DARK MATTER – Season 2 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
“Do you know why our Two and Three aren’t like them?” Six asks Five, and goes on to explain. “Because of you. I don’t know exactly what happened, but in this reality, you weren’t there to save my life. There was no mind wipe, and everything turned out different.” Having no Five on The Raza might have consequences far beyond the personalities of the crew. Bad Raza might have started the corporate wars, while Good Raza (the one with Five) has a chance of preventing them. No wonder Five feels uncomfortable in the altverse. It is a timeline created by her absence.
The altverse Android credits her version of Two (henceforth called Bad Two) with making her what she is. Good Two finds this interesting. Bad Two displays much more cleavage than does Good Two, who steals Bad Two’s coat and brings it with her when The (original) Raza returns home. Good Three refuses rough sex with altverse Tash (Jessica Sipos). Is he (unlikely as this sounds) saving himself for Good Two?
Good Two has good reason for wanting to get back home. In the altverse, Alexander Rook (Will Wheaton) is dead, and very soon Portia/Rebecca/Two will need to go into the shop for repairs. Her hands shook at the end of last episode, and at the end of this one she faints. Both these signs of infirmity happened in the privacy of her quarters, so she was able to conceal it from her shipmates. The Android is probably monitoring the crew’s vital signs, so The Android knows, but The Android is discreet.
Having safely returned from the altverse, The Raza crew can probably go there at will. That ability might come in handy, should they need to kidnap a potentially more friendly version of someone for use in their home universe. Everyone in the altverse isn’t bad. It’s possible that there is a version of Hansmeed (for instance) who would be appalled by what his counterpart in another reality is doing. Also, Five clearly misses Devon, and, if she finds out he is dead, certainly has the ability to hijack the ship and go looking for his altverse counterpart.
The Raza brought back a stowaway inside an extra Marauder. It might be Corso, or Wexler, or even Tash. The extra Marauder is equipped with an FTL drive, so we may not find out who that is for a while.
OTHER STUFF – The base where they left Nyx and Devon last episode is called Regulus 12. The Regulus system is about 80 light years from Earth (not that distance matters to The Raza anymore). Nyx has returned to the ship, but we do not see her in this episode. She is spoken of in the third person by Five, and she apparently is not yet aware of Devon’s death. The altverse Android has a verbal shutdown command which has probably been changed but (prior to alt6’s death) was 3T5 GS6.
There is a puzzling thing about The Raza. On such a technologically advanced spaceship, one would expect the environmental systems to filter out any dust and atmospheric pollutants fairly efficiently. Humidity should also be well controlled. But many of the metal surfaces on board seem either tarnished, corroded, or just plain dirty. What is causing this, and why doesn’t it affect the electronics on board?
Andy Mikita, who directed this episode, will direct four of the twelve first season episodes of TRAVELLERS, a series that sounds like a pre-apocalyptic version of
SLIDERS QUANTUM LEAP. (Survivors of a future catastrophe send their minds back through time and possess 21st Century people in the hope of saving humanity from a terrible future.) Currently filming in Vancouver, TRAVELLERS stars Eric McCormack, and will premiere sometime next year on Showcase in Canada, and on Netflix in the US. (Mikita also directed the last two episodes of DARK MATTER’s first season.)
Tyler Blake Smith (Darcy) will be Dr. Gilchrist in THE MEANING OF LIFE, a film based on the true story of a talented but starving musician (played by Tyler Shaw) who gets a job as a therapeutic clown at a children’s hospital. He is assigned to a nine-year-old girl with leukemia, and the two of them search for the meaning of life during their weekly meetings together. Written and directed by Cat Hostick, THE MEANING OF LIFE will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September.
Shawn Devlin (Argyn) is Sean in episode 3.4 of CBC’s THE AMAZING GAYL PILE, a show about one man’s misguided quest to conquer the world of home shopping. Gayl Pile (Morgan Waters) finds himself stuck in a daily grind as a host on the Shop-At-Home-Channel. With a forced smile, he engages in cutesy banter with product sellers as they peddle their gadgets, miracle remedies and on-trend ladies wear to TV viewers. All three seasons of the show are now available online from CBC/Comedy in Canada and Seeso in the US.