Sci-Fi TV: Dark Matter, Rain, and Canada’s Role

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Sci-fi TV seems to be going through something of a renaissance these days. After Battlestar Galactica and the Stargate shows ended, the future of science fiction on television seemed rather bleak, but these days there’s a pretty good crop of shows, with more on the way.

Two upcoming titles in particular have caught my eye, and one of them has got me thinking about how much my own country is playing a role in the future of the sci-fi genre.

Rain:

Katee Sackhoff in her role as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on Battlestar GalacticaI think it’s pretty much a safe bet that if you have any interest in sci-fi, you probably love Katee Sackhoff. As Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, she was one of the highlights of Battlestar Galactica, and that’s saying something considering how much great acting there was on that show.

Since then, she hasn’t fled from the sci-fi genre, earning more fans through her roles in the Bionic Woman remake and…

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A Fly on the Wall to the Save Dark Matter Campaign

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As there so often is when a good sci-fi show is cut down too soon, there is of course a fan campaign to try to save Dark Matter.

A promotional image for Dark Matter season threeThis has been a bizarre thing for me to watch, stirring up odd and vaguely nostalgic feelings. As longtime readers may remember, I was very heavily active in the campaign to save Star Trek: Enterprise for many years, until it became glaringly obvious that the last hope was gone.

For that reason, I haven’t been able to bring myself to be too heavily involved in Dark Matter’s campaign. My days of crusading for sci-fi TV are behind me, I think. I simply don’t have the heart for it anymore.

But I have been following the campaign here and there. Most of the efforts seem to be focused on Twitter, which does bring out my inner curmudgeon a little bit. “Back in my…

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September 18, 2017: Deadline Man Walking!

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“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams

Me =

Reality =

For those of you wondering, our deadline to hear back was Friday.  Then, the weekend at the latest.  Then, today at the absolute latest because, tomorrow, we have to start wrapping out our second stage.

Look, I’ve been saying all along – it’s a longshot.  And sure, no news is…well, no news.  Or, at the very least, not bad news.

Yes, I’m that guy now.  Still, it would be great to finally have an answer because if this wait extends much longer, the only way this show comes back is as a radio play.

Anyway, I have the following two gifs on the deck and waiting.  One for YES! and the other for NOOOOOO!

OR

Thank you for your patience and continuing support.

Hey, since you stopped by, enjoy…

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September 17, 2017: Dark Matter Update!

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The Dark Matter movement is growing stronger!

First, here’s the data from our first tweet storm back on Friday, September 8th – #RockTheRaza

Now here’s the data from our last big tweet storm on Friday, September 15th – #LightTheRaza

The fact that we continue to build momentum is nothing short of amazing.  I have forwarded these fan metrics to the, uh, relevant parties.  Speaking of which…

Well, it all comes down to this week.  Specifically, in all likelihood, it will all come down to tomorrow.

Late Friday, we heard back from one of the three potential new partners we’ve been in discussions with regarding a fourth season pick-up for Dark Matter.  Even though it was a no, we took it in stride because this one was the longest of the long shots.  The show, admittedly, wasn’t the best fit for them, but the executive who championed us was a

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September 16, 2017: Dark Matter fandom lights up The Raza – and twitter!

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Well, that was fun.  And hugely successful.  Again and as always, thanks to YOU ALL.  We trended and held in the U.S., hit #1 in Canada, and once again lit up twitter with our #LightTheRaza hashtag.  Joining our ranks and making their voices heard were, once again, friends and supporters from the realms of television, music, books, and comic books.  Thanks as always to our Dark Matter allies like Ming-Na Wen, Lexa Doig, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Martin Gero, Phil Plait, Cherie Priest, Sass Jordan, Jann Arden, Gail Simone, John Scalzi, Nick Cutter, Robert Picardo, Mark Dacascos, Ed the Sock, Scott Lynch, Jonathon Hickman, Kris Holden-Reid, Paul Amos, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Adam Korson, Ellen Wong, Kate Drummond, Corin Nemec, Jason M. Hough, Melanie Liburd, Mike Dopud, Torri Higginson, Mishka Thebaud, Ayisha Issa, Ennis Esmer, Matthew Rosenberg, Cas Anvar, Tamsen McDonough, Ryan Robbins, Natalie Brown, Kaare Andrews, Jessica Sipos…

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September 15, 2017: Reddit AMA! Tweetstorm! Dark Matter fandom storms the castle!

