Dark Matter follows the six-person crew of a derelict space ship. They wake up from stasis in the furthest reaches of the galaxy with no recollection of who they are – or how they got on board.
Their only clues are the contents of the cargo bay (weaponry) and their destination – a remote mining colony. Without their memories, they face a moral decision of whether or not to follow the path they appear to have been set on. With threats everywhere, these strangers have to work together to survive a voyage filled with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.
Next month Syfy UK will be airing new sci-fi show Dark Matter. In preparation for the show’s launch the channel has released a video on their youtube channel which gives us a sneak peek behind the scenes while dishing the dirt on the main characters.
At the moment I’m still in that ‘hmmm’ state of mind about the show. It feels like the writers have torn out the best of shows like Stargate (which makes sense as they did write the thing), Farscape and Firefly and stitched them together to make a kind of sci-fi tapestry. This can be seen as both a good and bad thing. Good because they may are able to take well worn character tropes (the cocky han solo style character, the cooky mechanic, the solemn warrior,the android, the comic relief etc) and do something original with them. On the flips side if this goes wrong we get another Andromeda… *shudders* (apologies if you liked Andromeda).
I do like the idea that while none of the characters has a memory of who they were before waking up on the ship (which does look pretty slick) they all bring certain skills to the table from the outset. I’m hoping that as the show does go on more skills and abilities will be revealed to particular characters as they recover their memories.
I’ll be interested to hear other sci-fi fans views on this video and of the show itself. Also WHERE ARE MY LASERS!!! I WANT LASER DAMMIT!!! yes I am a big kids…there I’ve said it.
The show will be premiering on syfy uk on 15th June at 8pm…probably without lasers.
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