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Dark Matter

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The crew of a derelict ship awakens from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got onboard. Their search for answers only leads to more questions, as they discover how their own sordid pasts inform an increasingly dangerous future.
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  1. 1. Episode 1
    June 12, 2015
    43min
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    Six strangers awake from stasis on board a derelict ship with no memories of who they are or how they got there. The search for answers only leads to more questions, and when they discover the ship's destination, a mining colony, things only get cloudier.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    June 19, 2015
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    A mysterious locked door, an unfathomable puzzle box, and an exploration of the ship's maze-like vent systems heighten the tension as a decision is reached on the desperate miners. But the arrival of a corporate ship disrupts the crew's best laid plans.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    June 26, 2015
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    Five's exploration of the ship's vent system yields a shocking discovery, but before the crew can investigate, the ship drops out of FTL. What appears to be a mechanical issue soon becomes a suspected case of sabotage. And the bad news gets even worse.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    July 3, 2015
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    The crew visits a space station to make repairs and get some R&R, but the stop takes some unexpected turns. Six visits a dodgy doctor. One and Three meet a dangerous doppelganger. Two and Five bet their lives. Four makes a discovery about his past.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    July 10, 2015
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    The crew is hired by their handler to salvage an abandoned freighter. What appears to be a standard operation turns into a fight for survival when the crew discovers the ship is populated by virus-stricken, flesh munching former crewmembers.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    July 17, 2015
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    Five explores the crew's memories hidden in her subconscious, where she uncovers the dark truth about Four and Six's violent pasts, the circumstances that landed her on the ship, and the idyllic childhood of a mysterious little boy named Titch.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    July 24, 2015
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    The crew gains access to the secret room in the ship's underbelly. Among the items they find inside is a sultry android named Wendy and a dying woman in stasis. Wendy is an entertainment android, but her idea of fun turns out to have fatal consequences.
  8. 8. Episode 8
    July 31, 2015
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    Six has mysterious business with a transfer transit. One and Four follow him in an attempt to answer lingering questions. Unfortunately, their journey ends with an unwelcome revelation for One.
  9. 9. Episode 9
    August 7, 2015
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    Four abandons ship to reclaim his past. The rest of the crew race against time to locate and rescue him before he can be delivered back to his homeworld to face certain execution at the hands of his former enemies.
  10. 10. Episode 10
    August 14, 2015
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    A fleet of Mikkei ships targets the crew. After narrowly avoiding being vaporized by a nuclear bomb, the crew meets Commander Truffault who orders them on a secret mission with the accompaniment of another group of mercenaries.
  11. 11. Episode 11
    August 21, 2015
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    The crew is taken hostage by bounty hunters and forced to give them access to their secret unit. Two faces cold, hard space. One endures a violent interrgoation. Will any of them get out alive?
  12. 12. Episode 12
    August 28, 2015
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    Tabor sends the crew on a mission to retrieve a scientist held captive on a remote planet. But in space nothing is as simple as it seems, and the mission devolves into a horrifying ordeal for one member of the crew, led by an individual from her past.
  13. 13. Episode 13
    August 28, 2015
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    When the crew is attacked, they begin a search for the culprit. But as the hunt drags on, suspicions between crew-members mount, alliances shift, secrets are revealed, and the individual responsible for their collective mind wipe finally makes their move.

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2015
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Josh (Xaminmo) DavisReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Promising. I'd like more.
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PROS:
* Actual SciFI
* Decent acting
* Attractive cast
* Episodic events are consistent within their universe
* Story arc gets filled in a little bit at a time

CONS:
* Paying too directly into the love-triangle thing
* Thats an awefully large ship for such a small crew
* That's a lot of high-tech stuff for such a small crew

Imagine Firefly, but maybe a step down in writing and acting. The moral decisions feel a little bit like Firefly, and not as much like Trek. These are all bad people, but maybe they're not as bad as they seem.

Then add an android that is slightly more emotional than Data, with Borg-like nanites. Oh, they have shields. Their FTL is more like an energy translation than warp or a portal. They're always almost out of fuel, but they are always in FTL flight.

The intro seems a little late-night community-access, and the special effects are not superduper expensive. But it's all very believable. It's a future that's not quite so utopian, and these people wake up to find they have no memories. The episodes reveal little bits of each person, but not all of it is as it appears. We find one bit of info, but not quite enough to make a decision about what it means.

