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“Stuff To Steal, People To Kill” is one of my top two favorite episodes of Dark Matter’s second season.  It combines many of the things I love: humor, high stakes, character insights, surprising reveals, and long overdue payoffs (a couple stretching as far back as our very first episode!).  It’s pretty bananas and a lot of fun!

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Spoiler TV’s Aimee Hicks previews “Stuff To Steal, People To Kill”

In case you missed it…

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The “She’s One Of The Now” episode photo recap.

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Behind the scenes on Dark Matter: Wardrobe!

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Fun facts about our latest episode.

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The Syfy Hair Awards

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One of my favorite Dark Matter reviewers considers “She’s One Of Them Now”.

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I discuss “She’s One Of Them Now” with Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies.

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“This was a great episode, which revealed a lot about Reynaud and her interest in the Raza. I also liked the fact that Nyx’s former crew members make another appearance near the end of the story. Things look like they could be about to get interesting for the last few episodes of this second season…” by Ian Cullen at SciFi Pulse

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“As it is, this is another of the show’s teases, hopefully for later plot, much like Two’s shakes that have been introduced but not yet resolved. I look forward to it…” by Aaron Billingham at Kneel Before Blog.

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“This week’s episode was certainly the most fun one yet as the crew of the Raza embarked on a mission to hunt down the mysterious Alicia Reynaud (Inga Cadranel) and find out what the key really does…” by Baz Greenland at The Digital Fix

 

Some very interesting feedback on this latest instalment.  One of the surprisingly strongest reactions is to the opening scene that many found too OTT (Over the Top).  More than a couple of fans have stated they found the scene specifically less Dark Matter and more Lost Girl like (I haven’t seen Lost Girl so I’ll need you to explain that one).

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Well, it so happens that, in the script’s first draft, this scene played out quiet differently.  Here’s the original version:

VFX – SPACE

Establish an upscale space station.

TABOR: Look, let me lay it out for you.

INT. TABOR’S APARTMENT

A casually-attired Tabor sits in his upscale suite, chatting on his computer.

TABOR: You’re one of this galaxy’s most notorious criminals. You’ve got a rap sheet as long the Kuiper Belt. You’re a swindler, a thief, a convicted felon and smuggler. (beat) And I want you as a client.

ON the individual he is talking to, a seedy-looking criminal type – ALDVIK JONES – who scratches his beard, uncertain.

ALDVIK: I don’t know if I need an agent…

TABOR: I’m not an agent. I’m a handler. I handle careers with care. Just so you know, my client roster includes seven of this galaxy’s Ten Most Wanted including Rax Veiland who just climbed up to the number three spot last week. He’s a real go-getter that one.

ALDVIK: Ten percent seems kinda steep…

TABOR: A small price to pay for peace of mind. Think about it. I’ll source jobs for you, screen and vet every employer, and handle all financial transactions. I don’t get paid unless you get paid.

Suddenly, the door BUZZES.

TABOR: Hang on. That’s probably my girlfriend, Perelandra. She’s always forgetting her pass key.

He gets up, calls back:

TABOR: By the way, I also offer packaging services – you know, pair you up with a good getaway pilot or demolition expert for those team jobs. Think about it!

He opens the door.

TABOR: Hello, sweetheart –

To REVEAL TWO standing there, flanked by THREE and SIX. Tabor is stunned.

TABOR: Oh. Portia. Well this is a pleasant surprise.

He smiles amiably. Then, the smile drops.

TABOR’s POV as she decks him. LIGHTS OUT!

Have a preference?

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THE ANDROID PAYS NYX A VISIT

There was a snippet of dialogue lost in the edit that shed significant light on the Android’s understanding of her place on the The Raza.  The scripted exchange…

ANDROID: You may find it hard to believe, but I once considered myself an outsider on this ship.

Nyx chooses to say nothing, although we can tell she doesn’t find it hard to believe at all. The Android continues –

ANDROID: I assumed the things that made me different made it impossible for the others to accept me as an equal – but really it was just the opposite.

NYX: Yeah, well, I’ve been on my own for a long time. This “team thing” is going to take some getting used to.

ANDROID In that respect, you’re no different than anyone else onboard.

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NYX OFFERS TWO BACK-UP

In the script, before boarding the Marauder, TWO encounters Nyx by the airlock…

INT. RAZA – CORRIDOR OUTSIDE THE AIRLOCK

Nyx stands at the airlock waiting. TWO and SIX turn the corner and head down the corridor towards her.

TWO: I’ll catch up.

Nyx throws SIX an amiable but perhaps not wholly convincing smile as he passes her, opens the door, and heads into the marauder. Nyx throws a look back to make sure he’s clear, then turns and addresses TWO –

NYX: Need back-up?

TWO: I’ll be okay.

