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Dark Matter (2024 TV series)

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Dark Matter
Genre
Created byBlake Crouch
Based onDark Matter
by Blake Crouch
Starring
Theme music composerJason Hill
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Production
Executive producers
  • Blake Crouch
  • Joel Edgerton
  • Jakob Verbruggen
  • Don Kurt
  • David Manpearl
  • Matt Tolmach
Producers
  • Dustin Bernard
  • Jacquelyn Ben-Zekry
  • Jeff MacVittie
CinematographyJohn Lindley
Jeffrey Greeley
Running time46–59 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseMay 7, 2024 (2024-05-07) –
present (present)

Dark Matter is an American science fiction television series created by Blake Crouch, based on his 2016 novel of the same name. It premiered on Apple TV+ on May 8, 2024, with two episodes.[1]

Premise[edit]

A physicist in Chicago is warped into an alternate version of his life, leaving him to fight to return to his life to prevent the alternate version of himself from harming his family.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [2]Directed byTeleplay by [2]Original release date [3]
1"Are You Happy in Your Life?"Jakob VerbruggenBlake CrouchMay 8, 2024 (2024-05-08)
Physics professor Jason Dessen lives with his wife Daniela and son Charlie in Chicago. When his friend Ryan wins a prestigious science prize, Jason attends his celebration at a local bar. As he leaves to return home, he is abducted by a masked man who injects him with an unknown drug that renders him unconscious. When he awakes, Jason finds himself in a laboratory facility where he meets Amanda and Leighton who are delighted that he has "returned". Unsure about what is happening, Jason escapes the lab and returns to his home, where he encounters Amanda who says she lives there with him—the decor of the house is completely different, and there is no sign of Daniela and Charlie. Meanwhile, Jason's abductor is revealed to be a version of himself, who enters his house and seduces Daniela.
2"Trip of a Lifetime"Jakob VerbruggenBlake CrouchMay 8, 2024 (2024-05-08)

Jason1 checks himself into a hospital where he learns that he is a world famous physicist who has been missing from the public for a year and that there is a mysterious drug in his system. Escaping, he manages to track down Daniela who is now a famous artist and tells him he approached her before his disappearance telling her he regretted ending their relationship years earlier and that she turned him down. Despite being concerned about Jason1's welfare, Daniela agrees to help him figure out what is going on. They realize the paths between Jasons diverged when Daniela became pregnant.

Despite initially struggling, Jason2 settles into his happy marriage with Daniela.
3"The Box"Jakob VerbruggenBlake CrouchMay 15, 2024 (2024-05-15)

Jason1 is captured by his research team; he agrees to work with them claiming he wants to remember his life's work. Jason1 studies Jason2's research and realizes he was able to send people into alternate dimensions. However he is discovered as an alternate version of Jason by his business partner Leighton Vance who decides to torture him for his scientific knowledge. A sympathetic Amanda tries to help him escape via Jason2s box to alternate dimensions.

Jason2 explains his newfound romantic side to Daniela by claiming to have had a near death experience.
4"The Corridor"Celine Held & Logan GeorgeBlake CrouchMay 22, 2024 (2024-05-22)

Jason1 and Amanda find themselves in a corridor with doors to many alternate realities. When they find themselves in a frozen Chicago Jason1 realizes that the corridor and doors respond to their mental state when opening them.

Jason2 abruptly quits his job and approaches Leighton for funding. After seeing the potential of the box Leighton agrees to turn over his entire fortune to Jason2.
5"Worldless"Celine Held & Logan GeorgeMegan McDonnellMay 29, 2024 (2024-05-29)

Jason1 and Amanda end up in a world with the Blaire from Amanda's world who went missing long ago. She reveals that despite living in a near empty world she does not want to risk going back in the box as it is near impossible to return to her original world. Jason1 and Amanda end up in a world that is ridden by plague, in time to watch Daniela die, and a world where Jason and Daniela are divorced because of his violent actions. Amanda is heartbroken to realize that Jason2 knew how to control which world he entered and did not share that knowledge.

