Posts Tagged ‘Stargate’

An all-new episode of Dark Matter is only two days away.  This one was directed by Jason Priestley and features guest star David Hewlett as the crew’s colorful handler, Tabor Calchek.  This episode features some fun Tabor/Android interactions, a transfer transit-themed op, a big reveal about that mysterious key card, and a shocking ending.

Theres’ a sneak peek scene featuring Tabor and the gang at Syfy.com but, unfortunately, it may be geo-blocked for those outside the U.S.


From Shadow to The Red Leaves of the Red Forest, here’s a rundown of various Syfy-related illicit substances: Just Say No To Syfy Drugs

SciF And TV Talk’s Steve Eramo chats with Roger Cross, Dark Matter’s SIX: Burden of Guilt

I’m often asked if I still keep in touch with the old Stargate gang.  Truthfully, some more than others.  My former writing-producing partner, Paul Mullie, former special features producer Ivon Bartok, and former production assistant Lawren Bancroft-Wilson are presently  working on my new show, Dark Matter (Paul – writer/EP, Ivon writer/Supervising Producer, Lawren – VFX Supervisor/Supervising Producer). Having a new scifi show in production has also allowed me to touch base with some of the old Stargate guard: Amanda Tapping, Andy Mikita, Will Waring, Peter DeLuise, Martin Wood, all of who directed episodes of DM.  I’m still good friends with former Stargate Executive Producers Martin Gero (Blindspot, Dark Matter) and Carl Binder (Houdini & Doyle).

And then, there’s former Stargate creator and showrunner, Robert C. Cooper, who wrote scripts for both seasons of Dark Matter, served as a consulting producer on the show’s second season, and can currently be found serving as an Executive Producer on the upcoming Dirk Gently series…when he’s not cooking up varied pizzas in his backyard pizza oven.

I keep in touch with Rob on a regular basis (or as regular as possible considering our respective production schedules).  And, whenever possible, we like to get together for a meal.  While I appreciate a fine meal, he does me one better: appreciating AND preparing!

The other night, he and his wife Hilary invited Akemi and I over to their place for a little backyard pizza party.  Not only does Rob have a special, built-in pizza oven for the occasion but, in addition to the legit equipment, he also special orders the pizza flour to ensure the crust has the right taste, texture and consistency.


Check out the offerings…


Pear, fig, spicy salami and goat cheese.


Crispy potatoes, bacon, and green onions.


Burnt tomato, spicy sausage, and mozzarella.

4Peking duck: barbecued duck, hoisin, green onions, and mozzarella.

Finally!  Great pizza in Vancouver!  I’d almost given up hope!

We finished the meal with blueberry pie and four types of ice cream.


Our affable host and hostess.


Food: 5/5

Service: 5/5

Atmosphere: 5/5

Final verdict: Highly recommended!

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Today, the season 3 writers’ room followed up yesterday’s blisteringly creative outburst – in which we broke not one, not two, but two and a half episodes! – by spinning our wheels in frustration, watching an adorable cat video, and having soft serve for lunch.  Ah, well.  There’s always tomorrow.

And the day after when Dark Matter season 2 premieres!  Here are a couple of cast interviews to get you psyched up:

Interviews: Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Shaun Sipos

Interview: Melissa O’Neil

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Awww, how adorable.  FIVE’s firing some sort of energy-based weapon.  At who? And why?  And why is she wearing that red lab coat?  Consider today’s Dark Matter season 2 sneak peek screen shot.

Still a very beatable tie atop the leader board for the chance to win a cast-signed annotated copy of the first episode of our season premiere: “Episode 14: Welcome To Your New Home”!  Time is running out to enter!

Win a Dark Matter script!

I’ll be live-tweeting our season premiere Friday night – with a little help from some friends.  Follow my dedicated Dark Matter account for all the live-tweeting action – @DarkMatter_show – this Friday at 7 p.m. PDT, 10 p.m. EST/PDT.

Then join me July 4th @BaronDestructo for a live after-show Periscope directly following the U.K. premiere (20:00 on Syfy UK!  Then 21:00 on Periscope!).

Off to do another interview.  But, before I go…

A little something from the Stargate archives – for all of you wraith enthusiasts out there.  Designs (as almost always) by James Robbins.

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dismembered hand

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Thanks to everyone who joined my reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).  Topics ranged from Dark Matter to Stargate to pugs.  In case, you missed it, here’s catch-up link:

And special thanks to moderator Kishara for all the heavy lifting!


Hey, check out this awesome article by ThreeIfBySpace’s Tom Gardiner in which he makes the case for Dark Matter being a worthy successor to Stargate:

Why Dark Matter Fills That Stargate-sized Hole In Our Hearts

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Looks like FOUR’s got something on his mind in today’s Dark Matter season 2 sneak peek screen shot.

DARK MATTER -- "Welcome To Your New Home" Episode 201 -- Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Jan Thijs/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — “Welcome To Your New Home” Episode 201 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Jan Thijs/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

In addition to the three hours I spent doing that AMA today, I also found time to go to Best Buy to buy a new washing machine (The old one makes the alarming ka-klung ka-klung noise and has tried to make a break for it.  On several occasions, I’ve found it a good two feet closer to the door.) only to be told my local Best Buy doesn’t have any in store and that I would have to purchase one online.  So I did.  Exciting, hunh?

ALSO – I’m halfway through my rewrite of the new scifi pilot.  The plan is to finish it up before month’s end, then send it to my agent and have him set it up.   OR, if that fails, turn it into a comic book series.  OR, if that fails, publish it on this blog, then wait for one of you to win the powerball and finance the show’s first season!

Hey, Stargate fans!  I’ve got you covered too!  Check out these little art department goodies…

Supersoldier helmet

Super soldier helmet.


