Yesterday, I dropped by our second stage at Evans Avenue to say goodbye to what was, for the past two years, our home away from home (The Raza standing sets being home of course).  Over those two years, it has held sets like the Marauder, the Ishida cruiser, the Hyperion-8 Galactic Super Max, Rook’s lab, the Dwarf Star pod facility, the Ferrous Corp shipyard, space station underbellies, the munitions factory, Sarah’s room, the Zairon transit chamber, the Zairon guest rooms, and others.  Had we returned for a fourth season, we would have expanded our footprint here and built a Ferrous Corp lab, some space station interiors, and an alien ship (!).  Ah, what could have been.  I guess you’ll just have to Imagine Greater.  No, wait.  Wrong one.  It’s A Fan Thing.  No, wait.  That can’t possibly be right either, can it?

Anyway, a few photos from our little farewell expedition…

Deconstruction has begun.  That little hut holds the Ishida bridge.  The cleared area once held Sarah’s room and various labs, and before that the Hyperion-8 Super Max.

Ivon Bartok, Rick Fernandez, yours truly, and Frank Consiglio.  I’m going to miss these guys.

The Marauder.

Taking it out for a final spin.

Oh crap!

Brace for impact!

Phew!  Disaster averted!

Except for that whole Syfy cancelling us thing.

The Ishida Cruiser – like the cold, empty shell of a syfy programming executive’s soul.

The long view.

You know the party’s over when they pack away the torture chair, cuffs and bits.

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unsafecrayon
unsafecrayon

I’ve never seen the insides of a stage but it looks like guys had alot of room! Shame it will no longer be the home of such a great show, maybe it will rub-off on whoever gets it next.

Atokanannaj
Atokanannaj

Deep Sigh.

These pictures matter to me as much as everything else you’ve been sharing. Bittersweet, of course. Are you taking things down in a priority of the things that “must” go first due to space or things easiest to replace if you got some sort of miracle? Or just taking things down as you would any set that is done? Are you trying to save a trinket, a memento of the labor of love? Gah, it hurts but it’s necessary. Thank everyone again, so kindly for their work and talents. No project will be like this one, but there will be more projects.
Hopefully someone will fix this continuum soon, the way this timeline is going has been very sad indeed it doesn’t even make sense. Things are inverted and disconcerting. I’m sure it was broken when someone tried to change something else.
I’m not delusional, just trying to make light of the reality at our feet. I’ll look out for your future endeavors. please continue to share the process, it helps the grieving stages.

Nina
Nina

So sad to see it all being dismantled sad

What will happen to the set and all the bits and pieces from the show? Does it get packed away in some storeroom never to see the light of day again (unless by some miracle, sometime in the future DM gets resurrected) or does it get repurposed?

Cheers Nina xox

Albert E. Bernard
Albert E. Bernard

So sad.

Cudaker
Cudaker

So it’s over for you guys? Well no need for me to poursuit my course .Hope we will meet again somewhere in space. Thank you all again for that drive it was Fantastic .You will be in my heart 4EVER

corwinsr

This got me. I’m torn up and in tears. I’m a grown man in my fifties, a veteran and I’m just choked up. I loved this show and it’s characters and story so much.
Thank you Joe. Looking forward to the comics when you do them.

*can you indicate whether it’d be a series or more like graphic novels? Either way I’m there but I was curious.

Daniel D
Daniel D

Hits ya right in the feels.

Trev Friesen
Trev Friesen

Joe and Co ,

Thanx for the update….of course you are just gonna stuff all that into your basement…right ? So the next total freak out is the “home” sets as you call them. Remember fandom if we built it once it can be rebuilt. It is NEVER over. If any of you see fat ladies singing RUN….shield your ears…denial …denial. Yes so out here in Denial-land we say thanks to “ALL”of you for touching our lives . The part I really have trouble with is some of our “family” is now looking for work. Makes me think if Syfy was a place for this show and others….hummm maybe we need a new network like one that is not here now. Maybe the GFY network …Opps inside voice…sorry. Really THANK YOU for including us in all this. Most times a show stops and its nothing not even crickets. I wish I knew more about the whos and whats you been through already trying to keep the Raza going. I specialize in solving problems but my data set here is too small .One probably needs to tread carefully. I expect the legal BS is awesome too. Can be shown here but not there except in this language and at 4 am. One question that burns in me is ….do YOU (and Paul) own the whole show or is there some conditions related to this ? Well we will keep watching …finger toes eyes etc crossed. Thanx again Raza and Co.

