DARK MATTER – Season 3 Episode 13 – SPOILERS
Six (Roger Cross) still has a death wish. He volunteers for what he thinks is a suicide mission to destroy a Ferris Corp shipyard. As it turns out, he creates what seems to be a giant interface with the universe inhabited by invading aliens. The Marauder, the shipyard, and probably a bunch of ships that were attacking the shipyard, vanish. (We know that at least two of the nine Ishida vessels were destroyed in the battle.) It does appear that the Marauder blinks to a different location as the space-time anomaly it created expands. Alien-Two programmed the Marauder’s blink drive to create a gateway between universes large enough for the Black Ships to pass through.
Truffault gets double-crossed for the second time this season. (The first time was by alt-Two in “One Last Card to Play“.) This time, instead of helping Mikkei as promised, Traugott cut its own deal with Ferrous Corp. and attacked Mikkei holdings, as did the Electus, Inkose, and Novina corporations. This won’t look good on her annual performance evaluation.
After preparing herself to be Ryo’s executioner, and then being stopped (by practical matters) from killing him, Two takes out her frustrations on a punching bag, and The Android walks in.
ANDROID: “Physical exertion is an excellent means of stress reduction. Are you feeling more relaxed?”
TWO: “Not really.”
ANDROID: “Then you might want to consider alternate dynamic
activities: running, weight-lifting [pause] sexual congress.”
TWO: “Yup. Yup. Okay. I will keep that in mind.”
Alien-Two, Three, and The Android all are disabled with stun guns at one time or another in this episode, but the Android (having been stunned quite a few times in the past) has apparently learned to shield her brain from such things. Her body is incapacitated, but her brain is still able to communicate with Five via the ship’s computer, and she warns Five that Two is possessed by an alien. Five makes a command decision and gives Ryo access to a weapon (after sealing off the bridge) and has Ryo stun alien-Two.
Here’s a bit of good news (for viewers, maybe not for Five). Alicia Reynaud is the adoptive mother of Five‘s sister, which likely means that Inga Cadranel will show up for a couple of episodes in (the still hypothetical) Season Four. Five pulls up Reynaud’s bio on her computer screen. Here’s what it says:
Alicia Reynaud continues to demonstrate why she is one of the most formidable power brokers amongst an increasingly fractured corporate elite. After completing her Masters in Corporate Strategies at Terra Prime University, she set out to prove herself in the corporate world. Starting her career in the Sales Division at Inkosi, Reynaud worked her way up the corporate ladder at a record pace, securing a place on their Junior Management Team within the first year. Now in her fifth year with the company, she has become the Managing Officer for all Inkosi Operations in the Ankaa Sector. This surge of upward corporate mobility may be extraordinary but not necessarily surprising, as Alicia Reynaud comes from a storied line of corporate elite. Most notably, her grandmother, Mackenzie Reynaud, served for two successful terms as the chairwoman of the Council of Corporations. Insiders have hinted at, despite her continued advancement at Inkosi, Reynaud is likely planning on breaking out on her own to explore possibilities such as her own boutique consulting firm, or even trading on her famous family name to create a new corporate player.
At episode’s end, The Android is incapacitated, alien-Two is unconscious, Three has fled with alt-Two to parts unknown, and Six has vanished, leaving Five in command of the Raza. On the bridge with Five is a very mellow Ryo, along with alt-Wexler, who is much less of an asshole than was the original Wexler (who tried to space Two in Episode 1.10.)
When Three asks him where the rest of his crew is, alt-Wexler says: “Who? Portia and Tash? Getting their nails done. What do I care?.” Alt-Tash (Jessica Sipos) is unexpectedly alive. She must have somehow survived being shot by alt-Android in Episode 3.6.
Alt-Wexler is a toned-down version of what the Raza crew were like before they lost their memories. It might be nice if he stuck around for a while. It would be most interesting to watch how the Raza crew interacts with him. Showrunner Joe Mallozzi seems to agree (see quote below in NOTES).
Will Three have a threesome with alt-Three and alt-Two? Has Six gone to the place where the Black Ships came from? Will the Android Liberation Front side with humans or with the aliens? (One wonders what the attitude of the aliens toward mechanical life forms might be.) Also, what is it that’s making Ryo so mellow?
Michael Boisvert (unnamed Ferrous officer) is Colonel Crosby in the pilot episode of the gender-bending hour-long action-thriller IMPULSE, which is based on the third novel in the Jumper series by Steven Gould. The story centers on a rebellious 16-year-old girl named Henry (Maddie Hasson) who has always felt different from her peers and has longed to escape from her rather quaint small town. She soon discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport. (Some things in the TV series will be different from the book, most notably the name of the protagonist.) Among others in the cast are Missi Pyle, Sarah Desjardins, and Enuka Okuma. The series will air on YouTube Red sometime in 2018.
Jodelle Ferland participated in the annual Vancouver Zombie Walk on 26 August. The event began in 2005 as the Braintrain event (Zombies traveling by Skytrain) and has since become much more elaborate. For a full 12 hours after the Walk zombies appear all over downtown Vancouver in bars, pubs, restaurants, grocery stores, and coffee shops. Every year, the number of Walkers (and spectators) grows bigger with more creative costumes and higher gore levels. It is the city’s largest annual flashmob.
Asked whether the roles of the alt-crew, especially Portia and Wexler would be expanded next season, showrunner Joe Mallozzi told Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies: “Chances are yes. I’m a big Ennis Esmer fan. We cast him back in Season 1, killed him at the end of his two episode arc, and I thought he was such a good actor and great character, he brought so much to the role. I wished there was a way to bring him back. Then I thought, ‘wait a minute, this is sci-fi! Of course there’s a way to bring him back!’ We brought him back in the alternate reality episode, and someone came back in that episode, and it turned out to be pretty much the entire crew. He’s a fun character. Certainly the version from our reality was a lot creepier and reprehensible. This version may be not as bad. The interesting thing about him is that he’s almost an early version of Three. The totally amoral character who audiences hated at the very beginning before they grew to love him. This is pre-loved Three, in many ways, which I like. He’s a little more of a coward than Three was, certainly sneakier than Three was. I like his dynamic with Anthony and Melissa, and that’s something I would love to explore.”