July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

First, and most importantly, the thank-you’s!

THANK YOU to our amazing cast.  You were – as always – magnificent.  A special shout-out to Melissa O’Neil who continues to deftly demonstrate just how uneasy lies the head… And, of course, kudos to Zoie Palmer for wowing us with yet ANOTHER side of The Android.

THANK YOU to director Ron Murphy for telling our story in truly spectacular fashion.  And for being such a insanely interesting guy behind-the-camera.

THANK YOU to VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson for giving us one of the most visually stunning episodes we’ve aired to date.  The Raza sequences were truly spectacular.  And a special thanks to the gang at FuseFX.

THANK YOU to stunt coordinator John Stead who continues to choreograph and execute the show’s trademark fantastic action sequences.  And a special thanks to Android stunt double Jennifer Morrison on this one.

THANK YOU to our amazing crew who braved the frigid environs of Hamilton and the dusty tunnels beneath Corso’s lair to bring you this episode.

THANK YOU to our wonderful guest stars this episode lead by veteran Kris Holden-Reid.

THANK YOU to our post-production team under the genial but firm command of Rachel Sutherland.  And a special shout-out to editor Ben Wilkinson.

THANK YOU to our music department – Benjamin Pinkerton and Jody Colero – who SHOULD release a soundtrack.  The fans have been asking.

THANK YOU to Executive Producer Jay Firestone for helping to craft this episode and, oh yeah, giving us the opportunity to make a show.

THANK YOU to Paul Mullie who wrote this riveting episode.

THANK YOU to Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza and Line Producer Norman Denver for having made sure everything that was supposed to happen DID happen…on time.

THANK YOU to Supervising Producer Ivon Bartok who oversaw the action and made sure we didn’t miss anything.

THANK YOU to anyone else I might have missed.

And THANK YOU to you, the viewers, who take the time to check in with your second family, the crew of The Raza.

So, what did everyone else think?  Recaps, reviews, and reactions…

July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

We never forget that uncovering conspiracy is the heart of this show’s ever consuming plot while outside the center are character driven aspects of self discovery that should hopefully put us in exotic places and situations that help solidify this show’s place in the sci-fi realm… by Sashurai at Blade of the Sashurai

July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

To Err Is Human by Tom Gardiner at Three If By Space

July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

This was an awe-inspiring episode that embodied all that is unique and special about Dark Matter by Aimee Hicks at Spoiler TV

July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

There were so many great lines and moments on Dark Matter Season 2 Episode 5, it was hard to get them all down.. by Kathleen Wiedel at TV Fanatic

July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

The writers gave us another strong episode this week; one rife with humour, which also gave us a satisfying end to… by Christopher Hart at The Nerd Recites

July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

Dark Matter continues to do what it does best, meticulously doling out clues to a larger conspiracy… by Michael Ahr at Den Of Geek

July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

This is that episode you anticipate for a much needed dose of action that only the Raza crew can deliver… by Jideobi Odunze at Geeked Out Nation

July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

We got to see a very different side of the Android on the latest episode of Dark Matter last night on Syfy. Oh boy, did we ever! by Ruben at TV Equals

July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

Android Interrupted… by Michael Knox-Smith and Mike’s Film Talk

July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews And Reactions!

Dark Matter and the One Where Android Gets A Makeover… by Jen Stayrook at The Workprint

And, as always, Josh and Anna of Geeksiders have their take…

29 thoughts on “July 30, 2016: Dark Matter “Episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Recaps, Reviews and Reactions!

  1. In addition to all those worthy folks, thank YOU, Joseph Mallozzi, without whose tireless efforts in creating and bringing this production to fruition, there would be no Dark Matter!

  2. PS Just a quick question, Joe ….
    Why are you thanking everyone after only 5 episodes? Everyone is doing such as bril’ job, tis true but ….. Are you going somewhere?

  3. Agree with TheOtherOne and if I might edit a bit…:
    Dark Matter and your blog are both BRILLIANT! Loving it.
    Is it Friday yet?

  4. @TheOtherOne
    And thank -> you!

