As most of you know, I created and started developing Dark Matter back when I was working on Stargate: Atlantis. The hope was to roll into Dark Matter whenever Stargate ended…which turned out to be a little later than I’d originally expected. Throw in a year to script and launch the Dark Horse Comics series, the inevitable/interminable wait for the financing to come together on the way to an eventual green light, and we’re talking roughly eight years. Yes, eight years of waiting but, in that time, eight years of fleshing out the big picture arcs, the characters, their backstories, the moments, and a slew of surprising twists and turns.
There’s nothing I hate more than watching a show that clearly doesn’t have a plan. One thing I promised viewers from the get-go is that we had a plan, a long term (five season) arc that included narrative elements, big and small. We know where we’re going and, if you come along for the ride, we promise not to keep you hanging. You will be rewarded with answers – and some of those answers are coming fast and furious from Episodes 106 onwards, culminating in an OMG! finale that will have you jumping out of your seats.
We’ve been afforded the freedom and respect to tell the story we want to tell and this has allowed us to seed the narrative with clues, some subtle and some pretty damn glaring, to future revelations. I’m always delighted by the post-episode online responses, especially those that catch perceived hints in the story or criticize baffling inconsistencies in the characters. There was one exchange on an online forum that had one viewer (let’s call her Viewer A) fixate on a seemingly inconsequential exchange in Episode 3. She was convinced that the inflection of the delivery, the looks exchanged, suggested something more. Another viewer (Viewer B) dismissed the theory; told her she was reading something into a line that wasn’t there. Well, all I can say is – Viewer A, before the end of this season, prepare to tell Viewer B: “I told you so!”.
Setups and payoffs! Setups and payoffs!
How come our crew only recovered some cash, weapons, an entertainment android, and a woman in stasis from the mystery room? After all, back in Episode 101, didn’t FIVE refer to the fact that it held “secrets”? What secrets?!
Why is ONE so out of place amongst the rest of the crew? And, if he’s not the real Jace Corso, what the hell is he doing on the ship?
Why did TWO’s wound magically heal following her ill-fated excursion aboard The Far Horizon?
How did Hrothgar’s weapons – and pendant – end up on The Raza?
How did FIVE get out of that airlock?
What is with the Android and her odd behavior? She appeared jealous of entertainment bot Wendy and androids shouldn’t feel jealousy. Why would someone program her with emotions?
Who was THREE’s old crew that abandoned him on that planet?
What was going through FIVE’s head when she gave Sarah’s stasis pod that curious look at the end of last episode?
Who is Cyrus King?
Who is that creepy old man? (Oops. Sorry. That one’s upcoming.)
Who wiped their memories? And why?
Who the hell is Titch?
We’ve got answers for you, a whole whack of ’em coming over the course of these last six episodes. Plus many. MANY more – in addition to more questions and surprises – in the seasons to come. As we await word of a pick-up, we’ve already got our second season game plan and character acts – and if you thought our first season offered up some shockers (see end of episodes 101, 103, 105, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, and 113!) just wait until you see what we’e got in store for you in season 2, leading up to mind-boggling finale that will rival even our first season finale (which, I’m sure you’ll agree after watching it, may seem nigh impossible!).
At the risk of getting way, way ahead of myself – season 3’s arc will be Sci Fi Epic and culminate in a closing episode that will blow the doors off everything that has come before. Which will lead into season 4’s I-can’t-believe-this-is-really-happening arc that we’ll cap off with an ender that will crash the forums. Then, all roads – not to mention every arc we’ve set up since the beginning of the show – lead to season 5 where all the pieces of our intricately composed puzzle finally fall into place in dramatically satisfying fashion. And we’re left with a series finale for the ages.
All this will be yours and more!
Unless some terrible fate befalls me in which case…never mind.
But, hey, let’s back up a bit to the next episode of Dark Matter, Episode 108. What’s in store?
Well, this –
And this –
And this –