DARK MATTER – Season 1 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
SIX: I’m looking for something for a headache.
FIVE: Headaches can be caused by blood vessel abnormalities, or by brain tumors.
SIX: How do you know that?
FIVE: I don’t know, I just do. A tumor is a mass of cells that multiplies uncontrollably. The human body creates twenty-five million new cells every second. It’s kidneys process eighty liters of blood every day. Blood will spurt up to two meters when the carotid artery is severed. It’s a very efficient kill stroke.
Five (Jodelle Ferland), fifth to awaken from stasis, is good with electrical circuitry. (There are still recognizable electronics, so DARK MATTER can’t be set too far in the future.) Five also sees stuff like other people’s dreams, but can’t tell whose dream she’s looking at. She also occasionally spouts knowledge in a stream-of-consciousness sort of way. Whether that knowledge is hers, or is being pulled from the minds of others is unknown.
Six (Roger R. Cross) was the last wake up (possibly because of his size, but why didn’t the stasis chamber compensate for that?), and is the only one to react badly to the flavour of the food rations. He has a headache, and no one else complains of a headache. Perhaps he was not part of the original crew and is reacting to what is, for him, an alien environment.
So the six person crew of an interstellar vessel is wakened mid-flight for damage control. All of them have amnesia, but only about things related to their identities. They find and wake The Android (Zoie Palmer), who thinks they are intruders and attacks them. Two (Melissa O’Neil), who is recognized by everyone as the de facto ship’s captain, disables The Android‘s security subroutines, turning her into a more user-friendly, if sometimes sarcastic, being.
Why didn’t the ship just wake The Android (who would be easier to write about if she had a nickname) instead of the whole crew? Clearly she can effect most repairs by herself, and could wake specific crew members as needed.
What Two (aka Portia Lin) did to The Android is quite similar to what someone did to the human crew. Their identity subroutines were removed. They still know how to do stuff, but any memories related to who they are have vanished.
They have a cargo hold full of energy weapons and are headed for a mining colony. When they get there they are told that the miners are expecting two things: an attack, and a shipment of weapons meant to help them repel it. A decision is made to give the miners half the weapons, but then The Android recovers some disturbing information from the ship’s wiped memory banks. It seems that at least five of the six humans on board are murderers. The only crew member about whom The Android found no personal information is Five.
This leads them to the conclusion that they are not there to rescue the miners, but to kill them. The notion that these people are killers does not ring true. None of them, except for Three, has behaved
badly and one suspects that Three‘s bark is worse than his bite.
At the start of the episode, Two seemed surprised to encounter One and made sure he did not watch her stabilize life support. Did she expect to wake up first? She also had an immediate and negative reaction to being called Portia Lin, preferring to retain her numerical designation. She was able to alter The Android‘s programming so quickly, but later needed The Android to show her how to restore the other systems. Why does no one question her authority?
Alex Mallari Jr. (Four) is the First Mate in the film DEBUG, which had its American BluRay and DVD release on 12 June, the same day that DARK MATTER permiered on SyFy in the US. DEBUG is about six computer hackers who are threatened by a malevolent intelligence while working on a derelict spaceship. The film is also available on Amazon Instant Video.
Jodelle Ferland (Five) stars as Angela in THE UNSPOKEN (out later this year), about the reopening of a case involving a family who disappeared from their home in 1997. Ferland will also be Friday in 400 BOYS, a Canadian/Chinese production currently being filmed in Hong Kong and Macau. Due to be released on New Years Day 2016, 400 BOYS seems to be about some sort of major development in virtual reality.
Mike Speaks His Mind tweeted this on 13 June: “Hm…the android lady on #DarkMatter was the 7th to wake up. So they just need 2 more crew members to make her…7 of 9.”