    You just reminded me to post a reminder. 🙂

    Ok Gang. Final reminder.

    Anybody who wants in on the fun brainstorming/ideas sessions for Joe’s 10 year blog anniversary tribute and celebration needs to send their email to:

    NewScience101@gmail.com this weekend.

    ( I need to have the planning committee list finalized by this Sunday night so i can focus on other prep needs)

    We will kick off the first round of brainstorming via group email discussions Friday Aug 5. 🙂

    Tanx so berry mush!! <3 You guys r da bestest! <3

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. Dragon Con finally updated – where Melissa O’Neil is listed, just waiting on a picture. Still no Alex.
    Perhaps Joe San and Akemi can attend too? Timing may be bad as it is September 2-5.

  6. I’d be more impressed if you hadn’t killed off my favourite character in a totally meaningless way and then ended any hope of some good writing to bring him back and explore the whole nature/nurture arc by having a memory wiped Corso exploring his persona. Instead we get the wishy-washy Devon character who is every soap opera medical drama cliché – doctor with a habit ‘yawn’, Then a Two clone in the form of Nyx. I’m sure many will disagree but I’m very disappointed 🙁

  7. I groaned when I realised this was another “N hours earlier” tease before the credits. It always feels like a cheat to me to pull an exciting scene from the middle of the story and stick it at the front just to get people hooked.

    Other than that, this is my favourite episode so far. Zoie Palmer did an amazing job! There was just a subtle hint of androidness in there that sold the performance for me. If she’d gone totally human it would have been less believable.

    I also cheered when Two did the right thing.

  8. I keep hoping we’ll get a visit from Dark Matter at New York Comic Con this year…but my luck if they do come is that it’ll be on a day I am not going.

    While I hate seeing characters killed off, I’ve been watching soaps since 1978; I’m used to favorite characters going…and coming back…and going again…LOL. I’ve developed a thick skin when it comes to my favorites. I don’t allow myself to get that invested, only to be upset when they character goes.

    One reason I never started watching Game of Thrones. You can’t get hooked on any character in that show – guarantee will die, I’ve heard.

  9. Hey Joe I rarely comment on your blog even though I read every day today I’m commenting because you have me worried especially with what you wrote today and a sense of something amiss with the tone of your writing this blog venting some frustrations and a general tone that isn’t your usual peppy and upbeat demeanor I would like to ask are you OK?

  10. KathyC FYI regarding NY Comic Con. Zoie Palmer will be there for the entire time. Joe amazing episode. This season is excellent,each episode gets better and better. As a huge Lost Girl fan it was nice seeing Kris Holden Reid😀 As for Zoie Palmer’s performance all I can say is wow.

  11. WAAAAAAAH, my DVR had a power fart and only recorded the last 12 minutes of the second showing!!!

    WAAAAAH. Please tell me if it will be repeated this week!

    I always set the DVR to record both showings, 7PM and 9PM on the west coast of America so if 1 show has a recording problem, I still have another one. But something went wrong and only the 9PM show had recorded anything at all, and even then, it was only the last 12 minutes.

    When the show started this season, SyFy was repeating the previous weeks show a few hours before the newest episode but stopped that 2 weeks ago.

    Now I don’t know where to see what I missed.. Might it be shown soon on Amazon Prime?

  12. LOVED this episode. Best one so far. It had everything in it. Congrats to you and the whole team. Keep up the awesomeness.

    Okay I have some more questions:

    1) How come the Android hasn’t picked up on Devon’s drug addiction?
    She has shown she is capable of noting physiological changes in the others.

    2) When did you know you were going to kill off One? Was it at the start of, during, or after season 1?

    3) Does Zoie Palmer realise just how good she is?
    I’m guessing no,t as she’s so down to earth.

  13. another excellent episode. Still shocked about One and Corso. With the numbering scheme, I always assumed those characters had immunity until the final season.

