Synopsis: When a six – person crew of a derelict spaceship awaken from stasis in the farthest reaches of space, their memories have been wiped clean and they have no recollection of who they are or how they got there.
Review: This series, which aired on Syfy during the summer months is based on the comic book ‘Dark Matter’, which was written and produced by former ‘Stargate’ writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie.
On the whole this television adaptation is pretty true to the comic, which shouldn’t really be to much of a surprise given that its produced by the same two writers.
The stories in the series are driven by the fact that none of the crew can remember to much about their past lives as wanted criminals, which although as a concept its been done to death. It does allow for some interesting character moments. The one thing that caught my attention during my second viewing of the series was how the computer didn’t manage to retrieve any information about number five who is the youngest crew member, but also the most intriguing out of all six crew members.
The characters in this series in general have been done before, but they are done pretty well here. Zoie Palmer channels her best impersonation of Brent Spiner by giving us an Android that is very Data like.
In fact one of the funniest scenes in the opening episode involves the Android disarming number six aka Griffin Jones who is played by the brilliant Roger Cross, who has a history of playing mysterious characters, which dates back to his role of Joshua in ‘First Wave’.
Melissa O’Neil is also impressive as the very in command Two aka Rebecca / Portia Lin.
Much the shows humor comes from a combination of the Android and Anthony Lemke as Three aka Marcus Boone. Boone starts off as the most out of control of the characters and also the least sympathetic. This kind of changes by the mid season point where we get a glimpse of his softer side.
Extras: In terms of extras there isn’t to much. But what there is does add a bit more fun to re watching the various episodes. Each episode has its own five minute video in which the various cast and crew talk about aspects of the show that are relevant to the particular episode you are about to watch.
An commentary on at least the first couple of episodes would have been nice.
In terms of price point. This is reasonably priced at £24.99 and the fact that we know that there will be a second series of ‘Dark Matter’ coming is probably as good a reason as any to buy this if you are a fan of the series.
- Strong Acting & Good FX
- Characters were a little to simplistic
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