July 21, 2017: Tonight at 9 p.m. on Syfy – an all-new episode of Dark Matter!

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Hmmm.  When last we checked in with our intrepid crew, the Android was doing some late night skulking – and lining up headshots – before turning in for a much-needed nap.  What does it all mean?  Is, as some of you have surmised, Sarah behind our Android’s strange actions?  Is it the hand of Ryo Ishida at play?  Or, quite frankly, has our Android had enough of THREE’s no-can-do attitude and decided to act out some dream scenario?

Well, you’ll find out tonight at 9 pm (on Syfy and Space Channel)!  That’s one hour after an all-new episode of Killjoys, and an hour before an all-new episode of Wynonna Earp.  What a time to be alive!

So, yesterday I approved the behind-the-scenes feature for next week’s episode, “Isn’t That A Paradox?”.  This episode is a weird one.  For instance, screenshots from the BTS feature alone should make you some indication…

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July 20, 2017: Heads up! Dark Matter at SDCC!

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Let me be blunt.  Only six episodes remain in Dark Matter’s third season and they are our strongest to date.  This morning, I received a DM from SpoilerTV’s Aimee Hicks who messaged to say: “I just watched 309 and 310 and you easily just delivered my 2 new all time favorite episodes.”  All I could think was “Wait until she sees 311, 312, and 313!”.

This is the time of year when SYFY decides our fate, so if you want a fourth season of Dark Matter, tune in and help get the word out!

I spent the day packing toys.  I’ve decided to keep the super villain-related items and part with everything else.  Some stuff I’ve set aside for future consideration. Do I keep those old Star Trek photo novels or do I turf them?

While I was on the home front, part of The Raza were at SDCC…

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July 19, 2017: What lies ahead for Dark Matter’s third season!

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Things are about to get crazy…

Episode 308, “Hot Chocolate”: John Stead (who also doubles as our stunt coordinator) has directed my favorite episodes of the show to date (Episode 10 in which we first introduce Wexler and co., “We Were Family” in which we were introduced to Victor, his fellow androids, and THREE’s long lost “father”).  And he does so again in this outing that sees Ryo Ishida access the ship in surprising fashion.  And he’s brought friends.  It’s the TWO/Ryo Ishida showdown you’ve been waiting for…that took an entire day to shoot!

Episode 309, “Isn’t That A Paradox?”: It’s Back To The Future meets Stranger Things in this crazy time travel tale that sees our crew going undercover as a suburban family in 2017 Fort Falls, Wisconsin.  Directed by Craig David Wallace.

Episode 310, “Built, Not Born”: Directed by Melanie Orr, this one explores TWO and the Android’s…

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July 18, 2017: Dark Matter behind the scenes!

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Congratulations to everyone who correctly answered yesterday’s trivia question. And I do mean everyone.  You ALL guessed correctly.  Yes, Zoie Palmer (Android) and Ennis Esmer (Wexler) attended acting school together at York University!

Speaking of Zandroid, check her out discussing a scene from this Friday night’s episode (“Hot Chocolate”, 9 pm on Syfy and Space Channel).

Man down!  Roger Cross takes much-needed cat naps between scenes.

The Lady in Red, aka Natalie Brown, aka Sarah.

Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, and Roger Cross consult the owner’s manual in an attempt to get the Marauder started.

Have you told your friends about the show?  Spread the word on social media? Dark Matter needs its fans to get vocal!  Six more episodes remain in the show’s third season.  Help us finish strong!

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July 17, 2017: Dark Matter season 3 storyboards and concept art! And quiz time!

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Occasionally, more complicated sequences are storyboarded.  A director conveys his vision to the artist who creates a multi-panel breakdown of the shots that will comprise a given sequence.  For instance, here’s the initial Electus Corp flashforward sequence storyboard for Episode 304, “All The Time In The World” – directed by Ron Murphy, storyboard by Gergely Kapus:

And here’s some of the concept art for this scene, c/o of the amazing Karl Crosby –

As always, kudos to our hugely talented Production Designer, Ian Brock, for bringing it all to life.

