All good things must come to an end – some much sooner than expected.  Sadly, such is the case for Dark Matter. Despite word of the cancellation by syfy, fandom rose up and gave us new hope. We sought to buck the odds and find our little show a new home.  But unfortunately, I just learned that our final option has proven unworkable due to contractual issues.  It’s a shame because these potential saviors reached out to me and offered a creative solution that, had it worked, would have been a sci-fi fan’s dream scenario.  But, alas, it was not to be.  In time, I would love to tell you all about it.

As for what’s next for Dark Matter?  My first choice would be to complete the story in comic book format where it originally began, but I’ve just started to look into the possibility now.  Beyond that, I’m not sure.

Thank you to my cast and crew who made it all possible.

And an especially HUGE THANK YOU to all of you, the viewers and fans, who made Dark Matter one of syfy’s most watched shows and who rallied and made your voices heard these past few weeks.

I said it before and I’ll say it again…

You all deserved better.

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Zak T
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Zak T

:'(

Mawesome4ever
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Mawesome4ever

Could you possible reach out not Syfys owner and ask if he himself could void the contract to keep the show going, please? Just This one final shot before you look into making it into a comic book. Please please please, Dark Matter is life. :/

Mawesome4ever
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Mawesome4ever

Sorry, meant to say “could you possibly reach out to Syfys owner”.

rpeate
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rpeate

I just want to say this show is my favorite sci-fi program since the original Star Trek. Outstanding. I thank you for making it.

Daniel Evans
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Daniel Evans

I’m so sorry to hear. That is heartbreaking. It was such an amazing show, story, and cast. It’s hard to believe that its really over. It will always be one of my all time favorite shows. Thank you for the incredible journey.

unsafecrayon
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unsafecrayon

It’s sad news but at least we went down fighting. I’m looking forward to you finishing the storylines in comic format. Thanks to you and the crew for everything.

daithi82
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daithi82

That is terrible news Joe. I’m really sorry for you, the crew and the cast. Thank you all for giving us such an amazing show and hopefully you get an opportunity to tell the remaining story of Dark Matter in the way you want. Dark Matter will not be forgotten by the fans.

Leandro Christo
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Leandro Christo

Noooo! This is really sad news, dark matter will live in my heart forever.

Terry
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Terry

Sorry to hear this. It breaks my heart to know that a great show is no more. Contract law can be complex and hard to deal with. I will keep reading your blog and once you have in place a way to finish the story I will be there. Thanks again for your great story telling!

Grant Menmuir
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Grant Menmuir

So sorry to read that. we tried, A truly great story has been left unfinished.

sylvia
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sylvia

sigh

Drew Avera
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Drew Avera

No! I’m sorry man. If the comic doesn’t come to fruition then maybe it could be novelized. I would love to help if you need me.

Mark W
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Mark W

Thank you, Joseph, for keeping us up to date. I’m sorry we didn’t do more to help keep this phenomenal sci-fi series in production. I hope we can see a conclusion in some format in the future. Hang in there, and keep imagining!

Jon Hrubesch
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Jon Hrubesch

I’m so sorry to hear this. There are more than a few co-worker friends from the TV station where I work who were all hoping your rally cries were going to pay off. sad

I’ll be looking forward to your post about the final possible option that sadly wasn’t to be.

Robin Miller
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Robin Miller

Joe, you have been amazing throughout. I personally would prefer you leave the rest of the story untold, at least for now, to allow for the possibility, however, remote, that the show could be continued on TV in the future. Obviously, though, you know best.

Neva Odom
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Neva Odom

I too would like to leave story untold in hopes of completing on TV/Movie. Comic version great for a portion of fan population, but I really like the “novel ” idea Drew Avera proposed. Novel and movie version never completely the same so I would love to read the novel AND watch a completed movie/TV series.#WaitingInTheWingsForDarkMatter

Dana Cory
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Dana Cory

Thanks so much Joe and fellow fans – A valiant effort; hope Dark Horse comics can help wrap up the story.

LeePowellWriter
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LeePowellWriter

Well, all I got to say is… Thanks You! Gave it your best shot!

Danine Dolphin
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Danine Dolphin

Thank you. This is not unexpected, but still a brutal loss. I really wanted to believe it was renewable. I read what a long shot it was, but tried to push hard for a different outcome. This is wrong on so many levels, I’m sure I don’t need to itemize them for you to know them intimately. Stress to all connected/ involved that the work was beyond favored in the eyes of the fans and we are deeply sorry.

