I received the following email this afternoon from a returning guest star:

“Okay am I supposed to have any idea what is going on in episode 306 because I do NOT. Are there any kind of Coles Notes on season 3 I can read?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Can’t wait to be back.”

Scifi is a tough business, especially in the third season of a heavily serialized show that features everything from cloning to wormhole travel, alternative universes to white hole bombs.  Add rebellious androids, mind hacking, and time travel to the mix and you have a recipe for…well, a very complicated episode.  And I didn’t realize HOW complicated until I responded with what I assumed would be a quick summary of seasons 1, 2, and 3.  Whew!  If you thought things got crazier in season 2, you better make sure you’re sitting down to watch season 3.

January 14, 2017: It’s Complicated!

Those Lenari Death Masks are coming along nicely (designed by 1st Assistant Art Director/Set Designer Karl Crosby).

Let’s hit the mailbag:

Ponytail writes: “Have you posted your 2016 blog statistics yet? We know who was your most prolific commenter, but who was 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th?”

Answer: For some reason, wordpress didn’t offer an end-of-year statistical breakdown.  I looked to see if I could dig the stats myself but, sadly, couldn’t find the relevant info.  I too was curious.  🙁

ceresis64 writes: “Why did you choose Stargate Atlantis’ Sheppard’s silhouette for this image?”


Answer: I didn’t choose, someone in the Art Department did, no doubt as a salute to my past.

“Will you give us full character bios for Solara Shockley; Adrian Maro and Teku Fonsei before Season 3 premieres?”

Answer: I believe something will be released before the premiere, yes.

“Will a soundtrack be released at some time?”

Answer: I’ve been bugging Ben Pinkerton about this for a while now.  He says he fully intends to release a soundtrack…when he has time.

“Will fans get the opportunity to choose a name for Android from a given list?”

Answer: As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, Zoie Palmer and I chose the Android’s name.  BUT fans will soon have the opportunity to select the season 3 episode titles!

“Will David Hewlett be behind the camera and direct an episode for Season 3?”

Answer: Alas, no.

“Would a book with the many BTS photos, concept art designs, costume designs, etc be something that could get published at some point?”

Answer: Something like this would be great – but it would be up to the production company to organize.

Duptiang writes: “So Joe, speaking of death defying, did you have your official issued Mochi yet?”

Answer: No mocha for this guy.

Tam Dixon writes: ” When you mom makes her red sauce for spaghetti, does she use red or white wine?”

Answer: Would you believe I don’t know?  But I don’t ever recall my mother putting wine in her sauce.  I have scene her splash red wine into her cooking meat though.

Harley Powers Parks writes: ” Three was incapacitated by his departed Sara. What happened that 3 recalls being in love?”

Answer: Hmmmm.  I’m not sure I understand the question, but I THREE doesn’t “remember” being in love.  He doesn’t remember Sarah but he sees in her an important piece of his past, that part of him that runs contrary to his bad-ass public persona, a humanity demonstrated in the love he once held for this woman.  It pains him that he doesn’t remember her but pains him even more (a rare display of empathy for The Raza’s resident bad boy) to see how much it hurts HER.  She was his sole connection to redemptive aspect of his past, one that was lost after the events of Episode 107.  In Episode 210, various members of the crew fell victim to neural attack, but it wasn’t simply matter of these hallucinations appearing to them.  If that was the case, neither TWO nor THREE nor FOUR would have so completely fallen victim to the Randroid’s attack.  The neural attack also comprised their judgement as well.

“Three was freaking over what Ryo must know about him, and we are nowhere near close to Seeing this answered with all of the back story on Ryo now possible.”

Answer: Oh, THREE will get the answer to that particular questions before the end of this season.  And he’s not going to like what he hears…

“Speaking of, what happened to the seers ship?”

Answer: The rest of the seers are still out there somewhere.

MaggieL80 writes: “Will there ever be a “slipped in” reference to Devan’s death by the Seers?”

Answer: Eventually.

“Are there potentially several different AU’s in the Dark Matter verse?”

Answer: Yes.  We visited one of a theoretically near-endless number.

