Time for another BIG Dark Matter cast Q&A announcement. So far, you’ve had the chance to grill
And now, it’s time for Melanie Liburd (Nyx Harper) to field your fan questions!
Post your questions in the comments section of this blog. I’ll gather them up over the course of the new few days and send them her way.
More behind-the-scenes insight into that shocking season premiere…
Again, because the director’s cut came in a little over six minutes short, we had to lose certain sequences for time – like, for instance, the following exchange between SIX and Anders while SIX is in his quarters, onboard The Raza, attempting to access his old file:
SIX finally winds up in his old quarters. He slumps down in front of his computer and calls up the personnel files that Anders sent him previously. He pages through the file, seeing his own picture, reading his own life. But then he finds a file he can’t open. He clicks on it, but a window pops up that reads: “CLASSIFIED MATERIAL”. He types in his access code, but it doesn’t work. The computer gives him and ERROR BUZZ and an “ACCESS DENIED” message. SIX frowns, surprised. SIX What the hell? Suddenly, and “INCOMING TRANSMISSION” window pops up. SIX hits a key. The screen is replaced with a video feed – Anders is on the other end.
ANDERS: Kal, what are you doing? Quarantine, remember?
SIX: I needed a place to think. That prison, it’s like…
ANDERS: A prison?
SIX: I thought I’d go over my personnel records, maybe read some of my old cases. Try and remind myself why I became a cop in the first place.
ANDERS: Don’t do this to yourself…
SIX: There’s one file I can’t open. It says it’s classified, but I should have full clearance for all this material. You know anything about it?
ANDERS: You need to move on. Let’s pull some vacation time, go somewhere fun and blow off a little steam. God knows you’ve earned it.
SIX: I haven’t filed my report yet.
ANDERS: Screw the damn report. No one wants to hear it anyway.
SIX: What’s that supposed to mean?
Anders takes a breath, backs off –
ANDERS: I’m just saying, you did the job. You brought them in. What happens now…it’s not up to you.
OFF SIX, considering.
One of my favorite performances in this episode is delivered by Tom Barnett who plays the part of the head guard, Durand. There’s an incredible ease and confidence in his delivery of a character who seems to have a lot brewing underneath the surface. He’s a perfect example of one of those characters you’re grateful don’t get killed off in the episode so that there’s a possibility you can revisit them at a later date.
Another scene that was lost for time comes near the very end of the episode. ONE is in his hotel room, packing up his belongings, when Felica, his lawyer, comes by…
ONE is putting folded up shirts into a suitcase. Felicia enters from the next room.
FELICIA: You done packing?
ONE” These aren’t even my clothes.
FELICIA: They are now. I made sure everything is your size.
ONE (without much enthusiasm): Thanks.
She throws him a look.
FELICIA: I thought you’d be excited. You’re finally going home.
ONE: I’m going back to a place I don’t remember to take over a company I know nothing about, surrounded by total strangers, with no way to know who to trust.
FELICIA: Okay, I admit it doesn’t sound perfect. But I hope you know, you can trust me.
Can he? He looks at her, wondering.
FELICIA: I’ll go make sure the shuttle is prepped and ready for launch. Don’t be long.
This episode was directed by Amanda Tapping and there was talk early on of her playing the part of Felicia, Derrick Moss’s lawyer. But, as we geared up and it became apparent to Amanda that she would have her hands full with prep, she respectfully passed. And so, we held auditions for the role and Trenna Keating (Defiance’s Doc Yewll) nailed it. If I saw her onscreen and didn’t know better, I’d want her representing me in court!
And finally, there’s this – not so much an edit as it is a rewrite of the ONE/Jace Corso confrontation. In the episode, ONE opens the door and is surprised to find Corso standing there with a gun. Corso says “Long time no see”, pumps him full of bullets with a finishing shot to the head, then leaves. In an early writer’s draft, however, there’s a meatier exchange between the two. The scene picks up near the end of the aforementioned Felicia scene with Derrick Moss’s lawyer still in the room. Corso comes in, shoot Felicia, and then –
ONE is stunned, staring down at the suddenly lifeless body.
ONE: Why did you do that? You don’t even know her!
CORSO: Well I wasn’t about to leave a witness, was I?
ONE (slowly realizing): So you’re here to kill me?
CORSO: I would think that’s pretty obvious, but yes.
ONE: Why? For copying your face and using your identity? You can have it. It never did me any good anyway.
CORSO: If you think that’s why I’m here, you really are clueless.
ONE stares at him for a moment, then –
ONE: Someone sent you. It was Darius, wasn’t it?
Corso looks around the room casually.
CORSO: You know I’ve done a few of these jobs now, and it’s always the same. They always want to know – “who sent you?” As if it’s gonna make any difference.
He moves toward ONE, but in a totally relaxed way. He’s in no hurry.
CORSO: And then I realized – it’s because they think they’re gonna survive. Right up until the last second, even when it’s obvious there’s no chance, they’re convinced some miracle is gonna happen and somehow they’ll get out of it.
ONE looks around the room, desperating trying to spot anything he could use to turn the tables, but there’s nothing.
CORSO: Everyone thinks of themselves as the hero of their own little movie, and the hero never dies, right?
They stare each other down for a beat, then Corso fires. THWIP-THWIP-THWIP. ONE drops. Corso steps up to the prone body of his latest victim. LOW ANGLE, looking up, as CORSO points the gun one more time, almost straight down.
He fires the coup-de-grace. WIDE again, as Corso turns and surveys his handiwork. Two lifeless bodies. Neither moves. Neither is revealed to be a clone, or anything like that. No one is getting out of this one. OFF this, we END EPISODE
Tomorrow, we interrupt this blog’s ongoing BTS feature with a much-anticipated Q&A!
In the meantime, start posting your questions for Melanie Liburd!