Jill Porritt
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Jill Porritt

Thankyou for the gift you have given us with ‘Dark Matter’. I believe it has been sadly underestimated and remain in your debt. It’s a terrible thing to lose quality shows but even more so SciFi as so few of them make it out there at all. One quick question – is there are chance you could create something new with these willing saviours? I want to thank you, writers, cast, crew and everyone involved for bringing us something that ‘for one brief shining moment…was known as…Datk Matter’, to steal a phrase. Thankyou all. In Sadness, Jill Porritt

Mawesome4ever
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Mawesome4ever

Really hope he continues the story with one of these saviors…. with a different show name of course but same cast ;-; Really hope there is a loophole in the contract that he can use to continue the show :c

Chris Kell
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Chris Kell

Wow. Heartbroken. Thank you for trying everything you could. Most importantly thank you, the cast ,and the crew for giving us three awesome seasons. Yes we want more- but thankful we got to see the world and vision you created. I do look forward to seeing how it ends one day-one way or another.

Thank You.

Carol G
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Carol G

Maybe it is not meant to be today but maybe a year from now or less we can get Dark Matter back and who know your creative juices will be flowing for another season or two. Although your plans were fr season 4 & 5, these possible suitors were looking for a longer commitment. I know Dark Matter will be back, This sci-fi series is too good to be forgotten.

John
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John

Very sorry to hear that. Take small comfort from knowing your audience wasn’t just passive consumers of televisual opium, but actively engaged, energised and inspired by your work. And we will be again.

Kadamose Jeron
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Kadamose Jeron

You have two options from here:

1) You can crowdfund Dark Matter and bypass all previous contract obligations.

2) You can sell the show to Syfy/NBC, making them the owners of all Dark Matter related material.

Option number 2 is the worst case scenario, BUT it will guarantee a renewal for 2 more seasons at the expense of…well…everything. This is the option they were hoping you would take when they initially cancelled the show.

Option number 1, while not easy, is surely doable.

I really hope that you reconsider your stance on giving up. While the situation is dire, it not entirely hopeless and there are still options to consider.

A Dark Matter comic book, you say? I, for one, won’t be reading it, because that form of storytelling died 30 years ago – and I am sure many of the other fans feel the same way.

Tim
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Tim

Kadamose Jeron, neither of your options are possible. Crowdfunding doesn’t overcome established contractual obligations.And the most successful crowdfunding was Pebble with just over $20 million. That’s not enough to do 4 episodes, much less a whole season.

And if SyFy/NBC wanted to buy Dark Matter, it would have.

Blake Linton Wilfong
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Blake Linton Wilfong

Actually, Tim, Star Citizen has raised over $150 million through crowdfunding. Also, I find it unlikely that an episode of Dark Matter costs $5 million. Joe and his crews have consistently demonstrated admirable thrift in their productions.

EP
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EP

The biggest hurdle with crowdfunding is that, even if without contractual obligations it will take months to hit a viable funding target. The sets will all have come down by then, plus it’s unfair to ask the actors and crew to wait around. They have to move on and find other work.

Kevin Anderson (@Kevander5)
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Kevin Anderson (@Kevander5)

Joe has said that GOT spends about 10m per episode and DM uses considerably less than a third of that for an episode.

I love DM but it seems crowdfunding a project to finish it needed to start a long time ago and be as successful as Pebble near 20 million to do 6-7/8 episodes and fulfill any outstanding legal/contractual licensing issues.

Short of purely funding the mini-series costs of nearly 20+ million, Joe and DM don’t own a network and would have to makeup the shortcoming of that funding through a deal with one.

Sparrow_hawk
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Sparrow_hawk

I guess you didn’t read the three issues that Joe did before Dark Matter came to TV. They were excellent!

Mawesome4ever
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Mawesome4ever

Could you elaborate please?

Sparrow_hawk
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Sparrow_hawk

Joe did a four issue (I misspoke when I said three) comic with Gary Brown.
(illustrator) that introduced Dark Matter and the crew of the Raza.
It was wonderful. The first episodes of the series cover the same jpart of the story. https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Matter-Rebirth-Joseph-Mallozzi/dp/1595829989/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506307322&sr=8-1&keywords=dark+matter+comic+book. Still available if you want to pick them up!

Sparrow_hawk
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Sparrow_hawk

Dang, I hate typos that you can’t fix!

ckarena
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ckarena

“A Dark Matter comic book, you say? I, for one, won’t be reading it, because that form of storytelling died 30 years ago – and I am sure many of the other fans feel the same way.”

No, it has not. Look into a comic store sometime and see the magic that’s still there.

Shannon
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Shannon

I’m 35 years old and I have a comic book collection from when I was in college. In the early ’00s (and I’m a woman!). My husband had a digital comic subscription just a few years ago.

