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When I was first told that the last two episodes of the season would run as a double-header finale, I didn’t like the idea.  We’d fashioned each episode to end with a huge, more often than not, WTF?! moment that would keep viewers buzzing until the following week’s instalment.  In my mind, the BIG WTF?! moment that ends Episode 112 deserved a week of agonizing and theorizing…but, in retrospect, I’m sure you viewers will greatly appreciate NOT having to wait an entire week after what goes down (quite literally) in those closing seconds.

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Speaking of Episode 112, head on over to EW for an exclusive clip feature the man with all TWO’s secrets, Alexander Rook, played by Wil Wheaton:

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/24/dark-matter-wil-wheaton-exclusive-clip

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So what can we look forward to in these last two episodes?  Well, I chatted with TheTVJunkies’ Bridget Liszewski for our weekly episode post-mortem and shape-of-things-to-come discussion:

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/dark-matter-episode-11-postmortem/

The title of the article says it all: “LOOKING AHEAD TO A SHOCKING FINALE”.  LOTS of teasers, big and small, in here!

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Meanwhile, the reaction to Episode 11 continues to be positive…

Over at MikesFilmTalk.com:

http://www.mikesfilmtalk.com/2015/08/22/dark-matter-episode-1-11-review/

“Dark Matter is the best science fiction thriller/mystery on television. Those who love the show will now have to agonize over SyFy not letting its viewing audience know if the show is coming back for a second season. Until we learn the fate of the series, Dark Matter can be found, for two more episodes at least, on SyFy Fridays.”

And TheNoobist.com:

http://noobist.com/uncategorized/dark-matter-episode-11-review-recap/

“Only two more episodes left in this season, folks.*Biting nails*”

Hey!  Check this out!  Dark Matter made Mediametric’s list of this summer’s top ten most popular shows online!  Here are the stats:

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Source: http://blog.mediametric.com/2015/08/media_recap_summer_in_tv/

The first time I visited the wardrobe department, I noticed the photo of the dog on the back wall.  I thought it was amusing, didn’t think anything of it until the next time I visited and noticed the second photo.  I dismissed them as “funny dog pictures”.  Until, on my third visit, I noted they weren’t just “funny dog pictures”. They were “funny dog pictures” on point.  Each, it would turn out, was a thematic reflection of every one of our thirteen episodes.

Over the course of the season, I snapped pics of the pics and, today, I present to you a rundown of the Dog Days of Dark Matter

Episode 1: Space dog!

Episode 1: Space dog!

Of course.  We introduce our spaceship-themed series.

Episode 2: Miner dog!

Episode 2: Miner dog!

The crew helps a mining colony battle a ruthless corporation.

Episode 3: Space walkies!

Episode 3: Space walkies!

The Android takes an EVA stroll topside.

Episode 4: Casino dog!

Episode 4: Casino dog!

TWO and FIVE play a little blackjack – and kick a little ass.

Episode 5: Zombie dog!

Episode 5: Zombie dog!

But of course the “infected” weren’t zombies.  They just looked a lot like ’em.

Episode 6

Episode 6: Shiba kimono!

Our introduction to the Ryo Ishida backstory.  Palace intrigue abounds!

Episode 7: Robot dog!

Episode 7: Robot dog!

Androids (“Robots!” to quote THREE) were the focus of this episode.

Episode 8: Clone dogs!

Episode 8: Clone dogs!

Transfer Transit!

Episode 9: Samurai dog!

Episode 9: Samurai dog!

FOUR goes back to his roots; slices and dices.

Episode 10: Mad scientist dog!

Episode 10: Mad scientist dog!

Heisting a mystery device from a research facility.

Episode 11: Destructive dog!

Episode 11: Destructive dog!

Things get kind of messy in this episode’s closing minutes.

Episode 12: Killer!

Episode 12: Killer!

That’s what they called this individual before – and after this episode.

Episode 13: Paranoid with good reason dog!

