airings of Dark Matter’s seventh episode?  The episode will air at 10 p.m. EST and 7 p.m./10 p.m. PST and I’ll be answering YOUR questions for about 15-20 minutes after the show ends (11 p.m. EST and 8 p.m./11 p.m. PST).  So, what do you need to do to join?  Great question!  I think you just have to download the Periscope app and follow me (@BaronDestructo), then check out the Periscope app at the appointed time and voila!  Before you know it, you’ll be madly sending me virtual hearts and watching me fumble through this, my SECOND and THIRD, Periscope Q&A’s.

And what will I be talking about?  Oh, whatever you like – but I imagine we’ll mainly be chatting about this episode…



“We’ve seen the episode a little earlier than most, courtesy of Syfy, and have a handful of teasers to share with you. As usual, there are no major spoilers here because we want you to enjoy the episode as much as we did.”


“This episode marks one of Mallozzi’s personal favourites of the season and that’s because it’s “one of the most fun episodes.” He also said “it’s an episode with a lot of warmth and a lot of humour.” Not only that, it’s also the favourite of one of his most important critics. “This is one of my girlfriend’s very favourite,” he shared.”


“At the midway point Dark Matter is still as fierce as it was in the premiere. […]  Speaking of surprises, this episode is full of them.”


Hey, look who was in town!  None other than Jeff Teravainen, Lieutenant Anders from Dark Matter Episode 108.  Oh, wait.  That doesn’t air until next week. Anyway, here’s a sneak peek of Jeff…eating gelato.  Will he be eating gelato in next week’s episode?  And, if so, what flavour?!!!  Sorry, that’s a spoiler.


Thanks to all those who asked but, sadly, Lulu isn’t doing any better.  Yesterday’s ultrasound offered up nothing in the way of answers, so she’s going in for an endoscopy on Thursday morning to test for something called stand lymphagectasia. If that too comes up empty, then next week it’s a colonoscopy to check for granulomitis colitis (aka “boxer colitis”).  Hopefully it won’t come to that as that would mean not feeding her for three days prior to the procedure.  THREE DAYS of nothing but broth!  At first, when we thought she would have to go in this week, Akemi suggested we adopt the same diet in solidarity – but I dismissed the notion on the grounds that we already had lunch and dinner plans.  But next week is wide open!  Akemi is already simmering the chicken necks!

If nothing else, this past week and a half of Lulu’s “intestinal issues” has sharpened my instincts to razor focus.  My reaction time is unparalleled.  At night, the merest cliquey-clack of Lulu’s nails on the hardwood floor will snap me out of the deepest slumber, out of bed and throwing on my pants, racing downstairs to open the backdoor so that she can go outside and relieve herself before it’s too late.  I’m like a soldier deep in enemy territory, sleeping yet always fully aware and fully prepared, his ears attuned to the slightest noise, ready for trouble.

I’m thinking of doing another Periscope Q&A, to run 15-20 minutes after each of the North American broadcasts of Dark Matter Episode 107.  The episodes air at 10 p.m. EST and 7 p.m./10 p.m. PST and I would jump on at approximately 1 minute after to field your question.  Who’s in?

Speaking of Dark Matter Episode 107, here are a few more intriguing sneak peeks for you to check out:

You're doing something new with your hair.  I love it!

You’re doing something new with your hair. I love it!

There's a new android in town!

There’s a new android in town!

Looks like THREE's had a bad day.

Looks like THREE’s had a bad day.

Something's up with SIX.

Something’s up with SIX.

Trying to book a trip to Tokyo for late September – and considering whether to go to L.A. for some agent-shopping next month.  Might be a good idea to have someone on board.  You never know…

Well, today’s Periscope Dark Matter Joseph Mallozzi Q&A was a tremendous success!  Insofar as I actually got it to work…eventually.  One full minute of confused dead air time aside, it came together as expected: fun, informative, and sporadically awkward.  I think that, in the future, I’ll just stick with the onscreen questions as bouncing between two screens should only be attempted by true professionals.  Also, what is the deal with the color schemes on the floating viewer commentary?  Small writing against pastel backdrops make shout-outs an extremely challenging proposition.

