So, now that U.K. viewers are on board, let’s continue our look back at the behind-the-scenes goings-on of Dark Matter “Episode 15: Kill Them All”!

July 11, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 15: Kill Them All” Behind The Scenes!

Ah, yes.  Awesome to have Torri Higginson back as Truffault in deliciously Machiavellian fashion.  Love her performance, her attitude, her style!  As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, the director’s cut of Truffault’s sit-down with THREE was decidedly more…uh…chemistry-laden.  So much so that I coined the term THREEfault for potential shippers.  Meanwhile, AfterBuzz’s Yael Tygiel is spearheading Twyx shipdom.  Other shipdoms of potential note include Thryx, Twee, Nyxon, Andrax and, of course, Foix.

July 11, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 15: Kill Them All” Behind The Scenes!

A lot of things had to fall into place for our anti-heroes’ escape plant to work, and one of the most crucial pieces of the puzzle was the layout of Hyperion-8 relayed to THREE by their sometimes ally Commander Delaney Truffault (P.S. I completely forgot she even had a first name and when one recent review mentioned “Delaney” I was like “Who the hell is Delaney?”).  THREE heads back to Gen Pop and eventually transfers the image in his head to the bed frame.  Sure, it looked easy, but that one little sequence was fraught with persnickety details.  We needed to test and find the right drawing material that wouldn’t smudge with repeated takes.  The actual layout went through a half dozen versions until we could find one we could all agree on (The one pictured above wasn’t even the final version we used).  And, of course, there was a big debate over whether THREE should use lipstick (as scripted) or one of those makeup pencils which, realistically, would work better.  I decided to go with lipstick because it felt a little more MacGyver.  And, anyway, would THREE even know what an eyebrow pencil was?  After much back and forth, the simple shot of the lipstick map was shot weeks after main unit on the episode had wrapped.  But, boy, was it worth it!

Ah, the magic of television!

July 11, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 15: Kill Them All” Behind The Scenes!

The part of Inspector Lee Shaddick of the Galactic Authority’s Serious Crimes Division was played by veteran actress (Run Lola Run, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Shield, Copper, The Bridge) Franka Potente who, not only guested in this two-episode arc, but did a BUNCH of greatly-appreciated press for the show.  A LOT of international press!

July 11, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 15: Kill Them All” Behind The Scenes!

The part of prison boss Arax Nero was played by longtime fan (and Joseph Mallozzi) favorite Mike Dopud who, to date, I have cast in practically every show I’ve ever done.  How’s that for a vote of confidence?  He was perfect for this particular role…because I actually wrote it FOR him!  And, as always, Mike delivers a flawless performance.

July 11, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 15: Kill Them All” Behind The Scenes!

Enter Misaki Han.  And what an entrance it is!  If there was one minor quibble Executive Producer Jay Firestone had with this episode, it was that Misaki intro was too damn short!  And I agree with him.

The role of Misaki Han, Commander of the Royal Guard of Ishida (replacing poor, ill-fated Masahide Akita), is played by the lovely Ellen Wong – who, incidentally, like Mike Dopud, I’d been dying to cast since the show’s first season.  And she is perfect, conveying a character alternately strong, extremely capable, and slightly unhinged.  Those of you who enjoyed a glimpse of Han Shireikan are in for a treat later this season.  Some other characters who cross her path…not so much.

July 11, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 15: Kill Them All” Behind The Scenes!

The “Episode 15: Kill Them All” Recap at Syfy.com

July 11, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 15: Kill Them All” Behind The Scenes!

Dark Matter “Episode 15: Kill Them All”: Fun Facts at Syfy.com

July 11, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 15: Kill Them All” Behind The Scenes!

Dark Matter Backstage: Alex Mallari Jr. shows us the fine art of starting a prison riot at Syfy.com

15 thoughts on “July 11, 2016: Dark Matter “Episode 15: Kill Them All” Behind the Scenes!

  1. Lots of fun things here, thanks Joe! Franka Potente never disappoints (her Marie storyline in the ‘Bourne’ films still upsets me, as she was perfect in that role) and, yes, the prison layout arc was definitely worth it. Really nicely done and since the hexagon is my favorite shape (I’m a mid-century modernist) it was even that much cooler hah.

  2. Another fab episode! Although it’s not looking good, or so it appears, for Six or Lt Anders, I still think there’s more to their story. I’m not convinced Lt Anders is dead!

    Loving all the photos, bts information and lots of articles to read – awesome 👍

  3. Wow, so much involved in a simple drawing. From the viewers standpoint, we’ve never know so much went into it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for the book recommendation, Debra. I’ve actually read many of these reports and am well aware that the kobe beef these restaurants serve aint kobe beef, and the same goes for sushi as well in some cases. Never buy olive oil from a supermarket. I’ve ordered the book and will report back!