NYX: Look, you’ve got the history with him, you know him better than I do, but he betrayed you once and, even though he did help us escape lock-up…he betrayed you once.

Off TWO –

NYX: Maybe I’m out of line here. After all, we’re pretty much strangers and you’re still taking a chance on me –

TWO: I’ll be fine. And so will he.

NYX: If you say so.

TWO goes to head through the airlock then holds up, throws a look back to Nyx –

TWO: You’re on this ship because I trust you – but, to be honest, I haven’t trusted you with everything. There are some things you should know about me.

NYX: Well that sounds intriguing…and slightly ominous.

TWO: We’ll talk later.

TWO heads out. Nyx watches her go.

The scene was lost for time.

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GUESSING THE PASSWORD

This one really, really REALLY bothered me because if the timing had been right, it would have been a very fun sequence.  It wasn’t so we had to go with an altered version.

THREE and FOUR look on as FIVE carefully places the cover on the device, then lifts it off its stand. BEAT.

FIVE: I think we’re good –

DISEMBODIED VOICE (O.S.): Password authentication required.

THREE: Password?

DISEMBODIED VOICE (O.S.): Incorrect.

THREE: That wasn’t a guess!

DISEMBODIED VOICE (O.S.): Incorrect.

THREE: How many tries do I get?!

DISEMBODIED VOICE (O.S.): Third and final attempt – incorrect.

Suddenly, an ALARM SOUNDS.

FOUR: That was it!

They bolt for the door.

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DEVON’S SACRIFICE

The crew of The Raza did some terrible things in their respective pasts, but they have a leg up on redeeming themselves because they possess no memories of their terrible histories.  Devon, on the other hand, made some mistakes, and those memories haunt him, making his search for redemption all that much harder.  He drinks, does drugs to dull the pain that accompany those memories and, at episode’s end, he is confronted by the Seers who have predicted his actions based on his habits.  In this scene, Devon is finally afforded the opportunity to redeem himself by making the ultimate sacrifice, giving up his life covering for Nyx who, unbeknownst to the Seers, is actually on the station.  In the scripted scene, Devon’s sacrifice is made all the more tragic in that he saves Nyx by ultimately selling himself out.  Shaun Sipos was brilliant in this scene and it really kills me that it was not included in its entirety…

HANSMEED: Where’s The Raza?

DEVON: Long gone.

Again, off a suspicious Hansmeed –

DEVON: Hangar seven. Docked under an alias, but the specs should line up. Check for yourself. They left.

Hansmeed throws a look to one of his men. The man taps an ear comm and ducks out. It’s clear he’s doing just that.

HANSMEED: And why would they leave you behind?

DEVON: You say you know me? Then you should already have your answer. (beat) I’m a junkie. A screw-up. A short-term burden and a long-term liability. Over the course of my sorry life, I have hurt – intentionally and not – everyone who ever took a chance on me.

HANSMEED: We want Nyx.

DEVON: Well, I can’t help you with that. She’s one of them now.

Hansmeed’s man steps back in and gives him a nod back. Devon’s information apparently checks out. Hansmeed swings a look back to Devon.

HANSMEED: Where did they go?

DEVON: No idea. Can’t help you with that either.

Hansmeed considers, then throws a look to his men. They quickly step in and stab Devon, then step away. He slumps to the floor, bleeding out. Hansmeed looms over him, gives a shad shake of his head –

HANSMEED: What a waste.

Then, turning to his men –

HANSMEED: Back to the ship. Let’s run the next predictive model.

And with that, they’re off, leaving him to bleed out.

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The bad boys of Dark Matter.

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Director Jason Priestley on set.

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Alex Mallari Jr.’s Spiderman audition.

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Fun on set.

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The Android picks up some churros.

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Nighty-night, FOUR.

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Who’s up for a little trip?

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Shaun Sipos preparing for his next scene.

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The Android overseeing the action.

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Tabor Calchek getting comfortable on the bridge.

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The New Odd Couple: Tabor and the Android.

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Reynaud’s new and improved transfer transit room.  Now with cookies!

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All he needs is a mask and the web shooters.

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Hey, Reynaud!  Looking for THIS?!

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Dark Matter 207 Review: Don’t Blink by Tom Gardiner at Three If By Space

“I want to touch on the main story this week. It involved a mystery that began early in season one with Five and the strange key card. It was a mystery that intrigued me more than any other. It’s the mystery of the “pockets of extra-dimensional space” and I’m overjoyed we’re finally getting more about it.”

Dark Matter: She’s One of Them Now – Cloning Around (Review) by Mike Knox-Smith at Mike’s Film Talk

“Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie have specialized in warming up the audience only to splash freezing water in their faces.”

