Dark Matter

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The six-person crew of a derelict spaceship awakens from stasis in the farthest reaches of space. Their memories wiped clean, they have no recollection of who they are or how they got on board. The only clue to their identities is a cargo bay full of weaponry and a destination: a remote mining colony that is about to become a war zone. With no idea whose side they are on, they face a deadly decision. Will these amnesiacs turn their backs on history, or will their pasts catch up with them?

 

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Dark Matter
Against a space field lit by stars, the words Dark Matter in dark purple uppercase lettering.
Title card since the second season
Genre Space opera
Created by Joseph Mallozzi
Paul Mullie
Based on Dark Matter series of comics
Starring
Composer(s) Benjamin Pinkerton
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Picture format
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release June 12, 2015 (2015-06-12) – August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
External links
Website at Space
Website at Syfy

Dark Matter is a Canadian science fiction series created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, based on their comic book of the same name and developed by Prodigy Pictures in association with Space channel.[1] An order for 13 episodes was placed for the first season of the series, which premiered on June 12, 2015 on both Space and Syfy.[2][3]

Dark Matter was renewed for a 13-episode third season in September 2016, which premiered on June 9, 2017.[4][5][6] On September 1, 2017, Syfy canceled the series after three seasons.[7]

Plot

A group of six people awaken in stasis pods with amnesia aboard a starship called the Raza. They have no memories of their identities or their lives before awakening, so they assume the names One through Six, in the order in which they left stasis. They stabilize their vessel and set about trying to determine who they are and what happened to them.[8]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 June 12, 2015 (2015-06-12) August 28, 2015 (2015-08-28)
2 13 July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01) September 16, 2016 (2016-09-16)
3 13 June 9, 2017 (2017-06-09) August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)

Cast and characters

Main

  • Marc Bendavid as One/Jace Corso/Derrick Moss (season 1; recurring season 2).[9][10] Originally believed to be mercenary Jace Corso, it turns out One is rich scion Derrick Moss, who changed his face to impersonate Corso in order to avenge his wife's death. In the second-season premiere, he is killed by the real Corso and later avenged by the rest of the crew.
  • Melissa O'Neil as Two/Rebecca/Portia Lin.[9] Two turns out to be an artificially created human of superior abilities with a host of nanites that help her survive extreme conditions. She was a prototype made by Dwarf Star Technologies, but she killed the researchers testing her capabilities and escaped.
  • Anthony Lemke as Three/Marcus Boone/Titch.[9] Three grew up happy until his farmer parents were murdered when he was a child. He was raised by their killer.
  • Alex Mallari Jr. as Four/Ryo Tetsuda/Ryo Ishida.[9] At the end of season 2, he downloads his past memories and manages to take his rightful place as Emperor of Zairon.
  • Jodelle Ferland as Five/Das/Emily Kolburn.[9][11] Emily was a street kid and pickpocket who inadvertently stole something extremely valuable. She stowed away on the Raza after those who wanted it back killed her friends in their attempts to recover it. She has a talent for tinkering with electronics.
  • Roger Cross as Six/Griffin Jones/Lt. Kal Varrick.[9] In the season 1 finale, Six is revealed to be an idealistic Galactic Authority officer working undercover to capture the crew, but later he helps them escape prison and reluctantly joins them.
  • Zoie Palmer as The Android[9] who pilots the Raza. Over time, she develops a more human personality due to a change made in her original programming by members of the crew, as well as a software upgrade given to her by androids passing as human.
  • Shaun Sipos as Devon Taltherd, a surgeon haunted by a death caused by his drug addiction (season 2).[12][13] He and Nyx Harper join the crew after they break out of prison together.
  • Melanie Liburd as Nyx Harper (season 2; guest, season 3)[14] Nyx was an unwilling participant in an experiment in merging the consciousnesses of many people.

