First of all, I want to take everyone who took the time to submit their request for the Which Stargate Cast Member You’d Like To See On Dark Matter? impromptu poll.  The response has been – well – overwhelming, but I’ve got our Top 13!  And this is how it’s going to work…

You have 24 hours to vote on which Stargate cast member you’d like to see guest star in Dark Matter’s fourth season.  Results will be announced in tomorrow’s blog entry!

Simple, no?  And, in celebration of this coming together of awesome scifi franchises – Stargate/Farscape/Dark Matter – I’m going to do a few fan giveaways during tonight’s broadcast of Dark Matter.  All you have to do for a chance to win is tweet out tonight, between 9/8C and 10/9C while the latest episode of Dark Matter is airing, using the #DarkMatter hashtag, and that will automatically enter you in a chance to win any of the following…

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

Art Department packages chock full of plans and designs.

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

A signed Dark Matter script!

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

These cool ID badges I picked up at Comic Con way back when!

But wait!  There’s more!  Answer one of two skill-testing questions (one for the east coast airing, another for the west coast airing)  about tonight’s Dark Matter episode between 9/8C and 10/9C on twitter (don’t forget to use the #DarkMatter hashtag) for a chance to win –

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This rare pre-launch Stargate: Universe press kit.

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

This rubber prop goa’uld pain stick.  It doesn’t shock but is still good for swinging and poking!

Watch twitter between 9/8C and 10/9C  for the questions and a chance to win!  My twitter handle: @BaronDestructo

Winners will be announced on twitter after the episodes air!

Also tonight, the cast convenes at Melissa O’Neil’s place for a mass group live tweet session.  Join us online as we attempt to break the internet!

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

Well, if the early reaction to the advance screeners of Episode 310, “Built, Not Born”, are any indication, tonight’s episode is going to rock your world.  I’ve had half a dozen individuals reach out to say it’s their favorite episode.  Not their favorite episode of the season, but their favorite episode of the entire series.  Wild.

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

It’s an episode chock full of family moments, shocking reveals, and answers to some long-asked questions.

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

It is NOT to be missed!

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

See?

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

SpoilerTV’s Aimee Hicks gives us an advance preview: So Many Feelings

Dark Matter is about to unleash a feelings heavy episode that pulls at the heartstrings while dropping some major revelations. Joseph Mallozzi, Co-Creator/Executive Producer, has called this the “feeliest” episode of the series and even that’s an understatement. Nothing”

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

And Greg David at TV, Eh? offers up his thoughts: Dark Matter Delivers It’s Biggest “Holy Crap!” Moment Of Season 3

“There is a HUGE reveal midway through “Built, Not Born,” that will leave you spinning. Easily the biggest “Holy crap!” moment in a season chock full of them. It involves the Android, Two and Five and … nope, we won’t spoil it.”

August 4, 2017: Tonight On Dark Matter…prepare Yourselves!  9/8c On Syfy!  Vote For Your Favorite Stargate Cast Member!  Win Some Swag!

Tom Gardiner at ThreeIfBySpace has the episodic stills – and some thoughts

“This week’s Dark Matter episode, “Built, Not Born”, is going to blow your mind. Several times.”

And, oh, let’s whet your appetite with a sneak peek scene.  What’s up with our Android?

Finally, more good news to buoy our spirits as we await work on a pick-up.  The +7’s are in for the week of July 17th and Dark Matter tied for #1 in percentage gain among adults 18-49 with a 200% increase among all cable shows, and came in at #8 with a 113% increase in total viewers.  Mighty impressive, I’d say.

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Descendants 2’ make big gains in cable Live +7 ratings for July 17-23

57 thoughts on “August 4, 2017: Tonight on Dark Matter…prepare yourselves! 9/8C on SYFY! Vote for your favorite Stargate Cast Member! Win some swag!

  1. WooHoo! Pop the champagne and settle in for tonight’s Dark Matter. Looks like there’s going to be a 🎉 party!! You keep outdoing yourself with each episode this season! A much awaited background story on Android & Two (from what I’ve read). Planning to storm twitter! Giveaways! I’ll be there, sending my RSVP right now.

        1. Stats show Reddit is predominantly male users under 30 years. In my experience, I don’t find Reddit a comfortable place. For example, there are fans there that want production to age Five up a few years & not hide her breasts (real posts), presumably so they can feel OK about lusting after her. When I read the Dark Matter Twitter feed though, it’s just general discussion on the show from men & women of varied ages.

  2. Congratulations on that ratings news. And I DON’T HAVE TO WORK TONIGHT SO I’LL BE TWEETING (even if you weren’t offering all that fantastic stuff. But I’m afraid I’ll miss the “skills question” I can’t tweet & watch TV with any proficiency anymore. You don’t practice a skill, you lose the skill.

    Now to vote. Do we only get one vote per person? I guess I’ll find out.

  3. Those are looking like some mighty fine numbers! How can SYFY *NOT* renew it!? I’m doing my part by watching (of course) and tweeting daily at them with various cajoling tweets! I told them I was going to hold my breath until the announcement, but after a few minutes that became… unfeasible.

    Anyways… I’m looking forward to the live tweeting tonight. And it would seem the internet already got broken down here in Atlantic Canada today. Someone cut to Bell fibre cables and brought EVERYTHING down. Even land lines and commercial data lines were affected. It took hours to repair! People had to use cash! And actually talk to other people! It was like the freakin’ apocalypse, I tell ya.

    You look younger without the beard.

  4. WRITE-IN: Alexis Cruz

    BTW, the poll link does not show up in the emailed version of your post, Joe.

