DARK MATTER – Season 1 Episodes 4&5 – SPOILERS
When One (Anthony Lemke) and Three (Marc Bendavid) are together they keep reminding me of scenes from STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. When they were tied to chairs back to back in episode 4, the scene with T’Pol and Archer similarly bound (but without chairs) from Shadows of P’Jem (Enterprise 1.14) kept popping into my head.
Then the two of them (One and Three) get stranded with the oxygen running out on a ship full of zombies, reminding me of the time that Trip (Connor Trineer) and Malcolm (Dominic Keating), who really didn’t like each other at the time, got stranded in a shuttle and thought they were going to die. It was a bonding experience, helped along by a bottle of bourbon. The DARK MATTER scene was less intense, and might have been assisted by a bottle of whatever it is that they drink in the DARK MATTER universe. Three dozing on One’s shoulder was a nice touch. One seems to be an undercover cop or reporter. Anthony Lemke as Three reminds me a lot of Jack Nicholson.
The Android (Zoie Palmer) has a very complex hairstyle for a droid. Does her hair detach as a unit for cleaning and style changes? The Android would have been the ideal person to fight the zombies, as she could not have been infected. Most of the bad things that happened to them at the space station in episode 4 would never have happened had The Android been along to help then avoid such things. It makes one wonder why she doesn’t go along on away missions. Is she the only crew member the others can trust not to run away with the ship and leave them stranded?
Two (Melissa O’Neil) was infected by a zombie virus in episode 5. No human ever had successfully fought off the zombie virus, but Two’s immune system defeated it handily. Later, in her quarters, when she removed her bandage, the bite wound had completely healed. If that pharmaceutical company they were talking about ever gets wind of Two, she’ll spend the rest of her life as a lab rat.
While Six (Roger Cross) sat in the waiting room of the space station’s doctor in episode 4, there was a video advertisment that talked about clones. Apparently clones exist but they are stable for no more than 72 hours. Instead of actually going somewhere, people insert their consciousness into a clone and let the clone travel for them, then download the experience. The purpose of this awkwardly inserted bit of information seems to be to disabuse all of us of any notion that the crew of the Raza might be clones. We also learn from the video that headaches are a common side effect of stasis. All the Raza crew were in stasis, yet only Six complained of a headache afterward.
Five (Jodelle Ferland) finally found the giant, very securely locked, door in the Raza‘s hold. (All the other doors on the ship have locking mechanisms of simple construction and are susceptible to hotwiring.) Anything that can be coded can also be decoded. I’ll bet The Android could solve that lock’s alpha-numeric code and open it, given sufficient time. Six thinks what’s behind that door is very valuable, but it seems more likely that it’s something very dangerous.
The Raza‘s fishtank is not real. It is a video display that changes from time to time. One wonders about the algorihm govening the changes in the display. Does it respond to the psychological needs of the crew members in viewing range? Will it ever display Captain Picard’s lionfish?
The most important exchange of episode 5 is this one between Five and The Android. Five shows her the card she found in the cargo hold with the dead body in episode 4.
FIVE: “I thought it was just data storage, but I’ve tried everything, and I can’t read it.”
THE ANDROID: “Curious. The molecular structure is similar to that of a subatomic matrix card, but on a much smaller scale.”
FIVE: “What does that mean?”
THE ANDROID: “If I had to guess, I would say this is part of some larger system designed to access pockets of extra-dimensional space.”
FIVE: “Why would somebody do that?”
THE ANDROID: “I ask myself that all the time. Rarely do I get a satisfactory answer.”
This is the first mention of anything that might explain why the show is called DARK MATTER.
I assume we will get a more involved explanation in future episodes.
Elysia White, who plays a model in episode 4, will star as Vicky in the post-apocalyptic film RED SPRING, about a world ravaged by vampires, where surviving humans search for lost loved ones. Filmed largely in Kincardine, Ontario, RED SPRING is due out sometime in late 2016.
Tara Yelland (AD Representative in episode 4) will be Mavis Davies in JESSE STONE: LOST IN PARADISE, the ninth of the Jesse Stone films and the first of them to air on the Hallmark Channel. (CBS decided against airing any more of the series). The story is set in Boston, but will be filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Jesse Stone films are based on the novels of Robert B. Parker.
Episode 4 of DARK MATTER was directed by Amanda Tapping, who directed three episodes of CONTINUUM. Episode 5 was directed by Lee Rose, who directed five episodes of LOST GIRL, including the yet-to-air and untitled episode 5.12. Those seem to be the only two female directors for Season One, although no director is thus far listed for episode 1.11.