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It’s been  busy week for Dark Matter.  More reviews, reactions, and interviews! Tomorrow, we role into my behind-the-scenes insights into “Episode 17: We Were Family”!

Never forget that Dark Matter doesn’t forget it’s clues and sub-plots from last season, everything connects and everything will be made known in its due time. We’re almost half-way done and I still feel like we’re just getting warmed up… by Sahurai at Blade of the Sashurai

We should definitely be thanking our neighbors to the north for more than a few things; but one of the biggest could be its being the savior of North American Sci-Fi on TV. One in particular that I have watched and very highly recommend is Dark Matter… by Dave Ward Nerd Nation Magazine

AfterBuzz’s Yael Tygiel gets Dark Matter’s Alex Mallari Jr. and Anthony Lemke in bed…

Alex Mallari Jr. and Jodelle Ferland talk to TV Equals:

Melissa O’Neil and Anthony Lemke talk to TV Equals:

Melissa Liburd and Executive Producer Jay Firestone talk to TV Equals:

A group interview:

Alex Mallari Jr. and Anthony Lemke talk to Seat 42F:

Jodelle Ferland and Melissa O’Neil talk to Seat 42F:

A little something for the StargateDark Matter, and science-minded.  Meet the Physicist Behind the Science of Stargate by Jacqueline Ronson at Inverse profiles former Stargate science advisor Mika McKinnon who, incidentally, helped me out by offering me her expert input on a facet of “Stuff To Steal; People To Kill”, the eighth episode of Dark Matter’s second season.

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For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here’s the SDCC Dark Matter panel c/o the fine folks at Syfy:

Also at Comic Con:

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Crave Online’s Blair Marnell talks to The Women of Dark Matter

Dark Matter “Episode 17: We Were Family” recaps, reviews and reactions:

Welcome Back, Son by Tom Gardiner at Three If By Space

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We Were Family – With Six You Get Replicants by Michael Knox-Smith at Mike’s Film Talk

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Robot Romance and What’s a Titch? by Cort Robinson at Pure Fandom

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Good stuff from Canada that is as good as any recent series that comes to mind, or maybe even better… By Craig Suide at SciFi Movie Page

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Dark Matter has a lot of balls in the air right now, and so far they are being successfully juggled. More episodes like this one would make an impressive storytelling display and an overall successful season to come… by Michael Ahr at Den of Geek

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This season continues to deliver to an exceptional standard every single week and our faith in the writers only grows with each passing episode… by Christopher Hart at The Nerd Recites

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For whatever number of episodes are in this season, they have a handle on the pacing that has given us a lot for only being on the fourth… by Jideobi Odunze at Geeked Out Nation

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Dark Matter, you keep building these relationships like this and I will be a fangirl for life… by Jen Stayrook at The Workprint

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This was a strong and powerful episode with an incredible amount of character growth. I think this is my favorite episode yet this season and that’s taking into account that I adored the first two episodes… by Aimee Hicks at Spoiler TV

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I mentioned in the comments of a previous review that Three was becoming my favorite character on this show, and Dark Matter Season 2 Episode 4 only reinforces this sentiment… by Kathleen Wiedel at TV Fanatic

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This episode revealed that everyone is going to be faced with new choices as the series progresses. Whether they are for the better or for the worst is the real question… by Leaf Miranda at The Young Folks

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Josh and Anna of Geeksiders weigh in:

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Tomorrow night, it’s a brand new episode of Dark Matter

On this week’s all-new episode of Dark Matter, THREE (Anthony Lemke) reconnects with his former crew while The Android (Zoie Palmer) finds herself in unique company.

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Screen Spy has an EXCLUSIVE SCOOP on the episode, offering some intriguing teasers, individually titled: “Sentimental Memories”, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”, “Sexy Sparring”, “Pretty Woman”, and “The Key to Victory”.