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Dark Matter Season 2, Episode 7 Review: She’s One Of Them Now by Christopher Hart at The Nerd Recites

“This episode provided us with a true heist situation – sending in crew members to extract a device – layered with SF ideas (clones) and we loved it.”

Dark Matter Season 2 Episode 7 Review: She’s One of Them Now by Kathleen Wiedel at TV Fanatic

“Moment of heartwarming: when Three defended Five’s skills and abilities to Calcheck. Three’s just a big old softy, all full of marshmallow inside.”

Dark Matter “She’s One of Them Now” Review by Jideobi Odunze at Geeked Out Nation.

“The one way in which Dark Matter almost always lives up to expectations is that we are getting takeaways from each episode.”

TV Review: Dark Matter (2×07) “She’s One of Them Now” by Leaf Miranda at The Young Folks

“It’s hard to tell if the crew just made things better or worse for themselves. “

Dark Matter: She’s One of Them Now Review by Michael Ahr at Den Of Geek

“Dark Matter nailed it this week, and hopefully the show’s use of likable characters and innovative tech will continue to be the hallmark of its success.”

Dark Matter – She’s One Of Them Now – Review: “A Fun Romp” + POLL by Aimee Hicks at Spoiler TV

“While a lot was going on in this episode we still got to see the Android express how unique she is compared to other androids.”

Dark Matter “She’s One of Them Now” Review (Season 2, Episode 7) by Rueben at TV Equals

“Last night’s episode of Dark Matter not only featured the return of a couple of familiar faces – i.e., Talbor Calchek (guest star David Hewlett) but also – albeit very briefly Galactic Authority Inspector Kierken (guest star Kris Holden-Ried) – it also featured Five taking a lead role in a mission. It’s not her first time helping the Raza team out, but this was really her chance to shine.”

Dark Matter: The One Where Five Saves Everyone. Again. by Jen Stayrook at The Workprint

“Dearest Dark Matter,

We’ve had our ups and downs like everyone else, but right now, I think we’re in a really good place. We’re stable with still some excitement churning in the old engines, eh? Our second year has been positively magical, if a bit on the sad side. But do me a favor, Dark Matter. If you love me (and I hope you love me like I love you), keep my boo Five safe. There have been a lot of close calls and I’m desperately afraid of something bad happening to her. She’s the only one that matters and if you hurt her, well, things won’t be so good between us.”

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Slice of SciFi’s Andrea Rittschof considers Dark Matter, five episodes in:

“And one of the best parts of this show is how much the characters grow and develop. They aren’t just untrusting criminals, or amnesiacs. They’ve grown to care about each other, their crew and when they trust each other, it hurts when one of them betrays the group. And trust isn’t instantaneous. It is built layer by layer.”

Geeksiders Anna and Josh weigh in with their thoughts of “She’s One Of Them Now”

And finally, to those of you missing the terrific Marc Bendavid, check him out in Summer in the City airing tonight at 9/8C on the Hallmark Channel.

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DARK MATTER -- "She's One of Them Now" Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Roger Cross as Six, Melissa O'Neil as Two -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “She’s One of Them Now” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Roger Cross as Six, Melissa O’Neil as Two — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Who’s “she”?

Who’s “them”?

Find out tonight at 7 pm PDT/10 pm EDT on Syfy and Space Channel!

DARK MATTER -- "She's One of Them Now" Episode 207 -- Pictured: Melanie Liburd as Nyx -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “She’s One of Them Now” Episode 207 — Pictured: Melanie Liburd as Nyx — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

With the help of their handler, Tabor Calchek (David Hewlett), three crew members infiltrate a high-security facility via clone.

DARK MATTER -- "She's One of Them Now" Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa O'Neil as Two, Zoie Palmer as The Android -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “She’s One of Them Now” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Melissa O’Neil as Two, Zoie Palmer as The Android — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Tina Charles previews tonight’s episode for T.V. Goodness

DARK MATTER -- "She's One of Them Now" Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Jodelle Ferland as Five, Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “She’s One of Them Now” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Jodelle Ferland as Five, Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Check out a sneak peek clip from tonight’s episode here:

Tabor returns as ‘Dark Matter’ embarks on deadliest mission yet

DARK MATTER -- "She's One of Them Now" Episode 207 -- Pictured: Roger Cross as Six -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “She’s One of Them Now” Episode 207 — Pictured: Roger Cross as Six — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

And check out a second sneak peek clip here:

EXCLUSIVE: Dark Matter 207 Clip Offers Action and Laughs

DARK MATTER -- "She's One of Them Now" Episode 207 -- Pictured: Jodelle Ferland as Five -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “She’s One of Them Now” Episode 207 — Pictured: Jodelle Ferland as Five — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

And, finally, here’s a link to my recent chat with Christopher Hart of The Nerd Recites:

We Discuss Dark Matter Season 2, Cast Habits, and Akira Kurosawa With Dark Matter Creator Joseph Mallozzi 

DARK MATTER -- "She's One of Them Now" Episode 207 -- Pictured:  (l-r) Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Zoie Palmer as The Android, Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “She’s One of Them Now” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Zoie Palmer as The Android, Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

P.S. Another trademark Dark Matter end-of-episode shocker coming your way!

