DARK MATTER – Season 3 Episode 7 – SPOILERS
Two virtual reality problems are contrasted in this episode. Six (Roger Cross) is confronted with the first of these, when Ferrous Corp cyber-techs Marak (Amos Crawley) and Kumal (Brian Hamman) try to use a VR simulation to trick him into revealing the location of rebel leaders. They do not succeed because, unknown to them, Six has a cache of repressed memories, some of which keep popping into his consciousness, making him realize that the simulation isn’t real. The process makes Six remember that he once had a wife named Lara (Genelle Williams), and a son. He also remembers that he is divorced, and that his wife has remarried. Six takes over the simulation and uses it to get Kumal to tell him exactly where he is, so that the Raza can rescue him. The ultimate fate of Marak and Kumal is unknown, but if they survived, Commander Nieman might use the information they inadvertently gained to control Six by threatening his family’s safety.
Three (Anthony Lemke) is also bothered by lost memories. He is still convinced that Four knows something about his past and is refusing to tell him about it, possibly to protect him. Has Three done something terrible? Did it involve Sarah? Does Virtual Sarah know what terrible thing Three did? She is inside the ship’s computer with access to all sorts of data, and could probably research the matter on the sly if she wanted to.
The second Virtual Reality problem belongs to Sarah (Natalie Brown), who tells Two that she is dissatisfied with her disembodied life — that it lacks casual interaction. “I don’t just need to talk,” she says. “I need something I don’t have anymore. Closeness, a sense of community, casual interaction, just the basic ability to connect.” What Sarah doesn’t have is anyone else like herself with whom to interact. She is a society of one. She has no definable physical effect on anyone.
Six found virtual reality unconvincing because of flashbacks to times he had forgotten, flashbacks that conflicted with the artificial scenario he was supposed to believe in. Sarah knows her world is a simulation, and needs to find a way to make her surroundings meaningful. One imagines that to her, all of her actions seem to be of no consequence.
At the end of the story, The Android sleepwalks during her charging cycle. She enters the sleeping quarters of Five, and then Six, and leaves without doing anything. Then she enters Three‘s room and points a gun at his head. (She thinks better of it, puts the gun down, and leaves.) The most interesting part of all that is that none of the crew is awakened by someone entering their room in the middle of the night. On the Raza, everyone but The Android apparently sleeps very soundly.
Jeff Teravainen (Lieutanant Anders) is Daniel Miles in THE PERFECT SOULMATE, the story of Sarah Miles (Alex Paxton-Beesley) who has a charming and successful husband and a bright and engaging daughter. Her career as a poet is on hold, and Sarah now shares her writing on her poetry blog. But despite his charm, Sarah’s husband is controlling, manipulative, and abusive. Isolated and desperate to escape her marriage, Sarah welcomes the newfound attention of one of her devoted fans, a bookish young woman named Lee Maxson. But as Sarah gets closer to Lee, she begins to discover that she’s found an even more dangerous companion. A trailer is available on YouTube. THE PERFECT SOULMATE can be streamed on the Lifetime website.
Amos Crawley (Marak) will play a minister in the romantic comedy LOVE JACKED, a film about Maya (Amber Stevens West), a young woman whose artistic ambitions are stifled by a father who wants her to run the family store. Maya surprises everyone by traveling to Africa for artistic inspiration, and further surprises the family by returning with a fiancé. Filming began last October in Cape Town, South Africa. Also in the cast is WYNONNA EARP’s Shamier Anderson. No word yet on a release date.
Brian Hamman (Kumal) will be Mike Glascow in FLINT, another Lifetime movie that will follow the true story of three women from Flint, Michigan who sought justice after the residents of that city found they were unknowingly drinking and using water contaminated with lead. Their actions inspired a national movement for safe drinking water. Filming began in Toronto last April, and FLINT should air on Lifetime later this year.