The other day, I received the following text from actress Zoie Palmer:

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And she was right.  It WAS like sharing with her the single greatest thing about bringing a child into this world: coming up with a name for it.  Except that instead of having 9 months to do it, we have 9 episodes, and instead of some kid, it’s our Android we’re naming.

I say OUR because the development of Dark Matter’s Android has truly been a collaborative process with the actress playing her.  I’ll pitch Zoie our plans for the character and she’ll also throw ideas my way – suggestions, requests, flashes of inspiration – occasionally when I see her at work but mostly via the texts she sends my way while I’m in the office, or out and about, or lying in bed about to drift off into sweet, sweet dreamland.  And, every so often, those messages have a way of, uh, veering off topic.  Some of my recent favorites include:

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And –

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AND –

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Note: Those blanks in the final text were, of course, a few of the names we’re considering for our lovable Android. And we’ll be keeping them under wraps…for now.

However, if you’re curious, some of the names that didn’t make the final cut and are no longer under consideration include:

ALICE

SAMANTHA

DESDEMONA

CLARA

MARNIE

ELLIE

CALL

DEE

EVANS

ALOYSIA

DESTINY

CHACHACHA

LOYLOY (Like the panda!)

ZOIE

But fear not.  We’ve got a half dozen solid candidates in contention.

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Hey, the other day, someone on reddit mentioned they were thinking of getting a Dark Matter-inspired tattoo and floated the possibility of going with the Android’s barcode.  I provide it for you here, via the marvellous Roxanne Borris, who designed it for the show, in the event you’re considering following suit.

She also created one for Wendy the android from Episode 107:

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And a couple of the androids in Episode 204 (“We Were Family”) including one for the mysterious Victor:

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So, what’s in store for our Android in season 3?  Well, besides a few shocking revelations, undercover ops, ass-kicking sequences, inspired fashion choices,  and flashes of her unique sense of humor…you’ll have to wait and see.

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Our Android and Ryo Ishida in happier times.

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arcticgoddess

So, we don’t get to name the Android? Ah, pooh! No, that’s not the name I was planning. How about Spot?

nantokanaru77

Oh Zoie/Android … how can anyone not like her?! She rocks!

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

I think the Android’s name should have some sort of historical meaning. Real history or some kind of sentimental story from the Android’s memories or something. My two cents…

Zoe sounds so cool! Funny and sad about the parking lot story. One guy was murdered over a parking spot a few years ago in Memphis. “People be crazy.”

You don’t CARE where you buy Sushi? shock lol That must be trash talk Canadian style?

Ponytail
Ponytail

I think the Androids name should start with “Miss”. Like Miss Priss.

KathyC

What about Zero or Seven? That goes along with everyone’s numbers. Seven may be too Star Trekky…

TeslaBargain

The perfect name for the Android is “Android”, I wouldn’t know how else to call it!

sylvia
sylvia

Do we have to wait util all filming is done to discover the name?
Arrrgggh, its already difficult waiting for the 3rd season premiere…
where is the whisk(e)y?

wkrick
wkrick

Why are you naming the android? I like that she doesn’t have a name. It adds to the awkwardness of the character.

If you absolutely HAVE to name her something, I vote for either “Ann” or some variation… Anne, Annie, Ahn, etc…

Just don’t name her “Zeroie”.

Ponytail
Ponytail

I think we should call her “One” since we don’t have “one” anymore. (I’m bitchin here) smile

Sakura
Sakura

Ahhhhh…soooo? I like Zobot !!! Wahahahahahaha ~

Angela
Angela

I like MERRY.
It just happens to be the exact spelling of my middle name. 😊
You could even come up with an acronym for it, M.E.R.R.Y. like:
Mechanical
Energy
Radical
Robot
Yeoman

DP
DP

Is the Dark Matter opening music inspired by any other science fiction? I was thinking it reminded me of the Metropolis Moloch machine scene but I just watched that scene and it has an instrumental score only. The metallic thumps the machine would make if you let your imagination fill in the sound track might be a match, but is there something else the opening music matches that’s triggering some déjà vu?

