The other day, I received the following text from actress Zoie Palmer:
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:
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:
LOYLOY (Like the panda!)
But fear not. We’ve got a half dozen solid candidates in contention.
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:
And a couple of the androids in Episode 204 (“We Were Family”) including one for the mysterious Victor:
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.
Our Android and Ryo Ishida in happier times.