DARK MATTER -- "She's One of Them Now" Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Zoie Palmer as The Android, Anthony Lemke as Three , Melanie Liburd as Nyx, Shaun Sipos as Devon -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “She’s One of Them Now” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Zoie Palmer as The Android, Anthony Lemke as Three , Melanie Liburd as Nyx, Shaun Sipos as Devon — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Tomorrow night’s episode of Dark Matter, “She’s One Of Them Now”, is directed by the lovable Jason Priestley.  Some BTS pics of the man in action…

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Aware of my notorious temper, he gets things off on the right foot, showing up with an excellent bottle of scotch.

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Concept meeting.  He and his right hand man, 1st AD Brandon Tataryn, run the room!

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I would often find him in his office, with that quizzical look on his face that said: “This script doesn’t make any sense!”

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Relaxing on set, wondering what they’re going to service for lunch.

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Pictured above: about to enter transfer transit so his clone can direct second unit

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Spotting mermaids off the port bow.

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“Okay, guys, I want a good clean fight…”

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Challenging Shaun Sipos to a grappling match.

Hey, check out this great interview with actress Melanie Liburd (Nyx Harper):

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Dark Matter: Melanie Liburd On Buildilng Trust With Nyx

“I think they see something in each other; they realize their hardships and they’ve both gone through struggles. They identify in that way and I think they’re almost kindred spirits, which happens quite early on. Even in the prison, Nyx and Two come up against each other and fight, and they’re impressed by each other. They develop that mutual respect for each other, and that helps her trust Nyx.”

An all-new episode of Dark Matter is only two days away.  This one was directed by Jason Priestley and features guest star David Hewlett as the crew’s colorful handler, Tabor Calchek.  This episode features some fun Tabor/Android interactions, a transfer transit-themed op, a big reveal about that mysterious key card, and a shocking ending.

Theres’ a sneak peek scene featuring Tabor and the gang at Syfy.com but, unfortunately, it may be geo-blocked for those outside the U.S.

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From Shadow to The Red Leaves of the Red Forest, here’s a rundown of various Syfy-related illicit substances: Just Say No To Syfy Drugs

SciF And TV Talk’s Steve Eramo chats with Roger Cross, Dark Matter’s SIX: Burden of Guilt

I’m often asked if I still keep in touch with the old Stargate gang.  Truthfully, some more than others.  My former writing-producing partner, Paul Mullie, former special features producer Ivon Bartok, and former production assistant Lawren Bancroft-Wilson are presently  working on my new show, Dark Matter (Paul – writer/EP, Ivon writer/Supervising Producer, Lawren – VFX Supervisor/Supervising Producer). Having a new scifi show in production has also allowed me to touch base with some of the old Stargate guard: Amanda Tapping, Andy Mikita, Will Waring, Peter DeLuise, Martin Wood, all of who directed episodes of DM.  I’m still good friends with former Stargate Executive Producers Martin Gero (Blindspot, Dark Matter) and Carl Binder (Houdini & Doyle).

And then, there’s former Stargate creator and showrunner, Robert C. Cooper, who wrote scripts for both seasons of Dark Matter, served as a consulting producer on the show’s second season, and can currently be found serving as an Executive Producer on the upcoming Dirk Gently series…when he’s not cooking up varied pizzas in his backyard pizza oven.

I keep in touch with Rob on a regular basis (or as regular as possible considering our respective production schedules).  And, whenever possible, we like to get together for a meal.  While I appreciate a fine meal, he does me one better: appreciating AND preparing!

The other night, he and his wife Hilary invited Akemi and I over to their place for a little backyard pizza party.  Not only does Rob have a special, built-in pizza oven for the occasion but, in addition to the legit equipment, he also special orders the pizza flour to ensure the crust has the right taste, texture and consistency.

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Check out the offerings…

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Pear, fig, spicy salami and goat cheese.

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Crispy potatoes, bacon, and green onions.

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Burnt tomato, spicy sausage, and mozzarella.

4Peking duck: barbecued duck, hoisin, green onions, and mozzarella.

Finally!  Great pizza in Vancouver!  I’d almost given up hope!

We finished the meal with blueberry pie and four types of ice cream.

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Our affable host and hostess.

ROB & HILARY’S

Food: 5/5

Service: 5/5

Atmosphere: 5/5

Final verdict: Highly recommended!

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