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Dark Matter: Is this the end?

If this is the series finale of Dark Matter, I’m going to be incredibly upset. Co-creators Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie have created a wonderful world jam-packed with interesting characters with plenty of story still to tell. Mallozzi himself posted a blog entry stating Season 4 would be about aliens and androids, and I think that would be pretty bad-ass.

Alas, we’ve arrived at the Season 3 finale, “Nowhere to Go.” Written by Paul Mullie and directed by Ron Murphy, the Raza crew take their shot at ending the corporate war for good. But it won’t be easy. When is it ever easy with this group? Aside from revealing if Two executed Ryo or not, the instalment would, I hoped, catch up with Two, Five and Six reacting to what Ryo told them about their pasts (Two has a child! Five has a sister! Six was betrayed!). Three, meanwhile, doesn’t remember what Ryo told him—that Three was responsible for Sarah’s death—because his clone was killed and the knowledge died with it.

Here is Space’s official episode synopsis for “Nowhere to Go.”

The crew of the Raza unite Ferrous Corps’ enemies in an effort to end the corporate war.

And, as always, we’ve got a few non-spoiler treats to offer in advance.

Does Two execute Ryo?
Not telling. But you’ll find out less than two minutes into the broadcast.

The Raza amasses an army
It may be a little ragtag and not everyone trusts each other, but this motley crew could very well pull off the unthinkable. Right? Also, this episode features some truly incredible CGI.

Two’s attention strays
Remember when Boone kidnapped Two and took her to Ryo? Yeah, she does too and is itching to get a little revenge and has the opportunity. As usual, Three isn’t sure Two should be focusing on anything else aside from Ferrous Corp., especially when they make a major discovery about the galaxy’s bad guys. The discovery leads to a chat with Truffault, which means more airtime for Torri Higginson! Also guesting this week? Alexandra Ordolis in a key role and Ennis Esmer as “Beauty and Brains” Wexler. As for the mysterious Kryden, the Android finds a hard drive in the lock box Ryo talked about. The drive has a file named Kryden on it.

Who was in the photo Five was looking at last week?
We won’t ruin the surprise, but we’ve seen this person before. Also, Five delivers an impassioned plea to Six that had us dabbing our eyes.

The season finale of Dark Matter airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Space.

Images courtesy of Bell Media.

 

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Link: Dark Matter: Joseph Mallozzi talks “My Final Gift to You”

From Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies:

Link: Dark Matter: Joseph Mallozzi talks “My Final Gift to You”
“He’s so pained and weighed down by the knowledge, he knows the death of his clone will be a release because it’s going to be a release from knowing. And, true enough, when he’s on the other side he doesn’t remember. It’s almost as if he finds comfort in the death of his clone and the death of that memory.” Continue reading.

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Link: Dark Matter: Ellen Wong on why Misaki doesn’t consider herself a villain

From Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies:

Link: Dark Matter: Ellen Wong on why Misaki doesn’t consider herself a villain
“I feel that it’s always coming from a place of needing to make a decision for the greater good and sometimes it sucks to have to lose things along the way, but that’s part of war and that’s part of it being your home and your people in the long run. That’s my perspective.” Continue reading.

Link: Dark Matter: Ellen Wong on that betrayal and admiring Two’s “badassery”
“I think at this point she realized–she’s given him so many chances already throughout the season–she has to take matters into her own hands. That means possibly overthrowing the throne because Ryo is clearly too emotional and has his hands in so many pockets. Especially with the Raza crew and Teku swaying him, there’s so much going on and already Zairon is at so much risk and we’re losing so many people, so Misaki is like, ‘okay, he needs to go.'” Continue reading.

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Link: Dark Matter’s Natalie Brown on her expanded role in Season 3

From Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies:

Link: Dark Matter’s Natalie Brown on her expanded role in Season 3
“I think that things were a little rough for her on her home planet, so this was a much more hospitable place that she always dreamed of being. Although it’s interesting to me that she can create anything she wants, and all she seems to want is a soft place to sleep and somewhere welcoming for Three that’s green and lush. I feel like her planet was so overmined that what she really missed was clean air that she wasn’t able to breathe, so she gave herself plenty of greenery and oxygen.” Continue reading.

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Dark Matter: The Raza family reunion

Dark Matter took a dark and surprising turn during last week’s instalment, setting up what promises to be one heck of a season finale. By the time the dust had settled in “The Dwarf Star Conspiracy,” we’d learned Rook was merely a pawn in an alien plot, creating host bodies for the scary, black liquidy beings. I had totally forgotten about the black goo that took over Three last season. Admittedly, a LOT has happened since then.

By episode’s end, a nuclear device destroyed the facility—and perhaps the alien portal—and alternate Boone had captured Two.

Which leads us to this week’s penultimate instalment, “My Final Gift to You,” written by co-creators Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie and directed by Bruce McDonald. Take a look at the top image and you’ll see the crew of the Raza has reunited, and we’re not sure it’s going to be a happy one. Here is Space’s episode synopsis:

Ryo invites his former crew to Zairon in a final attempt to secure the Blink Drive and his victory over Pyr.

And we’ve got some tidbits of info after indulging in a screener.

Reunited and it feels so … awkward
It’s no surprise where alternate Three was taking Two. Friday’s opening scene delivers her to Ryo in what has a Han Solo-Jabba the Hutt vibe. He wants the Blink Drive and thinks she’ll be the bait to bring the rest of the team to him to make a swap. Ryo is right, of course, but he’s not all-powerful. It seems someone would like to see him unseated as Emperor … but who? And, if you’ve been paying attention, you know alternate Boone was working for someone else, meaning Ryo owes someone.

Misaki is memorable
Kudos to Ellen Wong for making such an impression playing Misaki. What could have been a one-note character is deeply layered and it’s always hard to figure out whether she’s in full support of Ryo or not. Misaki and Six share a great scene in Friday’s episode; he may be bigger than her in stature, but she doesn’t back down from a verbal or physical fight.

The Android makes a decision
Victor gave the Android an upgrade and she’s been ruminating on whether to use it or not. Guess what she decides to do? Read Joseph Mallozzi’s blog entry for Aug. 15 to get a hint, if you dare.

Ryo and Three’s fireside chat
Perhaps the most compelling, fascinating dialogue in the episode is reserved for this pair. Secrets, desires, betrayals and a surprising death are uncovered over a very, very old bottle of booze. I’ve missed Four/Ryo’s interactions with his old crewmates and it’s good to see Alex Mallari Jr. back in their sandbox, laying bare their shocking histories.

Dark Matter airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Space.

Images courtesy of Bell Media.

 

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