A couple of recognizable actors include Roger Cross from Continuum plus a few episodes of several other SciFi shows, and David Hewlett from SG:Atlantis/Universe + Cube + Nothing. Much of the other stars overlap in Nikita, or Bioshock, or otherwise have a long list of stuff that I have not seen, but which shows they are not newbies.

And it shows. The acting is all solid.

If we continue to get answers, then this could be great for maybe 30+ episodes. If it strings us along, it could easily become "Lost".
24 people found this helpful
Wayne KleinReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Exceptional science fiction TV show which is why, as usual, SyFy, cancelled it<too soon.
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An excellent series from former show runner Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, the series was initially created as a comic book. The popularity of the comic prompted development of the series. The Canadian series had a great premise and the series was cut short of its completion of five seasons. It managed three and Mallozzi is currently shopping a continuation of the series. The incomplete ending doesn’t detract from the series and it’s still a terrific ride matched (almost) by the only other worthwhile series SyFy debuted around the same time “Killjoys”.

Six strangers wake up )n a spaceship from suspension; none of the six people remember who they are, why they are there and adopt their names from the order they woke up in. They discover that they may be thugs for hire but elect to help others as they try and track down their identities. Their ship, the Raza has tremendous firepower. They also have an Android on board but she can’t tell them anything about who they are either or who took their identities or why.

The series has terrific performances from a strong cast all around.

The Blu-ray release, like the DVD, looks quite good with a very nice transfer with nice depth, image quality and detail. Colors looks quite nice as well. Spreading thirteen episodes over three discs allows the series to having the breathing room for good resolution.

The special features are limited with bloopers and some featurettes on the series.
Mike Billington author of Murder in the Rainy SeasonReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good science fiction worth 4.5 stars
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At its core, good science fiction must have the same elements that good mysteries do.
That is to say it needs well-thought-out characters, interesting plots, and a few twists and turns to keep the viewer guessing, which, in turn, helps to keep its audience invested in the narrative.
"Dark Matter" has all three of those elements plus a fourth: When they are rudely awakened from stasis because of a life-threatening on-board emergency, its crew members cannot remember who they are or why they are on a mysterious spaceship cruising through the galaxy on a course to an unknown destination.
Why they have a collective case of amnesia is a mystery; what their mission is, and how they came to be together are also mysteries.
It's an intriguing concept; one that helps make "Dark Matter" a cut above many other sci-fi programs that have come along in recent years.
That's a tribute to the writers who, throughout the season, do a very good job of gradually revealing who the crew members are and what their original mission was. The writers also do a good job of balancing action scenes with scenes that allow viewers to get inside the heads of the main characters. As a bonus, they also have added just enough humor to balance out those action and introspection scenes.
The writers have also done a pretty good job when it comes to creating a universe in which gigantic corporations essentially run things unchecked by any governmental agencies. These corporations have their own armies and run roughshod over anything or anyone who gets in their way. Given the current state of affairs on Planet Earth, that's a believable scenario.
The series falls a little short, however, when it comes to the continuity of the narrative. I won't discuss that in detail because to do so would probably reveal too much about that narrative and, thus, spoil the experience for those that have not yet seen the show. I will say, however, that there is a surprise twist in the cliffhanger ending to this season that left me shaking my head because it felt like the writers had decided that they needed something to shake up the narrative even if it meant introducing a whole new storyline.
Despite that, this is very good science fiction and worth 4.5 stars.
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Steve RReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Total surprise! (No spoilers in this review)
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Total surprise!
It is dressed up as another low budget/low-level science fiction genre action series clone of a show. Obvious Canadian production and they most all have Canadian accents!! So I had very low expectations.

But season one turned out to be a fantastic twist on the genre--executed as well as possible. On a deeper level, it is very ambitious!! It is part thought experiment, mystery, action series, and psychological drama. It even questions what it truly means to be human(warning: sifi-nerd-alert!!)

In season one, the 6 crew members wake up out of stasis--having their memory wiped(but they seem to have skills and instincts intact). Even the android coincidentally had its memory wiped. They quickly learn that they may have been really bad people--and that one of them may have wiped the others memories.