Trev

gforce

Piloting the Marauder looks like it was fun. Still, I feel sick.

I love your “Atlantis w/Wormhole Drive” T-shirt though!

I’m really trying not to do the whole angry-tweet-at-SYFY thing, but boy it’s hard. I really feel like letting rip, not that it would do any good as far as the show goes.

Mart Aeonian
Mart Aeonian

Thanks for the photos and update, Joe.
It’s so very sad to see the deconstruction of the sets … but I get the feeling that a ‘next time’ will indeed come.

Much respect.

000weasel000

Wow… thanks for all the set picsJoe!!! Its so cool to see them, as us normal folk don’t usually get that opportunity… sad to see all that work going to waste…

Looks like you and Ivan at least had a little fun taking the Marauder out for one last trip around the “block”….. till the next time….

000weasel000

What??? I was comment #1???? Cool!!! smile

000weasel000

Lol… I guess not…. oh well….

Carol G
Carol G

Dark Matter is such a great series I refuse to speak of in the past. I do admire the fact that you will take the time to give us some sort ending no matter what media vehicle you use. I would like to thank you for being us considerate with your fans. Who knows maybe after you take your time off to regenerate those creative juices a new partner or opportunity will appear to revive Dark Matter. Thanks Joe, you truly are a kind soul.

Frank X Ortiz

So you’re saying that Dark Matter wasn’t filmed on location in space???
I’m so disappointed. smile

Cudaker
Cudaker

lol

Neil
Neil

Upsetting to see the “destruction” of the sets … always find it odd to see them outside of the show as one sided props though!

Debra

What sad photos. Damn.

Chem_Is_Try
Chem_Is_Try

Joe, I love your snarky comments. “like the cold, empty shell of a syfy programming executive’s soul” is the best.

EP
EP

Are the important structures and relevant bits and pieces being collapsed gracefully and stored off-site somewhere for potential reuse? Or is it all going into the wood chipper? sad I assume all the plans are saved, encrypted and backed up in the cloud, in case…you know…

ronnyneu
ronnyneu

How about continuing the story in VR? My Team and i could whip up a prototype smile or is something like that not possible because of contract-related things?

VR could fit the theme pretty nicely i think and the technology is Finaly there for this being a viable solution smile

ADeweyan
ADeweyan

Despite the fact that seeing these makes me sick to my stomach, thanks for posting these. It’s so sad to be seeing these sets for the last time.

mitpay

You sir are an amazing man … your dedication to this show, its fans, and the cast & crew has been beyond words.
I was devastated when SGU was cancelled and I joined the campaigns to bring it back/ save it / move it etc… it was the same with DM … but different.
I think it was your heart and determination to save DM that pulled us all together and by doing that you made this campaign more personal for all of us.
Thank you for the show
Thank you for trying
Thank you for caring
Just thank you.
You’re a good man.

sylvia
sylvia

sad, and sick, depressed, sigh.

Evan
Evan

Wow, thanks for sharing a glimpse behind the scenes. I just can’t shake the saddening feeling of not experiencing untold future adventures of the Raza.

Any chance they might auction some of the items? I wouldn’t mind have a piece of this masterpiece to remind me of the great creative world.

Kelli Zielinski

This is Thogar levels of throwing shade Syfy, Joe! Sounds like some of the stuff Lance and I kept tweeting to them from the mall on one particularly warm day… ahem.

Sad day tho. sad Really drives it home.

Art Dotson
Art Dotson

Hello, and I apologize for not mentioning this sooner, I wish I had! Did you ever consider digitally scanning your sets for future use?When Syfy’s Battlestar Galactic series ended, they scanned the sets of the series and stored them for future use. After Caprica failed, we then got the Blood and Chrome move/miniseries. This showed the Galactica ship in the past, and they used green screen for most of the scenes aboard the ship, reusing the digital scans from the original series and adding touch-ups to chow a cleaner, newer version of the ship at its prime. And it worked very well! If you and your crew had scanned the sets, you could have kept the idea of getting the crew together again later on and using green screen to bring the sets alive again.