I want to start off today’s blog entry by simply stating how bullshit home printers have become.  Today, I was unable to print up a copy of my new script because my HP printer needed to have its magenta cartridge replaced.  Magenta?!!  Seriously. I only require one color for all of my printing needs.  Black.  That’s it!  NOT magenta! NOT yellow!  And certainly NOT cyan, whatever the hell THAT is.  And the fact that they’ve designed printers NOT to print if the color cartridges run low due to evaporation brought on by year’s of disuse is absolutely galling!  Let it be known that, in the Dark Matter universe, HP executives were exiled to a barren moon in the Adhara sector for their shady product practices, only to be forgotten by a disinterested populace.  When someone finally remembered them (“Hey, remember those guys who used to make the printers that would stop printing every time one of their little-used color ink reserves would tap out?”), a rescue shuttle was promptly sent only to discover the remains of the HP brain trust, their remains as desiccated as the innards of my cyan printer cartridge.  Consider it canon.


Hey, what’s up with some of my former Stargate co-workers?  Well, glad you asked…


Former Stargate Showrunner (and SGA and SGU co-creator) Robert C. Cooper is an Executive Producer on the forthcoming Dirk Gently’s Holisitic Detective Agency for Netflix.


Former Stargate Executive Producer (and Dark Matter Consulting Producer) Martin Gero is show running NBC’s Blindspot and is directing its season 2 premiere (which he also wrote!).


Former Stargate stunt coordinator James “Bam Bam” Bamford has been busy on Arrow.  In addition to fight coordinator duties, he’s also directing episodes as well – most recently the first two episodes of the show’s fifth season.

Meanwhile, on the Dark Matter front, some thoughts on “Episode 16: I’ve Seen the Other Side of You”…

Dark Matter Season 2: Is Five the Reason for the Raza’s Change of Heart by Justin Andress at Inverse

In every chapter of forming a family, there’s always the fear that who someone once was will creep back and destroy the ties that bind in the present…by Sashurai at Blade of the Sashurai

It has been said that we all have two sides of ourselves. The side we are in private and the side we show to those around us. On last night’s episode of Dark Matter, this took on a whole new meaning… by Rueben at TV Equals

Little Green-Haired Girl by Katie at Three If By Space

A big episode for the crew, though most importantly Five who continues to grow the most as the heart of this cast of characters…by Jodeobi Odunze at Geeked Out Nation

Something profound happened at the end of this episode, and I really don’t think it was given enough focus… by Kathleen Wiedel at TV Fanatic

It was great to have Five at the center of the narrative, though, with her unwavering belief that her friends should all want to be who they’ve become after the mind-wipe… by Michael Ahr at Den of Geek

Just because someone can’t remember the past doesn’t mean it didn’t leave an everlasting impact on them…by Aimee Hicks at Spoiler TV

One tiny mystery solved, but of course the bigger ones remain... by Veronica Scott at Happily Ever After

Clearly, we knew this in theory, but it is something to behold actually seeing them in action…by Cort Robinson at Pure Fandom

Now that most of the crew of the Raza are reunited aboard their ship, you’d assume things could slowly return to normal… not yet at least… by Elise Koszarek

Reboot by Michael Knox-Smith at Mike’s Film Talk

Anna and Josh of Geeksiders weigh in with their thoughts:

And my weekly post-episode discussion with The TV Junkies’ Kelly Townsend:

Dark Matter: Joseph Mallozzi Talks “I’ve Seen the Other Side of You”.

Jodelle and Anthony chat with TV Goodness:

Anthony Lemke and Jodelle Ferland Talk Dark Matter Season 2



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Yes, Dark Matter is back tonight with an all-new instalment: “Episode 16: I’ve Seen the Other Side of You”.  Pictured above: the dog-themed pic that accompanies the episode.  I mean, come on.  Think of the title.  This one was a little easier than the rest.

The all-new episode airs tonight – 7 pm PDT/10 pm EDT.  And then join me for a post-episode Periscope by finding me on twitter @BaronDestructo.

