DARK MATTER – Season 2 Episodes 11 & 12 – SPOILERS
The Android asserts dominance over Six. Nyx and Four play guessing games. Three saves Five from the Danker brothers, who dabble in human trafficking. Five Saves Three from Inspector Kierken and his GA troopers. Four tells Six that when he regains his throne, his army will have the blink drive.
Four (Alex Mallari, Jr.) regains his memories, with the goal of regaining his throne and saving Zairon from defeat, and we learn that Ryo is a charmer. He tells Two that she “holds a strength drawn from confidence and compassion” (which is true) and that he does not miss Portia Lin. Then there is this revealing exchange with The Android.
FOUR: “You’ve come a long way, Android, from the factory set utility model we purchased back on Lyra 9. Back then you were a machine no different than any other piece of technology. But now you, you’re so much more.”
ANDROID: “How so?”
FOUR: “Your capacity for emotional response was no accident.”
ANDROID: “Yes. I’ve discovered an emotive subroutine was uploaded into my neural matrix. I’ve concluded that Two was responsible.”
FOUR: “Portia, yes. With the help of Das – er – Five. It was the act of making you whole that brought the two of them together. Changed a lot of things on this ship for the better.”
ANDROID: “Why did they do it?”
FOUR: “The answer lies within you.”
ANDROID: “That’s very poetic, and ultimately unhelpful.”
FOUR: [laughs] “No, I mean literally within you. You possess internal recorders that documented your time on this ship before we went into stasis.”
ANDROID: “I was rebooted.”
FOUR: “Which wiped your immediate access to the digital data but not the data itself. It still exists somewhere inside you. You just have to find it.”
ANDROID: “Why are you telling me this?”
FOUR: “Because I may not get another chance. And because I’ve always liked you, Android.”
The Android (Zoie Palmer) appears to almost tear up at Ryo’s statement that he always liked her, but she seems not to trust her reaction. She must be wondering if he might have an ulterior motive in telling her that the data was deleted by the reboot, but not destroyed. (like when a file is deleted from a computer’s hard drive). Might Ryo, not Five, have been the one who assisted Two in modifying The Android? Did Ryo plant a subroutine of his own inside The Android designed to be activated when she searches for the missing data?
Earlier, Six and The Android have a conversation about trust. After criticizing his diet, The Android tells him: “I believe you are sincere in your desire to make amends and that you harbour no ill intent toward the crew. Of course, my assumptions are sometimes fallible, so I’ve identified a weakness in your left ventricular free wall that I will target if my faith in you proves to be misplaced.” It is possible that she has also located a weakness in Ryo that she can exploit should her faith in him turn out to be unjustified.
There are food metaphors. The first involves Five, Three, and a very sour fruit; the second involves Misaki, Ryo, and a bowl of chicken fat that looks like pudding in the dark. Five, it seems, has a lot in common, personality wise, with Four/Ryo, whom she avoids, and that gets her a pep talk from Six about not being too judgmental.
Five rescues Three with weapons stolen from the GA. Kierken and his people need to lock their vehicles. That’s twice that Five was able to take possession of Galactic Authority equipment and use it against Kierken and his troopers.
Three tells Kierken (Kris Holden-Ried) what is (more or less) the real story about what happened in episodes 1.10 & 1.11. He destroys the official recording of what he has told him, but does not kill Kierken’s clone, allowing him to keep the memory of it.
It seems certain that Ryo will attempt to hold the Raza crew captive in order to obtain the secret of the blink drive. The Android, left in command of The Raza, will need to outwit him. She may know Ryo’s physical vulnerability (if he has one), or she may have added a bit of programming when she helped him restore his old memories.
Billy MacLellan (Temal Danker) is Frank Davis in MAUDIE, the true story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. It is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires Maudie (Sally Hawkins) as his housekeeper. Hunched with crippled hands, Maudie yearns to be independent, and Everett finds himself falling in love. The film describes the love Maudie develops for this difficult man and her rise to fame as a folk painter. Directed by Aisling Walsh (who also directed the 2005 BBC miniseries FINGERSMITH), MAUDIE had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, and its Canadian Premiere at TIFF 2016.
Dalmar Abuzeid (the guy who tells Three that Five has been kidnapped) will be Bobby in ASHES, the story of Liam, a young man who loses his parents and travels north to scatter their ashes. (They asked to have their combined ashes scattered at the place where they fell in love.) Writer Jake Raymond, who also stars in the film, said this about his character in an interview with the blog TalkNerdyWithUs: “Liam, he’s the guy who kind of had everything going for him. He was probably the student council president in high school, has great friends, and this was the first time in his life where it’s not the storybook life…What happens when things don’t go how we plan them to, or when we’re suddenly thrown into a situation we weren’t expecting?” ASHES should begin showing on the festival circuit soon. A trailer is available on YouTube.