Tomorrow night, it’s a brand new episode of Dark Matter…
On this week’s all-new episode of Dark Matter, THREE (Anthony Lemke) reconnects with his former crew while The Android (Zoie Palmer) finds herself in unique company.
Screen Spy has an EXCLUSIVE SCOOP on the episode, offering some intriguing teasers, individually titled: “Sentimental Memories”, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”, “Sexy Sparring”, “Pretty Woman”, and “The Key to Victory”.
This episode promises some great developments for everyone on board The Raza, offering insights into THREE’s past, the Android’s potential, TWO’s backstory, Nyx’s secret, Devon’s demons, Arax’s hidden agenda, and one of my favorite THRE/FIVE scenes of the season. The latter is a lot of fun and gives us a glimpse of their burgeoning atypical friendship…Ah, hell. Why don’t I just show you. Check it out:
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry, I grow weary of twitter and have seriously begun to question its value simply so far as I’m concerned. I’m going to give live-tweeting another go when tomorrow night’s episode airs (7 pm PDT/10 pm EDT on Syfy and Space Channel) and then, at Akemi’s behest, follow up with (probably) a final after-show Periscope (8 pm PDT/11 pm EDT). New blog entries will be automatically uploaded to my twitter feed and I’ll retweet the occasional article but, moving forward, this blog and reddit will be THE sources of BTS pics, videos, and insights. Maybe, in some not too distant future, when twitter has worked out the bugs and Periscope is less annoying to use, I may return. In the meantime, I hear there’s this thing called Meerkat…
Hey, it’s been a while! Let’s hit the mailbag!
arcticgoddess writes: “With all the time travel episodes you are watching, are you planning on writing a time travel ep for season three?”
KathyC writes: “Is the food getting any better? You weren’t very happy when you got home.”
Answer: Checked out two new (to me!) local restaurants with Akemi and Anthony recently, and both were winners: Mission (http://missionkits.ca) whose head chef, in addition to being a Stargate fan, creates some truly incredible dishes like –
Stuffed zucchini blossoms.
Sea urchin pasta.
And, for dessert, an unbelievable apricot-soaked savarin.
We also hit Fable Diner where we enjoyed some spectacular duck and kimchee pancakes and a this –
EJ writes: “Mailbag question that’s had me curious since the first episode: how did you come up with the name “Raza” for the ship?”
Answer: It’s actually from the Latin “tabula rasa”.
Maggie L80 writes: “I know lots of people have commented on Five’s abundant supply of clothing compared to the others and she’s been on the ship the least amount of time. Any new wardrobe changes for the others this season?”
Answer: Yep. TWO gets an especially awesome new jacket later this season.
2cats writes: “Mailbag questions:
1) The Raza is in space and yet they fire propellant weapons inside? Wasn’t that a bad thing last season with the derelict zombie ship, causing hull breaches? Why weren’t there any hull breaches during this latest firefight?”
Answer: Certainly unwise. As for why no hull breaches – The Raza is a much better than that old freighter.
“2) Is Marc excited to be playing a bad guy from now on (Jace Corso)?”
Answer: I believe so, but this is a question for Marc.
“3) Does the Doc and Nyx know about Arax’s connection to the lady that’s seeking to “get” Five”?”
Answer: You’ll have to wait and see to find out.
ceresis64 writes: “But, why was Android so hostile when activated?”
Answer: The answer to this question coming your way in Episode 208.
“Back to S2, is Randroid set to Android’s default settings?”
Wouter writeS: “Questions for Joe:
-Initial ratings for S2 that I’ve seen, only for Syfy, didn’t look great. Are there other metrics that may decide the fate of the show, like how it’s doing on Space Channel, or alternative means to watch like digital views (Netflix) or downloads (iTunes)? Is S2 even available on the later options? Could strong sales on DVD/Blu-ray or on iTunes save the show even if ratings are disappointing?”
Answer: Sure. Ultimately all of the aforementioned will play a role in the show’s future. Some, however, will hold more weight than others.
“When Two was outside the ship when the other mercs had taken over the Raza, some explanation was offered why she survived for so long. But I don’t recall ever getting an explanation of how she managed to keep breathing (or alternatively, why she could survive without breathing if that is the case). Nanites migrating to the skin doesn’t cover that, AFAIK.”
Answer: It was both a matter of the nanites making highly efficient use of oxygen stores and placing her in a physiological state that minimized those oxygen requirements. It was a stop gap measure that would not have worked indefinitely.
“I rather like much of the short music tracks that accompany the episodes – for example, the ending of ep 5 of S1 had nice music. Are there any plans to release a soundtrack or at least to put bits and pieces online?”
Answer: I have asked our brilliant composer, Benjamin Pinkerton about this. He told me intends to eventually.
fsmn36 writes: “How long were One and Six part of the team before Five stowed away?”
Answer: Timing would suggest – not all that long.
“What convinced Portia, Boone and Ryo to allow them to join?”
Answer: The crew of The Raza has a rotating lineup. Members are presumably made and lost along the way. We’ll learn more about the ORIGINAL original crew in time.
neosmithxeno writes: “For one thing, why did the prison arc end so quickly? It felt like there should’ve been at least another episode before the gang returned to the Raza. Was this always the plan?”
Answer: The prison storyline was originally planned as a three-episode arc but was compressed to two after several requests to shorten it. In fact, one request was to have them escape halfway through the premiere (!).
“Second, why reveal almost immediately that Arax Nero is the asset, rather than tease the mystery out for a few episodes?”
Answer: We went back and forth on this but, ultimately, there’s another storyline we want to get moving on that requires us to advance the Arax Nero storyline first.
“Third, I was confused about whether or not pre-Ryo/Marcus knew about pre-Portia’s status as an advanced synthetic. They didn’t seem at all bothered by the fact that she could link to the ship, an ability I thought was exclusive to the Android. So, did they know what she really is or not?”
Answer: The answer to this question will come in time.
“Finally, assuming that Marcus did go inside the Vault and see Sarah’s body, did he also find the Frozen Six? Was there maybe a scene that addressed this?”
Answer: SIX’s stasis pod was not in the vault. It was in one of several holds located in the ship’s underbelly.
Hey, don’t forget to check out the Dark Matter panel at Comic Con tonight!