Those of you who were around may remember that fans were given the opportunity to vote for the title to tonight’s episode, choosing from among three candidates…

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“Fourteen Months” and “Shields.  Engines.  Weapons.  It’s an incredible rush.” are snippets of dialogue that will figure into tonight’s episode somewhere.  Watch for them!

A little preview of tonight’s episode from TVGoodness:

It might be our favorite hour of Dark Matter so far

A little preview to whet your appetite…

Okay, okay.  One more…

And, while I’ve got your attention, let me direct you to Steve Eramo’s latest interview with Dark Matter’s THREE, Anthony Lemke:

The Good, The Bad And The (Not So) Ugly – Interview with Dark Matter’s Anthony Lemke

While Kenneth Chaw’s Star 2 chats with Dark Matter’s TWO, Melissa O’Neil:

Dark Matter star Melissa O’Neil happy she tried something new

See you online at at 8 pm PDT/11 pm EDT!


Director Bruce McDonald, Stunt Coordinator John Stead, and their fellow miscreants on Hyperion-8.

Tomorrow night’s instalment of Dark Matter, “Episode: 16: I’ve Seen the Other Side of You” sees a welcome return to the friendly environs of the good ship Raza. Until all hell breaks loose but, still, nice to be back in familiar surroundings.

I won’t be live-tweeting the episode BUT – on Akemi’s persistent insistence – I will be doing a live Periscope after the show.  That’s right!  Come find me on twitter after the episode airs (7 pm PDT, 10 pm EDT) – @BaronDestructo .  Bring snacks!

But first, here’s a treat for you.  The Mikkei shuttle…


Mikkei shuttle concepts from FuseFx.  FuseFX Supervisor Shawn Hillier.  Dark Matter VFX Supervisor Lawren-Bancroft Wilson requested some slight adjustments that are reflected in the revised version:

Mikkei shuttle back Mikkei shuttle profile Mikkei shuttle top

Mighty damn gorgeous, no?

While laying low on the Raza, a computer glitch causes the crew to turn against each other.

Oooh.  Sounds ominous.

DARK MATTER -- " I've Seen The Other Side of You " Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari, Jr. as Four, Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — ” I’ve Seen The Other Side of You ” Episode 203 — Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari, Jr. as Four, Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

I’m not going to say much about this episode because I don’t want to spoil the surprises in store, but suffice it to say it’s one of my favorite episodes of the show’s second season.

DARK MATTER -- " I've Seen The Other Side of You " Episode 203 -- Pictured: Melanie Liburd as Nyx -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — ” I’ve Seen The Other Side of You ” Episode 203 — Pictured: Melanie Liburd as Nyx — (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

The story’s unique premise allows two different groups to shine in totally different ways: the old guard vs the new order.

DARK MATTER -- " I've Seen The Other Side of You " Episode 203 -- Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — ” I’ve Seen The Other Side of You ” Episode 203 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

And, as is always the case in Dark Matter, events in this episode will influence future storylines, so pay close attention!

A few sneak peek previews:

Dark Matter Preview: Identity Crisis by Kelly Townsend at TheTVJunkies

“I’ve Seen the Other Side of You” Sneak Peek by Tom Gardiner at ThreeIfBySpace

And some thoughts on season 2 so far…

“Kill Them All” is a title that by itself promises to put the dark in Dark Matter, one of the three things we were told to expect in season 2. – by Aaron Billingham at Kneel Before Blog

Dark Matter 2.2 Raza Crew Assemble at Black Girl Nerds

Dark Matter certainly seems to have stepped things up a gear with its second season by Baz Greenland at The Digital Fix

What You Can’t Unsee by Agasicles Stamas at GWW

Some solid acting performances and a fantastic prison riot make for a fun watch by Ian Cullen at SciFi Pulse

Is [Spoiler] Really Dead? by Jen Stayrook at The Workprint

Dark Matter’s Joseph Mallozzi Goes Dark Season 2 by Greg David at TVEh?

