Whoa! I’ve already written about how blown away I was at the response we received following the news of the cancellation, but Dark Matter fandom continues to amaze. Witness, for instance, this –
A petition in support of the show has amassed over 15k signatures in 48 hours. I had a cast member point this out to me today and they were overwhelmed by the love. Thank you.
Also, thanks to all of you who continue to sound off on the various social media platforms. I’m all over reddit and Facebook, but much of the activity is on twitter where I’m, quite honestly, having a hard time keeping up with the deluge. I want to try to acknowledge all of your posts (I’m unemployed now. I’ve got all the time in the word!) but it would help to have a single hashtag Dark Matter fandom could unite under so you’re all easier to track. I’ve seen #DarkMatter, #RenewDarkMatter, #SaveDarkMatter, and many others, including a few that incorporate “Syfy” in, uh, interesting ways. So, I throw it out to you, the fans. How about a fresh start with a new Dark Matter-related hashtag?
In the past, fans have also used #RazaCrew.
Ennis Esmer, Dark Matter’s nefarious Wexler, suggested #DarkMates.
Some have suggested #Marauders as well.
What do you all think? Let’s hear you.
Update! Since putting it all in perspective for you yesterday, we’ve reached out to several possible new homes for our little series and are presently awaiting word. As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, the odds are long – but the initial conversations have sounded very promising. I also mentioned that these things take time, so I don’t expect definite word for another week, maybe two. But again, as soon as I know something, YOU’LL all know something. I promise.
Finally – as we all try to do our part to ensure Dark Matter gets to finish its story, I just wanted to ask some of you not to waste precious time and energy mistakenly targeting those deserving of our appreciation and support.
Killjoys, Wynonna Earp, and The Expanse are terrific productions that earned their success and pickups. They’re three very different shows but they all share a few things in common: a fantastic cast and crew, a terrific fanbase, and some very talented individuals at their respective helms. Michelle Loretta (Killjoys), Emily Andras (Wynonna Earp), and Ty Franck (The Expanse) do really great work, and they’re really great people too. When news of the cancellation broke, all three immediately reached out. They didn’t have to but they did. It was very classy of them and it’s something I won’t forget. Just wanted you all to know.
A few broadcasters are also being caught in the crossfire as well. Please know that Canada’s Space Channel and Netflix have been nothing but wholly supportive of the show and are no doubt as disappointed as any of us by these recent developments. In fact, while I was visiting FanExpo this afternoon, Morgan Hoffman and Ajay Fry, who have long reviewed Dark Matter for Space Channel’s Innerspace, briefly interrupted their signings to come over, offer a consolatory hug, and let me know how much they truly loved the show.
You know who also loved Dark Matter? SyfyInternational. I’m talking SyfyDE, Syfyla, Syfybr, SyfyAU, Syfy_Spain, SyfyFr, SyfyPT, SyfyME and especially SyfyUK. In fact, they loved it so much that they gave fans their very own after show, After Dark.
So there you go.
I leave you with pics of the swag I picked up at today’s FanExpo. Notice a theme?