Dark Matter: Walk on the Wild Side

Originally posted on Remote Viewing:

Episode 1.03:  Episode 3
Written by:  Martin Gero
Directed by: Paolo Barzman
Original airdate:  June 26, 2015


Spoilers. You know the drill.

It’s always a good sign when I find myself thinking about something while my brain is idle. The other morning I was thinking about the ship on Dark Matter. The Raza. Rasa… Oh, tabula rasa!. It probably would’ve been too obvious to actually name the ship The Tabula Rasa, so this is a fun play on words. It evokes images of razors and cutting edges first and implies danger, but also suggests the idea of the tabula rasa, or the blank slate. For the “you think too much about this, you should go outside for awhile” file, it’s neat that it’s only half the phrase, because they’re really only half blank slates. Their memories may be wiped, but nobody else’s is, if what we saw in…

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June 29, 2015: Dark Matter Episode 103!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

So, what did everyone think of Dark Matter’s third episode?  Questions? Concerns?  Theories?  Got it all figured out?  Who wiped their memories?  Why? What’s behind the big metal door?  What’s the significance of FOUR’s ring?  Who killed the boy?

Check out my weekly episode debrief with TheTVJunkies’ Bridget Liszewski for some additional hints:


This episode was written by former Stargate Executive Producer Martin Gero who has been busy of late, working on his new show, Blindspot, which premieres September 21st on NBC.  While our first episode focused on the mystery surrounding our crew and the second episode was more an action-driven entry, episode 3 delves into our characters, shifting alliances, burgeoning shipboard paranoia.

1) I hope you’re all enjoying a hearty breakfast.


There’s nothing I like more than a good bookend and the scene of our Android, standing on the bridge playing the role of cruise director, offers…

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A Sashurai’s Review: Dark Matter – Season 1×03 (There is no sound in space, hence the no one hearing you scream in space)

Originally posted on bladeofthesashurai:

Dark Matter 1x03

Between the multi-corp territory dispute and the space station repair arc, our mostly questionable heroes of Dark Matter experience another round of trust issues as the Raza suffers damage that may or may not have been caused by one of the crew. During this scenario, Five discovers the body of a male teen that was shot, yet nobody knows who he was. After a tense repair situation involving Three and Four in a mutiny standoff, and the android saves the ship’s FTL and they return on course. At an unknown space bar, a man claiming to be One’s pirate identity (And very strong resemblance) reveals to the bartender he’s looking to settle a score with someone on the Raza.

Returning to the fundamentals of defining what makes a ragtag crew work in space was a good move. In some cases, there’s a lot of reiteration on how each character views…

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June 24, 2015: Dark Matter episode 102! Pics! Vids! Secrets!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

Continuing our behind-the-scenes insight in Dark Matter’s second episode…

1) “Who doesn’t like a good song?”

The boys head down to the planet to complete the delivery and get the hell out of Dodge.  ONE continues to agonize over the situation.  Partly, it’s his desire to take the moral high ground here, but much of it is driven by the guilt he feels.  All evidence suggests that The Raza crew heisted the weapons delivery these miners are anxiously awaiting, their only slim chance at defeating the forces of Ferrous Corp.  Not only will they only be getting HALF the weapons they desperately need but, tragically, they won’t know “no more help is coming.”

For his part, THREE doesn’t seem all that bothered by the approaching calamity and even enjoys himself in the doomed miners’ company, playing drinking games with them while ONE looks on disapprovingly.

Hard to gauge FOUR and…

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June 19, 2015: Dark Matter Episode 2 airs tonight! 10 p.m. EST and PST! 9 p.m. CST! 7 p.m PST!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

Dark Matter’s second episode airs tonight on SyFy and Space Channel at

10:00 p.m. EST/7:00 PST

And 10:00 PST

I’ll be live tweeting through both broadcasts.  Who’ll be joining me?

In preparation for tonight’s big event, I’ve been dropping a few sneak peek screen caps on twitter…

The fallout. The fallout.

The Android and FIVE bond. The Android and FIVE bond.

Who's the baddest? Who’s the baddest?

Don't mess with TWO. Don’t mess with TWO.

Panic on the bridge. Panic on the bridge.

Trouble comin' at ya! Trouble comin’ at ya!

So, who is the baddest crew member?


I want you to rank them, #1-#7, from “super badass” to “cause for concern”.