Okay, finishing up our BTS look at Dark Matter “Episode 15: Kill Them All”.


So, back in 2015, we did a photo gallery shoot for the show’s first season.  While waiting for her turn under the hot lights, actress Jodelle Ferland was just hanging around so I handed her Bubba and told her to strike a pose.


She did.  A whole whack of ’em!



And I remember deciding, right there and then, that if we got a second season, I would expressly write a scene in which FIVE lugs Bubba down a corridor, swings around, and blasts someone.


And so, some four months later, when the opportunity arose to put the big gun in her little hands, I took it!



Before she even got to Bubba, however, there was a matter of getting her out of that room.  A couple of things about the “Kill Them All” scene.  First, I was strongly urged to have her drop the line in favor of the less controversial: “Take them out.”, but I couldn’t imagine our little FIVE using the term.  Yes, admittedly, “Kill them all” feels pretty bonkers for our adorable ship’s mascot, but that WAS the point.  Also, in retrospect, “Take Them Out” would’ve made a terrible title.


Second, the director’s cut contained a little something extra that didn’t make final version.  After overseeing the Android’s torture, threatening the crew, slapping FIVE, and then pulling a gun on her, Shaddick ends up on the floor, bleeding.  She looks up at our Android and says: “F*^k you, robot.”  And the Android pulls the trigger.  Now, I was fully expecting a portion of the line to get bleeped, but thought it the perfect cherry on the proverbial sundae.  But there was vehement disagreement about the line – which was too bad.  It would have made for another memorable little surprise.

One more review, this one from Jessica Anson at MyMBUZZ:

There’s something for everyone here! If you like action scenes, you got ’em. If you like space politics, you’ve got that. Sword fights? Yup. Giant guns? Them too. It’s an episode spilling over with content. 

And I leave you with a little something from an upcoming episode that came my via Dark Matter VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson.  The Witness Droid was designed Jeff Bartzis and overseen by FuseFx’s Shawn Hillier who, along with his team, created the awesome 3D turntable display…


So, now that U.K. viewers are on board, let’s continue our look back at the behind-the-scenes goings-on of Dark Matter “Episode 15: Kill Them All”!


Ah, yes.  Awesome to have Torri Higginson back as Truffault in deliciously Machiavellian fashion.  Love her performance, her attitude, her style!  As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, the director’s cut of Truffault’s sit-down with THREE was decidedly more…uh…chemistry-laden.  So much so that I coined the term THREEfault for potential shippers.  Meanwhile, AfterBuzz’s Yael Tygiel is spearheading Twyx shipdom.  Other shipdoms of potential note include Thryx, Twee, Nyxon, Andrax and, of course, Foix.


A lot of things had to fall into place for our anti-heroes’ escape plant to work, and one of the most crucial pieces of the puzzle was the layout of Hyperion-8 relayed to THREE by their sometimes ally Commander Delaney Truffault (P.S. I completely forgot she even had a first name and when one recent review mentioned “Delaney” I was like “Who the hell is Delaney?”).  THREE heads back to Gen Pop and eventually transfers the image in his head to the bed frame.  Sure, it looked easy, but that one little sequence was fraught with persnickety details.  We needed to test and find the right drawing material that wouldn’t smudge with repeated takes.  The actual layout went through a half dozen versions until we could find one we could all agree on (The one pictured above wasn’t even the final version we used).  And, of course, there was a big debate over whether THREE should use lipstick (as scripted) or one of those makeup pencils which, realistically, would work better.  I decided to go with lipstick because it felt a little more MacGyver.  And, anyway, would THREE even know what an eyebrow pencil was?  After much back and forth, the simple shot of the lipstick map was shot weeks after main unit on the episode had wrapped.  But, boy, was it worth it!

Ah, the magic of television!


The part of Inspector Lee Shaddick of the Galactic Authority’s Serious Crimes Division was played by veteran actress (Run Lola Run, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Shield, Copper, The Bridge) Franka Potente who, not only guested in this two-episode arc, but did a BUNCH of greatly-appreciated press for the show.  A LOT of international press!


