It’s been approximately one year since Dark Matter was cancelled.

Truthfully, it’s hard to pin down an exact day because syfy never gave us a “Thanks for three years” official announcement, but I like to peg the date at around this time last year when, buoyed by the show’s relatively strong overall viewership, I sold my home in Vancouver and moved to Toronto to finish up what I assumed would be the final two seasons of the show – only to learn on the day I arrived, jet-lagged and exhausted, that we were done.

Over at SciFi Movie Page, Chris Suide offers up a nice retrospective of the series –

Dark Matter: Revisiting A Terrific Series On The One Year Anniversary of Its Cancellation

And I offer you some behind the scenes videos from Episode 1…

Opening shot by director T.J. Scott…

Rehearsing the ONE stasis pod reveal…

Rehearsing the FOUR stasis pod reveal…

Introducing Alex Mallari Jr. as Dancing FOUR…

John Stead oversees the anti-gray sequence with Marc Bendavid and Anthony Lemke…

Shooting footage for the Griffin Jones Wanted video…

The boys singing their hearts out…

Stunt Coordinator/Director John Stead runs through the choreography for the big Android vs SIX fight sequence..

Shooting THREE’s tumble…

Zoie Palmer and Alex Mallari Jr. rehearse a stunt under the direction of stunt coordinator John Stead…

John Stead shoots Alex Mallari Jr. and Marc Bendavid in the first training room scene…

Anthony Lemke practicing his gun twirling…

Great times!

P.S. Haven’t given up on that wrap-up miniseries!  Someday…

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James Fng
James Fng

Makes me sad and angry all over again

Rob Council

I still can’t believe Dark Matter was canceled. I truly miss this show and its many characters. I was part of the many fans who helped to save “The Expanse” with letter writing, emails, and texts. It’s a shame fans of Dark Matter weren’t afforded the same outcome. ☹️…I still hope 🙂

rsbyers

As I remember it, news broke on social media the Friday before Labor Day weekend last year. For what it’s worth, I still find the time to troll the dark one’s twitter account, especially to point out the hypocrisy of their decision. I stand with you in hoping for the wrap up miniseries!

ELGardner

If only we had a working blink drive and could travel through time. Imagine what we could change or fix, prevent. However, our failures, our setbacks and hard times can be great teachers and can make us better.

Dark Matter was a great loss, but it was a great 3 seasons and set up many deserving actors for future gigs.

Thanks Baron!

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

Thanks for sharing the above BTS sequences. So great to see and a tad poignant to be reminded of what could have been.
A year on and it still hurts. I’ve never clung on to the hope a cancelled show will be revived like this before.
So relieved you haven’t given up on a miniseries.
Thank you, Joe

Dr Z
Dr Z

thanks Joe I am glad to hear you have not given up on the miniseries idea. DM fans livelive in hope

Robin Miller
Robin Miller

Maybe you’ll let me repost my comment to your Sept. 4 blog entry, as I’m just missing Dark Matter really bad right now:

I still want more Dark Matter. Why did The Expanse, Lucifer and now Designated Survivor get picked up by streaming services, but not Dark Matter (and now Colony, for that matter)? Sorry, I know I should move on, as you have, but I have not. I also know that every deal comes down to the details. Still, tomorrow Netflix will be premiering Next Gen, an animated feature film for which they spent $30 million, which (I think) would have paid for an entire 10-episode season 4 of Dark Matter.