  14. I love it. Enough said. ^^ Ok, i gotta say more. I loved the episode. Especially Two and Jace’s scenes. Her struggle between her old self (or better said finding out more and more who she was) and who/how she is now is brilliantly portrayed. Our updated Android is fun, hehe… i wasn’t expecting such a fun personality. I see that some of the fans aren’t happy about how the One/Jace storyline was handled. I am still very sad that One is gone. 🙁 Love that Nyx is loyal to the group… hopefully that stays that way.

    All in all, another great one. Looking forward to the next episode. 🙂

  15. Peggy – You can go to syfy.com and watch it online. 🙂

    That being said, I have memory issues due to a brain disease with a long name. I didn’t see Mike Dopud’s character in this episode, not even in the background. I did check the IMDB, but they don’t have a synopsis posted yet of “We Were Family.” So, did something happen to him in the previous episode that I’ve forgotten?

    Glad to see Marc Bendavid again only to see him shot in the head. Bummer. Now he’s *really* gone. 🙁

    Is the Android going to get a name, now that she’s more human? Will she continue to use the name on her fake ID? It’s been too long calling her “Android” like she was a piece of furniture. That’s like calling your dog “Dog.” She’s a member of the family. They should, at least, call her “Seven.”

    And Thank YOU, Joe, for EVERYTHING you do. {{{HUG}}}

  16. Yeah Joe, Shaneac1 has a point. Hope all is well with you, Akemi, and the puppies – and if not – how can we help?

  17. I’m with Shaneac1. Everything ok? Thanks for showing us that a TV show is an ensemble and it takes a village to make an episode!

  18. Thanks @cathyl66! I can see Zoie, at least. I’d love a panel though…maybe SyFy can do a takeover like Warner Bros did last year, and just do one how after another.

  19. Some one needs to let the folks at New York Comic Con know that Zoie isn’t only from Lost Girl. She needs a “/Dark Matter” next to Lost Girl. Hmpf.

  20. I agree with some of the others – maybe you are just giving everyone associated with this episode & the show in general recognition for all the hard work and dedication it takes to pull this show off week after week or there are greater forces at play…

    Another brilliant episode! Hats off to this week’s guest stars in particular James
    Gangl, James Cade & Kris Holden-Reid. I imagine we are still trying to avoid spoilers so I’ll refrain from reviewing some of my favorite scenes but I will leave with one of my favorite quotes: “I understand you’re gonna kill me, but Jace will kill me then he’ll kill my family, and then he’ll kill my neighbors and their dog and..”

  21. Raising my mug of tea to the cast and crew on a terrific ep. Loved the twists and turns and the introspective moments between characters that addressed the baggage the team has been carrying. I can’t help liking Jace Corso, he reminds us of who the Raza team were, but he’s also an example of how being a family makes you stronger than being a lone wolf.

  22. @KathyC I never read the GoT books, so fates of people were always an unknown to me but that observation is correct. I think the question on GoT is who DOESN’T die.

    Grrr…. My comment got wiped out. It was really thoughtful and long, too. Okay, cliff notes version.

    I hope we will see Marc in some interdimensional futures (like Fringe or Sliders). I was hoping Jace would become the Crais (from Farscape) of this crew, always chasing after them, and then eventually becoming a reluctant ally. I still think there is something to the thing One put up his sleeve before Jace walked in to kill him. Or maybe has a kinder twin out there somewhere. Maybe I’m just being hopeful.

    Loved the humor in this episode. I hope Android gets to keep the chip. It makes her like a small child in learning and trying out different personality modes, mixed up in an adult brain who can process that new input from also an adult POV, plus a lethal weapon all wrapped up into one present.

    The stunt work was exceptional on this episode. If you could only see me viewing it. Every time a really cool new move is shown (or at least to me), I squeal and gently smack Jeff on the side of the arm and yell “Sweeeettttt! Wasn’t that sweet?” And he’ll agree with me.

  23. I was confused by something. Five, Six, and Devon were happy to see the Marauder show up just when Six had reached the end of his stamina. Why was it there? I can guess the Android piloted it there remotely, but did they tell us? Why didn’t they send it earlier and save Six a lot of risk?

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