It’s been one year since Dark Matter was cancelled…

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. Read more

What’s your story?

So, here’s my story…

My name is Joe but I my online handle is BaronDestructo.  I’m a television writer/producer with about 400 hours television to my credit, most of it in sci-fi, some of it in animation.  Over the course of my career, I’ve created, developed, written, story-edited, and produced.  No plans to direct.  I was born in Montreal, moved to Vancouver to work on a little show called Stargate, then moved to Toronto to work on my own little show called Dark Matter.  My varied interests include food, reading, and dogs (particularly of the snub-nose variety).  I’ve been with my girlfriend, Akemi, for almost nine years now after meeting her on one of my annual trips to Japan.

This is me in a nutshell – more or less.

Now, I want to hear about you.

Blog regulars have come and gone over the years, and I’ve gotten to know them (and you) as best I could, drawing from the various tidbits you drop in the comments you leave on these entries.  Lately, I’ve been reviewing and thinking – Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little refresher on who frequents this blog.

So, if you’re feeling up to it, have at it.

What’s your story?

The Suji Show!

Quelle excitation!  A few days ago, Suji got the first-page feature in a Japanese dog magazine.  The Aiken No Tomo profile offered insight into her past (rescued a little over a year and a half ago), ailments (some rear leg weakness), likes (treats and walks), dislikes (vacuum cleaners and loud noises), and her Instagram page (newoldpugsuji).

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At the same time, she was being spotlighted as part of a dog rescue pop-up event in at one of the major Shinjuku department stores.









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Which team in the SEC should I root for this season? YOU decide!

Well, the results of the Which NCAA Division 1-A Conference should I root for this season? poll are in and what a finish!  The Big Ten jumped out to an early, seemingly insurmountable lead, but the SEC came roaring back in the late-goings.  It was neck and neck with a mere 4 votes separating the winner from the first runner-up.   Read more

My Snow Monkeys commence their quest for back to back titles!


So, yesterday was the day.  Draft Day for our League of Accommodations fantasy football league.  My Snow Monkeys, last year’s champions, are looking to repeat. And, after the final pick was made last night and all was said and done I can can say with utmost confidence… I don’t know… Read more

Night out with the guys and gals!

I love reunions!

So, a couple of weeks ago, Roger Cross (Dark Matter‘s SIX/Griffin Jones/Kal Varrick, and every other show’s everyone else) sent out a Toronto-wide text to let everyone know he’d be in town shooting one of his innumerable productions. Last night, we finally got together for a feast of steak, sides, steak, wine, steak, Yorkshire pudding, steak, dessert, and more steak!  In attendance, from left to right: Robbie, Stephanie, Akemi, Joe, Ivon, and Roger. Read more