DARK MATTER – Season 2 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
Two shows interest in The Android‘s change of appearance. Nyx tricks the crew into rescuing her brother. Three and Six decide to get along, another green apple makes an appearance, and an intriguing, non-corporate villain is introduced.
The Raza crew needs money, so Two suggests they steal some. Nyx urges them to hijack a freighter carrying a drug called Shadow (coincidentally the stuff that Doctor Devon is addicted to, though none of the crew know that). The heist is successful, but what Nyx really wanted (and got) was to rescue her brother Milo from the clutches of Hansmeed and his Ship of Seers.
FOUR: “If I showed you a history of my home planet…”
MILO: “Given enough time and data, I could tell you what would most likely happen there.”
Nyx (Melanie Liburd) and Milo (Mpho Koaho) have a talent for predicting events based on available data. Around a hundred of these talented folk have been linked together on that ship to form a human supercomputer. They are given Shadow to help them cope with the noise of the hive mind and to make it easier for them to access various levels of their subconscious. Hansmeed (Daniel Fathers) is certainly the most interesting threat The Raza has run up against. The Seers that follow him resemble (in some ways) high-tech versions of the psychohistorians from Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION (which would make Hansmeed a souped-up, evil Hari Seldon). In other ways, they seem like an intellectual variant of The Borg.
Milo tells Four that the crew will very soon be betrayed by one of their own again. He has even more interesting predictions for Five, who asks him if it’s silly for the Raza crew to think of themselves as a force for social change. “All of our predictive models,” Milo says, “suggest that a major paradigm shift is coming, and the most likely scenario is all-out Corporate war within the next six months. I know it sounds bad, but you have to understand something. It’s times like these when longstanding patterns are disrupted; that things become more fluid. That’s when a small group of people, or even a single individual, can change the course of history.”
A conversation between Ferrous Corp’s Commander Nieman (David Richmond-Peck) and Alycia Reynaud (Inga Cadranel) in a previous episode suggested that the mysterious computer card that Five brought on board is the “key to victory” in those coming corporate wars. The main reason for the Shadow heist was to gas up The Raza and chase down Reynaud to find out what the key does, exactly.
“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what’s right.”
— Isaac Asimov (FOUNDATION)
The third green apple of the series (see previous post) makes its appearance, as Four uses it as an excuse to leave a jackknife for Milo. Nyx, with her predictive abilities, knew what had to be done about her brother and his exceptional abilities. That’s why she went to Four. She knew he was detached enough to do what was necessary.
Two (still wearing black, but a little more stylishly) takes notice of the upgraded Android’s change in appearance, and gives it a look of approval. Portia Lin is beginning to identify with the newly enhanced droid (who still is lacking a name). After all, they are both constructed beings and have more in common with each other than with anyone else on board, something they are just now beginning to realize. Also, in an aggressive and apparently successful effort to reintegrate Six into the crew, Two forces Six and Three to work together. She could not have known that they would be marooned for a while on the surface of a toxic planet, but it worked out fortuitously. Three (along with most of the viewing audience) has come to grudgingly trust Six again.
Mpho Koaho (Milo) will be Ken on BBC America’s DIRK GENTLY. Ken is described as “a nerdy, friendly-faced tech trapped in increasingly difficult and bloody circumstances”, and will appear in all 8 episodes of the series, which premieres on 22 October.
Shaun Sipos (Devon Taltherd) will star as Trace in Bailey Kobe‘s comedy THE BABYMOON, in which, Trace (embracing the modern notion of taking a vacation before the birth of one’s first child) whisks his pregnant wife (Julie McNiven) away to the most beautiful, exotic country imaginable, only to find it in the throes of revolution. THE BABYMOON had its world premiere at the 2016 Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles last June.
Mark Roeder (First Seer) is Flavius Odoacer (a soldier who would become the first King of Italy) in all three chapters of 476 A.D. For the astrologically inclined, the Age of Pisces (the age immediately preceding the present Age of Aquarius) began in 476 A.D., the year that Rome finally fell. Hence, Chapter One is titled “The Last Light of Aries”, and Chapter Two is “The Dawning of Pisces”. Chapter One is available for rental or purchase from Amazon Video.