Posts Tagged ‘Dark Matter’

On the heels of THIS awesome 15 second promo from the gang at Syfy Publicity and Marketing:

Comes THIS awesome 40 second trailer from the gang at SyfyInternational:

Let’s break it down!

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Big heavy security doors slide open on a familiar sight (for those who saw the promo): THREE, TWO, and FOUR stripped down, carrying what look like piles of clothing.  But where are they going?

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Editing trickering or answer?  Could this be the Hyperion-8 Intergalactic Maximum Security Prison alluded to in the off-season?  If so, it looks like our crew don’t exactly receive a warm welcome from the prisoners.

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“What is this place?”asks THREE.  Maybe we have our answer?

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We hear SIX inform someone: “Galactic Maximum Security Facility” over a gorgeous establisher of what we can only presume is the place itself.  Which begs the question – IF our crew manage to get outside, what then?  The atmosphere looks decidedly Inhospitable.

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“It was you,”says FIVE in apparent disbelief.  You who?  I’m sure you can all make your educated guesses.

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Oh damn!  She slaps a uniformed SIX.  Payback for what happened in the season 1 finale?!

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Brown is the new black!  A shot of TWO in what looks like prison attire.

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FOUR clutching what appears to be a set of those standard prison issues stands in a cell as a force shield activates behind him.  We hear someone say: “You and your friends…”

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“…need to understand the way things work.”  Who is this guy offering the “helpful” advice?

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Welp, THREE seems to be learning the way things work in this prison compliments of a left cross delivered by a kick-ass fellow prisoner.  Could this be the mysterious Nyx Harper (Melanie Liburd), the potential new crew member alluded to over the hiatus.  If so, we’re off to a rough start!

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Well, now. Who is this mystery woman flanked by the two swordsmen.  Could this be Misaki, Han-Shireikan, the new Commander of the Imperial Royal Guard of Ishida?  She looks like she means business.

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ALL business!

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Frank Potente, who we now know is playing the role of Inspector Shaddick of the G.A.’s Serious Crimes Division pulls a gun on FIVE.  On FIVE!

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Oh, damn.  Things DO NOT look good for FIVE.  But she seems defiant.  What’s got Shaddick so mad?  And why is she taking it out on the kid?

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A beautiful shot of The Raza dropping out of FTL.  “There’s a war coming,”says someone.  A war coming? Between who?  And what does it have to do with us?

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“THE PAST IS DANGEROUS”.  Yes, that much was made very clear in season 1.  And the past CAN come back to haunt.

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“What did you do on that ship?”Shaddick asks someone, presumably interrogating one of our crew.

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A shot of FIVE using the neural links.  Is this part of the interrogation or something else?

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FOUR in his prison issues clutching a blade, facing off against…someone?  How’d he get a sword inside a maximum security facility?  And who is he about to slice and dice?

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“THE PRESENT IS DEADLY” – as we’re learning.  And there’s apparently nowhere to hide.

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Is that our Android, looking VERY relaxed, in what appears to be a bar?  Long hair?  New look?  “You don’t think I can handle myself?”she asks.

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Hmmm.  Our mystery woman clutching a sword in what could be the B-side to the earlier shot of FOUR clutching a sword of his own.  Is FOUR about to add one more to his growing body count – or has he met his match.  And, hey, who’s that standing in the background, watching.

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Our Android (if that is really her) proves that she CAN take care of herself – in brutally efficient fashion.

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“THE FUTURE IS DARK”.  Oh, it is, it is.  As I’ve been telling anyone who will listen, this season will put the “dark” in “Dark Matter”.

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A very determined FIVE says: “Kill them all.”  Coincidentally, that’s the name of our second episode of the new season.  Who is she talking to?  Who is she talking about?  Cold!

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The prisoners throw someone – could be a guard – off one of the upper levels. THAT is quite possibly a reprimandable offense.

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All hell breaks loose in Gen. Pop.  THREE appears to be fighting side by side with the helpful advisor from earlier on.

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A section of the Hyperion-8 facility, around the area of hangar bay, is wracked by an enormous explosion.

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Rapid-fire quick cuts!  This first – a battered and bleary THREE.  This shot matches a shot from the previous promo but, in the that one, a strange green interactive light plays in one of his eyes.

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ONE, looking business casual – a far cry from the prison issues being sported by TWO, THREE, and FOUR.  Where’s he at if he’s not in Hyperion-8 with the rest of the hardened criminals?

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TWO smiling.  I don’t know about you, but there’s something unsettling about that smile.

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FOUR looking like he’s about to lay down a serious beatdown.

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FIVE looks…unhappy.

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SIX looking downright angry.  But with who?  And why?

What do you think?  Did you catch anything I may have missed?  Let’s discuss!

And prepare for Dark Matter’s second season, coming your way soon!  Check out our international premiere dates…

July 1st: U.S. (Syfy) and Canada (SpaceChannel)

July 2nd: Australia (Syfy Australia)

July 4th: U.K. (Syfy UK)

July 5th: Spain (Syfy Spain)

July 11th: Germany (Syfy Germany)

More premiere dates to come!

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Franka Potente Joins ‘Dark Matter’ Season 2 As Recurring

And the Dark Matter season 2 casting rollout continues with the announcement that Franka Potente (The BridgeCopperRun Lola RunThe Bourne Identity) will be joining the show in the role of Chief Inspector Shaddick of the Galactic Authority’s Serious Crimes Division.  “She is cool, calculated and determined to prove the crew of the Raza were involved in the destruction of Iriden 3.”

Iriden 3… Iriden 3… Ring a bell?  Mikkei Combine research facility?  White hole technology?  An “accident” that claimed some 15 000 lives?  Yeah, you remember.