I suppose it could’ve been worse.  I could have spent the half hour unwittingly talking to myself – or worse, failed to turn the damn thing off and given everyone a fascinating peek at the life of an Executive Producer on hiatus (mainly sitting around watching old episodes of the 1960’s Spiderman cartoon).

I DID manage to save the Q&A and upload it to youtube.  Whether that’s actually a good thing is debatable.

Anyway, now that I’ve worked out all the bugs on this, my first Periscope event, the next ones will be smoooooth sailing.  Nay, dare I say: Perfect!  Depending on how I’m feeling, I may actually try to do one following this Friday’s North American airing of Episode 107, 11 p.m. EST, 7 p.m./10 p.m. PST.  What do you think?

Meanwhile, for those of you who missed this afternoon’s debacle, here it is in all of it’s raw, unedited glory:

Episode 106 reviews and insights:


” By the time the entire crew learns about their pasts this is going to be one epic show. Stay tuned.”

Defiance, Killjoys, and Dark Matter – The SyFy Friday video review.  Love these two!

And some Episode 107 previews:

OITNB's Ruby Rose gunning for trouble!

OITNB’s Ruby Rose gunning for trouble!

Who is the mystery guest lying in the infirmary?

Who is the mystery guest lying in the infirmary?

Guest-starring The Strain's Natalie Brown

Guest-starring The Strain’s Natalie Brown

FOUR, expecting trouble?

FOUR, expecting trouble?


Sneak peek:


And trailer:


We’re about to pass the halfway mark of Dark Matter’s first season!  Can you believe it?!

Now, the character revelations come fast and furious!  Think you know our crew?  Think again!

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That’s 9 p.m. in the U.K., 10 p.m. in Germany, 4 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. PST.  Find me @BaronDestructo on twitter.  #AskJoeDM for tomorrow’s event.

For those of you who missed the Dark Matter panel at SDCC, here it is compliments of Tom Gardiner from http://www.threeifbyspace.net:

On Dark Matter Episode 106:


“Dark Matter took a bloody trip down memory lane in its memorable sixth episode, giving us a huge insight into the history of some of the crew members, and adding new fuel to the raging nature vs. nurture debate.”


“Now, all we want is more. Lots more.”


“While Dark Matter may be science fiction, it plays more like a mystery creating more puzzle pieces as it fits others in place. Part of the SyFy Friday lineup, this is addictive viewing.”


“Who is Titch, and what happened in their life to turn them into a hardened criminal? That was one of the key questions posed in Episode 6 of Dark Matter.”


” Although the hunt for resources is still center stage as the main problem to be solved in Dark Matter, some much-needed back story came out of “Episode Six,” and my expectations were sent into a tailspin. It’s a pleasant sort of disorientation, and the questions and theories these new details inspire greatly enhances my enjoyment of the series, which is quickly becoming a highlight of Syfy’s summer lineup.”


“The show is building on their drives and gives them each a reason to push forward and accomplish a specific goal. Once we figure out One, Two, and Three’s official pasts, we’ll finally be rounded out. Although I’m suspecting that their memory wipes were an agreed plan, I do like that each character isn’t tied to another in any specific way. Good diversity. More episodes like this please.”


” The future of the show depends on if Dark Matter can dole out information on these mysterious backstories while keeping the present interesting. It’s not an easy task, and to Dark Matter’s credit, it’s done a decent job of it up to now.”

And a nice little write-up of Episode 105 and the show in general I missed:


“Dark Matter then is a fantastic addition to Monday night television and, if the ratings stay strong, should become a nice little earner for the Syfy channel. It certainly has all the elements needed to go the distance, with good characters and a sense of mystery underpinning the story. “

So, what’d you all think of Dark Matter Episode 106?  All the pieces are coming together, right?

