DARK MATTER – Season 3 Episodes 11 & 12 – SPOILERS
Aliens from a nearly dead nearby universe who feed on entropy want to move into this one. Dwarf Star is building bodies for them, so they can infiltrate human society and take over the galaxy. The Android Liberation Front has included a message in the latest system upgrade urging androids everywhere to overthrow the anthroparchy and take over the galaxy, the very thing that Ferrous Corp. is trying to accomplish for itself by waging war with all the other corporations.
The aliens communicate who and what they are to Three (who was previously possessed by one of them), and Three‘s unconscious mind pictures the alien initially as Five, then as The Android, Two, and Six. Alien-Five tells him: “Your mind is too primitive to grasp what we are, too frightened of the truth, so it seeks the comfort of familiar images.” (Jodelle Ferland is really scarily great as alien-Five.)
The Dwarf Star facility on Nova-17 gets blown up along with a bunch of aliens in artificially constructed humanoid bodies and a gateway the aliens use to travel between universes. Two is in the facility when it is nuked and Three, who made it out, is convinced that she’s dead, but Five has faith in the Android’s visions of the future (Episode 3.4), and steadfastly believes Two has survived. And it turns out she’s right. Alt-Three rescued Two in the Alt-Marauder and took her to Zairon to be held hostage by Ryo in exchange for the blink drive.
Hacking the Nova-17 computers from orbit, Five uncovered a list of dozens of alien-inhabited enhanced humanoids who have already infiltrated all the corporations, including Ferrous Corp. They are probably busy constructing other portals.
Ryo invites the Raza crew to dinner. Everyone but The Android accepts, and they attend in clone bodies as a precaution. The Emporer tries to divide his guests by telling them secrets about themselves. (Three suspected that he had such knowledge, and was reluctant to go.) When Three learns that he was responsible for Sarah’s death (by unthinkingly exposing her to poisonous materials he was dealing in), he arranges for his clone to be killed, ensuring that the information acquired by the clone is lost. The real Three knows the implications of the death of his clone. He knows he is protecting himself from some (now unspecified) devastating information.
So Transfer Transit clones can be used to avoid knowledge, as well as to gain it. (WYNONNA EARP’s Melanie Scrofano tweeted (on 18 August) “Does it still count if I lost my virginity in the holodeck? #thingsneversaidonstartrek”, and it brought to mind another possible use for Transfer Transit. Sex without risk.)
Alone with Ryo, Five is shown a photograph (which we do not get to see) of her sister with her rich adoptive parents. Five looks at the photo in disbelief and amazement. Who is it that could have adopted her sister that would cause such surprise? Clearly, Five recognizes someone in that photo.
On Zairon, Two saves Ryo’s life (and avenges the death of Nyx) by killing Misaki with her own poison dagger. The House of Ishida still falls, and Two takes Ryo back to the Raza where the crew has a vote on whether he should be executed. Two‘s vote ends up being the deciding one, and she confronts Ryo alone, presumably to make up her mind. Believing he is about to die, Ryo tells Two that she has a daughter which she produced by combining her genetic material with that of her creator. Dr. Irena Shaw. (The procedure must have been done after Dr. Shaw was put into stasis, since she did not mention it to Two during their recent encounter.)
Two entrusted the child (might her name be Carina?) to someone by the name of Kryden, who would watch over her until she could return. All this information (and apparently more) was stored on a “black storage device” in the ship’s vault in a locked strongbox. “Hack the passcode,” Ryo tells Two, “and you’ll have all the answers.” It seems reasonable to expect that Two will hack that passcode in the season finale.
Will Two shoot Ryo dead? Or will she stun the former Emporer of Zairon and turn him over to The Android for appropriate memory erasure, making him Four again? Also, where is alt-Two, and what is she up to?
In showrunner Joe Mallozzi‘s outline of Season Four, Episode 4.4 will be “Five’s family reunion” and Episode 4.5 looks to be another time travel adventure. Mallozzi labels it “dangers, drive-ins, and disco”. And he assures us that more folks from Stargate will turn up as guest stars next season. We need more of DARK MATTER’s hopeful and upbeat view of the future. Let’s hope it gets renewed.
Kyle Mac (avatar based on a level two diplomatic android, serial number 37754) will star as Don in the 12-episode comedy series CRAWFORD, the story of a 28 year old (Don), who fails his Bachelor of Arts and has his metal band dropped by its record label on the same day. Don moves back home with his polyamorous parents and, by following his intuition rather than logic, he turns his compassion and affinity for raccoons into a booming business, just as the town’s raccoon population explodes. CRAWFORD, which also stars Jill Hennessy (of CROSSING JORDAN), completed filming in Toronto in June, and will air on CBC in Canada and on Comedy Central in the US in winter 2018.
Amanda Brugel (Keeley in the DM pilot) has been promoted to series regular for Season Two of THE HANDMAID’S TALE. Her character Rita is a Martha serving Commander Fred and Serena Joy, and appeared in nine of the show’s ten first season episodes. The Handmaid’s Tale will go back into production in the fall, and the 13-episode second season is set to premiere on HULU in 2018. — Also, Brugel and Ellen Wong will be among the honourees at the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.