Finally, a little quiz.  Which two Dark Matter performers attended acting school together:

a) Anthony Lemke (THREE) and Jessica Sipos (Tash)

b) Zoie Palmer (Android) and Ennis Esmer (Wexler)

c) Roger Cross (SIX) and Torri Higginson (Commander Truffault)

d) Melissa O’Neil (TWO) and Alex Mallari Jr. (FOUR/Ryo Ishida)

e) None of the above.  You’re just wasting our time.

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July 16, 2017: I like it spicy!

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“He ordered the souvlaki with hot sauce,”my friend informed me.  “His nose bled all night!”

“All night?”  I was dubious.

“All night!”she insisted.

I suppose it was intended as a cautionary tale but the first thought that entered my mind was: “I’ve got to try that hot sauce.”

I’ve always been a fan of spicy.  One of the first Japanese phrases I learned before going to Tokyo for the first time was “Karai no ryori wa dai suki desu” (“I love spicy food!”) lest they fear offending an overly sensitive gaikokujin palate.  When I go out for pad gra prow, I dismiss foreigner (farang) spicy in favor of Thai (phet mak mak) spicy.  Hell, I’ve even started making my own hot sauces.

But even though I like the heat, I am picky.  I’m not a huge fan of the tamer cayenne-based hot sauces only because I tend to find them…

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July 15, 2017: My Complainiest Post Yet!

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Okie doke.  The plan was to motor through this script by the end of July (so that I could dedicate August to script #2), but following several false starts, a couple of roadblocks, and one frustrating detour, I’ve decided to scrap this jalopy.  My focus now shifts to enjoying the rest of my summer and just reading.  Spending time with Akemi and the dogs, sure.  Packing and prepping for the big move, of course. And, oh yeah, rewatching old episodes of Seinfeld.

Look, I’m sure there are worse airlines in the world.  Maybe those outfits flying dangerous cargo out of war-torn countries for example.  But, really, Air Canada is just…not good.  My flight out of Vancouver was delayed an hour and half.  My flight back to Vancouver was delayed almost two.  The last time I flew Air Canada, the flight was outright cancelled for reasons never fully revealed.  A mechanical…

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July 14, 2017: New Episode of Dark Matter – tonight at 8 pm!

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Some behind the scenes pics of tonight’s episode, “Wish I Could Believe You” (written by Ivon Bartok, directed by Paul Day):

The Mr. Congeniality Award for kindness in the performance of his duties as an officer in the Galactic Authority goes to…

The rare Spaghetti Saturday dinner tray POV shot.

Director Paul Day doing his thing.

The Helm.

Hazmat team on set to deal with our hazardous camera operator, Joe Turner.

Zoie Palmer hits her mark.

Director Paul Day casually blocks the infirmary scene.

A sneak preview of tonight’s episode c/o TVGoodness.com

And what lies ahead for the crew of The Raza as we sail into the back half of season 3?  Well –

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July 12, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Behind the Scenes!

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The Art Department keeping Ash busy.

Lovable Zoie Palmer as our lovable Android.

Okay, let’s review this ridiculous dialogue one more time.

The gang kicking back in the Marauder.

Scene run-thru, Episode 305 “Give It Up, Princess”, with director J.B. Sugar.

Accept no substitute!

Well now, THIS looks familiar.

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to Birthday Gal Melissa O’Neil!

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July 14, 2017: MORE Dark Matter season 3 BTS pics!

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Who wants a sip of Zoie’s coffee?

Torri Higginson cops some Truffault attitude.

Jessica Sipos, the OTHER Raza’s Tash.

 Lisa Amaral Wright shows off her latest creation: “The Helm”.

Roger Cross – master of the weird blade.

A close shave for Elliot.

Director/Stunt Coordinator John Stead shows us how it’s done.

A meeting of minds: Ennis Esmer and Jessica Sipos.

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