“Based on the Seven Samurai template will One and Four be “replaced”?”

Answer: There will be no replacing lost crew members.

“Does the Raza need a crew of 7?”

Answer: Nope.

“What was the last movie you watched?”

Answer: Train to Busan.  Loved it.

“Favorite mixed drink?”

Answer: The Moscow Mule.

“What do you do to decompress besides spending time with Akemi & the pups, eat good food & read?”

Answer: Mostly, yes.  Looking forward to doing a lot of reading once I finish my last script of the season.

Okay, that’s it for today.  More to come!

13 thoughts on “January 14, 2017: It’s Complicated!

  1. So NOT nice of WordPress to not offer the breakdown. Hmpf. Don’t they know that once they offer something, they have to continue to off it FOREVER?? haha

  2. I often learn little titbits from this blog. Today’s knowledge gain was ‘Coles Notes’.

    Season 3 …. Aaaah, hurry up n happen!

    Love the further versions of the Lenari masks. Nice design there, Mr Crosby. Who are the Lenari BTW?

    Enjoying the next installment of your mailbag. Great questions and interesting answers. Thanks, Joe 😊

  3. Thanks for the answering on the sauce Mr. M.. I’ve had great luck with red wine (reducing it while the onions cook down). Guess I’ll stick with that. My leg has been bothering me (pinched nerve in my back), so I’ve been trying to fill the freezer up while I can. This week, I made two great red sauces (meat & meatless), two batches of cookies and a pot of potato soup. I sent some of it to Dr Jo’s friend that lives with her and the rest is filling up my freezer. 🙂

    Thanks for taking time to answer all the questions! Hope y’all get to sleep late tomorrow. 🙂

    Das: It’s good to have you back! You should shoot Narelle a tweet or email. She was asking about you. Her furbaby is very ill (Jack) and I think they’re working on his “bucket list” of favorite things. Sad but so sweet too.

  4. I haven’t voted often on episode titles because I just don’t know enough about how well the title options fit. But, it is pretty fun to spot later how the title fits when the episode airs. I’m going to look up the losing title before watching season three episodes to make it double the fun.

    I know I’m not in the top five. I fell off the chart last year and I’ve commented less this year. Been busy. Happy to be busy.

    Writing apps feels like I get to work puzzles and get paid for it. Suckers. I did that for free.

  5. Those masks are beautiful. A true work of art.

    “…you better make sure you’re sitting down to watch season 3.”
    Just for the record, I’m always sitting while watching. So lay it on me!

    “Answer: There will be no replacing lost crew members.”
    No problem. I don’t want One replaced. I want him brought back. You can do it. You are an awesome, talented, great writer. 😆

    Thank you Joe for the mailbag! Glad you didn’t have to work today.

  6. Stargate gets a funny mention in David Weber’s Out of the Dark. A character is explaining why his wife’s PDW is a P90. It’s at about 11 hours 40+ minutes in with 5 hours to go for the audio book. And it goes without saying that it’s a good book of I’ve been listening this long. But I still haven’t heard a peep from the teased third species.

  7. Joe,

    Do you think you could have the art department throw together an image that shows the sizes of all the Dark Matter ships together? Would love to know how they all relate (size wise) to one another (kind of like the one you had done for the Stargate Atlantis ships).

  8. Boy, for my assignment with my rehabilitation therapist I have been given the assignment of writing 1-2 pages about the main plot is “Dark Matter”. Fortunately I have a good source. I hope you won’t mind. The reason for this is that I have mentioned your show and did mention that I have particulated in it many times . So, I hope I can do it just.

  9. More great mailbag answers!

    A pity that David Hewlett isn’t taking part in this Season.

    ‘Someone in the Art Department’ chose Sheppard’s silhouette 😎

  10. CREEPY masks. Mind hacking? Hmmmmm…..Can’t wait to find out who is “back.”

    @Das Definitely great to have you back.

    Yes, I was miffed about WordPress not giving a year in review this year.

  11. Joe, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.

    We all know your love of Saki and propensity for whiskey but since I’m new to the blog, what do you think of Irish Whiskey? Ever tried Tullamore Dew or Redbreast?

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