Sunday, August 9, 2015

TV Show Review: Dark Matter

Sci Fi TV is about the only intelligent TV on the air these days that isn't based on History or Science. The rest is mindless dribble that claims 259 brain cells for each episode watched. That, and sports. There simply isn't anything original or good anymore...Unless its Sci Fi. Personally, I'd rather watch Star Trek reruns than a new episode of Two and a Half Men, or any other sitcom. There are several sci fi shows that are running right now that are excellent, such as Falling Skies, The Last Ship, Under the Dome, and a couple others. They are all very good, but the one I'm discussing is Dark Matter, on the Sy Fy Network. Don't worry, there are NO SPOILERS!

Dark Matter
Friday Nights, 10PM Eastern on Sy Fy

It is set in the distant future, and humans have gone into space, and achieved faster than light travel. But, space isn't the peaceful utopia portrayed in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is every man for himself, and there is a very vast and brutal corporation that is controlling everything.

The premise is that six people awaken on a ship, with amnesia. They don't know their names, history, or anything. They are obviously all suspicious of each other, but they decide to calm down and try to figure out what happened. They decide to name themselves as the number of the order they awoke in. 1 is a mild mannered buy whiny guy, 2, a sexy woman who takes control as captain, 3, a hot headed man who isn't very smart, 4, an Oriental man who is very quiet, but quickly realizes he has ninja abilities with fighting and weapons 5, a timid girl who doesn't seem to fit in with the rest, 6, a big bad black man. There is also a female android who keeps the ship together. She has no memory of these people either.

4, 6, 3, 2, 1, 5, and The Android
The ship 'The Raza'
The show chronicles what happens as they try to figure out who they are, and what they were doing on the ship, all while evading capture from the Corporation, and others who they may have had dealings with. Each episode gives another piece of the puzzle, and while it can be a bit confusing, it usually makes sense at the end of the episode. They grow as a crew, and a family, and their bond is more apparent with each episode. And, since the first thing they find out about each other is definitely not a good thing, they are going to have to stick together in order to have a chance to survive.

The Android...
I like her, but I hope 
they change her hair.
This show is very special. It is probably the best sci fi show running right now because A, it takes place in space. B, it has the elements of classic sci fi shows like Star Trek, with the attitude of Firefly. And, it isn't rehash either. This series premise is unique, and because of the fact that they have amnesia, there is no limit to the possibilities that the show could explore.

I mentioned that 3 was a hot head who wasn't very bright. You might be thinking of Jayne from Firefly. There are similarities, but they are completely different. In one of the episodes, 3 will surprise you. Big time. In fact, all these characters will grow on you to the point that you care about each and every one of them. Even The Android. And that is the mark of a good show.

5 and 6...They form a very sweet, 
almost father/daughter relationship
On a scale of 1-10, I am going to give this one a solid 8. That may rise as the show goes on, but season one so far has been incredible. Why not a 9 or 10? Because there is always room for improvement, and I would hope that the show's coming seasons are even better than the first one. A word to Sy Fy...DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW. I am SO tired of getting into a show only to have it get cancelled. Happened with Farscape, Firefly, the new V series, and so many others. My heart can't take another cancellation of a good series. And as always, I have an original sci fi series that needs to be seen. Hit me up, Sy Fy!

Anyway, watch this show. Its great, and has the potential to go down as one of the all time greats. It has great characters, great story writing, great character development, great special effects, great everything. Literally, everything a science fiction purist would want.

And, watch for cameos from other Sci Fi series actors! There are several just in season 1.

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