DP
DP

Picking a fitting name actually isn’t a very human experience. Someone else picks it for us, then, sometimes, someone else picks a nick name. If she wants to pick a fitting one, she has to first figure out more of who she is. Then, someone else might still pick a nick name.

Douglas (@writermonk)

Ha. I was that person on Reddit.

(And on Twitter, too.)

There were some follow-up android questions but those can all wait. Keep up the great work.

Douglas (@writermonk)

Ok, looking at the 4 examples here… I think we can make an assumption that the coding is in octal (base 8) notation? Octal does have some history with computers and coding, so that might fit. But we don’t really have a slot for 0, only 1-7.

Base 7 seems so strange. But, if we go with 0-6, that’d be base 7 notation.

I’ll ponder a bit more.

Maggie L80
Maggie L80

I’m wondering, that if in S3 as more memories resurface, we discover that Android has had a name all along? Looking forward to a name! Hope it’s not HAL.

skywatcher
skywatcher

Joe, whatever name you select, I hope you reveal it on her birthday with a big party. and as a add give her a certified birth certificate and ID card for the G.A. or whatever location you have her from. You might have Commander Truffault place the id in the the Mikkei Combine records as a back trail. and the same for where ever they can infiltrate into the record systems.

Some neat tricks:

Have the Android create Hologram retinal patterns in her eyes for the character she is assuming.

Able to exude a preinstalled corresponding DNA saliva into her mouth, at will, just before a swab is taken.

Have a sub dermal shielding that creates a image of human body parts if she is scanned.

Change her hair color at will.

Replacement dermal parts such as around her eyes to change her image, and at will change her skin tone and features.

Just a few thoughts. wink LOL!

Line Noise
Line Noise

The barcode isn’t totally retarded: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/09/national/japanese-city-tags-elderly-dementia-sufferers-barcodes#.WE16i-YrL0M

We haven’t heard much about your relationship with Cloverblob recently. Is it all off?

Skua
Skua

– Maria like in Metropolis.
– Aimee (the acronym have sense in an android)
– Suji wink
– Eve ( since Zoe in Greek is life and was adopted as a traslation of Eve)
– Sophy (no particular reason)
– Hylda ( for particular reason) smile

The scene where the droid proposes names, some absurdities off course. Until decide one will be very funny.

malikb
malikb

Man, that’s hilarious. For the past 2 years, i kept seeing fans online wanting a name for the Android.
And now that she’s going to get one, a lot of people would prefer she stays “Android”.

Personally, i am not sure about it, but it seems to be the logical next step to her “human evolution”.

Debra

Please tell her I love her for standing up to those jerks! Well I already was fond of her, but this makes her a rock star. smile

Debra

Oh except I wish she had taken a picture of THEM and their car and then you could have posted it.

PFHarlock
PFHarlock

Devoir, or maybe feminize it to Devoira.

The Webster’s definition of devoir :

1
: duty, responsibility

2
: a usually formal act of civility or respect

Mike A.
Mike A.

Man, Zoie’s texts reeeeally reminds me of my friend Katie. Random texts at random times about random thoughts and random happenings that are all connected somehow and are all totally enjoyable little stories that make up a fun tapestry of who that person is. You never really know where they’re coming from or why they’re sharing, but it’s always an interesting journey!

Glad to see that even though I didn’t submit questions for Mr. Cross, my questions got answered. Since DM started, your readership has grown to a point that I knew the questions I would’ve asked would be asked by someone eventually, and they did. So, thanks fellow blog-mates!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I still read every day. Good to see Suji in such good spirits. Looks like she’s really enjoying Lulu, too. Just think, even though you guys started production earlier this year and writes, rewrites, and more rewrites have taken their toll, it also means that you’ll be done earlier in the year this time around! Plenty of time to get started on those season 4 scripts, right? wink

-Mike A.

Katherine
Katherine

Zoie – it’s perfect name for Android;)