Well, forgotten by me until this morning when I recalled –
That halfway through Dark Matter’s second season, I was asked to come up with an idea for a potential spinoff. And although it, sadly, didn’t get past that initial pitch stage, at the time I’d imagined a scenario where we would start prep as season 2 was winding down, then roll right into production on the spinoff right after Dark Matter wrapped.
Alas, it was not to be, but for a while there, I was very excited at the prospect of working on two productions in the same franchise – sort of like the old days of Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis.
Anyway, this was the preliminary pitch…
How do you track and take down the most infamous mercenaries in the galaxy?
By hiring a team of even more infamous mercenaries for the job.
After the crew of the Raza heist the Blink Drive, key to victory in a long-disputed interplanetary war, Emperor Ryo Ishida assembles a crew of the galaxy’s toughest mercs to get it back – and exact a little revenge.
Led by the fearsome, sword-wielding Misaki Han, Commander of the Ishida Royal Guard, the new team is made up of some familiar faces, fugitives from a parallel reality:
Portia Lin – TWO’s deadly alter-ego.
Marcus Boone – THREE’s renegade counterpart.
Wexler – The smarmy, freewheeling opportunist.
Tash – A kick-ass pirate, pilot, and brutal persuader.
Havelock – The youngest member of the crew but the most dangerous, his mind and body a mix of bio-mass and cyber-tech.
Over the course of Dark Matter’s second season, this team of darkside bounty hunters will pursue the Raza and, eventually catching up with our anti-heroes in the second season finale. They’ll succeed in taking the Blink Drive and uplinking it to their own ship. But, in the ensuing clash, their drive is damaged and an attempt to use it results in disastrous consequences.
The Blink Drive punches a hole through spacetime, and the crew is transported to an alternate universe where Earth and its colonies have been enslaved by a race of militaristic aliens.
Two young rebels cross paths with our crew, hitching a ride and guiding them, despite their initial reluctance, on a road to redemption.
Now, humanity’s last hope rests with a team of deadly mercenaries.
They’re fierce, destructive and completely ruthless.
Exactly what humanity needs.