DARK MATTER – Season 2 Episode 7 – SPOILERS
That card that Five (Jodelle Ferland) stole before stowing away on The Raza converts (with the aid of an adapter) a normal faster than light drive into a Blink Drive. Five describes the difference. “Normal FTL creates a distortion in space that moves faster than the speed of light, pulling the ship along with it, but you’re still moving from Point A to Point B. With the Blink Drive you don’t technically move at all. You just disappear from one place, and reappear somewhere else instantaneously. If we wanted to go all the way across the galaxy, it would normally take us months with refueling stops along the way. With this we could do it in the blink of an eye.”
A whole lot of interesting information can be found in that statement. The Raza can travel all the way across the galaxy (approximately 100,000 light years) in months (not years) with refueling stops. A Star Trek vessel traveling at warp 9 would take about 137 years to make that trip. The “distortion in space” created by The Raza‘s drive sounds quite a bit like the subspace bubble created by Trek’s warp fields.
The crew kidnaps their former employment agent Tabor (David Hewlett) in the hope that he has information about Reynaud, but they learn little from him except that Reynaud travels only by Transfer Transit. They take him along on board The Raza for reasons of security. While in The Android’s custody (everyone else is busy with something) Tabor notices her upgrade and suggests, somewhat insensitively, that it was pointless to install such an upgrade in such an unsophisticated model. The Android’s response, tinged with restrained anger, is the best line of the episode: “Perhaps,” she says, “it was an experiment designed to test my machine-based responsiveness to human sentiments. Or an adjustment required for me to respond to a complex but ultimately irrational scenario. Or maybe it was a wholly impractical, completely illogical, compassionate act of kindness.”
Five uses her hacking skills to find Alycia Reynaud (Inga Cadranel). Three, Four, and Five don specially constructed, DNA sequenced suits that can travel with them through Transfer Transit. The suits fit quite snugly, as The Android (Zoie Palmer) points out. She is particularly fascinated (and seemingly turned on) by the snugness of Three’s outfit. The Android pays no attention to Four, and this might indicate that, of the two men, Three has a significantly larger package.
With everyone but Nyx and Devon safely back on board (the Doc has been killed by Hansmeed, apparently just for the general hell of it, and Nyx, who does not know this, is most likely searching for him), the crew tests the new drive, but something goes wrong. There is a high-pitched noise and what sounds like metal being stressed. The Raza disappears, and will not reappear until next episode. (One gets the feeling that Nyx being off the ship is an important thing.)
Alli Chung (Perelandra Jones) will be Paula in BROWN GIRL IN THE RING: THE PREQUEL, a film based on the 1998 science fiction novel by Nalo Hopkinson. This coming-of-age story is set in The Burn, an abandoned, futuristic ghetto. With nowhere to turn, a young woman (Mouna Traoré) must open herself to ancient truths, and the mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother. “Brown Girl in the Ring is a children’s game I learned in Jamaica,” said director Sharon Lewis, “but anyone can play it. It’s simple. A ring of people stand on the outside while you show them a motion when you are in the middle, and then you invite them into the center.” Shot entirely in Toronto, the film should be released sometime later this year.
David Hewlett (Tabor Calchek) will be Chad in at least one episode of INCORPORATED, a TV series set in a near future in which corporations have unlimited power. The show follows Ben Larson (Sean Teale), a young executive who goes undercover to infiltrate a dangerous corporate world and save the woman he loves. The series will premiere on SyFy (US) on 30 November at 10pm. Rob Archer (LOST GIRL’s Bruce) will appear as Sayeed in episode one.
Bridget Wareham (Tech Shop Owner in episode 1.8) will be Maggie in Martine Blue‘s first feature film, HUNTING PIGNUT, the story of fifteen-year-old Bernice (Taylor Hickson), who runs away from her Newfoundland home in search of a tormented and violent gutter punk named Pignut after he steals her father’s ashes right out of his urn. HUNTING PIGNUT will have its world premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 17 September at 10pm.