DARK MATTER -- "We Were Family" Episode 204 -- Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “We Were Family” Episode 204 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

This episode promises some great developments for everyone on board The Raza, offering insights into THREE’s past, the Android’s potential, TWO’s backstory, Nyx’s secret, Devon’s demons, Arax’s hidden agenda, and one of my favorite THRE/FIVE scenes of the season.  The latter is a lot of fun and gives us a glimpse of their burgeoning atypical friendship…Ah, hell.  Why don’t I just show you.  Check it out:

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry, I grow weary of twitter and have seriously begun to question its value simply so far as I’m concerned.  I’m going to give live-tweeting another go when tomorrow night’s episode airs (7 pm PDT/10 pm EDT on Syfy and Space Channel) and then, at Akemi’s behest, follow up with (probably) a final after-show Periscope (8 pm PDT/11 pm EDT).  New blog entries will be automatically uploaded to my twitter feed and I’ll retweet the occasional article but, moving forward, this blog and reddit will be THE sources of BTS pics, videos, and insights.  Maybe, in some not too distant future, when twitter has worked out the bugs and Periscope is less annoying to use, I may return.  In the meantime, I hear there’s this thing called Meerkat…

Hey, it’s been a while!  Let’s hit the mailbag!

arcticgoddess writes: “With all the time travel episodes you are watching, are you planning on writing a time travel ep for season three?”

Answer: Maaaaaybeeee!

KathyC writes: “Is the food getting any better? You weren’t very happy when you got home.”

Answer: Checked out two new (to me!) local restaurants with Akemi and Anthony recently, and both were winners: Mission (http://missionkits.ca) whose head chef, in addition to being a Stargate fan, creates some truly incredible dishes like –

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Stuffed zucchini blossoms.

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Sea urchin pasta.

And, for dessert, an unbelievable apricot-soaked savarin.

We also hit Fable Diner where we enjoyed some spectacular duck and kimchee pancakes and a this –

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EJ writes: “Mailbag question that’s had me curious since the first episode: how did you come up with the name “Raza” for the ship?”

Answer: It’s actually from the Latin “tabula rasa”.

Maggie L80 writes: “I know lots of people have commented on Five’s abundant supply of clothing compared to the others and she’s been on the ship the least amount of time. Any new wardrobe changes for the others this season?”

Answer: Yep.  TWO gets an especially awesome new jacket later this season.

2cats writes: “Mailbag questions:
1) The Raza is in space and yet they fire propellant weapons inside? Wasn’t that a bad thing last season with the derelict zombie ship, causing hull breaches? Why weren’t there any hull breaches during this latest firefight?”

Answer: Certainly unwise.  As for why no hull breaches – The Raza is a much better than that old freighter.

“2) Is Marc excited to be playing a bad guy from now on (Jace Corso)?”

Answer: I believe so, but this is a question for Marc.

“3) Does the Doc and Nyx know about Arax’s connection to the lady that’s seeking to “get” Five”?”

Answer: You’ll have to wait and see to find out.

ceresis64 writes: “But, why was Android so hostile when activated?”

Answer: The answer to this question coming your way in Episode 208.

“Back to S2, is Randroid set to Android’s default settings?”

Answer: Yes.

Wouter writeS: “Questions for Joe:
-Initial ratings for S2 that I’ve seen, only for Syfy, didn’t look great. Are there other metrics that may decide the fate of the show, like how it’s doing on Space Channel, or alternative means to watch like digital views (Netflix) or downloads (iTunes)? Is S2 even available on the later options? Could strong sales on DVD/Blu-ray or on iTunes save the show even if ratings are disappointing?”

Answer: Sure.  Ultimately all of the aforementioned will play a role in the show’s future.  Some, however, will hold more weight than others.

“When Two was outside the ship when the other mercs had taken over the Raza, some explanation was offered why she survived for so long. But I don’t recall ever getting an explanation of how she managed to keep breathing (or alternatively, why she could survive without breathing if that is the case). Nanites migrating to the skin doesn’t cover that, AFAIK.”

Answer: It was both a matter of the nanites making highly efficient use of oxygen stores and placing her in a physiological state that minimized those oxygen requirements.  It was a stop gap measure that would not have worked indefinitely.

