Akemi: I can’t believe we’re going back to Toronto.
Me: Neither can I.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, will mark our last day in Vancouver for the foreseeable future. Our last day to enjoy the city and all the comforts of home.
Can’t say I’m actually looking forward to Wednesday. We’ll be up at 5:00 a.m. so that we can catch our 7 a.m. flight. The dogs, of course, will spend the better part of the day – roughly six and a half hours – in their cramped little pet carriers, hopefully calm, comfortable, and crap-free. And, when we finally arrive in Toronto, we’ll be settling in to this place:
Back in early 2015, when the wheels were in motion to get the series green lit, there was talk of producing the show in Vancouver. When we finally got that green light, it was bittersweet news for me because, while on the one hand I finally had my own show, on the other hand I had to travel to the other side of the country to produce it. I had, admittedly, mixed feelings about moving to Toronto at the time but it was my show and I told myself that, ultimately, I could just do the one season.
We wrote the scripts, prepped, cast the series, then rolled into production. And – surprise surprise – I had a great GREAT time working with some of the most talented, kindest, down-to-earth people you could ever hope to spend time with. We were well-prepared (with 12 of 13 scripts written before we went to camera), got to tell the stories we wanted to tell, had an unbelievable cast that brought the characters to life and an equally unbelievable crew that brought the world of Dark Matter to life. The fact that everyone was so damn good at their jobs ensured that the production ran smoothly – and the money ended up onscreen. That first season was hard work, but incredibly satisfying. And, most importantly, a lot of fun. “If this show gets a second season,”I remember my writing partner, Paul, telling me at the time, “you should just sell the house and move to Toronto.” And I actually considered. And when the time finally came to pack up and head west after the show wrapped, I was genuinely sorry to leave.
Well, while a permanent Toronto move is no longer in the cards, I nevertheless do look forward to reconnecting with my Dark Matter teammates and starting work on the show’s second year. Whereas season one was a slow burn that gradually peeled the onions on our characters’ backstories, building on the mystery and suspense as it drove toward a shocking finale, season two will see a more fast-paced, action-packed, sci-fi-themed narrative. It’s going to be crazy!
And, hopefully, like season 1, a lot of fun – because when it stops being fun, why bother?
Regardless of how things shake out for me in Toronto this coming year, if the production runs as smoothly as it did last season (And why shouldn’t it?), you, dear viewers, are in for one hell of treat!