I experienced a range of emotions upon hearing of Dark Matter’s surprising cancellation: disbelief, anger, sadness, and a lot of frustration at the thought of leaving this story incomplete.  As most of you know, I went in with a game plan from Day 1, a thorough narrative blueprint encompassing every story and character arc over the show’s outlined five season run.  Of course, I know fans were equally frustrated given the fact that the show ended on the promise of aliens and androids and their disappointment compounded my own.  Over the course of the eight or so months since syfy dropped the ball (and us), I’ve been keeping busy with various development projects.  I’ve written scripts and overview and takes and, while enjoyable and creatively fulfilling to a certain extent, the process made me miss my show and my characters all the more.  And then, yesterday, while perusing the Dark Matter subreddit, I happen across a thread titled Season 4 Premises.  On a whim, I clicked replied with an overview of what I had planned for the first act of the first episode of season 4.  It was incredibly cathartic.  So, I headed over to twitter, and announced that I would do the same there, in more detailed fashion, offering up a breakdown of Dark Matter Season 4 Episode 401, Act 1.

In truth, it was really just a therapeutic exercise, but the fan response was overwhelming.  And so, I’ve decided to follow up with Act 2 tonight – and Acts 3, 4, and 5 over the next few nights – to give fans a glimpse at what might have been. And, also, to finally get this story off my chest.

Depending on how things go, who knows?  Maybe I’ll do the same for Episode 4.02.  And beyond.  It won’t be season 4 and 5 on the small screen but, hopefully, at the very least, it will offer fans some satisfaction and, most importantly, a degree of closure.

So, what did you miss last night?  Here’s the rundown of Dark Matter Season 4 Episode 4.01, Act 1…

What do you think?  Leave me a comment in the comments section.

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Tom Gardiner (@Thogar)
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Tom Gardiner (@Thogar)

What do I think? I think I hate Syfy now more than ever. But I LOVE what you’re doing with this. Thanks!

sylvia
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sylvia

Yes, AGREE TOTALLY!

John Doe (@JohnDoe_Nii_San)
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John Doe (@JohnDoe_Nii_San)

Ever since the untimely and ridiculous cancellation of Dark Matter all I’ve wanted was for some sort of a wrap up to the series, (ie: mini-series, comic, whatever), but if none of that ever comes to be, then I would love for episodic twitter/reddit updates about the remaining two seasons of episodes from you. So please please please please please continue with these, so at the very least we can get a reasonable conclusion to the story of these characters we all love so much.

candicegdw
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candicegdw

Wondering… if you have the time… write the scripts and then publish them in a book like I did. It’ll do wonders for your sanity. And it’ll probably sell really well because it’s you, and Dark Matter, and fans want closure. And from my experience now, the public are OK with reading a book of scripts. I thought it would be a foreign concept for most but people are into it.

Bill
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Bill

Echo, echo, echo… (what candicedw said)…

baterista9 AKA gildermcc
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baterista9 AKA gildermcc

In the words of OLIVER TWIST: Please, sir, may we have more?

FirstName
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FirstName

Fantastic! More, please.

nikkisphotographyandvideos
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nikkisphotographyandvideos

YES! YES! Please do more! To know it’s not a fanfic, coming from you feels amazing!! Thank you!

Jon Hrubesch
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Jon Hrubesch

I’m glad to be given the chance read what the story was going to be. smile

Mike L
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Mike L

Oh man! Now I am longing for DM again! Damn NoFy! First DM and now The Expanse. They suck balls. Damn I wish there was some way to get DM going again. This is so good.

Chris
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Chris

I’m amazed that so much story fits into one act–even one episode. This incredible narrative is the continuation we all wanted.
I want to see this on the screen as much as anyone, but I wondered if you’d ever consider making (some of?) the remaining episodes as audio dramas? Fans would happily buy them, production costs would be fairly low (no sets, costumes, etc.), and best of all, the cast could fit recording sessions into their own schedules, even if you couldn’t get everyone in the same place at the same time.
Just a thought.
But mostly THANK YOU!

Tim G
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Tim G

This is great!!! I wish it was on the small screen. I agree that you should put it in a novel or series of novels. I would certainly buy!

Kim O
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Kim O

It’s awesome. I can see it happening as I read it. Thank you so much. It’s the next best thing and so appreciated! Cancellation of Dark Matter still hurts, but this is a wonderful remedy.

Nathan Dionne
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Nathan Dionne

Two words: More please!

Larry D
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Larry D

Thank you Mr. Mallozzi sir!

SFB Addict
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SFB Addict

Create a text description of scenes and have the Fans Submit Art of the scenes, then include them here on the blog.
Scene 1 panel 1) Raza taking fire from the alien ships
Scene 1 panel 2) Mini sub panels showing intense battle
Scene 1 panel 3) Truffault abandons the field(Comms overlay Delaney speaking)
Scene 1 panel 4) Teku abandons the field (Comms overlay Teku Bridge on fire)
Etcetera

Kevin F. McCarthy
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Kevin F. McCarthy

Joe,

I believe that I can raise the capital that you need to produce your show and broadcast it on any medium that you choose. I promote Regulation Crowdfunding in the United States. You would have to set up a corporation in the U.S. but here is the deal – The JOBS Act of 2012 allows every day the general public to invest directly in startups. The process is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Administration and is an extremely detailed process. I can share the details with you privately, but I have the means to raise up to $50M dollars for you.

Think about this…If all of your fans invested $100 each to own a piece of Dark Matter, how much money could you raise? Please email me directly. I am a huge fan of the show, and just learned today of its cancellation.

Kevin F. McCarthy

Nancy Leunens
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Nancy Leunens

That was great. Almost like being there! (Or watching it). If time and your schedule permit it, I’d love to read more, thank you!

Mark
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Mark

I’ve seen more than my fair share of shows end early, but I’ve rarely seen a creator demonstrate such continuing dedication to a show and it’s fans.

You’re the best, Joe. Thank you.

Faith-Anne
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Faith-Anne

Thank you for taking the time to do this for us. It is hugely appreciated.

Randomness
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Randomness

Hopefully your next show comes sooner rather than later Joe. I loved how Dark Matter beat Defiance in the ratings several times during its first season despite airing in a later and lesser viewed timeslot. You had something special and one terrible decision which has been repeated again with The Expanse has lost it.

christopher m schultz
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christopher m schultz

i am late to the blog . Is there any possibility of netfilx picking up dark matter?

Sandy Pahl
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Sandy Pahl

Joe – you are the best. I can imagine it all as if I was watching it. Thank you.

P Hoff
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P Hoff

As testament to how great your story telling skills are – I’ll anticipate you posting further Acts with just about the same complete excitement I felt anticipating the starts of your previous seasons. Thank-you!!

tbarr29
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tbarr29

Thanks Joseph! Not the same as seeing it on tv but certainly better than nothing. Good thing is that after 3 full seasons the characters are so ingrained in my mind’s eye it’s almost like seeing them on the screen! So thanks for the two installments and I look forward to more. It would be great to get closure on what happens to all the crew of the Raza.

K
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K

Loved it!!! I cant believe we cant get anyone to run this show again but you sharing this definietly cathartic, Joseph – thank you, I cant wait for the other acts grin

Richard Lord
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Richard Lord

I loved Act 1. I especially like the way 5 takes command just as 2 did in the show’s very 1st episode. This work would make a great novel.