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June 20, 2015: The Jay Firestone Q&A! The Dark Matter Boys’ Choir! Dark Matter links!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

Jay Firestone, Dark Matter Executive Producer and President of Prodigy Pictures Jay Firestone, Dark Matter Executive Producer and President of Prodigy Pictures

Well, as promised in a recent blog entry, I’d like to give you all a chance to get to know our extended Dark Matter family by bringing back the guest Q&A’s I used to do on Stargate.  For those not in the know, it works like this: I announce our blog guest after which you’ll have a few days to upload your questions to this blog’s comment section.  Days, maybe weeks later, our guest will drop by tho answer those questions in a dedicated blog entry! I thought it only appropriate that we kick things off with a key architect of the production: Dark Matter Executive Producer and President of Prodigy Pictures Jay Firestone.

As I’ve mentioned previously, you wouldn’t be watching this show if it wasn’t for Jay.  He put together the deal that got the show…

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June 22, 2015: Dark Matter Episode #103 coming your way!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

Ooooh.  Looks like things are heating up aboard The Raza.  What’s in store for our intrepid crew?  Well, if you must know: paranoia, suspicion, revelations, potential sabotage, a shocking discovery, and one of this season’s biggest WTF?! episode enders!

Hey, guess what I did today?  That’s right!  I live tweeted the Dark Matter episode 2 airing with our UK fans.  If I can swing it, I’ll also be live tweeting with Dark Matter fans in France, the Netherlands, and Spain tomorrow.  Check your twitter feeds for the #DarkMatter hashtag!

Hey!  Check out these Dark Matter links:

An interview with the ever-awesome Amanda Tapping on directing, Dark Matter, and her humanitarian work:


“However you look at it, Tapping’s game is tight: directing; mentoring; fundraising; parenting. Her plate is full, and yet, despite her countless passion projects and obligations, Tapping isn’t done with acting. Not by a long shot.”


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June 23, 2015: The Dark Matter episode 102 breakdown! Pics! Vids! Behind the scenes insights!

Originally posted on Josephmallozzi's Weblog:

Dark Matter episode #102 has aired in most of the world (I know because, this afternoon, I was live tweeting the episode with viewers watching on @syfynl, @SyfyFr, and @Syfy_Spain) so that means I can offer a little behind the scenes insight into the episode…

1) The mugshots…

In the comic book, the assorted mugshots flash up on screen and the visual display delivers the punch.  Director T.J. Scott suggested that the mugshots should flash up one at a time with our Android reading off the names and rap sheet.  It was a brilliant idea that really delivered on that WTF?! reveal.

These mugshots were one of the first things we shot for the show.  The characters of Jace Corso/ONE (Marc Bendavid), Marcus Boone/THREE (Anthony Lemke), and Griffin Jones/SIX (Roger Cross) were shot against a nondescript backdrop on swivel chairs to allow for movement and profile views.


1st Assistant Art…

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Dark Matter: We Gotta Get Out of this Place

Originally posted on Remote Viewing:

Episode 1.02: Pilot, Part 2
Written by: Joseph Mallozzi
Directed by:T.J. Scott
Original airdate: June19, 2015

DISCLAIMER: There are spoilers herein, if you haven’t seen the episode yet.

dark-matter-headerIn the second half of the pilot episode for the series, the crew must deal with the big reveal, the fate of the colonists they were sent to kill, and warfare of all kinds between corporations.

The overall structure of this episode mirrored the first episode: crew scrambling to figure out who they are and relate to each other before splitting off into the menfolk down on the planet taking care of business and the womenfolk up on the ship taking care of business. There was even a nice scene between the Android and Five to compliment the scene between Two and Five from the first episode, which is only fitting because aside from the Android, Five is the only one we…

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Dark Matter S01E01 – Pilot

Originally posted on The Mind Reels:


Two of the driving minds behind the Stargate television series, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and Lost Girl executive producer Jay Firestone unveil their latest project on Space this evening.

They show itself is wrapped in a mystery, with only the barest of plot details being revealed. And the show reflects that as well, shrouding its story and characters with layers of enigmas. Six people awake on a seemingly derelict ship with absolutely no memory of who they are, or what they are doing on the ship. They have a cargo full of weapons, and seem to be on course for a mining colony.

Naming themselves for the order they are woken, we are introduced to One (Marc Bendavid), Two (Melissa O’Neil), Three (Mind Reel’s pal Anthony Lemke), Four (Alex Mallari Jr.), Five (Jodelle Ferland), Six (Roger Cross) and the ship’s android (Zoie Palmer).

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