I would gladly pay to read a comic book series.

Mike
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Mike

Thanks SYFY!

R.I.P Dark Matter
R.I.P SGU
R.I.P Farscape
R.I.P Blood Drive

Mike Leeling
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Mike Leeling

More like NoFy

PBMom
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PBMom

Thank you for such a great show. Thank you to the regular cast, the guest stars, the people who had one-episode roles. Thank you to the crew, many of you who are not named or known well to us. Every scene and every moment put 200% of your best efforts to make something we fell in love with. The lines are written, but its the actors and the crew who bring it to life.

Thank you Joe and Paul for the fantastic storylines, the WTH moments, always leaving us on a cliffhanger like in the old days of science fiction shows. Thank you for blogging all the great extras with guest bloggers who answered our questions about the show.

Thank you to all the fans who put their hearts into this show and rallying behind the DarkMatterFTL account to help do what we could to express our opinions. It was not in vain and please do not ever feel that way. It may not have had the outcome we all hoped for, but we knew it was a longshot. You went above and beyond what we asked. You trusted us when we told you bizarre things to do (like how to trend) or things maybe you disagreed with (like @’s to Syfy and executives at Syfy).

Thank you to all the international fans who lost a lot of sleep to stay up at night to tweet on USA time.

Thank you to Akemi for helping put those blooper reels together. They were just wonderful. Thank you to Bubba and Lulu for inspiring such lethal weapons. They were themselves lethal weapons in cuteness.

Thank you to Lulu and Suji for sharing mom and dad for awhile with us.

We are planning a send-off tweet on Friday Sep 30 at the same time as our usual events. We are deciding on a hashtag. There is talk about a parody tag to Syfy, but we will see. Or maybe a direct one to share how we feel. We’re still discussing that. Please join us. Let’s show our love and respect to the people who were involved. I’ve been keeping a running list of all the Twitter names I could find involved with the show since season 1. I’ll post it on Friday. I may miss some so if you see a name missing from my list, let me know (DM the account and we will see it).

Now I go have a good cry.

Weasel
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Weasel

Beautiful comment PBMom…. I’ll be there next Friday! smile

Sparrow_hawk
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Sparrow_hawk

Thanks, PBMom. Well said.

mannas7mom
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mannas7mom

Excellent, Hilda. :-‘)

Love the idea of the send-off Tweet heard round the world. I wouldn’t want to take a petulant swipe at anyone. That would be the last thing people remember about Team Raza and sci-fi fandom. Let’s be classy first, and classy always. Our hearts were in it to The End.

#RazaForever

gforce
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gforce

Very well said.

Tam Dixon
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Tam Dixon

That was beautiful!

Drea
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Drea

So beautifully put @PBMom and a heartfelt Thank ‘You’ for all your hard work at the DarkMatterFTL campaign. As well to everyone on the Dark Council. You’ve all been nothing short of truly amazing. xo

Ponytail
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Ponytail

Thank you PBMom for all your hard work trying to bring back Dark Matter.

ceresis64
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ceresis64

Beautifully said 🙂

Dorothy
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Dorothy

Such a wonderful tribute, can’t imagine a better one than that!
So sorry, Joe. You are missed here in Vancouver!

PBMom
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PBMom

UGH. Friday September 29th NOT 30th. I blame it on an entire month of serious lack of sleep. Sorry for that you guys.

nbodom
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nbodom

I will be there on 29th for the tweet send-off. How about #RazaForever I am game to keep tweeting (maybe on a once a week basis?) to keep Dark Matter/Raza alive and show that we will not forget it.

MK Bishop
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MK Bishop

Depressing, but not unforeseen.

We can always take a stab at the crowd funding option. We could not end up any worse off than we are right now.

Danny Schmarsel
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Danny Schmarsel

Well, it’s been a fun ride for a few years.

Maybe you can go the “Todd and the Book of Pure Evil” way and produce an animated movie to finish the series?

A comic book sounds fine to me, too. At least SOME kind of closure.

Damn, why am I always getting into great series that are canceled. sad
Constantine, Odyssey 5, Firefly, Futurama, Blood Drive, Farscape, V, The 4400, Terminator: S.C.C., Threshold, Space: Above and Beyond …

Maybe Science Fiction is a lost genre. My heart was broken so many times with unfinished storylines and I hate it. I wish there was more space for intelligent television on this planet.

Bailey
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Bailey

You, the cast, crew and fans of DM have my condolences. You put up the good fight and I’m truly sorry it didn’t work out. Hope you can share what would have been your 5 year plan, comic book form or otherwise. sad