I’d set my alarm for 6 a.m. but actually got up a half an hour earlier at 5:30 a.m. Technically, I’d been awake even earlier if you counted the numerous times I woke up to anxiously check my alarm clock between 3 and 4 a.m.  Even earlier still if you counted that 2:00 a.m. text message from Blindspot creator/showrunner Martin Gero wishing me all the best on Dark Matter’s second season.

Because, yes, today was Day #1 of Episode #201 – and, more importantly, the first day of main unit on Dark Matter season 2!

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Nope.  Not me driving home late last night.  This was me driving IN early this morning.

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I assume this is the place.

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Director Amanda Tapping gifts the Dark Matter Whiskey/y Club with a bottle of Hibiki Japanese Harmony.

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Not to be confused with the Mallozzi special reserve.

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Welcome to the Hyperion-8 Galactic Detention Facility.  Enjoy your stay!

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Let’s get this show on the road!

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All dressed and ready to go.

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Jodelle enjoys a break from prison.  A prison break.

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Sound recordist Rachelle is optimistically looking forward to a nice blanket of sound-buffering snow.

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Rachelle, Jozie, Nikki, and Deano.

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Horseplay on set!

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The corridors were quiet today because all the action was in the quarters.

A fantastic first day.  We were all thrilled to have Amanda back in the director’s chair.  Tomorrow: “the confrontation” scene, a hotel room visit, and someone has laundry duty!

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gforce

Yay! I see Amanda is looking radiant as usual.

Who’s that bearded fellow in the horseplay pic? He looks vaguely familiar. wink

Oh, the “confrontation” scene! Somebody’s got some ‘splainin’ to do!

Brent
Brent

Laundry Duty?!? Hopefully there isn’t a group of guys referred to as “The Sisters” helping one of our beloved characters with laundry…

sylvia
sylvia

SWEET!

Ponytail
Ponytail

What!!?? They’re using your Joseph Mallozzi Distillery’s Whiskey this season!? Complete with your mug shot? razz Was their something wrong with my Whiskey? (Well, at least you are using the American kind with an “ey” and not that crazy foreign Whiskey with a “y”.) wink

Maggie L80
Maggie L80

Hopefully today went off without a hitch & tomorrow will be even better! Great seeing Amanda on set. If I brought you a crate of Tennessee’s finest whiskey could I get a tour of the set? One can wish… Thanks for all the pics, updates & miscellaneous rants.

Ponytail
Ponytail

I am up at 5 am and at work by 6:30 am every day. Later in the morning I stand up, stretch, and look out the window. It’s still dark. I always mumble “what the hell time does the sun come up around here anyway?” Repeat the next morning.

You can tell Amanda Tapping is a Dark Matter Director veteran. She knows what to bring to work… a bottle of liquor.

Any horseplay on set and just throw them in jail! hehehehe

“the confrontation” – must be between Six and who? Everyone?
“a hotel room visit” – Hmmm??
“someone has laundry duty!” – I bet it is Three. He’d be funny doing laundry. Or are they going to put the Android to work?

Star_Climber (@Star_Climber)

The level of excitement is big here!!!! Have fun guys with the making of season 2. ♥ smile

Ponytail
Ponytail

Okay, just one more comment. It is GREAT to see Jodelle back, sitting in her chair. Smiling. Just like last year.

Ponytail
Ponytail

“Fully Matured” Really? I think not. “wink”

(sorry, that was another comment that I couldn’t help)
(turning off computer now)

Winst
Winst

Is it “Rachelle” or “Rochelle”?

Baterista9
Baterista9

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baterista9
baterista9

Oh, and congrats to “my long-lost niece”, AKA FIVE /Jodelle, and to Ms. Amanda, and Ivon, and, well, just everybody!

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

Yes … This all seems really rather wonderful! … 😉

dasndanger
dasndanger

I’ve been laying low. I will continue to do so. Why? Because I don’t want to have happen with Dark Matter what has happened with Star Wars. All the hype over the last month or so – the Han Solo this, and the storm trooper that – has made me absolutely HATE the very mention of Star Wars, and have no desire now to see the movie.

It’s like tasting so much of the batter that by the time the cookies are baked you’re already sick of them. I hope you understand, Joe. I still love you (in a non-creepy kinda way), I just don’t want to ruin my dessert. wink

das

arcticgoddess

Best 10 places to eat in Toronto was in the Globe and Mail today, if you are interested, Joe: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/restaurant-reviews/top-10-new-toronto-restaurants-of-2014/article22042675/

Ganymede
Ganymede

yeah… It’s like the night before School starts.. Or, in my case, the night before a big craft show… However, to be honest, I usually go *TO* bed at 5:30am! #VampireHours

BTW, check Amanda’s purse for another bottle. NO ONE should be looking *THAT* GORGEOUS *and* CHIPPER at *that* HOUR!!
;-}

dreacrysel

“Fully Matured” Really? I think not.

@Ponytail – O’ yeah, Am most definitely with ya on that one eh! grin

Albeit here’s to hoping you never quite mature Joe
because we loves ya just the way you are. XO

@Gary By the way, You do realize I was just havin a bit o’ fun messing with ya yesterday right? I’d never do that to ya.. (At least not the wallpaper part of it anyway).

Albeit, can’t really speak to the flat iron and Joe getting just wasted enough on whiskey to start stripping your walls, part of it.
With Joe .. ya just never really know, eh. Its entirely possible he could be serious about that.

HO! HO! HO! MERRWEEE CWISTMAS EVERYONE!

jimfromjersey

Hey Amanda!

Good luck, and have fun everyone!

maggiemayday

WhooHoo!

I wake up early all the time now, and I haven’t worked a job for ages. Early waking, a form of insomnia. But quiet dark morning is so nice, I don’t mind much.

shinyhula
shinyhula

Amanda looks fabulous, so nice to see everyone alert and happy at the crack of dawn. I’ve got first day of school butterflies for you guys, hope it goes well and I’m looking forward to fresh DM on my TV soon. But one important question remains; what did you guys have for lunch? You guys are eating all the fries and meaty sandwiches that I’m no longer able to have, so while I nibble my avocado and kale salad today I’ll be wondering what delicious meal you guys are having on set.

Again fantastic sets, just amazing detail.

DALLAS MARSHALL (@MrsTigercat)

I see Amanda has returned to her Sam Carter look: cut her hair short and dyed it blonde. sad

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Well now I have to try Candy Cane popcorn. Thanks shinyhula!

Yay for Amanda!

Yay on your face printed on the Whiskey (very cool!)!

Snow, huh? I hope it stays up there. It’s been 60ish here (15.5C). I can live with this. Keep warm!

ceresis64

Looking good!

“the confrontation” scene – I’m going with Six and Three 🤔

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

One other thing, Amanda must be an alien like Ming Na because those two ladies don’t age.

Debra

Opposite Das… I don’t want SPOILERS of course, but it’s fun to watch the production end with your blog. As for SW.. well I have DVR so I skip most and really have seen limited. For the most part, we can control what we see. I want the series NOW NOW NOW.. but in the meantime, great to see everyone and wonderful to see Ms Amanda’s big smile!