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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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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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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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“Where,” you no doubt are asking, “is that awesome VFX -laden trailer you promised us?”  Well, they’re stuck in the pipeline (like Homer Simpson in that waterslide) and, hopefully, will be coming your way BEFORE the premiere – because, after all, that’s the whole point of releasing this trailer: to get you even more excited about Dark Matter (as if that were possible!) and let any potential fence sitters and naysayers know just how cool this show will be!

Another teaser promo, compliments of Space Channel. “We’re dangerous!”:

Variety reviews our first episode:


“Adapted from Dark Horse Comics, “Dark Matter” uses a tantalizing mystery to achieve liftoff, then does a pretty nifty job of establishing its characters to bring the audience along for the ride.”

Meanwhile, over at Entertainment Weekly:

“It’s tough to become attached to anyone just yet, but fun scenes of discovery and a twist ending should keep you interested for at least one more episode. [12 Jun 2015, p.71]”

Salt Lake City Weekly seems to like us:


A little insight into the construction of our space stations…

We wanted a uniform look for our space stations suggestive of a single architectural vision – but one we could play with, making changes to background and structure to vary the looks as our crew visited different locations.

We went out to our former Stargate Production Designer, James C.D. Robbins, who came back to us with a terrific concept…

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James Robbins: “The first concept drawings that Joe & Paul wanted me to work on was for a space station. I was forwarded a handful of images as direction. The PD was looking to make the whole structure compact- still incorporating modular elements but more like a series of steel geodesic mushrooms radiating from a central column.

My first pass at the space station was well received, but the idea of modular pods attached in an organic cluster was nixed as the physicality of shooting the ‘ins and outs’ of sets that all have a different direction for “up” was deemed impractical.”

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James Robbins: “So I developed a single axis column design topped with a “pod” that was the size of a small city. After a few notes, the final version that went to VFX is below.”

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Once we’d locked our design, it went to our VFX team lead by Visual Effects Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson.

Lawren Bancroft-Wilson: “When it comes to building a space station (of which our team has done a great deal over the years) we know it always comes down to how much detail can we add to sell just how immense the scale needs to be. We were lucky to have a good deal of lead-time to really hammer out the needs of a civilian inhabited space station model. Communication relays, habitable sections, docking bays, etc. Being able to look down the road we also knew that we would be required to create variations on these deep space outposts that were build from generally the same principles and resources. The design we took from the concept had to be modular in a way that a space station on one side of a galaxy would be reminiscent of another, but different enough to reflect the economics of what that particular pocket of space could support.”

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Lawren Bancroft-Wilson: “Through the various iterations of the grey scale models, you can see detail being built up and scale being accessed (as seen with our ship in one of the docking bays).”

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Lawren Bancroft-Wilson: “Developing the light kit helped to give life on the inside of the space station, deciding what areas were habitable and which were not. One of the really nice details of this particular build was how much of the interior of the docking bays we were able to create so that once our ship is inside we can actually see out the windows to the realistic 3D interior of the bay.”

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Although the architectural construction of these way stations will be similar, looks will vary…


Today’s entry is dedicated to longtime blog regular ponytail!

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Another short video from the gang at Space Channel: “Death.  Despair.  Chaos.  So what?”

More early reviews:



I talk about the show with Greg David at TV, eh?:


“There is a lot of dark sci-fi out there that is great,” he explains. “But a lot of fans are missing a fun sci-fi series and there hasn’t been one on a ship-based show for awhile. We set out to make a fun show with a sense of humour while at the same time putting viewers on the edge of their seat every week.”

Our hero ship, from concept to finished product:





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Comin’ at ya in five (WITH FIVE!)!

Space Channel here in Canada is counting down toward the Friday premiere in delightful fashion.  Each day ticks off with a different Dark Matter, appropriately enough…




Who’s next?  Can’t wait to find out tomorrow!

SyFy UK and SyFy Australia, meanwhile, have launched this terrific campaign that asks…








Zoie Palmer (Dark Matter’s Android) talks about Lost Girl, her new movie Patch Town, and Dark Matter with ET Canada:


Another Dark Matter preview article.  Brush up before the premiere!


Lari Burkhart offers up her list of What To Watch In June:  Among her picks…

“What do you get when you have 6 amnesiacs and a spaceship? A SyFy original series, obviously. Throw in an android and the writers from Stargate and you’ve also got me sitting on the couch anxiously awaiting this premiere!”


Dark Matter makes Rick’s Picks at tvweeklynow.com:


We make The Columbus Dispatch’s “10 shows we’d watch this week”:


Chris Lackner of the Winnipeg Free Press profiles Dark Matter as Big Event Friday viewing:


“The small screen is due for a new sci-fi saviour, and this could be it.”

Oh yeah!

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The ship’s underbelly!  Probably my favorite standing set.


Two floors of fun!


Note the floor design and texturing. It’s the little touches…


Looking up at the second level.  Check out the ceiling designs.  Never underestimate the importance of floors and ceilings!


Watch your step!

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Readying for Day #1!


Shooting in the underbelly, episode #101.

Finally – missed this the first time around.  Here’s a Stargate reference from Archer:

And, speaking of Stargates, check out this almost fully functional 3D printed stargate.

No, it can’t send you to other planets.  Yet!

*** Oh, and one more thing!  Tomorrow, at 12 PST, 3 EST, I’ll be chatting with Simon Applebaum on Tomorrow Will Be Televised (BlogTalk Radio).

“Simon Applebaum
Good Saturday morning, Dark Matter followers! Catch co-creator/executive producer Joseph Mallozzi LIVE Monday on Tomorrow Will Be Televised, the program all about TV. He’ll take your phone calls and chatroom reaction to Syfy’s new series–Monday at 3 p.m. Eastern time, noon Pacific on BlogTalk Radio (www.blogtalkradio.com) and Brooklyn Independent Media HD (NYC-wide on Verizon Fios/Brooklyn-wide on Time Warner Cable, Cablevision Systems and RCN). Tune in and spread the word!

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