Are people born bad or are they products of their environment? Is redemption possible for everyone? Does remembering your past make you more or less doomed to repeat it? These were just a few of the questions at the heart of Dark Matter, a science fiction series that ran for three seasons, from 2015 to 2017 on SyFy and Netflix. Over the course of its three year run and well beyond, it has garnered a passionate and growing fanbase by exploring themes related to personal responsibility, environmental influences, and redemption through the adventures of the crew of The Raza, six individuals who awaken from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. They quickly discover that they are criminals – the worst of the worst – and immediately seek to forge a new path for themselves. But as the mysteries related to their respective backstories unfurl, they discover that escaping the past isn’t as simple as it would seem.
Our story was planned as a five season arc, each year the equivalent to an installment in a book series with its dedicated beginning, middle, and end. Our first season begins with the discovery that our crew are wanted criminals, gradually reveals their respective backstories and ends with a betrayal that sees them all hauled off to prison. Our second sees the crew launch a daring escape from the Hyperion-8 Super Max after which they launch a concerted effort to put the past behind them and be better people – only to have their efforts blow up spectacularly in their faces (quite literally with the destruction of the EOS-7 space station they were seeking to protect). Our third season pits our crew against a former ally turned Big Bad, testing their bonds as well as their capacity for compassion and forgiveness.
The season 3 finale ushered in a new threat – an alien invasion that would have been the focus of the show’s fourth season. We are proposing a six episode miniseries that would offer the existing fanbase, and new viewers alike, a self-contained story that sees our crew reassemble after a three year absence to take down this otherworldly threat. As a standalone story, this miniseries would offer a satisfying conclusion to the adventures of The Raza while, at the same time, leaving the door open for a second miniseries that would cover the show’s planned fifth and final season.
That’s the game plan. I’ll upload the rest of the pitch in the coming days.
In the meantime, might I interest you in some pretzel beer?
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— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) September 14, 2021