Recurring

  • David Hewlett as Tabor Calchek, the crew's untrustworthy handler and agent.[15]
  • Jeff Teravainen as Lt. John Anders, a Galactic Authority Commander[16] and former partner of Six.
  • Torri Higginson as Commander Delaney Truffault of the Mikkei Combine,[17] an occasional ally.
  • David Richmond-Peck as Commander Nieman of Ferrous Corp.
  • Natalie Brown as Sarah, Marcus Boone's lover.[18] Though she dies of an incurable illness in season 1, in season 3 the Android finds her consciousness had been digitally uploaded into the Raza, residing in a curtailed part of the server.
  • Ellen Wong as Misaki Han, Commander of the Ishida Royal Guard and childhood friend of Four (seasons 2–3)[13]
  • Ennis Esmer as Wexler,[19] a manic psychopath and the leader of a mercenary group hired by Delaney Truffault to work with the Raza crew. Although Wexler is killed during season 1, an alternate reality version of him returns in seasons 2 and 3. This version is significantly less brutal and ultimately sides with the crew.
  • Mike Dopud as Arax Nero, a powerful, well-connected leader of a prison gang (season 2)[13]
  • Kris Holden-Ried as Galactic Authority Inspector Kyle Kierken (season 2).
  • Brendan Murray as Victor (seasons 2–3)
  • Andrew Moodie as Teku Fonsei. Teku is a former teacher of Ryo, appointed Emperor's advisor (season 3).
  • Mishka Thébaud as Adrian Maro, former assistant to Calchek, who travels with the crew of the Raza during the first half of season 3.
  • Ayisha Issa as Solara, Maro's bodyguard, who also travels with the crew until she leaves with Adrian (season 3).
  • Wil Wheaton as Alex Rook, President and CEO of Dwarf Star Technologies[20]

Guest

  • Andrew Jackson as The General, the leader of the rebel group Procyon Insurrection[21]
  • Amanda Brugel as Keeley, a miner the Raza crew encounter on a mission[22]
  • Ruby Rose as Wendy, an entertainment model android[15]
  • Dan Jeannotte as the clone created when One uses a DNA transporter to follow Four to a different part of the galaxy. He has the original face of Derrick Moss, before he had it altered to that of Jace Corso.
  • Jessica Sipos as Tash, a member of Wexler's mercenary group.[19] Although Tash is killed during season 1, an alternate reality version of her returns in seasons 2 and 3.
  • Jon Cor as Vons, a member of Wexler's mercenary group[19]
  • Conrad Pla as Cain, a member of Wexler's mercenary group[19]
  • Kerr Hewitt as Sgt. Voss, a Ferrous Corp. soldier who serves aboard the FCS Deliverance[23]
  • Franka Potente as Chief Inspector Shaddick of the Galactic Authority’s Serious Crimes Division (season 2)[24]
  • Inga Cadranel as Alicia Reynaud, a businesswoman who wants what Emily Kolburn (Five) stole (season 2)

Production

Principal photography for the first season began in Toronto, Canada, on January 9, 2015,[25] and concluded May 20, 2015.[26]

On September 1, 2015, Syfy renewed Dark Matter for a second season. Chris Regina, Syfy’s senior VP of program strategy, said that "With its mysterious premise and fascinating characters, Dark Matter has built an incredibly loyal, passionate and engaged fan base. We look forward to another out-of-this-world season from this talented creative team."[27][28][29] Production on the second season began on December 9, 2015,[30] and concluded May 6, 2016.[31] The third season began production on November 18, 2016.[32]

Broadcast

Dark Matter premiered on Syfy in the United States on the same day as Canada.[3] Within the following week, the series premiered on Syfy Australia and Syfy UK – on June 13 and 16, 2015, respectively.[33][not in citation given]

Reception

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave a 72% approval rating, with an average rating of 5.18/10 based on reviews from 18 critics.[34]Metacritic gave the series an average score of 58 (out of 100) based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "Mixed or average reviews".[35] The third season received a 100% fresh rating based on five reviews.[36]

The series premiere pulled 273,000 overnight viewers on the Space channel in Canada,[37] and 1.28 million viewers for its premiere on the Syfy channel in the U.S.[38]

