DARK MATTER – Season One – Episodes 12 & 13 – SPOILERS
Episode twelve is the first in which The Android (Zoie Palmer) leaves the ship for any significant period of time. In Episode 13, Five encounters The Android‘s alter ego, and, perceiving it as a threat to their friendship, orders the holo-projection to delete itself.
Now that DARK MATTER has been renewed for a second season, here are some requests. Could someone please make some non-conductive clothing for The Android? She is entirely too vulnerable to cattle prods. And by all means, give her a name, or at least a nickname. And give her more to do. The Android is the first ‘victim’ in the last episode, which is an Agatha Christie style murder mystery, and is out of action for the entire story. (No one dies. Victims are merely disabled.)
Two is abducted by her creator (Alexander Rook, played by Will Wheaton) and The Android goes on an away mission to rescue her. Wheaton is quite convincing in the role of a mad scientist, but having his character work with nanites is no way to stop people from thinking of him as a grown-up version of Wesley Cruxher. (Mr. Crusher fell asleep during an experiment and accidentally caused an entire civilization of nanites to be created in the STTNG episode 3.1 — Evolution.)
ROOK: “My name is Alexander Rook. I own a company called Dwarf Star Technologies, along with all of its subsidiaries, patents, and prototypes, including Rebecca, although in your company, I think she is going by Portia?”
SIX: “I’m pretty sure you can’t lay legal claim to the result of banned research. Last time I checked, the creation of human facsimiles is against the law.”
ROOK: “Oh. And what would you have me do? Put one of those ridiculous tattoos on her neck, as though she was some common android? No. Although Rebecca’s biological components are superior, she must be constantly monitored and maintained by her nanites.”
Two can be best described as an android constructed from protoplasm. Her organs, including her brain, were grown separately and stitched together into a seamless whole maintained and made self-repairing by nanites. The nanites inside her allowed her to survive the zombie virus and kept her alive in the vacuum of space (somehow they must be able to manufacture oxygen). By design, they do not prevent Two from aging, which means that she will be healthy and fit when she is very old, but will still look her age. They are also responsible for her extraordinary physical abilities. (When Rook applied a dampening field, her abilities were reduced to those of a normal human.)
The body of Rebecca/Two/Portia currently has an apparent age of 24 years. She has not been told how her brain was programmed, but it is fair to assume that the brain of some specific human was used as a template. She has also not been told the reason for her construction.
Some years previous, she escaped from her creator (killing 43 people in the process). She then (one assumes) adopted the name Portia Lin, and embarked on a life of crime. In her second escape, she again kills a bunch of Rook’s people, though in all fairness to Two, some of them had intended to remove her brain without using anesthetic of any kind. She probably would have liked to kill Rook, but he escaped unharmed, and reported Two’s escape to his boss, an unidentified bedridden man who asks if the folks who rescued Two knew what she was. Rook tells him yes, and the man tells him that they all must die. Rook, for some reason, looks uncomfortable at this idea.
Before the attempted vivisection, Rook tells Two that they have scanned her brain and found no evidence of physical abnormality. Her brain is healthy, indicating that she is most likely sane.
At season’s end, the Raza and her crew are captured by the Galactic Authority with the aid of Six, who seems to have betrayed them. Had Rook’s people captured them, they would all have been immediately killed. An attack by Rook aimed at destroying that Galactic Authority ship seems probable, because Rook needs to destroy all evidence of Two’s existence. Such an attack would be an opportunity for the Raza crew to free themselves and head for the border (which is only about a week away, according to One.)
Before the crew’s capture, Five uncovered a recording made on the day the crew went into stasis. In it, Two and someone who sounds like Four decided that some (unspecified) male person on board had to be killed after they came out of stasis and before they reached the mining colony (Episode One). Maybe Portia Lin found out at that time that Jace Corso wasn’t actually Jace Corso.
Melissa O’Neil (Two) will be Sarah in THIS LIFE, a TV drama about Natalie Lawson, a lifestyle columnist and single mother in her early forties whose terminal cancer diagnosis sends her on a quest to help her three teenage children get ready for the future. The show is an adaptation of the French-language drama Nouvelle adresse, and will premiere 5 October at 9pm on CBC. Natalie Lawson will be played by Torri Higginson, who is also DARK MATTER’s Commander Truffault.
Alex Mallari Jr. (Four), Jodelle Ferland (Five) and Anthony Lemke (Three) will be at Fan Expo Canada to answer questions and talk with the hosts of INNERSPACE, Ajay Fry, Teddy Wilson, and Morgan Hoffman, on Thursday 3 September at 7pm.
DARK MATTER has been renewed by Space Channel and SyFy for a second 13 episode season.