  5. The current +7 high for the show this season is 1.25 million viewers with a 0.4 rating. The audience level is usually between 1.1-1.2 million. I’m not sure if you could call it good news, but the article you quoted above was the shows lowest audience level ever, which fell on San Diego Comic Con weekend.

  6. Hi Joe
    So, we just need to tweet you (during commercials). No need for any fancy # tags?

    Elminster

  7. Gutted I can’t take part in give away competition – in wrong country/time zone 😶
    (Being dense here but what does 9/8C and 10/9C mean?)

    1. 9 EST/8 Central.

      You can still take part by tweeting the #DarkMatter hashtag while the episodes air.

      1. I’ll be tweeting between 11am and midday Saturday here in Australia! We live in the future down here!

          1. OMG did I just say that? Apologies Line Noise but I had a late night 😂p’raps I should move to Aus and then I could see Dark Matter sooner….?

  8. omg: too funny. No sooner do i mention an idea for a comedic love triangle type episode in season 4, based on the sneak preview pics and vid, it looks like I wont have to wait that long for that idea to play out on screen, eh
    The same thing happened not too long after I mentioned it’d be fun to do a box within a box/ Russian dolls type ep.(I love what ya did with the Roger Cross escape from Ferrous corp ship scenario).

    Its actually kinda fun and all at once irritating that we creatively think alike sometimes. 😀

    @Elminster Thanks for the link. xo I checked out some and will have a look at more when I have more time this weekend.Hope you’ll decide to keep at it for a long time to come. You truly have a natural eye for it. xo

    T minus 27 minutes to Dark Matter!

  9. Any chance there will be a similar competition during Monday’s UK airing ?
    Prety please 😊?!

  10. Zoie’s characterizations are amazing. You were right…
    Blow the mind
    you forgot to tell us to have tissues – or maybe you did when you said this was the feelingest episode.
    WOW…

  11. Everyone was wonderful in this episode – switching personnas and just nailing their roles.

  12. Despite the popularity of the other Stargate cast members mentioned, I still think that Cliff Simon and Peter Williams would be great together. They are funny when they get together. Terrific talent.

  13. @KathyC Congrats! XO

    @Baterista/Gilder Hope your hubby’s surgery went ok. Hugs n prayers he’ll be quickly on the mend.

  14. I tried to stay up to join the tweet feast last night (2am UK time) …. Got to 1.55am … Next it was 2.55! Think I got a tweet in on time 😆😂

  15. Live +7 is where it’s at I hear… sounds great. More and more I see people tweeting that they have discovered Dark Matter on Netflix and love it. Do you get the numbers for Netflix, Joe?

    Enjoyable episode, Joe. I liked the answers we learned about Two and Android’s origins. Zoie did an amazing job portraying Dr Shaw, as well as her reaction to the existence of Shaw.

    I’m enjoying Three’s development and particularly loved the apology scene.

    I’m hoping we will have more developments in the corporate war & I look forward to the impending showdown with Ryo.

    Cheers, Chev

  16. Hi Joe
    What an amazing episode! And I was right, it’s my new, new, new, favourite episode of all time.

    Elminster

  17. Hi Joe
    Why am I thinking you’re not going to give Sarah & Three a nice uncomplicated romance?

    Elminster

  18. This was my favorite serious episode of the season, but the episode before was my favorite light-hearted episode of the season which I think might be tied with the groundhog-day-like episode.

  19. It’s difficult right now to try to find the right words.

    There’s so much I want to say about this amazing episode,
    but don’t want to spoil it for those who havnt seen it yet.

    It was a tribute to the show (and cast of) Humans, my idea for Pascals Wager/Plaito’s Retreat
    (where self evolved androids are outlawed)
    and the android-human love concept
    all combined into one and then some!!
    In a nutshell: Beyond Brilliant!
    Albeit, even “brilliant” doesn’t seem to do it justice.
    I’d say I’m so proud of you Joe. But you already know I’m proud of you
    and, again, “wouldn’t quite do it justice”.

    My review, In short: “It was eloquence at its finest”.

    it offered sustained emotional & intellectual depth in a clear focused story that didn’t appear to be “trying too hard”. Not that the complex, multiple, detailed scenes and dialogue/lines in previous eps to set up/pay off stuff was necessarily a bad thing. (You know I’ve immensely enjoyed the DM story from the git go). Cant quite put my finger on the exact right words to explain it properly at the moment.
    It’s kinda like I’ve always genuinely liked and cared about the characters -but, in my mind, up till now they were just that, “characters” & DM was just another story I admired. Now, suddenly, for the first time, I find myself ‘truly’ invested and deeply in love. It was like that with SGA, as well.
    I genuinely enjoyed the entire series, and there were some wonderful, well written & performed “feely” episodes, but when i had the privilege of experiencing “The Last Man” episode, suddenly I couldn’t imagine a world without SGA in it!

  20. That scene with THREE and Android near the end. I could watch that over and over. Even with all the other stuff going on in the episode, that stood out as an emotional peak. It didn’t hurt that Anthony and Zoie also knocked it out of the park there. Fantastic work on both their parts.

    What I love about this show is just as a plot point is resolved or a major character development occurs, those incidents spin off a whole new story line themselves. Did I mention you’re a really good writer? 🙂

  21. Hey Joe,
    I know this is a bit late, but just watched Deadman Switch and thought Sam J Jones would be a great ‘fit’ for the DM universe, as he can do the serious as well as the light hearted.
    Just my two cents

    Oh yeah – and have you guys added Glen Breton to your bottle collection yet? you Should!

    Cheers!

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