BoltBait

Ugh. sad

I still can’t believe it. Dark Matter was such a solid show… sad

gforce

sighs ruefully

zack779

I haven’t either and I’m always glad to have you mention the hope either for a mini-series follow-up or hopefully, somehow an actual continuance. Dark Matter is one of my all time favorites – future Earth or not, there was always something about every part of it that touched some now aspect of life and, I’ve also always wanted to mention that while you might have had five years in mind as a whole ark of sorts, there are so many things of interest and depth going on all the time in Dark Matter that I’ve never quite understood a five year limit – and, even more, that is a show which could easily have had worthwhile spinoffs of vastly different types – That SYFY once again didn’t realize the gem that had is just agonizing, and that a pickup elsewhere was as close as it was (given that DM was originally cast as a summer series) says a great deal – to say nothing of all of us who still remember, think about and replay the series from the first season on. I am however excited and very glad that you are to be the showrunner of another show in the relatively near future – Congratulations that there are still people who recognize quality work out there.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

I didn’t remember the bad timing of moving to Toronto and the cancellation. Yikes! I’ll never understand their decision.

Thanks James Gamble for the info, it worked!

Becky Knight Truitt
Becky Knight Truitt

I refuse watch anything on SyFy now. First Stargate and then Dark Matter….I am done with them. Please don’t tell me your new show will be on that network.

seankfletcher

A wrap up mini series would be wonderful!

Sarah A
Sarah A

I remember the cancellation happened right before DragonCon last year and multiple Dark Matter fan panels were spent getting sad and angry, but also plotting ways to help it get picked up. I remember how much fun we had with Tweetstorms for most Fridays after. Dark Matter was a special show and will always have a huge place in my heart. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Kat Karena

I’m still disgusted about it. I want to see Two’s baby. I wanted to see what would happen with the Android war. I wanted to see the Android grow. I wanted to see what they would do with Four…. sad Not happy. Man, it doesn’t seem that long ago.

Drea

No matter syfy’s all too shortsighted decision,
Always remember
nothing and no one
can take away the heart and soul of a truly great story
once its been shared and cherished by others.
No bout a doubt it.
Dark Matter ‘will’ live on in one form or another in all of us.

And for those of you who can’t get enough of Zoe Palmer’s
beloved Android
here’s an excellent 10 minute clip I found on YouTube tonight
with some of best visual fx to ever grace the small screen
via the masterful wizardry of Lawren Banckroft-Wilson and
his amazing team.

Mark Bunbury
Mark Bunbury

A greatly missed series, creators, actors & actresses. Good to hear the miniseries is still on your mind. Thank you Baron for all the good times.

Josh
Josh

I JUST found out this was cancelled (obviously I don’t keep up with things), REALLY sad to hear – have been re-watching the series in anticipation of the 4th season. “SyFy” network should be cancelled. Horrendous decision. This show was magic. Thanks to the writers, cast, and crew (including Benjamin Pinkerton’s fantastic work) for giving us the best science-fiction show of the decade.

5ciFiGirl - - - - > Sci-Fi Girl /aka/ @5ciFiGirl

Did I ever post my filk here on the blog? I should have! 😯

Here is what I wrote during the campaign last year: ❤️ 💔

“People Of The Raza Rise Again”

http://www.exisle.net/mb/index.php?/topic/80390-people-of-the-raza-rise-again/

SFG

ceresis64
ceresis64

As I said on Twitter….

😢 Saddened to even be considering that it’s the One Year Anniversary of #DarkMatter being cancelled, when we should be celebrating news of another Season!

Seriously Mike

Oh man. I remember that, I was particularly pissed off about the fact that they announced it on the exact day you moved to Toronto.
I mean, that was way beyond rude. It was one of those things you just don’t do. And yet they gave two more seasons to that biohazard waste train wreck that is Crinjoys.

RichS
RichS

It still rankles that it was cancelled even after a year. Other shows that have come and gone you get over more quickly but this one for some reason, well, the wound is still sore…….

jimfromjersey

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year since my hatred of SyFy reached its apex. Time flies.

Bannister
Bannister

Quite a sad reminiscence, but amazing load of videos. Thanks for this, Joseph!

shinyhula

Sony is giving Timeless a 2 hour wrap up movie airing “around the holidays” which I hope means this year, not 2019. It gives me hope for DM coming back too. Hear that Ntflx? Hulu? Amazon? I’m off to explore the vids on youtube as soon as my explorer stops glitching.