February 25, 2015: Dark Matter!  Prep!  Production!  Pics!

Toronto has been very Hoth-like of late, so I suppose I shouldn’t have been all that surprised to come across the above in the lunch room today.  Could’ve used that nice warm lightsaber while we were shooting in Hamilton last month!

Morning meetings today for episode #106 with director Ron Murphy (or “Murph” as he is affectionately referred to by members of the crew).  This one’s going to be an acting tour de force for Jodelle Ferland (FIVE) who’ll be spending the next couple of weekends in training with our stunt coordinator, John Stead, preparing for her very demanding fight sequences.

February 25, 2015: Dark Matter!  Prep!  Production!  Pics!

The trench!

February 25, 2015: Dark Matter!  Prep!  Production!  Pics!

The gun lock-up!

February 25, 2015: Dark Matter!  Prep!  Production!  Pics!

The infirmary!

Hey, check out a recent interview I did with Joe Julians at Idiotbox.com:


“IB: We do have many further Stargate questions we would love to ask at some point but we really want to talk about Dark Matter. First up the obvious question, where did the idea from the show come from?

JM: I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of redemption and wanted to create a show that explored this theme. I wanted it to include elements I’d always been drawn to in the movies, t.v. shows, and books I enjoyed: a team dynamic, a sense of adventure, humor, and a serialized narrative offering continuous set-ups and pay-offs, twists, turns, and surprises. I wanted the pilot, our opening episode, to end on a WTF?! moment that would have viewers counting down the hours to the following week’s episode and so I actually reverse-engineered the original pilot script from its final scene. As we developed the show’s first season, we were always cognizant of working toward those Holy Crap!/WTF?! moments that would cap each episode. And, I’m happy to say, there are some amazing ones to look forward to in season one.”

We talk Dark Matter, Stargate, favorites and, of course, Nathan Fillion.

15 thoughts on “February 25, 2015: Dark Matter! Prep! Production! Pics!

  1. Hi Joe,

    With each passing tidbit, I’m more and more looking forward to Dark Matter! Finally…some real sci fi on my tv again!

    I enjoyed the interview with Idiotbox. Next time you do a mailbag, if you are so inclined, could you comment on your original take on Window of Opportunity? I always thought I detected some dark undertones even in its final form, so I’d love to know what your intentions were before you went the more humorous route.



  2. Reverse-engineering from the WTF moment? Gee, that’s what I did with my abortive fan fiction. Hmmm…

  3. Yep, Winter. Got another 40cm of snow or so here today. *sigh*

    Great interview!

    I loved seeing Tokyo in the first episode of The Amazing Race tonight, especially the task with learning to dance with World Order.

  4. Nathan Fillion? Now that would be a nice score. Any hopes in seeing him in the show?

  5. Wish my shovel came with the lightsaber attachment! – Actually, just the other day while at Loblaws in the Clearance section, I had a “CHOICE” — TOY LIGHTSABER or a SHOVEL… I went with the Shovel. No Batteries needed. Also cheaper as it turns out. Then again, IF you can find me an *actual* WORKING-SNOW-MELTING LIGHTSABER, I’d be the HAPPY-CRYO-HYDROLOGICAL-KINETICS-DYNAMICS-SPECIALIST!!

    I’m like this -><- close to breaking out the tiny toy action-figures and putting them at the base of my driveway snow-RANGE and doing my version of "The BATTLE of THE WALL"! — I'm sure that I must have a toy mammoth around here somewhere… Although, FLAMING-ARROWS would be better!

    oh. BTW. "haha"! I laugh at your Toronto temps! ADD 5 more MINUS degrees "C" and you'll get the *day* time "HIGHS" here in Ottawa!! [I sleep in a 52F room!]

  6. The Hoth ad is applicable here too, currently. I’m going to borrow that. It belongs on my work pinboard.

  7. @gforce Maybe someone can figure out a way to ship your snow to California or some other moisture bereft area? 😉 Could be an opportunity for an enterprising person…

  8. As we developed the show’s first season, we were always cognizant of working toward those Holy Crap!/WTF?! moments that would cap each episode. And, I’m happy to say, there are some amazing ones to look forward to in season one. Nice!

    The first episode follows the first two issues of the comic book very closely. Now I need to go back and re-read the comic!

    The team’s handler, Tabor Calchek, will be played by a familiar face. Arg! When will that be released?

    FYI, I like “Old Man’s War” and “The Princess Bride” as well. The Robot Novels are very good too. I may re-read those soon.

    Great interview! I must say, you’re doing a bang up job of getting us all excited about Dark Matter.

    Our winter weather is still here. We have 3 inches of snow. I’m not complaining because I’d much rather drive in snow than ice!

    gforce: I heard about this on the radio: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/massachusetts-man-shipping-snow-england-foliage/story?id=29212889

  9. Oh and Akemi’s banana hot chocolate recipe looks fantastic! I might try that today…

  10. Speaking of The Amazing Race, I’m more concerned that viewers have abandoned it more than anything. 6 million and a 1.5 leading out of Survivor isn’t great. Makes me think we’re in for another round of very low Friday numbers. Don’t get me wrong, CBS will keep it going longer because its cheap but its clearly coming to the end of its life.

    On the up side The Amazing Race Canada has had one amazing season after the next and no doubt it will continue with that same success this year, and the ratings are good. This one I can see lasting a while, and its nice to have over the Summer.

  11. Re: snow sales: Hey, I’m willing to give it away for free. Pickup only.

    I would think shipping would be a killer!

  12. @Gforce So what happens when all that snow decides to melt? Who gets flooded?

    Haven’t listened to the interview but I will Friday morning.

  13. “The gun lock-up!”- Love the fanny pack. Please, tell where it was purchased.

  14. The gun lock up – It looks like from that picture, the art work from the comic book Dark Matter by Garry Brown and Ryan Hill is being duplicated. That has to be pretty cool is see everything down to guns and swords coming to life. I bet your comic book artists are just as thrilled as you are.

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