Jason2 reveals to Daniela he quit his job and wants her to quit hers too. She begins to feel left out of their marriage. To appease Leighton's insatiable need for the box and multiple worlds Jason2 returns to his world where he learns Jason1 and Amanda are looking for him.
6"Superposition"Roxann DawsonMegan McDonnellJune 5, 2024 (2024-06-05)

Jason2 not knowing about Charlie's nut allergy accidentally feeds him nuts. At the emergency room, Daniela notices needle marks on Jason2s arms and begins to become suspicious of him. She tracks him to his storage shelter and finds the ampoule he uses to travel between worlds and enlists Ryan's help in discovering what it is. Ryan believes that Jason is competing with him on the compound. Jason2 shows him how to travel between worlds but leaves him in an alternate Chicago after Ryan realizes he is not the Jason he knows.

Jason1 continues to travel between worlds and begins to grow closer to Amanda. He struggles with his anger and jealousy towards different versions of himself who are able to be with Daniela.
7"In the Fires of Dead Stars"Roxann DawsonBlake Crouch & Jacquelyn Ben-ZekryJune 12, 2024 (2024-06-12)
8"Jupiter"TBAIhuoma Ofordire and Megan McDonnellJune 19, 2024 (2024-06-19)
9"Entanglement"[4]TBABlake Crouch & Jacquelyn Ben-ZekryJune 26, 2024 (2024-06-26)

Production[edit]

It was first announced in December 2020 that Apple TV+ had entered into development of a series adaptation of Blake Crouch's novel, with Crouch set to write and act as showrunner.[5] The series was officially greenlit in March 2022, with Apple ordering 9 episodes and Joel Edgerton cast to star. Louis Leterrier was set to direct the first four episodes.[6] By September 2022, Jennifer Connelly, Alice Braga, Jimmi Simpson, Oakes Fegley and Dayo Okeniyi joined the cast.[7][8][9] In December, Amanda Brugel would join the cast in a recurring role.[10]

Production began in Chicago on October 4, 2022, and Apple TV announced that the series would premiere on May 8, 2024.[11]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 81% approval rating with an average rating of 6.9/10, based on 53 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Dark Matter's intriguing ideas are spread a tad thin over its season-long runtime, but fans of foreboding sci-fi will find its residue addictively sticky."[12] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 63 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McPherson, Chris (February 5, 2024). "Joel Edgerton & Jennifer Connelly Bend Reality in First 'Dark Matter' Images". Collider. Retrieved February 5, 2024.
  2. ^ a b "Dark Matter (2023)". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z - dark matter on apple tv plus". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 5, 2024.
  4. ^ "'Dark Matter' Release Schedule: When Do New Episodes Stream?". The Wrap. 9 May 2024. Retrieved May 12, 2024.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 8, 2020). "Apple Developing Dark Matter Novel As Series With Matt Tolmach Producing". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 9 December 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (March 29, 2022). "Joel Edgerton To Star In Dark Matter Sci-Fi Series Adaptation At Apple TV+; Blake Crouch To Showrun". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 22 October 2022. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  7. ^ White, Peter (August 29, 2022). "Jennifer Connelly To Star Alongside Joel Edgerton In Apple Sci-Fi Series Dark Matter". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 6 March 2023. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 29, 2022). "Alice Braga, Jimmi Simpson Join Sci-Fi Series Dark Matter at Apple". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on March 15, 2023. Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (September 30, 2022). "Dark Matter: Oakes Fegley & Dayo Okeniyi Join Joel Edgerton & Jennifer Connelly In Apple TV+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on January 16, 2023. Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  10. ^ Cordero, Rosy (December 15, 2022). "Dark Matter Adds The Handmaid's Tale Actress Amanda Brugel". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 4 January 2023. Retrieved 16 December 2022.
  11. ^ "Dark Matter". Apple TV+ Press. Retrieved 2024-02-05.
  12. ^ "Dark Matter: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 25, 2024.
  13. ^ "Dark Matter: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved May 8, 2024.

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