Super soldier design by James Robbins.

Supersoldier drone

And profile.

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Hey, Dark Matter fans!  Who’s up for another behind-the-scenes Q&A?  While we await Melissa O’Neil and Zoie Palmer’s responses to your burning questions (There were A LOT of them, so be patient!), let’s turn our sights to architect of The Raza – and countless other cool sets, from episode 3’s Blade Runner-esque noodle bar to Alexander Rook’s lab – Production Designer Ian Brock.  Seriously.  If it wasn’t for him, the crew would be flying around in a refurbished winnebago!


Post your comments for Ian in the comments section.  I’ll gather them up over the course of the next few days and send them his way.

And several more Q&A’s in the works including cast members, new AND established (notice I didn’t say “old”?).

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Oh crap.  Today’s Dark Matter season 2 sneak peek screen shot of the day suggests all sorts of trouble.


MyM Magazine is out now featuring Dark Matter.  Check it out!

Well, that’s a wrap on week 1 of the writers’ room.  Looks like I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me this weekend fleshing things out and writing things up.  It’s ALL coming together. Ish.  Sort of.  Let’s circle back on this Monday.

Stargate fans, rejoice!  I’ve got you covered with glorious art work from SG-1’s “Nightwalkers” courtesy of former Stargate Production Designer James Robbins:

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Holy smokes!  Approximately two weeks to the Dark Matter season 2 premiere – July 1st on Syfy and SpaceChannel.  But what if you don’t live in North America?  When will Dark Matter’s second season premiere in YOUR region?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  Please consult this handy chart that comes our way via the kind folks at SyfyInternational:


Please save and tweet/retweet.  Get the word out because you will NOT want to miss our first episode back.  Trust me when I say that if you miss it, or wait to watch, you are going to miss out on something BIG!

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Today’s Dark Matter season 2 sneak peek screen shot of the day!

The writers’ room was back at it today.  Some of the highlight quotes of the day to give you a taste of our creative process:

“It’s very very very rare for time travel stories to make sense.”

“Snakes on a ship!”

“We have no tag.”

Further insight into our creative process, this time in photos capturing my response to some of the ideas thrown my way…




Go on, I’m listening…

Tomorrow, another big Dark Matter fan Q&A announcement!

Continuing our trip down Stargate memory lane with some gorgeous art department material from one of my favorite SG-1 episodes: Nightwalkers!


Spooky barn.


Partially built ship (drawn by James Robbins).


Ship build (sketched by James Robbins).

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Damnit, I knew this was going to happen.  52 pages into the new pilot and things have slowed to a standstill.  With the Dark Matter writers’ room in full swing, my attention is focused elsewhere, however I did manage to write a single new scene this morning.  At this rate, I’m going to have to revise my ETD (estimated time of delivery) to end of the month.  That’s when my “military advisors” (You know who you are!) can expect to see a first draft for vetting purposes.


Yes, it’s military SF.  In addition to input from the experts, I’m also doing a little research – by way of reading six books simultaneously to put me in the proper headspace.

By mid-July, all I’ll need is a proper series title and then it’ll be smoooooth sailing!

Not quite as smooth sailing on the DM third season story front, but progress is being made.  As I mentioned in previous blog instalments, I have all the pieces of the puzzle but just need to figure out a way to put them together.  Which is where Paul, Ivon, Alison, and Lawren come in.


Me, poised to write down one of Ivon’s brilliant ideas.

Like previous seasons, the goal is to pack as much story as possible into these 13 episodes because – who knows? – it could be the show’s (or my) last.  Ideally I’ll get to tell the full five season story I have planned, paying off all those clues (hidden and otherwise) and arcs we’ve set up over these first couple of years. If not, don’t worry – you’ll get your ending whether it’ll be in a movie, a comic book, or write here on this blog.


In preparation for the Dark Matter season 2 premiere comes this awesome –

Season 1 retrospect and season 2 look ahead

by Aimee Hicks over at SpoilerTV.com.


Hey, Aussie fans!  Dark Matter and Killjoys return to Syfy Australia July 2nd!

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Today’s Dark Matter season 2 sneak peek screen shot.  Devastation!

More from the Stargate archives = Stargate: SG-1, “Redemption I and II”. Illustrations and designs by James Robbins…




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Feast your eyes on this super-in-advance Dark Matter sneak teaser!  My longtime producing partner, Paul Mullie, did the honors on this one.  Pretty sleek, hunh?

Day 2 of the Dark Matter writers’ room comes to an end amid healthy debate, desperate ideas, and soul-crushing frustration.  In other words, about par for the course.  Also, it was really cold.  And rainy.  And Alison didn’t bring any donuts.

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Today’s Dark Matter season 2 sneak peek screen shot!


Speaking of sneak peeks, check out this awesome shot of Melanie Liburd as Dark Matter’s Nyx Harper (photographed by Norman Wong).  As we tick down toward our July 1st season 2 premiere, the photos, interviews, articles and giveaways will be coming fast and furious!

Speaking of giveaways, have you entered for a chance to win a cast-signed copy of our season 2 premiere script (“Episode 14: Welcome To Your New Home) complete with notes and insights on every page from yours truly?  Head on over here to get the details on how to enter:

Win a cast-signed Dark Matter script!


Tonight’s the night I join the Geek Soul Brother podcast where I will talk about my dogs, my favorite herbs, and answer your questions about my opinion on such controversial topics as dance shows, hats, and restaurant brussel sprouts.

Fear not, Stargate-fans (most of you who are, no doubt, fans of Dark Matter as well)!


Redemption I and II: Weapon (artist James Robbins)


Redemption I and II: Troop ship (artist James Robbins)


Redemption I and II: Refugee camp (artist James Robbins)

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