References

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  2. ^ Kennedy, John R. (December 12, 2014). "Sci fi series 'Dark Matter' to be filmed in Toronto". Global News. 
  3. ^ a b Liszewski, Bridget (May 20, 2015). "Dark Matter Premiere Dates Set". TheTVJunkies.com. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (September 1, 2016). "'Killjoys' & 'Dark Matter' Renewed For Third Season By Syfy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (November 10, 2016). "November 10, 2016: If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try again!". Retrieved November 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ Gilyadov, Alex (April 7, 2017). "Syfy Sets Summer Premiere Dates for Sharknado 5, Dark Matter, Killjoys, Wynonna Earp and More". IGN. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (September 1, 2017). "'Dark Matter' Canceled After Three Seasons At Syfy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Dark Matter - Welcome To Your New Home - Review: "Crew Of The Raza" + POLL". SpoilerTV. 2016-07-02. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
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  10. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (July 31, 2015). "So, uh, THAT'S why ONE (Derrick Moss)". Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (May 14, 2016). "May 14, 2016: Farewell, Jodelle!". Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (May 6, 2016). "'The Path' Ups Paul James; Shaun Sipos Joins 'Dark Matter'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c Mallozzi, Joseph (June 2, 2016). "June 2, 2016: Bubba's unruly travels! Dark Matter first looks pics! More casting announcements!". Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (May 1, 2016). "May 1, 2016: Easy to root for!". Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Mallozzi, Joseph (April 2, 2015). "Dark Matter casting announcements! David Hewlett! Ruby Rose!". Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  16. ^ "July 22, 2015: Lulu! #DarkMatter notes!". Josephmallozzi's Weblog. 
  17. ^ Maggs, Sam (February 13, 2015). "The Two Baddest Ladies of Stargate Have Joined Syfy's New Show Dark Matter". Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Space Expands its Universe as it Becomes #1 Entertainment Specialty Network For Key A25-54 Demo". Bell Media. July 21, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b c d "April 29, 2015: Episode #110 rocks! Smoked meat and scotch! And, a mailbag!". April 29, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Wil Wheaton on Twitter". May 5, 2015. 
  21. ^ "April 3, 2015: Yet another Stargate-Dark Matter connection! And let's meet some more of the people who'll be bringing you the show! - Josephmallozzi's Weblog". Josephmallozzi's Weblog. 
  22. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (January 25, 2015). "Somewhere between druidic and herbaceous!". Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  23. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (June 25, 2015). "June 25, 2015: We're going to Comic Con! Dark Matter episode #102! More pics! Vids! Secrets!". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  24. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (May 24, 2016). "May 24, 2016: Franka Potenta boards Dark Matter!". Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  25. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (January 9, 2015). "Dark Matter, Episode #101, Production Day One!". Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  26. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (May 20, 2015). "May 20, 2015: And that's a wrap on Dark Matter's first season!". Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  27. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (September 3, 2015). "Syfy Gives Second Seasons to 'Dark Matter,' 'Killjoys'". Variety. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  28. ^ Petski, Denise (September 1, 2015). "'Killjoys' & 'Dark Matter' Renewed For Season 2 By Syfy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  29. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (April 29, 2016). "Killjoys, Dark Matter Get Season 2 Premiere Dates at Syfy". TVLine. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  30. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (December 9, 2015). "December 9, 2015: Production begins on Dark Matter season 2!". Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  31. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (May 6, 2016). "May 6, 2016: And that's a main unit wrap on Dark Matter season 2!". Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  32. ^ Mallozzi, Joseph (November 18, 2016). "November 18, 2016: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 1 of 91!". Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Foxtel in June: 200+ new shows including Orange Is The New Black, True Detective, Suits, PLL, Wimbledon and more". The Green Room. Foxtel. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Dark Matter: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Dark Matter : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  36. ^ "Reviews for Dark Matter : Season 3". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 5, 2017. 
  37. ^ "DARK MATTER's Mission a Success as Series Premiere Pulls in 273,000 Overnight Viewers Last Friday on Space". Bellmedia. June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  38. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 15, 2015). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Alaskan Bush People' Tops Night + 'Childrens Hospital', 'Girl Meets World', 'Tanked' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 

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source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Matter_(TV_series)

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