In Review: Dark Matter – Sometimes In Life You Don’t Get To Choose

Four's loyalty is put to the test when he attempts to reclaim the throne of Ishida.

Synopsis: Four’s loyalty is put to the test when he attempts to reclaim the throne of Ishida. Which side will he choose?

Review: This episode plays out like the ultimate game of chess, which involves moves and counter moves, but instead of it being pieces. The players are all too real.

Four now has his memory back and boy oh boy what an arrogant entitled bugger he is. With help from the Raza and her crew Four concocts a plan to win back the throne of Ishida. The Raza’s compliment go along with Fours plans to a point, but it is Six that begins to question Fours ambitions and motives.

By the end of the episode Four opts to take power back and the throne and does so by pretty much lying to his Brother who is the current emperor and by using his mothers greed and treachery against her.

The various moves and counter moves that Four uses throughout this episode are impressive. He finally gets to show his true colours. And it looks like he might well have made enemies of his crew mates on the Raza given that his plans are pretty much going to draw them into a war. Will they choose to side with him or go against him?

Out of all the Raza crew it is only Five that is initially uneasy with the fact that Four has his memories back. She had pretty bad memories of what he was like in the alternate universe, which we saw play out earlier in the series.

Alex Mallari Jr puts in a powerhouse performance as Four and the Ruthless streak that has mostly remained under the surface until now gets full exposure. Kudos should also go out to Mung-Ling Tsui for her portrayal of the Empress Ishida and Melanie Liburd as the betrayed and deeply hurt Nyx who really thought she had a solid friendship with Four.

This episode was a blood bath, but feels like it is only a prelude to a much bigger blood bath, which we’ll see in the season finale, which airs next week.

Dark Matter - Sometimes In Life You Don't Get To Choose
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