Actor Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter’s Three), forwarded me a terrific podcast about gendered robots and stereotypes.  The participants point out that female androids tend to be sexualized entities while their male counterparts are usually powerful forces.

It’s an interesting listen and it made me think of our ship’s android, played by the awesome Zoie Palmer, who is clearly atypical from the normal: a female android who isn’t sexualized but a force to be reckoned with.  On the surface, she is your standard logic-based robot but, as the first season progresses, viewers will come to realize there’s much, much more to our android.  In describing her the other day, I said she was much closer to Hitchhiker’s Guide’s Marvin and Red Dwarf’s Kryten than TNG’s Data.  Zoie has done a great job fashioning an incredibly endearing character.  Every time she pops up on screen, Akemi gleefully shouts “Zoie!”.  The Android scenes are her favorites!

Anyway, sometime soon, I’m going to start offering an introduction to the world of Dark Matter, covering everything from currency to intergalactic politics, ships to the characters and the amazing cast who will bring them to life.  Behind the scenes pics and anecdotes to come!

While you’re waiting, check out some of the early construction work done on our ship in late 2014, back when I was still wondering how we were ever going to pull this off…

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The door to the quarters.  No, lime green isn’t the final color.

April 26, 2015: Our Atypical Android!  More Dark Matter Behind-the-scenes Goodies!  Mailbag!

Nor is the ceiling orange.

April 26, 2015: Our Atypical Android!  More Dark Matter Behind-the-scenes Goodies!  Mailbag!

The exterior bridge.  I love it because it’s so damn unique.

April 26, 2015: Our Atypical Android!  More Dark Matter Behind-the-scenes Goodies!  Mailbag!

And early interior.  Check out the windows on top.

In the beginning…

Laying down the corridor’s running lights.


arcticgoddess writes: “I love hearing about how you managed to sell Dark Matter. It goes to show just how hard it is to get into television. […] For your mailbag question, I’d like to ask, is there any other way to get into television besides the above mentioned methods?”

Answer: Several possibilities come to mind… 1. Have a really good agent or connection who can get your work in front of the right people, or 2. Use the momentum coming off your last hit project [note: prior to this, create a hit project], 3. Be related to or friends with someone who can push your project through, 4. Be very lucky.

riss writes: ” Joe, do you think that it would be better to read the comic books before watching the show, or to wait and read them after getting to know the TV show?”

Answer: Nope.  Tune in June 12th at 10 p.m. and enjoy the ride.

FargateOne writes: “Nous avons le canal SPACE au Québec. Sauf erreur de ma part, rien ne semble annoncer Dark Matter. Et SyFy n’est pas diffusé au Canada si je ne me trompe.  Pouvez-vous nous rassurer sur le fait que nous ne manquerons pas le 12 juin ?”

Answer: Je vous rassure que vous ne manqueriez pas Dark Matter.

Tam Dixon writes: ” What are you doing with your summer hiatus?”

Answer: Working on season 2.  Trying to set up a few more shows.

alexf85 writes: “Hi, Joe! I know it’s somehow off topic but I hope you won’t mind if I ask you a few questions about Stargate. Yes, it’s history but I still love it.  1. Could you please enlight me about the Asgard home galaxy? I mean it’s just ida or they moved to othalla after season 6? Is even existing this othalla galaxy or is just a writing mistake?”

Answer: From what I recall, one is the name of their home galaxy, the other the name of their home world.

“2. Is the supergate still functional?”

Answer: Last time I checked, it was.

“3. Are they rebuilding the intergalactic bridge between milky way and pegasus?”

Answer: I’d imagine that the midway station and any component gates were reassembled and rebuilt not long after the events of Mideway.

“4. What about the antarctic outpost? Is there any chance to find another control chair? To replace the one destroyed by the wraith. May be from Tria or even from the Tower? They could negotiate with the locals for it.”

Answer:  It’s a possibility but, last I heard, it has yet to be replaced.

“5. Who is the supreme leader of the system lords after Ra’s demise? the show is not so helpful in figuring that out. My thought is about Cronus being this next leader then Apophis after double jeopardy. From season 5 onwards it’s hard to determine. Anyway if you could tell me something about this leadership I would be in your debt :).”

Answer: SG-1 and Earth’s forces destabilized the System Lord Alliance, resulting in a fracturing and infighting amongst the various factions.

“6. What about Furling? Are they ascended beings along with the ancients? Are they the second of the four great races in terms of tecnological development, with the ancients being the first of course?”

Answer: I believe the latter.

“7. I know you said some things about the planet builders aliens from sgu, but are they more powerful than the ancients?”

Answer: Ancients past or present?

14 thoughts on “April 26, 2015: Our atypical Android! More Dark Matter behind-the-scenes goodies! Mailbag!

