Whew! What a night! Dark Matter fans had us trending before, during, and long after Episode 310, “Built, Not Born” aired. We were all out in force, including cast members, to live tweet one of our biggest episodes yet. And, while all the tweeting was going on, I was rewarding lucky fans with all sorts of cool swag, from cast-signed Dark Matter scripts to Stargate loot. When all was said and done, I’d given away two signed scripts, six art department packages, a selection of ID badges, an SGU pre-launch press kit, and a goa’uld pain stick prop. Akemi is going to have to address a lot of envelopes these new few days.
ALSO…the results of the Which Stargate Cast Member Would You Like to See on Dark Matter poll are in. 2 064 votes where cast! And here are your top three finishers:
Watching the vote progression was like taking in a great sports match – plenty of lead changes, rallies, and an 11th hour upset.
So, next steps –
1: Write a great part.
2. Contact one of the top 3 finishers and convince them to guest star on the show.
3. Host a Stargate reunion on the set of Dark Matter.
Oh, yeah. I forgot. Step 0.5: Get picked up for a fourth season!
And, hey, if you’re fave didn’t make the top 3, don’t despair. I already have plans for at least two other Stargate veterans in season 4 (their schedule, interest, and our budget permitting) but I get ahead of myself. Renewal first, then grand scifi plans!
As for last night’s episode? How’d it go?
Yep. The fans seemed to like it. And the critics as well –
BladeOfTheSashurai: “By and all this was one of the more emotionally charged episodes of the season, giving us a new look at Two’s past and the android’s quiet yet conflicted nature.”
BlackGirlNerds: “That was only 42 minutes? Way to pack in a lot of content without it getting muddled or confusing.”
SYFYWIRE: “This episode was just full of emotional turmoil and big character moments for Two and Android (and even Three!) and I just have a lot of feelings, okay?”
PureFandom: “This was an episode for multiple revelations and “What the what?” screeches of dismay/delight. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t want this episode to end. It was chock full of love among our crew members and some interesting relationship twists.”
SpoilerTV: “Dark Matter went all in with this episode and delivered big revelations for both Two and the Android.”
DenOfGeek: “For longtime viewers of Dark Matter, the story that unfolds in “Built, Not Born” is one that had been anticipated for quite awhile, and the payoff is quite satisfying.”
SciFiPulse: “After last week’s fun and games, Dark Matter returns to the mode of serious science fiction with a moral to the story.”
ThreeIfBySpace: “Regardless of what genre of TV you like most, Dark Matter has something for everyone. “Built, Not Born” is yet another solid episode in what has been a fantastic season, tying together two mysterious story lines with one satisfying resolution.”
TheNerdRecites: “Mallozzi promised this episode way back before the season had even begun. An episode where The Android’s origins would be revealed, coupled with a surprising link between The Android and Two. He definitely wasn’t kidding about the surprising nature of that link – this week revealed a complex backstory with some highly unexpected reveals.”
Nerdophiles: “What an awesome episode!”
CarterMatt: “This episode was crazy, twisted, heartfelt, and fun — pretty much this show in a nutshell. ”
TellTaleTV: “Dark Matter Season 3 Episode 10, “Built, Not Born,” finally gave us a look into the history of Two and Android with a major twist no one saw coming. This intense change of events could have some major impacts for our crew and their journey.”
And here’s your post-episode discussion on After Dark, hosted by the lovely Zoe Palmer: