Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’

Paying a visit to Arax Nero

A sit-down with prison boss Arax Nero.  Who IS this mystery man?


An intriguing shot.  Mysterious, no?

Shooting Anthony Lemke

What’s HE looking at?

I was on a creative tear today, finishing a new scene for one episode and rewriting multiple scenes for two more – all while I was stuck in traffic this morning.  As I’ve always said, I do some of my best writing when I’m driving, in the shower, or when my ex used to talk to me over dinner!  As soon as I got into the office, I shut the door and spent the next hour and a half getting it all on the page.

The rest of the day was spent in and out of meetings as prep has begun on Episode 204, to be directed by Dark Matter stunt coordinator John Stead.  


John Stead and furry fan at the costume department meet and greet.

Looks like we’ll be finally leaving the relatively warmer environs of the studio for the chill of The Hammer as location work begins next week.  Space station, forest, and cabins offer insights into one characters dark dark past.

The results are in and we have a title for Episode 201!  YOU voted and chose…

Episode 14: Welcome To Your New Home

The breakdown…

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Next week, you’ll be voting on an title for Episode 202!

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Work progresses on Dark Matter season 2.  Today brought a fresh round of auditions – and a handful of very strong candidates.  Casting the part of Nyx is going to be especially challenging because our casting director, Lisa Parasyn, and her team have assembled some truly terrific talent.  Some great choices among the candidates who auditioned for Devon, Misaki, and Arax Nero as well.

Construction on our new sets begins next week and we have some pretty amazing plans in the works (but you already know that, don’t you?).  I’ll be sure to snap plenty of “Before” pics so that you can compare once the show airs next year.

Yes, with Dark Matter‘s second season still a ways away, here are a few visual tidbits to tide you over – a sneak peek at what we have in the works for you compliments of  Production Designer Ian Brock, Art Director Russell Moore, Set Designer Doug Slater, and Concept Illustrator Sanford Kong…








Thoughts and theories on the above?

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The Mikkei Combine’s Commander Delaney Truffault (Torri Higginson, STARGATE: ATLANTIS) offers the crew a golden opportunity to make some much-needed cash and acquire some much-needed protection by taking on a job to heist a mysterious device from a rival corporation. Complications arise in the form of another team of ruthless mercenaries who have also been hired for the same op. The two crews must work together to complete the mission, but getting along proves to be a very tall task.


DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: (l-r) Roger Cross as Six, Anthony Lemke as Three, Melissa O’Neil as Two, Mark Bendavid as One — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Woohoo!  Only two days away from my second favorite episode of the season (second only to the BIG season finale).  Directed by Dark Matter stunt coordinator John Stead, this outing sees our crew teaming up with a group of even more mercenary criminals!


DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Every one of the guest stars in Episode 110 hits a home run performance.  Torri Higginson is Commander Truffault, our unlikely ally.  Ennis Esmer is the other team’s villainous boss, Wexler.  Jessica Sipos and Jon Cor are Tash and Vons, the unnervingly inseparable duo.  Conrad Pla is Cain, the looming heavy.


DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: Roger Cross as Six — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/SyFy)

This is an episode I’ve watched at least a dozen times – and I love it just as much the twelfth time as I did the first!

You are in for treat!


DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: Jodelle Ferland as Five — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)


“FAIR WARNING: This sneak peek is pretty spoilery because it basically explains how our gang manages to survive being surrounded by three Ferrous Corp destroyers.”


DARK MATTER — “Episode Eleven” Episode 111 — Pictured: Conrad Pla as Cain — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)


“The team must work with a group of psychotic outlaws. Trouble doesn’t even begin to describe what happens next.”


DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)


“Remember, folks, it’s a two parter.  Breathe.  While you can.”


, DARK MATTER — “Episode Eleven” Episode 111 — Pictured: (l-r) Jessica Sipos as Tash, Jodelle Ferland as Five — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Check out a good dog-related cause:



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That’s 9 p.m. in the U.K., 10 p.m. in Germany, 4 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. PST.  Find me @BaronDestructo on twitter.  #AskJoeDM for tomorrow’s event.

For those of you who missed the Dark Matter panel at SDCC, here it is compliments of Tom Gardiner from http://www.threeifbyspace.net:

On Dark Matter Episode 106:


“Dark Matter took a bloody trip down memory lane in its memorable sixth episode, giving us a huge insight into the history of some of the crew members, and adding new fuel to the raging nature vs. nurture debate.”


“Now, all we want is more. Lots more.”


“While Dark Matter may be science fiction, it plays more like a mystery creating more puzzle pieces as it fits others in place. Part of the SyFy Friday lineup, this is addictive viewing.”


“Who is Titch, and what happened in their life to turn them into a hardened criminal? That was one of the key questions posed in Episode 6 of Dark Matter.”


” Although the hunt for resources is still center stage as the main problem to be solved in Dark Matter, some much-needed back story came out of “Episode Six,” and my expectations were sent into a tailspin. It’s a pleasant sort of disorientation, and the questions and theories these new details inspire greatly enhances my enjoyment of the series, which is quickly becoming a highlight of Syfy’s summer lineup.”