“I rather like much of the short music tracks that accompany the episodes – for example, the ending of ep 5 of S1 had nice music. Are there any plans to release a soundtrack or at least to put bits and pieces online?”

Answer: I have asked our brilliant composer, Benjamin Pinkerton about this.  He told me intends to eventually.

fsmn36 writes: “How long were One and Six part of the team before Five stowed away?”

Answer: Timing would suggest – not all that long.

“What convinced Portia, Boone and Ryo to allow them to join?”

Answer: The crew of The Raza has a rotating lineup.  Members are presumably made and lost along the way.  We’ll learn more about the ORIGINAL original crew in time.

neosmithxeno writes: “For one thing, why did the prison arc end so quickly? It felt like there should’ve been at least another episode before the gang returned to the Raza. Was this always the plan?”

Answer: The prison storyline was originally planned as a three-episode arc but was compressed to two after several requests to shorten it.  In fact, one request was to have them escape halfway through the premiere (!).

“Second, why reveal almost immediately that Arax Nero is the asset, rather than tease the mystery out for a few episodes?”

Answer: We went back and forth on this but, ultimately, there’s another storyline we want to get moving on that requires us to advance the Arax Nero storyline first.

“Third, I was confused about whether or not pre-Ryo/Marcus knew about pre-Portia’s status as an advanced synthetic. They didn’t seem at all bothered by the fact that she could link to the ship, an ability I thought was exclusive to the Android. So, did they know what she really is or not?”

Answer: The answer to this question will come in time.

“Finally, assuming that Marcus did go inside the Vault and see Sarah’s body, did he also find the Frozen Six? Was there maybe a scene that addressed this?”

Answer: SIX’s stasis pod was not in the vault.  It was in one of several holds located in the ship’s underbelly.

Hey, don’t forget to check out the Dark Matter panel at Comic Con tonight!

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Who’s going to San Diego Comic Con?  Well, Dark Matter will be there.  Thursday, July 21st at 7 pm, join cast members Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, and Melanie Liburd along with Executive Producer Jay Firestone in Room 60E for the Dark Matter panel.

Well, our lodger left us today, bound for San Diego.  He’ll be missed – by a couple of the locals in particular…

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It wasn’t all fun and games though.  While here, Akemi put him to work…

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Meanwhile, local celebrity rag captures celebrity in totally candid shot:

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Cider house rules!

Well, finished a first draft of Episode 301 .  I’m going to take a day off, give it a polish, then send it off to Paul and co. for notes, after which I roll right into Episode 303.  But FIRST, I need to do a pass on that military SF pilot before sending it out another round of “professional vetting”.  P.S. Thanks to Maggie, Ryan, Bob, and Chris, the military vets with an eye for detail – and story!

Also, looks like I’ll be L.A.-bound for the last week of August.  My new agency wants me to do “the tour”, so I’ll be flying in for fight days of meetings – and meals with (hopefully) my L.A. pals: Martin Gero, Carl Binder, Marc Bendavid, Melanie Liburd, Ellen Wong and Adam.

Hey, you know what Friday night is?  Yep, it’s SciFi Friday!  Killjoys at 6 pm PDT/9 pm ET and Dark Matter at 7 pm PDT/10 pm EDT!  It also may mark my last pick at the tweeting/periscoping can.  It’s been fun, but twitter and I may be breaking up.  Our relationship has hit a rocky patch.  :(

Allow me to leave you with some eye candy (work-in-progress!) from our crack visual effects team lead by our tireless VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson.

Screenshots of the Ishida Cruiser in FTL.  Original concept design by artist Jon Hrubesch.  Modelled by Brendan Morfitt, overseen by VFX Supervisor Shawn Hillier of FuseFX.

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EOS-7 design by Jeff Bartzis, FuseFX.  Visual effects work overseen by VFX Supervisor Shawn Hillier, FuseFX.

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space station B

Tomorrow, promos and previews for Dark Matter “Episode 17: We Were Family”.

