August 6, 2019: Dark Matter – All the loose ends we want tied up!

This article was brought to my attention today: 

August-6-2019

Dark Matter: All the loose ends we want tied up

“Watching the closing moments of Dark Matter was a little like taking a book out of the library and finding out some colossal douchenugget had torn out the last chapter.”

Well, yes.  That WAS more or less it.  

Lucas Hill-Paul, the writer of the article, lists the following loose ends.

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The Black Ships

“An imposing fleet, their arrival promised an exciting new threat for season 4. Sadly, we’ll never get to see who or what were in the pilot seats.”

One of the biggest builds planned for the show’s fourth was the interior of one of these black ships as a mid-season episode would have seen our crew, under the direction of the Galactic Authority, teaming with a Stellar Defense Corps special forces unit (including black ops specialist Solara Shockley) to infiltrate and take out one of the enemy ships as it drains/draws immense power from a nearby star.  THAT episode would have given us a sneak peek inside the black ships – and a confirmed visual on the invaders.

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Aliens

The aliens were actually introduced back in season 2 (“Going Out Fighting”) when THREE became host to one.  They made another appearance in season 3 when the crew stumbled upon a secret Dwarf Star facility containing an army of bio-synthetic beings – as well as a gateway to…somewhere else.

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TWO is compromised

TWO is compromised by one of the aforementioned aliens and takes out our Android – only to be taken down, in turn, by Ryo Ishida.  If you’d like to find out what lay ahead for TWO, check out the –

Virtual Season 4 – Episode 4.01

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SIX is dead?

Say it isn’t so!  Was that really a Goodbye Forever hug he shared with FIVE in the the final moments of the season 3 finale?  For the answer to that, I once against direct you to…  

Virtual Season 4 – Episode 4.01

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Sarah

And what of Sarah, THREE’s former love?  When last we saw her, her consciousness had been uploaded to an android body.  Well, the plan was to see her rise to prominence within the leadership of the android liberation movement – but a series of events would eventually lead to a schism, an internal power struggle, and Sarah’s accession as our Big Bad for the show’s fifth and final season.

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The Android’s Future

Late in season 3’s fourth episode, All the Time in the World, Android does a little time-skipping and experiences future flashes of herself: being stunned by THREE on the bridge (revealed, in a later episode, to actually be our AU Marcus Boone), in the mess with TWO grieving the loss of someone closer to her (planned for season 4), disassembled on an operating table (another season 4 story), and, finally, on the bridge of the Raza where she encounters a much older FIVE who offers her a few predictions.  She cites: the Dwarf Star conspiracy (that we begin to unravel later in season 3’s eleventh episode, the appropriately titled “The Dwarf Star Conspiracy”), the doubled deception (a hint at a late season 5 turn), Kryden (we are introduced to Kryden in the first episode of the show’s fourth season – see above), Carina (FIVE’s long lost sister introduced in our virtual season 4 episode here, here and here), the Accelerated (season 5!), the fall of the House of Ishida (witnessed later in season 3’s “My Final Gift To You”), “A meeting with your creator” (Episode 310, “Built, Not Born”), and the Black Ships (we glimpse in the season 3 finale).

It’s frustrating – like knowing a huge secret but not being able to divulge to anyone.

Anyway, stay tuned.  Dark Matter season 4’s fourth virtual episode will drop in the coming weeks – and it’s a terrific time travel tale scripted by none other than Stargate’s very own Carl Binder! 

[And a huge thanks to Tom Gardiner for all the awesome gifs!]

June 22, 2019: Dark Matter deleted scene – Episode 212 “Sometimes in Life You Don’t Get to Choose”

FOUR has restored his memories and, as Ryo Ishida, plots against the throne of Zairon with the help of Hiro, his half-brother.  The change in him has not sat well with the rest of the crew, especially Nyx.  In this scene (directed by series stunt coordinator John Stead and, sadly, cut for time) she and TWO discuss the recent disconcerting developments…

June 20, 2019: Dark Matter – Another deleted scene!

This one was not so much a deleted scene as it was re-shot (so, technically, yes, deleted and replaced).  The broadcast version has ONE and Android scrambling to save SIX who has gone into cardiac arrest.  Ultimately, it’s the Android’s quick-thinking – and a residual electro-magnetic shock – that brings him back to the land of the living. Exciting, no?

The original version – admittedly not quite as exciting but no less fun – was deemed too sedate given that this was the show’s all-important third episode, the point at which (many in the industry believe) a series either keeps or loses the bulk of its viewer.  “Keep ’em past the third episode and they’ll stay with you for the rest of the season” is the accepted assumption.  And so, the scene was changed.