Episode 13: Paranoid (With good reason!) dog!

Suspicions mount.  Alliances shift.  It all comes undone.

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So, what’d many of you think?  I use the term “many” because our international friends have yet to see the dark, adrenaline-charged, action-packed recent episode.  All I’m going to say is: “One more question answered – and a couple of more asked.  Like what the heck happened in those closing minutes?!”

More answers to come including further insight into one kick-ass crew member.  Oh, and the final reveal on who wiped their memories and why.  But, like I told the cast in the lead-up to our grand finale: The individual who wiped your memories may not be the one you have to worry about!

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If you live in Canada and missed an episode, you’re in luck!  Tomorrow, Sunday, SpaceChannel will be running a Dark Matter marathon!  That’s 11 glorious hours packed full of twists, turns, surprises, action, and humor!

http://www.syfy.com/darkmatter/videos/dark-matter-sneak-peek-episode-twelve

If you live in the U.S., on the other hand, and can’t wait until next week to find out how FIVE got out of that airlock way back in Episode 6, well click the above link and take in a sneak peek courtesy of SyFy.

So what did you all think of Episode 11?  Here are what others are saying – but be forewarned!  If you’ve yet to see the episode, be forewarned…spoilers abound!

TheTVJunkies.com = DARK MATTER: THE RAZA STRIKES BACK:

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/dark-matter-episode-eleven/

” It was an episode full of terrific performances, exciting action and an answer to a major question that’s had us scratching our heads for weeks.”

TheWorkPrint.com = DARK MATTER REVIEW: “EPISODE ELEVEN”:

http://www.theworkprint.com/dark-matter-review-episode-eleven/123

“Oh, hey there Dark Matter. You are looking mighty fine these days and I, for one, am incredibly happy you’ve turned into this exciting and character-driven sci-fi show.”

ThreeIfBySpace.com = Dark Matter Episode 11 Review – Out with a Bang

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/08/dark-matter-episode-11-review-out-with-a-bang/#.VdjRo3g-BmA

“Okay, THIS is my favorite scene and I’d say it pretty much tops the list of WTF moments. It’s not as personal as when we watched Two fly out into the vacuum of space, but c’mon, a whole…”

DenOfGeek.com – Dark Matter: Episode Eleven Review:

http://www.denofgeek.us/tv/dark-matter/248604/dark-matter-episode-eleven-review

“And that’s really what Dark Matter is: a peeling back of layers of questions and revealing answers that contain new mysteries.”

SpoilerTV.com – Dark Matter – Episode 11 – Review: “Full Circle”:

http://www.spoilertv.com/2015/08/dark-matter-episode-11-review-full.html

“This was by far my favorite episode of the season.”

Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section.  And also post your questions for actor Alex Mallari Jr.’s upcoming blog Q&A.  Deadline is tomorrow!

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Look at what arrived today compliments of blog regular PBMom.  A slew of Dark Matter chocolate bars!  FireRoasted & StoneGround!  Black Chocolate, Black Lava Sea Salt, Black Pepper!  The very flavour of dark matter!

Thanks so much, Hilda!  Your gift couldn’t have come at a better time as we sit down, tonight, to Dark Matter Episode 11 in advance of next week’s big double episode finale.

And here are a couple of links to whet your appetites:

7 Reasons to Binge Dark Matter:

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/dark-matter-7-reasons-to-binge-the-sci-fi-summer-hit/

Series review:

http://eclipsemagazine.com/dark-matter-two-four-six-hey-who-do-we-appreciate/

An Episode 11 preview:

http://www.spoilertv.com/2015/08/dark-matter-episode-11-advance-preview.html

You have until Sunday to post your questions for actor Alex Mallari Jr., Dark Matter’s FOUR.  Don’t miss out!

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Firefight Panda!