Well, more answers coming your way next week.  But first, there’s that #Periscope #AskJoeDM event planned for this Monday on the heels of the U.K. and German airing of episode 6.  I’ll be online, live (?!), answering viewer questions from 9 p.m. UK/German time, 4 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. PST.  Swing on by!

Today,  I took a break from the Dark Matter drama (after reviewing the first four outlines for season 2) and headed over to the UBC campus to check out AnimeEvolution.  Akemi and I met up with Jodelle (the star of last night’s episode) and Matt for an afternoon of costumed mayhem, anime swag, and a weird pistachio-avocado shake.  After Comic Con, we figured the cosplay would pale in comparison – but we were mightily impressed with some of the outfits.

Thanks to longtime blog regular and AnimeEvolution guest relation maestro Shane Cossever for the invite.  We had a blast!

Akemi, Shane, Matt, and Jodelle.

Akemi, Shane, Matt, and Jodelle.  

Akemi's photo op with Pikachu.

Akemi’s photo op with Pikachu.

Gintama's Kagura!

Gintama’s Kagura

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

Quaint yet creepy mouse person in frock.

Quaint yet creepy mouse person in frock.

Best of friends!

Best of friends!

Can't I.D. the warrior woman, but that's Daenerys from GOTS.

Can’t I.D. the warrior woman, but that’s Daenerys from GOTS.

Is there an airline hostess anime?

Is there an airline hostess anime?

Dunno, but a pretty inspired outfit.

Dunno, but a pretty inspired outfit.

Captain America

Captain America

The Harajuku look.

The Harajuku look.

The Harry Potter wand collection.  I'll be honest.  I was tempted...

The Harry Potter wand collection. I’ll be honest. I was tempted…

Not sure but I'm thinking of making this my season 2 on set look.

Not sure but I’m thinking of making this my season 2 on set look.

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls

Mortal Kombat's Sub-Zero

Mortal Kombat’s Sub-Zero

Angel and Saviour

Angel and Saviour

I thought Spirited Away, but Akemi says no.

I thought Spirited Away, but Akemi says no.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

Jodelle makes a purchase.

Jodelle makes a purchase.

AnimeEvolution continues tomorrow at the UBC campus. http://www.animeevolution.com

How’s that for a sneak peek?  Prepare to learn the hitherto hidden backstories of three of the Raza crew as tonight’s episode of Dark Matter answers some long brewing questions:

How and why did FIVE end up on the ship?

What bizarre circumstances transformed a young prince into one of the G.A.’s Most Wanted?

What horrific crime did our big-hearted SIX commit that landed him on The Raza?

I will, of course, be live tweeting both east coast and west coast feeds, that’s 10 p.m. EST, and 7 p.m. AND 10 p.m. PST on SyFy and SpaceChannel.

Also, I’ll be doing a periscope event on Monday.  It’ll be my first time using the app and I’ve already screwed up by announcing the wrong times in yesterday’s blog entry (since fixed!).  So, I’ll live tweet the airing of Dark Matter’s sixth episode as it airs in the U.K. and Germany (8 p.m. on SyFyUK and 9 p.m. on SyFyDE), that’ll be 3 p.m. EST, noon PST.

The actual periscope event will take place after the episode airs (9 p.m. UK, 10 p.m. Germany, 4 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. PST) and should run approximately 15 minutes, possibly longer if I can’t figure out how to turn it off.  Come find me on twitter (@BaronDestructo) or seek out the hashtag: #AskJoeDM.  Yes, that’s Joe Doctor of Medicine.  Hop on and ask me your Dark Matter and health-related questions and I’ll try my best to answer them!  “Episode 10!  It was inspired by her second audition!  Eat more finer!”  Sorry.  Just practicing.

Check out:

This advance preview of Episode 106:


“In Friday’s episode, prompted by the crew itching to find out what’s behind that big door, Five decides to undergo a procedure to try and retrieve her lost memories, and to our surprise, it works! Actually, it works a little too well.”