Outside of a few gags, the broadcast version covers the same beats.

June 18, 2019: Dark Matter deleted scene – Episode 2!

More often than not during Dark Matter’s first season, episodes came in short, often necessitating the scripting of extra scenes (usually featuring the Android – like the accents scene in Episode 7).  Occasionally, however, an episode came in long requiring edits to bring it down to time.  Rarely did this ever result in the excision of an entire scene – but this was the case in Episode 2 when the run time was so long that we needed to make a big cut.  And this scene was it.

As scripted, ONE, THREE, FOUR, and SIX return to the Marauder, preparing to head back to the Raza – only to learn the ship has left and they have presumably been abandoned.  In the next scene of the broadcast version, we pick them up back at the mining colony, offering their support.  BUT in the original version, there was an intermediary scene that saw our foursome discuss their options – and explain why they (and especially THREE) don’t simply ride out the storm somewhere else…

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June 13, 2019: Dark Matter Storyboard – The Android Trench Walk!

Occasionally, when faced with a more complicated series of shots, a director may work with an artist to storyboard the sequence.

Going through my old files, I happened to come across this storyboard for the Android space-walk from Dark Matter’s third episode…

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It’s like a Dark Matter comic book!

June 11, 2019: Dipping into the Dark Matter Vault – Welcome To Your New Home!

A little trip down memory lane…

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Welcome to Hyperion-8

Anthony Lemke as THREE

Director Amanda Tapping

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Meet your new neighbors

Alex Mallari Jr as FOUR

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Face-off

Fight!  Fight!

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Fight!

Take the high ground!

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Time-out!

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Stunt Coordinator John Stead and actor Alex Mallari Jr

Ah, good times.  Good times.

(All photos by Jan Thijs)

May 23, 2019: Dark Matter Virtual Season 4 – Episode 4.03 Coming Your Way!

I have a window of opportunity to do a little writing  in the coming weeks: completing the pilot script for my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project, outlining the pilot for that comic book adaptation, beating out the first five issues of my original ship-based sci-fi comic book series, developing that horror novel adaptation, hopefully moving on to the next step on that other BIG comic book adaptation, AND posting Episode 4.03 of the Dark Matter Virtual Season 4 wherein FOUR attempts to make peace with his recent past, FIVE meets her long-lost sister Carina, and the crew suffers a shocking betrayal.

YES!  ANOTHER SHOCKING BETRAYAL!

Anyway, get caught up if you haven’t already…

Episode 4.01 (The Virtual Season 4 Premiere!)

ACT 1  –  ACT 2  –  ACT 3  –  ACT 4  –  ACT 5

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Episode 4.02

ACT 1  –  ACT 2  –  ACT 3  –  ACT 4  –  ACT 5

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I’ll look to drop the first chapter in the coming days.

May 23, 2019: Dark Matter Virtual Season 4 – Episode 4.03 Coming Your Way!

Finales I Have Wrought!

12 finales in 18 seasons.  10 in the last 13.

February 23rd, 2001…

Finales I Have Wrought!

May 17, 2002…

Finales I Have Wrought!

March 25, 2005…

Finales I Have Wrought!

March 10, 2006…

Finales I Have Wrought!

March 7, 2008…

Finales I Have Wrought!

January 9, 2009…

Finales I Have Wrought!

June 11, 2010…

Finales I Have Wrought!

May 9, 2011…

Finales I Have Wrought!

August 28, 2015…

Finales I Have Wrought!

September 16, 2016…

Finales I Have Wrought!

August 25, 2017…

Finales I Have Wrought!

???…

Finales I Have Wrought!

Finales I Have Wrought!

Whew!  What a ride so far!

And hopefully a few more coming your way, sooner than later.

[Thank you to Tom Gardiner and the other awesome gif-makers out there].

April 11, 2019: Dark Matter Vault Drop! Playback!

Going through some old file folders and came across the awesome playback elements from back in the day…

DM313 – Aslanov Field Screen

DM313 – Ferrous Corp Lab Wall Graphics

DM313 – Ferrous Corp Shipyard Transparent Lab Monitor

DM313 – Ferrous Corps Shipyard Transparent Monitor

DM 313 – Ferrous Corp Shipyard Console

DM313 – Ferrous Corp Shipyard Store-room Inventory Screen

DM 313 – Ferrous Corp Shipyard Monitor (Aslanov Field)

DM313 – Aslanov Field Overload Initiated