DARK MATTER – Season 3 Episode 9 – SPOILERS
The blink drive spontaneously travels through time, taking the Raza with it. Two (Melissa O’Neil) reveals that she likes dogs, and wears something that is not black. Six rides a bicycle. The Android (Zoie Palmer) uses a rounded decimal (.67) to describe parts of cookies, rather than a fraction (2/3), even though the fraction would be more accurate.
The Raza travels 600 years into the past to the 21st century, which means that DARK MATTER is set sometime in the twenty-seventh century. We also learn that the FTL drive was invented by the great-granddaughter of Jake Connor (no relation to Sarah) which would place that event shortly after the year 2200.
The Android spends a bit of time explaining the implications of time travel to the crew. It seems reasonable that Three and Six should find this to be an unfamiliar subject, and need to have it explained. That Two is puzzled by such things is surprising. Perhaps everyone on board lost such knowledge when they lost their memories. Five seems to be the only one who understands what the Android is talking about. It could be that she reads (or watches) science fiction.
Time travel does for Two what the holonovel Lambda One did for Captain Janeway on Star Trek Voyager. As Three (Anthony Lemke) and Two sit on a park bench 600 years in their past, he remarks that Two seems happier than she has been in quite some time. What is it about a primitive small town in Wisconsin that makes Two feel so comfortable? Near episode’s end, we see Five and Two playfully bonding over a video game that was a gift to Five from Jake Connor. The unplanned vacation seems to have done them both a lot of good.
The blink drive (it turns out) can be configured differently and used to transport individuals through time, rather than the entire ship. Five uses it that way to travel to a point before the Marauder is discovered by the local authorities in Fort Falls so that she can booby trap it, and the crew can regain control of the vessel. Five‘s success in doing this means that time travel could turn out to be a more useful and predictable application of the technology. Since Professor Brophey was able to remotely recall the blink drive to his hiding place in the past, one can assume that a person (perhaps carring a computer chip of some sort) could be recalled to their point of origin, and there would not need to be a second time machine at the other end of the trip.
Here’s a strange thing. After meeting Professor Brophey, The Android says “I’ll go back to the Marauder, link with the ship, and run a facial recognition program through the GA database.” So they have the GA database stored in the ship’s computer. (They could scarcely access it from the 21st century in any other way.) Professor Brophey successfully looks up Two and Three in the same database, which he downloaded before traveling to the past. There must have been a reason why, when the crew first lost their memories, they couldn’t determine their own forgotten identities by taking selfies and running them through that same database for a match.
The following discussion, along with The Android’s ‘time skipping’ in Episode 3.4, combine to suggest that the DARK MATTER universe is a deterministic one.
SIX: “And what about the timeline. Any changes?”
ANDROID: “I’ve been scanning multiple frequencies, including the GNN newsfeeds. Everything is as it was.”
THREE: “So we had no effect at all.”
ANDROID: “I’m not so sure about that. I’ve also run a historical sweep on the people we met from the past and discovered something very curious.” [displays photo]
SIX: “Who is that?”
ANDROID: “Dr. Christine Connor, the inventor of the FTL engine. Great-granddaughter of Jake Connor. According to the records, his tales of potential space travel inspired her to pursue a career in astro-engineering.”
THREE: “So what does that mean? We did affect the timeline?”
SIX: “And isn’t that a paradox?”
FIVE: “Unless we were always meant to go back in time and affect the timeline, in which case, maybe it’s not.”
Another explanation might be that it is possible to change the history of individuals, but the timeline heals itself in the long run. And if Christine Connor had not invented the FTL drive, someone else would have done so at the appropriate time.
The song The Android is listening to (at very high volume) before the crew leaves the Raza is “Got An Itch” by LIFE BITTER SOUL, a sleaze pop duo made up of brothers Daniel and Joshua Pinkerton from Wollongong, Australia. Music by the group has also been featured in DARK MATTER Episode 2.4 and Episode 2.7. Their 2016 album 100% Sleaze Pop is available on iTunes.
Melissa O’Neil‘s dog Tehya had a cameo in this episode. Showrunner Joe Mallozzi told Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies how that came about. “Well, I wrote a dog park scene and originally I was going to have Suji and Lulu [Mallozzi’s dogs] be background players, then Melissa mentioned that she wanted to have a little cameo for Tehya. Her and Jodelle have strongly lobbied for a dog on board the ship, so I thought it would be a fun way to address it in that moment. It’s one of those weird instances where Three has to be the voice of reason, saying, ‘no, we’re not getting a dog.’ He couches it in the standard time travel paradox or butterfly effect, that what if these dogs end up being crucial in finding a cure for Sokolsky syndrome. Sokolsky, by the way, is the last name of our executive producer’s assistant, Elliot Sokolsky.”