This interview with actor Roger Cross (SIX):


“Given the scheduling, I figured I would have to pass on Dark Matter. However, TJ Scott was directing me on The Strain and he was going to be directing the pilot for Dark Matter. TJ told me, ‘Don’t worry, we can make this work.’ He ended up talking with the producers and they found a way to share me, so at one point I was doing both The Strain and Dark Matter, but it was all good.

This interview with actress Jodelle Ferland (FIVE):


“This is pretty much my dream role and one that I’ve always wanted to play. When I first stepped onto the Dark Matter set, it was like I was working on Firefly or Doctor Who. You have no idea how happy this makes me. Sometimes when we’re filming a scene and everyone is standing at one end of a corridor, I’ll turn around, look the other way down the length of the empty end of the corridor and pretend that I’m on an actual spaceship,” she says with a smile.

And another interview with Jodelle:


“And it’s interesting because every member of the cast is very different; I don’t think any of us are quite the same, and somehow we just work perfectly together. Our little spaceship family.”

This interview with yours truly – which includes a video interview with cast-members Jodelle Ferland, Anthony Lemke, Roger Cross, and Melissa O’Neil:


“Likeable bad guys are hard to pull off but, when you’re successful, they can be the most rewarding of characters.”

Tomorrow, we’ll be hitting Anime Evolution here in Vancouver where I’ll be on the hunt for some new anime-themed t-shirts…and such.  The event runs kicked off today and runs from the 17th to the 19th at the University of British Columbia New Student Union Building (http://www.animeevolution.com). @animeevoluion  Who’s in?!!

All the kids and SyFy International Execs are doing it!  And they’d like me to join in, Monday July 20th at 9 p.m. U.K. time, 4 p.m. EST, and 1 p.m. PST.  As someone who can barely manage Excel, I look forward to winging it on the day.  I imagine I’ll turn on the live stream, do the Q&A, and then accidentally leave it on, allowing Dark Matter fans worldwide an unedited window into the fascinating life of an Executive Producer.  We’re talking raw, honest footage of me feeding my dogs a banana or me making frittata.  It’ll be like Big Brother without all the other people and the drama.  But with more counter top cleaning.

Remember!  That’ll be Monday, July 20th at 9 p.m. U.K. time, 4 p.m. EST, and 1 p.m. PST!

So, how will it work?  I don’t know.  I was hoping you’d tell me.  I downloaded the app and, as far as I know, I just press the “Start a Broadcast” button and we’re good to go.  I’ll answer your questions and chat about the episode airing on SyFyUK that night (Episode 106), giving you insight into various facets of the production: scripting, location shooting, delicious late night eggplant and veal parm sandwiches.  But I’ve said too much!

How will you find me?  No idea.  I assume that a link will magically appear on my twitter feed when things (are about to) get underway (@BaronDestructo). Will there be surprise guests?  Depends.  Do my dogs count?  If so, then yes!  Maybe there WILL be surprise guests! Spread the word.  This is a rare opportunity for you to see my kitchen!


What at first I took to be depression has turned out to be, perhaps, something far more insidious as my french bulldog, Lulu, has gone from seemingly despondent to seemingly despondent – with diarrhea.  The antibiotics haven’t worked so she’s off to get an ultrasound on Monday.  Apparently, they’ll be shaving her belly and slathering it with jelly.  Jealous?


So, how did the cast and crew feel about working with director Amanda Tapping.  This final day send-off sums it up.


Awwww. Jodelle Ferland (FIVE) and Alex Mallari Jr. (FOUR) during the Episode 105 read-thru.  These scripts are exhausting!


Big zombie infected guy!

A Dark Matter Episode 106 preview you should check out…



Calling Episode 6 a big one for Five is a bit of an understatement. Five is featured heavily in this one, giving Ferland the chance to show off her impressive acting chops.”


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