Our official final main unit day was an event that involved the entire cast – in addition to some thirty extras.  After the final scene had been shot (appropriately enough, the final scene of the show’s first season), we wrapped – and celebrated the end of a challenging but very satisfying year.

And then we came back after the weekend – well, many of us did – to shoot the final day of second unit.  Directed by Dark Matter stunt coordinator John Stead (who directed Episode 1.10), it involved a single cast member – Jodelle Ferland – crawling through the ship’s vent system…

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

The labyrinth was constructed in the breezeway between our standing sets (bridge/corridor/underbelly/quarters on one side and infirmary/mess hall on the other).

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

 We wanted it roomy enough to move through but cramped enough to suggest a tight fit, with plenty of branches.

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

The “landing strip” that runs down the center allowed Jodelle to drawl along as painlessly as possible.  All the same, she was outfitted with elbow and knee pads and a stunt double was also used because it was, nevertheless, uncomfy going.

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

Sections were designed to allow a bird’s-eye view of FIVE’s progress through the maze-like system.

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

Raised sections allowed director John Stead to capture FIVE’s up and down progress as well.

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

Jodelle was alternately boosted up (to appear on the rise) or lowered down (to drop down onto lower levels).

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

Director John Stead, always prepared, had a concise shot list he worked off of…

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

I collected the shot list for FIVE’s final vent venture and had him sign some of the pages…

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

I’m thinking of offering up the package as part of a Dark Matter fan giveaway.

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

John directs Jodelle on our final shooting day.

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

Checking out the tight quarters.

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

Lighting the vents.

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

Jodelle prepares to head in.

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

Armed and ready.

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

And that’s a wrap on Jodelle Ferland!

August 30, 2015: Last Days Of Dark Matter – Season 1!

Jodelle has a hard time letting go.  She misses the ship already!

17 thoughts on “August 30, 2015: Last Days of Dark Matter – Season 1!

  1. I really loved all the episodes,, and to the the cast the crew, the writers, producers, directors, I know I have probably forgotten some one, but wanted to say what a fantastic job was done on this show!!, Very well done!!!! and thanks to craft services also. I am wishing for a renewal in your future..Go team ! Jodelle is so cute!

  2. You did it Joe! Getting space sci-fi back on tv. I thank you for that. I love the Firefly style setting (but I really hopy it doesn’t suffer the same fate). More importantly, what a show! I can imagine you coming up with the plots and twists and thinking, yep this is gonna be shocking & laugh. I love that its not the standard good guys team vs bad guys team. After all everyone is Baaaad & good! And there are more then 2 teams in play, which is also great. Also thanks for getting us to enjoy David Hewlett again, always fun to see him. I hope we get to see much more of him. It would also be great to see other SG actors back in action again, especially Joe Flanigan. I really really miss seeing him in action again. In space sci-fi I always wonder most about the capabilities of main ship, looking forward to seeing those also. I’ve loved your writers point of view details since SG. It makes a show twice as fun. I wonder where u find all the energy and time, but I guess all those special foods I never even heard of before help you with that. Keep up the awesome work!

  3. Season 1 was a heck of a lot of fun! The ups and the not so ups of the plots, the magnificently acted characters, the SFX, all of it were truly awesome. Still not pleased with the big reveal, even though it was a great WTF moment. Did not expect that surprise. High five for pulling it off, you big meanie. ;-p

    Is it next season yet? I believe Dark Matter will get all of the seasons it deserves. It’s that good. Well done, sir!

  4. Well, I just got home from NH and of course immediately watched the last two episodes from the PVR.

    Holy. Crap. I never saw THAT coming!

    There sure as heck BETTER be a second season – you can’t leave it like that! Thanks for giving us such a great ride for season one. I was on the edge of my seat for those last two episodes!

    Pretty tired right now as it’s late and I’ve been up since about 5:30 this morning. I’ll put more thoughts together tomorrow!

  5. You make TV magic. Those vents FIVE was always crawling in looked and sounded so real. Looking at the behind the scenes, they look so small and not very long even though she crawled all around the ship in them. Magic.

    Has SyFy given you a time frame for a second season decision? I guess you are use to it, but it’s cruel making us fans wait. What is Jay Firestone doing? He don’t sit still long.

  6. Oh Joe, what happened to Tara Yelland’s episode she was in? I don’t remember seeing her. Did her scene get cut? Did I miss it?

  7. I am totally in love with Dark Matter. Like all the Stargate stuff you worked on it is solid gold entertainment and I hope to see more of it. Especially TWO… she is hot!!!!!

  8. Tight fit is right, I have to admit watching her crawl through the vents was a bit difficult for me, I could feel my claustrophobia kicking in. it was a great sequence when all put together, with the guys at the openings and Two playing watch dog over all.

  9. Ponytail – I was wondering the same thing, but I couldn’t remember her last name (which you have now provided) so I checked her IMDB page and it indicated she was in episode 1.4 and played the AD Representative. I’m like whaaa? Then I remembered when 6 was in the Doctor’s office he watched a commercial explaining what Transfer Transit was. I went and looked at it (starts at 17:53) and yup totally Tara. Mystery solved!!

    K

  10. Not a remarkable night for Syfy last Friday. Ep 12 + 13 both got a 0.21 in the 18-49(With 0.93 mill viewers 9pm, 0.94 mill 10pm). Defiance got a 0.22 for comparison. At least you kept viewers glued to their seats for both hours 🙂

  11. And the Raza’s vent system looks amazing. But in a way kind of creepy. Could you imagine crawling through those if the ship was real? Especially if its quiet aboard the ship, the mind would wonder lol.

  12. I was out of town for the airing of the finale so I caught up last night and just…wow. I have to admit, I suspected, if only because One and Three were obvious red herrings. And I’m happy I was right about who erased their memories. But still – awesome twist! I can’t help but wonder, though, is Six really a traitor? This show clearly has layers and I wonder if it’s him betraying the crew of the Raza (which, is it really betraying if that was his plan all along, before he was “friends” with them?) or if there’s a longer con running. Or maybe they’ll get him back on their “side” when they end up in prison? Syfy needs to get on this renewal before I am left to wonder forever.

    Thank you for an amazing season, either way. I fell in love with all the characters, the universe, the actors, the ambiance. Really and truly.

  13. Thank you for a great summer of entertainment. I loved every episode, and am looking forward to next summer. (Also–thinking optimistically.)

  14. Fan giveaway sounds fun! I really enjoy seeing how the shots we see are deconstructed to how they were accomplished. It has always fascinated me.

  15. Question: Are the “vents” comprised of Infiltrator leech field sections placed on their sides?

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