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We watched the first two episodes of Netflix’s Stranger Things last night.  I’m enjoying it so far and really, REALLY hoping that all of these cool narrative elements come together and make sense in the end.  Akemi, on the other hand, was freaked-out.  “Is this horror?”she asked as the frightened scientist ran through the flickering corridors in the opening.

“No,”I said.  “It’s science fiction.”

“Are you sure?”she asked after the scientist met his fate.

“It’s science fiction,”I insisted.

And then, throughout the first episode, Akemi: “It’s horror.” “I think it’s horror.”  “This not science fiction.  Horror!”

We usually watch a single episode of something before bedtime but she was so unnerved she suggested we watch a second episode that would answer some of the first’s eerie questions.  So we did.  And got more eerie questions.  She would have stayed up for a third but she was exhausted.  Before drifting off to sleep she informed me: “I might have to turn on the light to go to the bathroom tonight.  And wake you up.”  Thankfully, she didn’t.

This morning she woke up, still weirded out by the show.  “I can’t sleep last night,”she told me.  “I worried that you disappear.  So I kept touching you to make sure you’re still here.  But you seem to not like it.”

Being touched while I’m trying to sleep?  Of course I’m not going to like it!

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Hey, look who dropped by to spend time with the original Bubba.  Yes, it’s t.v.’s Anthony Lemke “(“Le Monkey”to Akemi), into town for a couple of days before heading to San Diego for Comic Con.

Hey, if you have any questions about the last episode, “I’ve Seen the Other Side of You”, post ’em.  I’m long overdue for a mailbag and will try to field your questions over the next couple of days.  But one that has come up:

Sandy Pahl asks: “Why didn’t Two, Three and Four question where One & Six were after regaining their memories?”

Answer: The fact that only Portia Lin, Marcus Boone, and Ryo Ishida’s neural imprints flashed up suggests that when the crew first created this fall-back strategy (in the event the Android was incapacitated), Jace Corso and Griffin Jones were not part of the team.

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Yeeeeah!  Who’s joining me on the Atlantis expedition?!

Oof.  You know what I hate?  Writing.  Especially when I’ve been sitting on the same scene for going on three days.  THREE DAYS!  If I can just forge ahead, get it done and then, hopefully, tear through these last ten or so pages, I can actually take  day off and NOT WRITE…which, frankly, is what I’ve been doing these past three days except that, instead of reading or watching something, I’ve just been staring at my laptop screen.

I’ve been reviewing some of my fave time loop movies and t.v. episodes with Akemi lately.  We started with Groundhog Day (which she found dated and I didn’t love as much on the re-view), then move on to Run Lola Run (she LOVED IT, as did I just as much on the re-view), SG-1’s “Window of Opportunity” (she found Rick’s performance somewhat…disinterested, while I felt the episode showed some age), and SGU’s “Time” (which she found confusing but compelling, and an episode I still consider one of the best time-travel stories we ever did.  Kudos to Robert C. Cooper).  Lined up for future viewing: Star Trek: The Next Generation “Cause and Effect”, Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Life Serial”, The X-Files “Monday”, Angel “Time Bomb”, Lois & Clark “Twas the Night Before Myxomas”, Smallville “Reckoning”, Dr. Who – various,  Farscape “Back and Back and Back to the Future”, and about a dozen more.

Dark Matter “Episode 16: I’ve Seen the Other Side of You” recaps, reactions, and reviews:

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When this show is over and looked back upon, we feel that this week’s episode will stand out as one of the most memorable and crucial episodes…  by Christopher Hart at The Nerd Recites

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Dark Matter: It’s Two vs. Five in “I’ve Seen the Other Side of You” by Jen Stayrook at The Workprint.

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It turns out that the crew’s memories aren’t gone after all, which Five had to learn the hard way… by Leaf Miranda at The Young Folks

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Wait, what?  by Siobhan Dempsey at Word of the Nerd Online

Behind-the-scenes…

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Season 2 Episode 3 Fun Facts!

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What’s the Deal with the Crystal Tower?

You remember the crystal tower, dontcha?

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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…

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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.

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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!).

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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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