The part of prison boss Arax Nero was played by longtime fan (and Joseph Mallozzi) favorite Mike Dopud who, to date, I have cast in practically every show I’ve ever done.  How’s that for a vote of confidence?  He was perfect for this particular role…because I actually wrote it FOR him!  And, as always, Mike delivers a flawless performance.


Enter Misaki Han.  And what an entrance it is!  If there was one minor quibble Executive Producer Jay Firestone had with this episode, it was that Misaki intro was too damn short!  And I agree with him.

The role of Misaki Han, Commander of the Royal Guard of Ishida (replacing poor, ill-fated Masahide Akita), is played by the lovely Ellen Wong – who, incidentally, like Mike Dopud, I’d been dying to cast since the show’s first season.  And she is perfect, conveying a character alternately strong, extremely capable, and slightly unhinged.  Those of you who enjoyed a glimpse of Han Shireikan are in for a treat later this season.  Some other characters who cross her path…not so much.


The “Episode 15: Kill Them All” Recap at Syfy.com


Dark Matter “Episode 15: Kill Them All”: Fun Facts at Syfy.com


Dark Matter Backstage: Alex Mallari Jr. shows us the fine art of starting a prison riot at Syfy.com


Whew!  Some great responses to Dark Matter’s second episode “Kill Them All”:

Loss Of Innocence – Aimee Hicks at SpoilerTV

“Dark Matter knows how to capture attention and enthrall its audience, which is precisely what they did with the season premiere. The show wasted no time gearing back up to full speed and that pace doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.”

DARK MATTER -- "Kill Them All" Episode 202 -- Pictured: Jodelle Ferland as Five -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

There’s A New Kid In Town – Tom Gardiner at ThreeIfBySpace

” Now that we’ve established the basics of the situation, episode 202 was free to run wild. And it did. And it was fun.”


Veronica Scott recaps season 2, episode 2 of both ‘Killjoys’ and ‘Dark Matter’ – at USAToday

“I wish my two favorite Syfy shows weren’t back to back, so much goodness packed into one evening!”


New enemies, possible allies, and challenges for the Raza’s imprisoned crew – Cort Robinson at PureFandom

“Oh, boy. This season is shaping up to be one wild ride.”


Shocker Times Two – Michael Knox-Smith at Mike’sFilmTalk

“Season two continues to be a rollicking roller coaster ride of reveals and close calls. ”


The Dark Matter Raza Crew Try a Jail Break – Together – Justin Andress at Inverse

“After last season saw the team crumble under the weight of suspicion and paranoia, the team has finally gotten their collective head on straight, which is pretty satisfying. Especially when it leads to the kind of intricately plotted action scenes that make up the third act of the episode.”


This show strikes the perfect balance of being kept guessing while not becoming frustrated by stories that don’t move forward. – Michael Ahr at DenOfGeek


Dark Matter “Kill Them All” is where this season starts to kick off. – Jideobi Odunze at GeekedOutNation


Last night’s episode was jam-packed with plenty of action and an opportunity for each of the main characters to shine… Ruben at TVEquals


We’re only two episodes in and we’ve already been granted the death of a core character, an AI killing spree, a prison break and more. – Christopher Hart at TheNerdRecites


Kill Them All was the kind of episode we’ve come to expect from this great series; action packed, full of mysteries, twists, and turns, and suspense. Craig Suide at SciFiMoviePage


I’m continually fascinated by the lengths this show will go and how it overlaps its concurrent plots, peaking and dipping when the times are right. – Sahurai at BladeOfTheSashurai


This episode gave each of the members of the crew a chance to shine… – Kathleen Wiedel at TVFanatic


Only time will tell… – Elise Koszarek at Nerdophiles


Anna and Josh at GeekSiders

Tonight, catch the Dark Matter after-show discussion with @yaeltygiel and @TauriJay LIVE on @afterbuzztv at 7 pm PDT/10 pm EST!


So, what’d you all think?


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