This announcement follows to other big casting announcements for the show’s second season…

Melanie Liburd’s casting as the mysterious Nyx Harper:


And Shaun Sipos’s casting as the former surgeon with a dark past Devon Taltherd:


A few more big casting announcements to come!


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Sort of.  While Bubba was working on his tan and Lulu was working the dog park crowd, I was seemingly overseeing the action but actually working on two fronts: Dark Matter and my new super-secret SciFi project.  In the case of the former, I’ve already forwarded my team my game plan for the show’s third season so I’m now breaking down the story arcs into their individual progressive beats.  In the case of the latter, I finished the tease yesterday and am working out the first few scenes in my head, from the rude awakening to the shuttle ride reveal.  Even though production on season 2 has ended, it never REALLY ends.  P.S. I ran Akemi through a couple of the big story arcs that build through Dark Matter’s second (and third) season and her response was utter shock once she recognized the pattern: “You planned that in season one!”.  Why, yes.  I have a plan…


In the lead-up to Dark Matter’s second season premiere, I’ve been all over in a bid to get the word out (twitter: @BaronDestructo, @DarkMatter_show, reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/JosephMallozzi/, imgur: http://barondestructo.imgur.com/all/, Facebook: Baron Destructo, youtube: Joseph Mallozzi).    And I’m pleased to see many fans are helping out including Tom Gardiner and the gang at ThreeIfBySpace.net.  Check out their weekly rundown of the happenings on this very blog:


And their breakdown of the Dark Matter season 2 promo:


And, in case you missed it (in the words of Akemi: “How possible?!!”):

Hey, speaking of Dark Matter check out our new space station (and home of one Tabor Calchek), by way of Dark Matter VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson, compliments of the award-winning team at FUSEFX lead by VFX Supervisor Shawn Hillier:


Gorgeous, no?

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Systems Control:


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I’d like to say that it came to me in a dream but, in truth, it came to me as I was lying wide awake at 5:30 a.m.  My french bulldog had stirred me out of a deep slumber, pacing around until I got up to let her out and, once her business was done, returned to bed where she immediately drifted off.  No insta-sleep for me though.  While Lulu lay beside me, snoring up a storm, I stared up at the ceiling and, over the course of the next two hours, came up with the premise of my new SciFi series.

I eventually drifted off, slept for a couple of more hours and then awoke creatively rarin’ to go.   Throughout the day, while I was walking the dogs and running errands, I broke the story: a tease, five acts, a tag, colorful characters, big stakes, humor, and my trademark twists, turns, shocks and surprises.

The plan is to write the pilot between now and when the Dark Matter writers’ room kicks off on June 12th, hopefully set it up for a fall of 2017 premiere, and convene a second writers’ room in August.

It’s all coming together nicely – except, of course, for the title.  I hate coming up with titles (which is why I had YOU, the fans, choose all the Dark Matter season 2 episode titles.  Thanks.).  So how about it?  Despite the fact that you know absolutely nothing about the prospective new show, what cool SF titles would you suggest?

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Hey, check it out.  I’ve bee twitter verified!  Do you know what that means?!!!

Yeah, me neither.

Meanwhile, over on my dedicated Dark Matter @DarkMatter_show – twitter account, I’ve been uploading behind-the-scenes pics from the first season finale:


THREE drops off the laundry.


Jodelle clowning.


The troops get their marching orders.

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Searching the vents – an homage to Alien.

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Hmmm.  Let’s forget about the Far Horizon.

Ships in progress for season 2…

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Dark Matter Mystery Freighter




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Last Monday, we wrapped production on Dark Matter’s second season.  One week later, the season 3 game plan goes out.  I’ve been working on it for the past month or so and it includes an overview of the show’s third season story and character arcs, narrative developments big and small, and even a preliminary breakdown of the next 13 chapters (episodes) in this SciFi epic.  Nothing is written in stone and it’s all designed to get the creative juices flowing as we aim to convene the writers’ room in less than a month for three glorious weeks of spinning and breaking – before I head to L.A. for a week of meet ‘n greets.


I’m more of an emailer than letter writer but I couldn’t resist picking up the above-pictured Star Trek 50th anniversary stamps and postcards issued by Canada Post. In addition to stills from such classics as “Mirror, Mirror”, “City on the Edge of Forever”, “The Trouble with Tribbles”, “Amok Time”, and “A Piece of the Action”, the stamps feature various crew members (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty), the Constitution-class U.S.S. Enterprise and a Klingon D7-class battle cruiser.  But where’s the Roman Bird-of-Prey?


Speaking of Star Trek, check out this blast from the past – a rare picture of the original original crew before I was forced off the show.  That story here:


Over on my dedicated Dark Matter twitter account (@DarkMatter_Show), I’m continuing my semi-regular daily updates of BTS pics, some previously uploaded, others never-before-seen…



Everyone’s favorite android.

Meanwhile, over on the Stargate sub-reddit, I’ve been posting a bunch of Stargate-related tidbits recovered from my blog archives.  Yesterday, it was this shot of actor David Nykl (Stargate: Atlantis’s Radek Zelenka) testing out a spacesuit in advance of the season 4 opener, Adrift –


And I came across these pics as well…

DSC02872DSC02874DSC02883Boy, these take me back.  As do today’s Stargate subreddit upload:


Space Gopher!  In the Stargate: Atlantis episode Missing, there’s a moment where Teyla proves her wilderness worth by skewering, roasting and eating some unsavory creature.  THIS was the initial concept for said creature which I deemed just way too adorable to eat.


This, by the way, was the revised version of the creature – no more savory but certainly less cute.

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