“The show is building on their drives and gives them each a reason to push forward and accomplish a specific goal. Once we figure out One, Two, and Three’s official pasts, we’ll finally be rounded out. Although I’m suspecting that their memory wipes were an agreed plan, I do like that each character isn’t tied to another in any specific way. Good diversity. More episodes like this please.”


” The future of the show depends on if Dark Matter can dole out information on these mysterious backstories while keeping the present interesting. It’s not an easy task, and to Dark Matter’s credit, it’s done a decent job of it up to now.”

And a nice little write-up of Episode 105 and the show in general I missed:


“Dark Matter then is a fantastic addition to Monday night television and, if the ratings stay strong, should become a nice little earner for the Syfy channel. It certainly has all the elements needed to go the distance, with good characters and a sense of mystery underpinning the story. “

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Dark Matter’s second episode airs tonight on SyFy and Space Channel at

10:00 p.m. EST/7:00 PST

And 10:00 PST

I’ll be live tweeting through both broadcasts.  Who’ll be joining me?

In preparation for tonight’s big event, I’ve been dropping a few sneak peek screen caps on twitter…

The fallout.

The fallout.

The Android and FIVE bond.

The Android and FIVE bond.

Who's the baddest?

Who’s the baddest?

Don't mess with TWO.

Don’t mess with TWO.

Panic on the bridge.

Panic on the bridge.

Trouble comin' at ya!

Trouble comin’ at ya!

So, who is the baddest crew member?


I want you to rank them, #1-#7, from “super badass” to “cause for concern”.

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Watch the premiere!


10 p.m. on SyFy (U.S.)

7 p.m. PST, 10 p.m. EST on Space Channel (Canada)

And here is our updated global premiere rundown.  New and improved!  Now with added Portugal!

Dark Matter Global Premiere Dates

The cast, crew, and EP Vanessa Piazza and I (@BaronDestructo) will be live tweeting the event – both east and west coast feeds.  Follow the #DarkMatter hashtag.  Join us!

A final teaser promo from Space Channel: “Technically, she’s an android”…


“Here is Why Dark Matter, SyFy’s New Space Opera, Could Be TV’s Next Big Hit”:



Ships!  Ships!  Ships!  io9 offers up a sneak peek at our corporate ships:


Something To Fill That Firefly-Shaped Hole In Your Heart:


3 Things You Should Know:


On bringing back the “fun scifi” with Dark Matter:



Melissa O’Neil and Anthony Lemke dish on Dark Matter:


Roger Cross talks Dark Matter:


Truth & Consequences: Anthony Lemke talks about playing the rogue, Star WarsSpace 1999 and his favorite episode…



The One, Two, Three interview:


On tonight’s launch:


Collider’s thoughts on the premiere:


Everything you need to know about Dark Matter going into tonight’s premiere:


My chat with Blastr:



The Seattle Time’s TV Picks for June 12th:


Teasing the premiere:



***Post your spoiler-free Dark Matter-related questions in the comments section and I’ll answer them in tomorrow’s dedicated “Dark Matter Q&A” blog entry!  U.K. and international post-premiere Q&A’s to follow!***

Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular ponytail!

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SyFy’s Dark Matter Brings The Badass Ladies In Force:


Space Opera is Set for a New Dawn with Dark Matter:


“Dark Matter’s 13-episode first season is destined to be an action-packed mix of drama, humour and adventure in the mould of Stargate and Firefly. Any similarity to the former is not coincidental given that Mallozzi and Mullie have a long history with that franchise.”

How SyFy’s Dark Matter Created the Ultimate Police Ship: http://io9.com/how-syfys-dark-matter-created-the-ultimate-police-ship-1710547670


Zoie Palmer Brings Dark Matter’s Android to Life:


“I’m always drawn to the underdog a little bit, I’m drawn to those characters that are a little bit outside, a little bit quirky, a little bit disconnected. I think there’s a ton of places you can go. Even on Lost Girl I think every character felt a little bit like an outsider. It was a group of outsiders. They all sort of found each other and connected in that way.”

Melissa O’Neil and Antony Lemke talk Dark Matter:


“When we started shooting, absolutely we were. We had read a number of episodes ahead as actors but one of the things that Joe and Paul did very, very well was keep secrets. Boy did they ever.”

Anthony Lemke talks Dark Matter:


“Thematically for the show, you have the two poles, in a way, of how to approach life,” Lemke explained. “We have the side that is very moral, and the other is very instrumental. Whatever you can do to live another day is kind of what my character is all about.”

Great Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter’s THREE) video interview:


Another teaser promo from the gang at Space Channel: “I can save us all…if you let me.”

Dark Matter – Pilot – Technical Previews: “Visuals”…


“Dark Matter is poised to gallantly launch us all back into space and the visuals the show provides are a very big part of what makes this show so unique.”

Dark Matter series premiere advance preview:


Dark Matter is the featured t.v. gallery on imdb.  Thanks to BoltBait for the heads up!

http://www.imdb.com/gallery/rg2395511552 When does Dark Matter premiere in your part of the world?  Check out Our Worldwide SyFy Premiere Dates: 

Dark Matter Global Premiere Dates

Finally, how’d you like to win a model of our hero ship?  Details here:



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