April 30, 2015: Another Day, Another Dark Matter Episode Completed!

The big monitor in the mess hall is adorned with a continuous cycle of images, little reminders of home world Earth: desert vistas, forests, schools of fish.  And then there was this.  Pictured above from left to right: ONE (Marc Bendavid), the Android (Zoie Palmer), and TWO (Melissa O’Neil).

April 30, 2015: Another Day, Another Dark Matter Episode Completed!

Shooting in the marauder today – with the back door open.  It can get mighty window several miles up.

April 30, 2015: Another Day, Another Dark Matter Episode Completed!

Guards quarters in progress.

April 30, 2015: Another Day, Another Dark Matter Episode Completed!

This morning, I had the greatest bread pudding ever.  The secret, apparently, is to use croissants!

April 30, 2015: Another Day, Another Dark Matter Episode Completed!

Meanwhile, Akemi was at it again, baking up not one but TWO pecan pies for set.

April 30, 2015: Another Day, Another Dark Matter Episode Completed!

With accompanying whipped cream.  And a little something for vegan Alex Mallari Jr.

Today, director Martin Wood completed work on episode #111.  And in record time no less!  It was great working with him again, just like the old days.  Looking forward to seeing him again in season 2!

Mailbag:

Duptiang writes: “You and Paul have been the sole writers for the 1st season, correct?”

Answer: Paul and I co-wrote the pilot and season one finale, and wrote four episodes each.  The other three episodes were written by Martin Gero, Robert Cooper, and Dark Matter story editor Trevor Finn.

“Are there plans to expand the writing pool? If so, is their anyone I mind? Is there a new “Joel Goldberg” for the series yet?”

Answer: No one in mind because I haven’t really thought about the writer’s room for season 2.  As with season 1, I’ll probably come up with all 13 stories beforehand and then break them in the room.  Who’s Joel Goldberg?

noellam writes: “Also, I can’t help but notice that Paul is only listed as producer on the pilot. Did he leave the show?”

Answer: No, Paul is an Executive Producer but is only coming in to oversee prep and production on the opener and his four episodes.

Tam Dixon writes: “Was that a space suit?”

Answer: Why, yes, it was.  We’ve got a couple of EVA’s on deck for season one.

sparrow_hawk writes: “How are you coming up with names for the space megacorporations, combines, etc?”

Answer: I’ve always been good at coming up with strange names.  That and baking cookies.

Keith writes: “1) I sort of 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? “

Answer: Hmmmm, don’t recall the idea germinating from an episode idea, but I do remember my varied sources from film, television, comic books, and anime.

“Will the show have annoying “previously on Dark Matter” intros that totally spoil the direction of the episode?”

Answer: No, the show will have terrific Dark Matter previously-ons that will refresh everyone’s memories of what has come before.  You’ll love ’em!

17 thoughts on “April 30, 2015: Another day, another Dark Matter episode completed!

  1. I think Duptiang meant Joel Goldsmith, but I’m afraid he can never be replaced. What a great loss. But it’s a good question – is there someone that is doing most of the music for the series, or at least overseeing it? I think that music is a pivotal part of any production and can totally change the mood of a scene.

    Great to hear Martin should be back for S2. Of course, they all should be back really!

    Those pies look amazing!

  2. Well, dang. Another mail-bag. With answers. And even one to a question I’d forgotten I asked!

    Thanks, Joe!

    I’ve read that brioche also makes a fabulous bread pudding. All that rich dough. One of these days, I’ll try making it that way and let you know how it comes out.

  3. My apologies Joe. I was going off my memory, strong as a bear trap and rusty as an old saw. I meant Joel Goldsmith.

  4. Hi Joe!

    1. What has Ivon Bartok been up to on set the past few weeks, work-wise? I’d like to share some of his Dark Matter adventures on his fansite.

    2. Is there any chance Ivon will be back for Season 2 as a Consulting Producer? Or perhaps, directing?

    3. Why Whiskey? Not wine or Tequila or…..?

    4. Any ideas how to easily remember everyone’s character name/number?

    5. What part of creating a new show is the most fun for you?

    6. Who runs your social media? ‘Cos it seems like it’s all up to you (you’re doing an AWESOME job, btw)

    Cheers, Chev
    aka ivonbartokfans

  5. any plans for having Neil degrasse Tyson on? Why or why not? also, Martin Wood IS the best, loved his work on Sanctuary!!! #sanctuaryforall

  6. Who made the bread pudding? Can you share the recipe? Sounds like it may be easy – right up my alley. Those pecan pies look killer good!

  7. Yeah, that is what I was wondering as well. Who replaced Joel Goldsmith? The music is key to any sci-fi series and he did a wonderful job at it. Kind of reminds me of when Glen Larson passed. That original 1978 Galactica theme… still one of the best there is out there…

  8. I’ve always been good at coming up with strange names.

    I’m good at coming up with names, too, Joey. 😉

    das

  9. Those pies look so precise! My pecan pies are rather messy in appearance, but quite tasty. I haven’t been making pies since my friends all moved, except for holiday potlucks. Even then, so many people doing gluten free or low carb, few appreciate a good pecan pie anymore.

    I have a terrific recipe for vegan coconut lemon bundt cake. Baking vegan is surprisingly simple and tasty. I felt bad when I sent treats to the office when my husband was on limited duty with a broken hand, I didn’t want to leave out the one lady who was vegan. Mostly use applesauce or oil instead of eggs, and coconut, soy or almond milk instead of dairy. Some sugar is vegan and some isn’t, something to do with the way it is processed, and surprisingly, the vegan friendly stuff is cheaper in the US (Imperial brand).

  10. Can you ask Melissa where she got that forearm wearable she has on in that first pic? All the ones at the AT&T store were based on wristwatches and I hate that uncomfortable feeling of some hard thing suspended between my wrist bones and the way the bones roll when you have to twist your arm to see it. It sets off my Tourette’s. That forearm design makes so much more sense.

  11. “Answer: No, the show will have terrific Dark Matter previously-ons that will refresh everyone’s memories of what has come before. You’ll love ’em!”

    I like this one !

  12. Woo-hoo, another mailbag! Thanks, that suit looked great! It reminds me of a deep diving suit but more sleek.

    Croissant Bread Pudding? Oh my, it sounds so good and so bad for you. Right up my alley. 😉

    I do love Akemi’s labels. So cute and the pies look great! I put mini-chocolate chops in my pecan pies. Yum! Has she tried the Kentucky Bourbon version? I’ve seen it with or without chocolate. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/damaris-phillips/chocolate-bourbon-pecan-pie.html

    I’m so sore from karate class…Aleve is not cutting it today. I feel very fortunate, though. I can’t imagine what the people in Nepal are going through. 🙁

  13. @jimfromjersey
    @Futurama! Cool!

    I’ll miss Futurama, such a shame that it has been allowed to go off the air. It seems like a better fit for Fox’s Sunday lineup.

    @Tam Dixon

    Different angles seem to yield different results for people. Taking a selfie at the wrong angle may age you a few years lol.

  14. Speaking of anime, I was quite surprised when a new Dragon Ball series was announced recently that will air in July(The first new one in 18 years), Toei saw that the new Freiza movie did quite well at the box office and saw that demand was there. I’ll be checking that out anyway, I think the announcement took everyone by surprise.

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