Dark Matter (TV series)
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Title card since the second season
|Created by||Joseph Mallozzi |
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||39 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||June 12, 2015 –|
August 25, 2017
|Website at Space|
|Website at Syfy|
Dark Matter is a Canadian science fiction series created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, based on their comic book of the same name and developed by Prodigy Pictures in association with Space channel. An order for 13 episodes was placed for the first season of the series, which premiered on June 12, 2015 on both Space and Syfy.
On September 5, 2015, the series was renewed for a second season. Dark Matter was renewed for a 13-episode third season in September 2016, which premiered on June 9, 2017. On September 1, 2017, Syfy canceled the series after three seasons.
A group of six people awaken in stasis pods with amnesia aboard the starship Raza. They have no memories of who they are or their lives before awakening, so they assume the names One through Six, in the order in which they left stasis. They stabilize their vessel and set about trying to uncover their identities and what happened to them.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||June 12, 2015||August 28, 2015|
|2||13||July 1, 2016||September 16, 2016|
|3||13||June 9, 2017||August 25, 2017|
Cast and characters
- Marc Bendavid as One/Jace Corso/Derrick Moss (season 1; recurring season 2)
- Melissa O'Neil as Two/Rebecca/Portia Lin
- Anthony Lemke as Three/Marcus Boone/Titch
- Alex Mallari Jr. as Four/Ryo Tetsuda/Ryo Ishida
- Jodelle Ferland as Five/Das/Emily Kolburn
- Roger Cross as Six/Griffin Jones/Lt. Kal Varrick
- Zoie Palmer as The ship's AI, Android/Suki.
- Shaun Sipos as Devon Taltherd (season 2)
- Melanie Liburd as Nyx Harper (season 2; guest, season 3)
- David Hewlett as Tabor Calchek, the crew's untrustworthy handler and agent
- Jeff Teravainen as Lt. John Anders, a Galactic Authority Commander and former partner of Six
- Torri Higginson as Commander Delaney Truffault of the Mikkei Combine, an occasional ally
- David Richmond-Peck as Commander Nieman of Ferrous Corp
- Natalie Brown as Sarah, Marcus Boone's lover Though she dies of an incurable illness in season 1, in season 3 the Android finds her consciousness had been digitally uploaded into the Raza's server.
- Ellen Wong as Misaki Han, commander of the Ishida Royal Guard and childhood friend of Ryo (seasons 2–3)
- Ennis Esmer as Wexler, a manic psychopath and the leader of a mercenary group hired by Delaney Truffault to work with the Raza crew. Although Wexler is killed during season 1, an alternate reality version of him returns in seasons 2 and 3. This version is significantly less brutal and ultimately sides with the crew.
- Mike Dopud as Arax Nero, the leader of a prison gang (season 2)
- Kris Holden-Ried as Galactic Authority Inspector Kyle Kierken (season 2)
- Brendan Murray as Victor (seasons 2–3)
- Andrew Moodie as Teku Fonsei. Ryo appoints Teku, his former teacher, as his advisor (season 3).
- Mishka Thébaud as Adrian Maro, former assistant to Calchek, who travels with the crew of the Raza during the first half of season 3
- Ayisha Issa as Solara, Maro's bodyguard, who also travels with the crew until she leaves with Adrian (season 3)
- Wil Wheaton as Alex Rook, President and CEO of Dwarf Star Technologies
- Andrew Jackson as The General, the leader of the rebel group Procyon Insurrection
- Amanda Brugel as Keeley, a miner the Raza crew encounter on a mission
- Ruby Rose as Wendy, an entertainment model android
- Dan Jeannotte as the clone created when One uses a DNA transporter to follow Four to a different part of the galaxy. He has the original face of Derrick Moss, before he had it altered to that of Jace Corso.
- Jessica Sipos as Tash, a member of Wexler's mercenary group. Although Tash is killed during season 1, an alternate reality version of her returns in seasons 2 and 3.
- Jon Cor as Vons, a member of Wexler's mercenary group
- Conrad Pla as Cain, a member of Wexler's mercenary group
- Kerr Hewitt as Sgt. Voss, a Ferrous Corp soldier who serves aboard the FCS Deliverance
- Franka Potente as Chief Inspector Shaddick of the Galactic Authority’s Serious Crimes Division (season 2)
- Inga Cadranel as Alicia Reynaud, a businesswoman who wants what Emily Kolburn (Five) stole (season 2)
On September 1, 2015, Syfy renewed Dark Matter for a second season. Chris Regina, Syfy’s senior VP of program strategy, said that "With its mysterious premise and fascinating characters, Dark Matter has built an incredibly loyal, passionate and engaged fan base. We look forward to another out-of-this-world season from this talented creative team." Production on the second season began on December 9, 2015, and concluded May 6, 2016. The third season began production on November 18, 2016.
The reason for the cancellation was never fully explained, although apparently it never enjoyed strong support within SyFy's LA branch, even after outperforming several other of their series. The series wasn't a SyFy original, so they had little financial incentive to keep it going.
Dark Matter premiered on Syfy in the United States on the same day as Canada. Within the following week, the series premiered on Syfy Australia and Syfy UK – on June 13 and 16, 2015, respectively.[failed verification]
Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave season 1 an approval rating of 72%, with an average rating of 5.18/10 based on reviews from 18 critics. Metacritic gave the series an average score of 58 out of 100, based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "Mixed or average reviews". On Rotten Tomatoes season 2 received a 100% rating based on 7 reviews, and season 3 received a 100% rating based on 7 reviews.
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- Mallozzi, Joseph (November 18, 2016). "November 18, 2016: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 1 of 91!". Retrieved November 18, 2016.
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