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Tonight at 10 p.m. EST/PST and 7 p.m. on SYFY and SPACE CHANNEL!
What’s in store for our mercs? Well…
“Sabotage is suspected and the onboard paranoia surges when the ship mysteriously veers off course. To bring the systems back online, a perilous spacewalk is required; at the same time, Five makes a shocking discovery.”
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The episode was written by the lovely Martin Gero (Stargate, The L.A. Complex, Bored to Death, Blindspot – premiering Monday September 21st after The Voice on NBC!) so you DO NOT want to miss it!
Join us online at 10 pm EST and PST as the cast and I live tweet the episode!
Finishing up our discussion of Dark Matter Episode #102…
1) It’s Bubba Time!
The boys prep for battle – and THREE introduces his guns…which, regular readers of this blog already know, were named after my dogs…
2) Game on!
This big’s action piece kicks off with an amazing oner compliments of fab director T.J. Scott. The long take STARTS ON the Ferrous Corps guards taking fire, then SWINGS OVER to catch them rappelling, FOLLOWS them down and up the stairs where on gets blasted by BUBBA, HANGS ON ONE and THREE as they exchange fire with the enemy, PAN OVER to THREE leaping over a railing (one of my favorite beats!), then PAN BACK to ONE drawing the assist from Mireille and OVER TO more mayhem.
There’s a great FOUR sequence in which he jumps down to save a miner, snagging one of the corporate guards, then takes out a second guard. The final version sees this scene cut out here but, in the director’s cut, it actually continues with –
FOUR hoisting himself up and running the length of the overhead pipe, jumping the railing, and taking out another two guards on the raised platform. No stunt person required. It was all Alex Mallari Jr. and I wish I could have kept these beats in the final cut.
All of our main players get their opportunity to shine: ONE gunning down the oncoming guards, FOUR proving why he’s a master of the blade, THREE blasting with Bubba and then two-fisting it.
It all culminates in a Butch & Sundance moment with our heroes, hunkered down and SIX facing certain death at the hands of Sgt. Voss.
One of my favorite moments in this episode is TWO’s authoritative command: “Shields!” and the cut to the Ferrous Corp. destroyer opening fire on The Raza. Then, the two Mikkei Cruisers arrive, flanking our hero ship. Love it!
4) Blaze of glory?
Facing seemingly insurmountable odds, the boys decide to go out in a blaze of glory. They jump up, guns at the ready only to realize – the enemy has left.
5) I got a better offer.
A vexed Commander Nieman pays TWO a visit and discovers her in the company of her new allies: Commanders Sakey and Truffault of the MCS Sujin and Murukami. Commander Truffault, played by the marvelous Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis’s Elizabeth Weir), informs Nieman that the planet is now under the protectorate of The Mikkei Combine. I love Torri’s performance here, parts Weir, May West, and all sorts of kickass.
Who knows if or when we’ll ever see her character again (Episode #110).
6) For me, right now, I think that place is up on that ship.
ONE bids Mireille a fond farewell. They just went through hell, faced certain death, saved each other’s lives, and he risked all to help her and her people. A goodbye kiss is perfectly acceptable.
P.S. Love that beautiful shot of ONE standing in the rain. Thank you, director T.J. Scott.
7) We can spend some quality time getting to know each other.
TWO brings the rest of the crew up to speed on how it all went down. It was brains over brawn as one of the women of The Raza saved the day. Again (If you’re counting, TWO restores life support in the opener, turns off the security protocol that shuts down the android before she can kill the boys, the Android initiates the evasive maneuvers that allow them to dodge the missiles). With some time to kill before the next space station stopover, they can spend some quality time getting to know each. Which they will. In a big way next episode!
8) Because we’re dangerous!
The episode is capped off with one of my very favorite sequences – directed by T.J. Scott, edited by Wendy Hallam, with music by Ben Pinkerton. It’s a beautiful and haunting montage that touches on each of our crew members revealing, in the final beat, that all are, in fact, a list of suspects in the mystery surrounding their stolen identities.
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