  1. The more I read about the show, the more excited I am for June 12th to get here. I’ve seen almost all the cast members on other shows, but I’m particularly interested in seeing Zoie as the Android. She’s an amazing actress and I always look forward to seeing her on my tv screen.

  2. Anyone who could create the Eden planet in SGU would almost certainly be more powerful than the Ancients(While they were in human form). Also sending the people left behind who had died back to the ship in a shuttle takes them to a different level.

    The Ancients never displayed that level of technology surely?

  3. Thanks for the behind the scenes stuff and the mailbag! As a tradesperson, I find the set construction fascinating.

    Anyways, a couple of quick questions to hopefully hit the next mailbag:

    1) I recall that you said years ago in this blog that Dark Matter emerged from an idea you had for an episode of Stargate, then decided it was too good to use on just one episode. Am I remembering that right? If so, was it the idea of a group of people waking up on a ship with no memory? Or an element of the show to be revealed later?

    2) Do you have control over whether or not the show have “previously on Dark Matter” intros, or is that in the hands of the network?

    3) What are your thoughts on episode recaps?
    I always hate it when surprises such as a returning character are spoiled by the episode recap featuring them prominently.

  4. Love the videos. How are you feeling? If you can find time to take Jelly to the vet, you can find time to go get an MRI of your arm.

    Early Happy Pet Parents Day to all (it is tomorrow April 27)!

  5. Thanks for the mailbag! I was hoping you would get a vacation during hiatus but I suppose Vancouver will be a great break for all of you.

    The sets look fantastic!

    Good luck at the Vet’s and the Dr.! I hope it’s a good day.

    Thanks for taking the time to write the blog. I know you are under big stresses right now and we appreciate you here. 🙂

  6. For a sec there I thought I was looking at a set from the original Star Trek series… 😉


  7. RE: Yesterday’s entry…

    Conde Nast just came out with their Reader’s Choice for top 20 food cities in the US. Here’s the list:

    1. New York, NY
    2. New Orleans, LA
    3. Charleston, SC
    4. San Francisco, CA
    5. Napa, CA
    6. Chicago, IL
    7. Santa Fe, NM
    8. Healdsburg, CA
    9. Boston, MA
    10. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
    11. Seattle, WA
    12. Aspen, CO
    13. Austin, TX
    14. Las Vegas, NV
    15. Portland, OR
    16. Savannah, GA
    17. Washington, DC
    18. Santa Barbara, CA
    19. Cape May, NJ
    20. Naples, FL

    Granted, most places around town don’t serve fried brains and cod sperm and weirdo like that, and prices can be high because of the seasonal nature of the town, but I’m still proud to see that we made the list, especially considering we have the lowest year-round population of all the others on the list (under 4000, and the entire county is under 100k – for year round residents). In cities of tens of thousands, even millions, you expect to find some good eats, but in a sleepy little shore town of under 4k…? I think that’s pretty exceptional! 🙂


  8. And that was supposed to be ‘weirdo stuff’ – I accidentally deleted the stuff. Didn’t want you to think I was referring to people who eat brains and sperm as weirdos…though…hhmmmm…they could be! 😀


  9. Wow, I go on vacation for a week, and I’ve got a lot to catch up on! OK, it was more like a “staycation”. But whatever. I unplugged from tech with the exception of Netflix.

    The rundown, in reverse order:
    – Mmmm…green quarters.
    – The bridge is awesome! Can’t wait to see the finished set.
    – Good luck on the heart muscle pull. I hear they can cause irritability. (?)
    – Sending positive thoughts to Jelly.
    – Cheaper to buy the real bulletproof mask than make one in props? I want one, so…food for thought.
    – 3D printer! Fantastic! You should all make action figures of yourselves like on TBBT.
    – Mmmm…17 year old Craigellachie
    – I grew a boat load of Bhut Jolokia peppers two years ago and I still have half a boat load in my freezer. A little bit goes a long way. At least they freeze well. Because let’s face it, you’re not snacking on them and complaining they’re not crunchy.
    – The Ross Firestone video is very cool!
    – Happy belated birthday Akemi!
    – Mmmm…fried chicken and caviar. Um…why?
    – Facebook friend request sent to The Baron, Instagram followed. You and Dark Matter are taking up a good percentage of my social media. Congratulations.

  10. I would like to see a fictional spaceship that has some interior flair…just sayin’.

    Just had a new dream featuring Stargate cast; Judge and Shanks running a wildly successful nursery & day care. Weird, I know.

  11. Another mailbag? Joe you are amazing. I think the orange and green/w white trim is pretty. Some flowers, a little accent rug and the crew would love it.

    @ jimfromjersey – Love your summary!

  12. I was also going to say that the lime green and orange reminded me of the original Star Trek, all the sets so brightly-colored and all.

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