I came across this article the other day…
It’s an interesting list and got me to thinking: What would I recommend?
Well, since you (didn’t) ask…
A wild space western focusing on the adventures of Vash the Stampede, a notoriously destructive outlaw, and the two insurance agents tasked with minimizing the damage he causes. It’s no secret that I drew inspiration for Dark Matter from several anime, and this fun, action-driven title was tops among them.
#9. Red Dwarf
Though more of an out and out comedy, Red Dwarf does offer Dark Matter parallels in its premise, fish out of water set-up, and its adorably atyptical android.
#8. The Mandalorian
I mean, sure, there’s some definite tonal and thematic similarities in a series that echoes the fun and adventure of the original films.
#7. The Orville
Speaking of fun, how great is it that a network demonstrates confidence in a comedic far-future series? I love sci-fi with humor and its a running element in most all my work.
#6. Stargate: Atlantis
And nowhere is this more evident than in my pre-Dark Matter scripts – like, say, Atlantis for instance. As I’ve stated in many an interview, I love humor because it acts as a shorthand, allowing audiences to quickly connect with characters.
#5. Blake’s 7
This one is, perhaps, the most obvious in that we follow the seven member criminal crew of the galaxy’s most wanted ship. Bad guys DO have more fun.
#4. Stargate: SG-1
Yes, this the show on which I honed my writerly talents and gave rise to my love of several of the themes that recur through much of my work: redemption, friendship, and family.
Many a fan of both shows have drawn complimentary comparisons between them. I’ll take it!
Maybe not as gloriously bananas as Farscape (although episodes like All the Time in the World do come close), but Dark Matter definitely shares similarities in its colorful crew and occasionally out-there future tech and stories.
#1. Cowboy Bebop
From tone to themes to Dark Matter’s FIVE as a live action distance cousin of Radical Edward, there are plenty of inspirational parallels here. If you haven’t done so already, check it out!
So, are there any shows I missed that you would include on the list?