In case you missed yesterday’s BIG announcement: actor Alex Mallari Jr. – Dark Matter’s FOUR – wants to hear from you!  That’s right!  Got a question for The Raza’s resident swordsman?  Well leave ’em in the comments section of this blog (limit 5 per customer).

Nope, still not word on that second season pick-up.  But that’s fine.  Have set aside the script and story spinning until further notice to focus on some late, late, LATE spring cleaning.  (Almost) everything must go!  Including those boxes that have been sitting in my crawlspace since I first moved into this house back in 2004. What’s the rule of thumb? If you don’t use something in 10+ years, you can safely get rid of it?

I suppose “get rid of” isn’t the right word.  I’ll donate the clothes and books, sell the toys and comics, and junk things like those filing cabinets, old boardgames, and that antiquated cash register.  My friend Tomomi told me about a book – alas, written in Japanese – that pushes the minimalist philosophy.  The author suggests you go through your items and only keep those that elicit what Tomomi roughly translates as “sparkle-joy”.  Everything else must go!

I’d love to find the quickest and easiest way to sell my vast toy and statue collection.  And I do mean vast.  Here’s a pic of roughly one-third of my collection… 1

Not to mention all those dvd’s.  Do people still watch dvd’s?  What the hell am I supposed to do with those?

I remember driving by this shop several years ago whose business model basically focused on selling third party items on eBay.  You just drop your stuff off and they did all the work – for a nominal fee.  Sadly, they shut down years ago – which is too bad because I could have made their year!

Had a couple of real estate agents come by the house yesterday to give it a once-over and discuss possible strategy.  The prospect of cashing out and riding into the sunset grows increasingly enticing – if not for everything that needs to get done before that can happen.

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Dreamt about my long-time gal, Jelly, last night.  I woke up this morning and, I swear, I could still smell her nacho paws.

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I’m pleased to announce our second Dark Matter cast Q&A.  On the hot seat next is actor Alex Mallari Jr., Dark Matter’s FOUR.

DARK MATTER -- "Episode Two" Episode 102 -- Pictured: Alex Mallari Jr. as Four -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “Episode Two” Episode 102 — Pictured: Alex Mallari Jr. as Four — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

If you’ve got a question for Alex, post it in the comments section of this blog.  In the interest of preserving my own sanity (since I’m the one who has cut and paste all the text to upload), I’m limiting questions to a very reasonable 5 per person.

So…have at it!

DARK MATTER -- "Episode Three" Episode 103 -- Pictured: Alex Mallari Jr. as Four -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “Episode Three” Episode 103 — Pictured: Alex Mallari Jr. as Four — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Hey, you know what’s on this Friday?  That’s right!  Dark Matter Episode 11!  Check out the promo:

And speaking of Alex, here a little appetizer for our upcoming Q&A: “10 Questions for FOUR”:

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/08/exclusive-10-questions-for-four-an-interview-with-dark-matters-alex-mallari-jr/#.VdPVeHg-A_U

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The thing I love most about doing interviews is coming back to them, days later, and being genuinely surprised by what I said…

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/08/dark-matter-exclusive-9-questions-with-joseph-mallozzi/#.VdKEd3g-AdV

In which I talk corporate conflicts, TWO’s secret, and coming revelations!

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http://www.thetvjunkies.com/dark-matter-episode-10-postmortem-the-future-is-bleak/?utm_content=buffer2f692&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

In which I offer insight on our Android’s issues, FIVE’s place, and our crew’s options down to (slim and none).

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Is it Friday night yet?  No?!  Okay, here are some Episode 11 teasers to tide you over…

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/08/dark-matter-episode-11-preview-not-without-a-fight/

Check out the promo: “With the team trapped and Two dead, Five must save the day. But all actions have consequences.”

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http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/08/dark-matter-episode-11-sneak-peek-the-perils-of-identity-theft/#.VdKGV3g-AdU

Check out a sneak peek scene: “After Two is seemingly shot into space, Wexler and Cain rough up One … whom they believe is Jace Corso.”

 

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