DARK MATTER Season One
Amnesiacs On A Spaceship
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.