They stay together to survive and get to the bottom of it. As season one developed, a lot of surprises are revealed about the characters(each character has a super cool and often surprising back story). We were learning those things at the same time as the characters. The backstories dramas were written and acted beautifully. It reminds me of the development of the characters on Lost(in good ways;)). This show challenges our assumptions about the characters(and human nature itself) as more of the past unfolds.

The show clearly became more about the relationships that began to develop between the crew, than an action series. At the same time, they produced excellent technical fight scenes. My complements to the production crew and actors. It is obvious they put a lot of work into that—it looks great. They mixed the action, science fiction/thought-experiment stuff, backstories, and relationship growth seamlessly and very thoughtfully.

Oh and those Canadian actors got chops!! Great ensemble cast!!!
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R. HogenReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
the good stuff
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I've become very prejudiced against modern sci fi - for every "Firefly", "Battlestar Galactica remake" or "The Expanse" over the last several decades there have been a hundred thinly veiled fear of foreigners alien invasions, monster horror films set in space (cheap "Alien" knockoffs), or science fiction concept shows written by people who don't know the first thing about science or human nature and are trying for some notion of formula involving spaceships, aliens, AI, or exotic technology, missing the true value of a science fiction setting, which is for telling good human stories. Dark Matter is the good stuff. It's fresh, smart, edgy, interesting, ambitious, ambiguous, moving, has a real, changing story with real, changing characters. And at times it's absolutely hilarious (listen to "3"!). I was not a fan of the Stargate works, finding them too flawed and/or formulaic one way or another, but whatever Stargate contingent came to work on Dark Matter seems to have learned from the mistakes of the Stargate works. Dark Matter is the good stuff. Give it a chance! As for the blu ray package, it works just fine except that it makes me want/expect a blu ray for season 2, which hasn't happened as of this writing. (I have no idea why people think season 2 is not as strong as season 1 - my guess is those are the people who don't like real situational and character changes.)
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bsg2004Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Promising new space-based scifi TV series from former Stargate writers
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This is a promising new scifi TV series, taking place in space, in a different world. Two former Stargate writers have created this project (first as a comic book), and you can see some Stargate elements in the show, and some former Stargate actors make guest appearances, but it's not a Stargate-type of a show.

The idea is clever, it has multiple undercurrents of mystery to hook you through and make you keep watching. This is in space, a rarity these days among TV shows. The characters are mostly interesting, the actors are doing a decent job, and overall, given the budget, this is a very watchable show, and has the potential to get a lot better in season 2.

This is not a high budget show, so you can't expect an HBO level production. But with only 13 episodes, the stories are more focused and they don't have to resort to clip-shows to make the budget work.

Because of the various mysteries and twists, if you are interested in watching it, make sure you avoid spoilers if you can. It will make it more fun. There are multiple revelations throughout the series.
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carefulshopperReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Present, past, and future unfold as one. New Sci-drama in outer space.
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Dark Matter has great actors and some familiar elements ... while the premise is original, the occurrences are borrowed from Star Trek and Stargate. [Is there anyone in the Sci-Fi world who doesn't remember Data getting his emotion chip? Even the crew waking up, not know who they are ...] However, in fairness, they might assume that the target audience is unaware as they are a young group ... in my view, the Sci-Fi genre lingers with its supporters.
WE NEED MORE THAN 13 EPISODES!!!!!!! I have been thinking that I could probably connect with the nuances more deeply if the seasons were longer.
Episodes 1-3 Discovery Who are we, who are they, what role do we play? Are we the sum of the data collected on us? Despite the Awaken Order 1-2-3-4-5-6, Two emerges as the protagonist. Five's past continues to unfold.
Episodes 4-5 One, known to be Jace Corso, is not what he seems.Who is the man behind the mask?
Episodes 6-7 More revelations on the back stories of the characters along with secret cargo.
Episodes 8-10 The future has technology development, too. Six goes a-hunting. Another face for Jace Corso.
Episodes 11-13 More technology revelations.

Splendid first season and hopes for more to come.
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DaleReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fulfills its promise.
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There have been a lot of good reviews written about this show (that's why I purchased it) and I must agree. The basic premise -- six people, waking up from stasis on a stolen starship with no memories of who they are or how they got there -- held a lot of promise and the writers have fulfilled it, in my humble opinion. The characters are all believable and the acting is great: No self-indulgent overacting. The stories are excellent and brim with surprises and shocks. Here's hoping that "Dark Matter" is around for a long, long time.
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