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Dark Matter fans unite!  And prepare to shake the internet!

First, join us on reddit at 7 pm EDT/4 pm PDT for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) with the cast and yours truly!

Then prepare to tweet the lights out at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT with the Dark Matter cast, crew, and fellow fans.  And – who knows? – maybe even a surprise tweeter or two!  Follow @DarkMatterFTL for the latest…and the secret #hashtag!

As I said in yesterday’s blog, the moment we start trending, I’ll start posting bloopers.  And, for every 15 minutes we continue to trend, I’ll post another.  And another.  And another!  How’s that for incentive?  Here’s a taste of what’s to come…

A few campaign links from our many supporters:

https://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/dark-matter-creators-seek-fan-support-to-get-show-back-on-air-with-ama-and-tweetstorm/

http://www.scifipulse.net/a-call-to-arms-to-help-save-dark-matter/

http://screenrant.com/dark-matter-season-4-fan-campaign/

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September 13, 2017: Reddit AMA! Tweet storm! Facebook live! And more!

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Alright, let’s lead with this announcement…

Yes.  This Friday night at 7 pm EDT/4 pm PDT, I will be joining Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, and Zoie Palmer for a reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).  Roger Cross, the hardest working man in showbusiness, is busy…working!…but promised to do his damnedest to stop by.  So head on over to the Dark Matter subreddit, register, and get ready to let the questions fly!

What exactly is a reddit AMA?

Then, at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT, prepare to tweet and retweet your hearts out as we prepare to deluge twitter with a second Dark Matter tweet storm.  Last week saw us trending in the U.S. for about four hours, hit #2 in Canada and L.A., #1 in…

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September 12, 2017: The Dark Matter latest!

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Quick!  Go take this multiple choice quiz to find out if saving the galaxyDark Matter is right for you!

Several Good Reasons to Save the Galaxy – or At Least Dark Matter

Hey, looking to join the Dark Matter Fan Initiative?  Wondering what those Friday tweet storms are all about?  Read here for all the details:

Dark Matter FTL Drives – Those Rules Explained

Damn, that petition is really growing.  It’s now aiming for 50k signatures.  Take a moment to let ’em know you’re one of the many fans who want to see a season 4:

We Want Dark Matter Season 4

I dropped by the Production offices today and decided to do a little impromptu stage walk-thru.  Yes, it’s plenty dark – so prepare to tweet your hearts out this Friday night and help turn the lights back on The Raza!

https://www.pscp.tv/BaronDestructo/1BdGYWAoDgNxX?t=1m29s

https://www.pscp.tv/BaronDestructo/1nAKEezQbqVKL?t=1s

Alas, that conference call scheduled…

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September 11, 2017: Top 10 Most Devastating Cancellations!

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Since we’re on the subject, I thought I’d list my personal Top 10 Most Devastating Cancellations…

10. Deadwood

To many, it was an acquired taste, but David Milch’s anti-western was unlike another.  Although I wasn’t totally won over at first, the show gradually became tops of my viewing list.  There was talk of some follow-up movies…that never came to be.

9. Quantum Leap

This one was particularly cruel because the series finale was actually scripted as a season finale given the fact the show’s producers were told they’d be coming back for another season.  They didn’t.  And that downbeat final reveal of Sam Beckett’s fate was tagged on by the network.

8. Firefly

Of course, this one will make most every scifi fan’s list.  It’s amazing how much love and support this series has generated given it aired only a single season.

7. SOAP

Series creator Susan Harris apparently had…

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September 10, 2017: Dark Matter Fandom Full Steam Ahead!

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Alright, Team Raza, we are heading into perhaps the most important week in Dark Matter history.  On the docket are not one, not TWO, but THREE  Dark Matter-related “events” that could turn things around for our little show.

People constantly ask me “What are the chances?” and I demur, not wishing to set expectations, but I can tell you this…things are looking quite a bit better following Friday’s staggering fan-driven tweet storm, and a hell of a lot better than two weeks ago when news of the cancellation first broke.

While we work the inside, you keep working the outside.  The louder you are online, the more ammunition you give us to get this one.  Join the Fan Initiative by following @DarkMatterFTL and keeping updated on their campaigns.  Rest up and prepare for another rally, because this week will be BIG!!!

There’s still an enormous challenge ahead…

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