DARK MAT­TER Sea­son One

Am­ne­si­acs On A Space­ship

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT now! 2015 | 15 | DVD

Cre­ators Joseph Mal­lozzi, Paul Mul­lie

Cast Marc Ben­david, Melissa O’Neil, Jodelle Fer­land, Roger Cross

There are times, watch­ing Dark Mat­ter, when you won­der if this is a new high con­cept: a show en­tirely com­pris­ing bot­tle episodes. But oc­ca­sion­ally there’s a story where the crew gets to ex­plore a shop­ping cen­tre, or a ware­house, or a Cana­dian for­est, so that scup­pers that idea. There’s no get­ting round the fact, though: Dark Mat­ter looks cheap.

Be­ing cheap isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing if there are good ideas, in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters and in­ge­nu­ity in the scripts. Un­for­tu­nately, Dark Mat­ter has fa­mil­iar ideas, fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters and fa­mil­iar scripts.

The set- up has prom­ise. Six peo­ple wake from cryo­genic sleep on a ship, with no idea of their past lives. They then try to fig­ure out who they are. Each, of course, has a big se­cret, re­vealed over the sea­son.

It’s all dispir­it­ingly by-thenum­bers and old- fash­ioned. The showrun­ners have years of ex­pe­ri­ence on Star­gate shows, but Dark Mat­ter feels like it was made in 1995. Even the de­sign work is unin­spir­ing. Af­ter a full sea­son you’d be hard- pressed to sketch the cen­tral ship from mem­ory.

Ex­tras A mini- fea­turette for each episode. Dave Golder

Star­gate At­lantis’s Torri Hig­gin­son and David Hewlett cameo, and Star­gate SG1’ s Amanda Tap­ping di­rects an episode.

“It’s al­right, I won’t wear my pur­ple pais­ley tie again!”

The Stairs Ap­pre­ci­a­tion So­ci­ety gath­ered.

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