Created in 2015, By Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie // In production (1 season aired, 2nd in pre-production)
Cast: Marc Bendavid, Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger R. Cross, Zoie Palmer…
Log Line (from IMDb)
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?
Why does everything sci-fi always have to have really bad art? Anyway…
Okay, so who’s up for a sci-fi TV show that takes place primarily on a space ship? Am I right? I feel like we’ve been kind of lacking in that department for a while now, with Firefly being wrongfully cancelled and all. Funnily enough, me liking sci-fi and all, I’ve never watched shows like Battlestar Galactica… Hum… Maybe I should rethink that.
So, Dark Matter. The first episode was interesting. Right off the bat we see the crew waking up and having absolutely no memories of who they are or what they are doing on this ship. Alongside the 6 members of the crew is an android, whose memory also has been erased, so she can’t be much help in that department. I liked the mystery element in a science fiction context.
The second episode put me off a little bit because it took place “on the ground”, with other people that we would end up never seeing again. At this point I was worried that the whole season would be like this: each episode, a new planet, a new colony, some new people to help (or not). Thankfully that was not the case, and by episode 3 we were back on track with the loss-of-memory-thing and the predominant science fiction aspect.
All through the season, we get titbits of who the characters were before their memories were wiped, clues that help the characters —and us— try to figure out who is who, what are their intentions, etc.
I have read somewhere that the show was laced with clues as to the final revelation to help the audience get involved in the story.I’d say it mostly worked. Although this “final revelation” left me with even more questions, but I’m excited for season 2 and to learn more, because my mind was kind of blown.
On a different note, the show also asks the question “What leads people to become criminals? Are they evil from the get go, or do they become misfits due to circumstances?”. The characters struggle with what they learn about themselves, feeling that they don’t recognise themselves in the idea that people have of them. Even the android seems to have struggles figuring out what her role as an android should be.
It’s not the most revolutionary show out there, but you definitely spend a good time watching it. The characters are endearing in their own way (I really liked their interactions, the humour infused in them), and you really want to figure out what the hell happened to them.