DARK MATTER – Season 3 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
The Raza crew is summoned to a mining colony by their handler, Tabor Calchek, or so they believe. In reality, Calchek has already fled the war torn area and the message came from Adrian Maro (Mishka Thébaud), Calchek’s former assistant who is attempting to take over as the Raza crew’s handler, using the data Calchek left behind. Their first job assignment from Maro is to secure the independence of the Cepheus-8 mining colony from Traugott Corp.
Two years ago, in the DARK MATTER pilot, The Raza rescued another (unnamed) mining colony from Ferrous Corp. In this episode, miners are again rescued from the dire consequences of rebellion, but the episode is really about changing the makeup of the Raza’s crew. Two people were added to the ship’s complement at the start of last season. This time three are added to the Raza’s population, and one is subtracted.
Six shoots his nemesis The General, who for some reason is not in a clone body, so he actually dies. Six then elects to remain on the planet to fill the power vacuum created by The General’s death. Maro and his bodyguard Solara (Ayisha Issa) become residents of The Raza, effectively replacing Nyx and Six.
The Android discovers virtual Sarah’s hiding place in the ship’s computer. (Five should know better than to keep a secret from The Android.) Five didn’t want to disappoint people (mainly Three) if her experiment failed, and that is understandable. But The Android is quite intimate with the ship’s computer, will find out anyway, and could probably have been counted on as a co-conspirator in the experiment (unless what Five was doing threatened the ship). On that subject, when Sarah was discovered by The Android, her smile might have contained just a hint of malevolence. Virtual Sarah now officially inhabits the computer of The Raza. She can most likely use Transit Transfer and travel anywhere she wants, and if she does not turn out to be evil, she might become a very useful crew member.
Meanwhile, on Zairon, it seems that Emporer Ryo (formerly known as Four) is interviewing replacements for Misaki. We see a cadet (Wei Jen Lee) perform an elaborate sword dance for The Emporer. Ryo tells his advisor Teku that Misaki is off-world meeting with General Caius. This might be true, or Ryo may have killed her and disposed of her body where no one will find it. (See previous post.) In either event, he seems to be looking for a replacement for her.
From Maro, Five learns that Calchek repped the original Raza crew, which consisted of Boon, Ryo, Shrike, and Jasper. “Wait,” says Five. “Shrike and Jasper? What happened to them?” Maro responds: “I can’t be sure, but I think Portia happened to them.” There most likely is a point to our learning about the original crew. Will the Raza time-travel back to meet them? (The blink drive was damaged by Ryo’s scientists and could malfunction when it is reattached to the Raza’s engines.) Or might they still be alive? Will Shrike and Jasper (or their former associates) be among those attacking The Raza later this season?
At episode’s end, Ryo assembles the galaxy’s most “fearsome and formidable” mercenaries, bounty hunters, professional soldiers, and assassins. Their assignment, should they choose to accept it, is to recover the blink drive, and kill the crew of The Raza.
Ayisha Issa (Solara Shockley) will be Naomi in EYE ON JULIET, a film written and directed by Kim Nguyen. The film tells the story of an unlikely encounter between Gordon, a remote guardian of a pipeline in the desert, and Ayusha (Lina El Arabi), a young woman from the Middle East. Gordon becomes fascinated by Ayusha while piloting his robotic hexapod from the other side of the world,
but Ayusha is promised to an older man she doesn’t love.
EYE ON JULIET was filmed in the South of Morocco, then Montreal, and after that in Paris. “The game is worth the candle,” Nguyen said, adding: “I also want to approach this film with humor and irony, in spite of the geopolitical situation in the Middle East. We are evolving today in an atmosphere so polarized and tense that I feel the need to make this film with a certain lightness. I want to be able to smile about our differences.” There is no word yet on a release date.
Mishka Thébaud (Adrian Maro) will be Clint Spelling in the second episode of THE MIST, a horror series based on the novella of the same name by Stephen King. In King’s story, a small town and its residents are enveloped by an eerie mist containing mysterious and undefined threats. For those who missed the opening episode, it will be broadcast again on SpikeTV 24 June at 7pm. Episode 1.2 will air on Spike on 29 June at 10pm/9c.
Wei Jen Lee, who made her TV debut in this episode as an unnamed Ishida cadet summoned to perform for her Emporer, competed for Canada at the 1st Taolu World Cup in Fu Zhou, China last November. A video is avaiable on YouTube.
Michael Reventar (Ash) is Flaco in at least one episode of WISDOM OF THE CROWD, which is about Jeffrey Tanner (Jeremy Piven), a charismatic San Francisco tech icon. Driven by a need to find his daughter’s killer, Tanner creates an online platform for people around the world to submit and evaluate evidence for criminal investigations. Filmed at UBC in Vancouver, WISDOM OF THE CROWD premieres Sunday 1 October at 8:30/7:30c on CBS. A trailer is available on YouTube.