  4. Seriously…13 episodes are NOT enough for a season.
    Is it Friday yet?
    sigh…….and we wait.

  5. Who knew that Three was such a good artist or is that diagramist? Sorry to see Inspector Shaddick die so soon, wait….no I’m not. I can only hope that the Android’s aim was true! She deserved to be “dispatched”. Great scene! When Zoie goes full android, it’s a sight behold. Hand claps to Franka, she did a wonderful job!

    So excited about this season & what’s ahead. SpoilerTV has an awesome trailer for next week. An alternative tag or title could be “in space, no on can hear you scream”…oooo, that’s been done, but I think still fitting. Five needs a pet named Ripley.

  6. Love the BTS stuff, thanks. If five does indeed need a pet, I can loan you my Furbee, well he would be worth more if he could still talk. Keep it coming Joe, am loving it, Go Zobot!

  7. Now I want to watch it all over again. You know an episode is good when again becomes again and again, and once more, again.

    After reading the food article (over on FB, actually), as far as seafood goes, I’ve just about given up. I can recommend beach restaurants in Mexico, where the tables are in the sand. Fat Boys in Buscerias had coconut shrimp the size of my fist. I forget the name of the place on Isla Mujeres, but half a grilled grouper Tikinxic style? Wow. Of course the best seafood I had was when I was stationed on Diego Garcia, fishing trips were popular as there wasn’t much to do. The galley cooks would prep and store the fresh caught fish, including shark, if they were given a share. There were langostino which could be hand caught in the lower part of the lagoon. About once a month, we’d all get together behind the barracks and fire up the grills and a hodgepodge of electric appliances and have a huge fresh “fish fry” … yeah, some had been frozen or chilled, but some was straight out of the ocean. There were coconuts in abundance to use, and one guy had an in with the chow hall supply so he could get fresh lemons. We cooked with little skill, and few spices, but with great enthusiasm. Incomparable.

  8. “The part of prison boss Arax Nero was played by longtime fan (and Joseph Mallozzi) favorite Mike Dopud who, to date, I have cast in practically every show I’ve ever done. How’s that for a vote of confidence? He was perfect for this particular role…because I actually wrote it FOR him! And, as always, Mike delivers a flawless performance.”

    Totally agree.

  9. @Joe In winter and during inclement weather or times of hectic work scheduling when you cannot get to the farmers market to buy olive oil

    you might enjoy this http://www.ooocompany.com/

    It’s olive oil from Cyprus where my father was born and raised.
    It is quite wonderful!

    I order from them whenever I’m drowning in 16 hour work days and cant make a trip to an open air market.

    @Debra! Although I too have seen similar reports in the past,
    After reading this latest report you posted
    I am so glad the only fish I really enjoy these last few years
    is the rainbow trout we catch ourselves
    in the lakes back home in Colorado and
    Alaska salmon.for lox
    (because i cannot live without my toasted bagels
    with cream cheese & lox).

    However, As far as the writers comments about Kobe –
    ‘not being kobe’.
    While it is not at all nice to deceive customers
    via false advertising
    Fattened black Wagyu-kuroge washu
    (no matter which farm in japan it was raised on)
    is still a thousand times better quality
    than the london broils and flank steaks most eat in NY.

    Speaky of tasty foods that are really bad for ya
    I gotta ask -Is it just my paranoia?
    Or are they putting crack or some other highly illegal
    addictive drug
    in Doirito’s Original Nacho Cheese chips nowadays?
    I hadn’t had a bag of em in about 20 yrs or so
    but i stopped into a convenience store
    to grab a bottled water on my way to work the other day
    Saw them on the shelf
    and made the indulgence purchase on whim.

    Now I cant stop eating them!
    As soon as the bag runs out
    I’m seriously having withdrawal symptoms
    and find myself hopping on my bicycle at 10 o;clock at night
    to ride like the wind up the road to the 24 hr walgreens
    to go get another bag!!

    Its so awful! I cant seem to stop myself!
    OMG! Somebody pleeease help
    before this snowballs into the same level
    I suffered through in younger days
    with my nasty little secret
    canned green baby peas addiction!! 😀

  10. I actually thought “why would they use lipstick?” because if anyone sat on the mattress (as Three does, and quite quick and hard too) it was going to smear enough to probably not be discernible anymore. An eyeliner would smudge but still leave the initial harsh line relatively in tact. Ah, well, I’ll forgive it for the magic of TV – perhaps future lipstick dries like paint once on. 😉 It is interesting to read you all considered different makeup options though!

  11. Drea: Those nacho flavored ones are addictive. In a pinch, the ranch will do.

    Wish it were Friday….

  12. BTW, we are going to find out how that prison map transfer was done from eye-to-eye, aren’t we? Gee, it looked more efficient than a Vulcan mind meld. No touching involved.

    And I previously neglected to mention that Zoie did a fabulous beat-them-all-up action scene. I especially liked the back jump onto shoulders and clamp down with legs routine. Quite athletic. Go Zobot!

    Watching 202 again tonight… is it Friday yet?
    2cats

  13. I hope Anders had a vest on. I really like his character.

    And glad that you love Mike so much you cast him in every show you make.

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