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14 June 2015 @ 11:27 pm
Dark Matter: Series Premiere Review  
Dark Matter 1.01

The show (based off a series of comic books by the same name) is about a group of people who suddenly wake up on a spaceship with absolutely no memory of who they are, and are trying to piece together those missing fragments while surviving the dead of space and possible things wanting to kill them, and even questioning each other on who would want to erase their memories and why.

Being the first episode, it does give a good amount of building things up. From the introduction of characters and seeing how they may be through their personalities and what they retain from their specialized skills, which give an indicator of who they are, to the atmosphere of merely floating out into space. The reveal at the end that they are, in fact, dangerous people who were sent out on a mission to exterminate and kill others does raise a lot of questions. Like who erased their memories, and why? Who employed them? Never mind that know they know what they were before the memory wipe, how will this affect their choices afterwards? Will they end up trusting each other or turning on one another? The setup of this is very fascinating to me, because I've often thought a lot about the concept of memory loss and how someone can change the course of their lives despite the things they've done that they cannot recall.

The show reminds me a lot of Battlestar Galactica and Firefly, in terms of the universe, the setting and the characters. Just seeing the scenes with the spaceship floating in space alone makes me nostalgic for more science fiction shows of that nature again.

I'm loving the diversity of the cast. So far, my favorite characters are the women, obviously. But they're all interesting in their own individual ways. And Zoie Palmer as an android, that was just perfect. I suspect that we'll be learning more about not just these characters, but this android in the future.

So far, I'm intrigued, and will definitely continue watching.
 
 
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Profiterole_profiterole_ on June 15th, 2015 01:01 pm (UTC)
Never mind that now they know what they were before the memory wipe, how will this affect their choices afterwards?
Yes, I think that made the amnesia trope that much more interesting compared to the initial delivery-guys idea.

The show reminds me a lot of Battlestar Galactica and Firefly
Iirc, it's the Killjoys trailer that made me think of Firefly more than the Dark Matter trailer, but now that I've seen the pilot, I can see it too. Also, I might change my mind after seeing the Killjoys pilot, but so far I kind of feel that both shows are going to be similar enough that it'll be easy to write crossovers for them (if they're popular enough to develop a fandom).
Renée: Firefly. Crew of Serenity.rogueslayer452 on June 15th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think that made the amnesia trope that much more interesting compared to the initial delivery-guys idea.

I'm excited to see where it takes the characters, especially since all of them saw their records except for Five, who seems to also be a mystery all in herself with the things she sees and says.

I can see that with Killjoys as well, with the initial premise. I'm going to be checking that show out, as well, and see if its also up to par with my scifi needs. I'm hoping that these shows get at least decent enough ratings and viewers because if I end up liking them, as I'm already with Dark Matter, I want them to have a successful first season in order to have more in the future. I miss these kinds of shows, especially on something like Syfy where they're supposed to have such programming.
Profiterole: Nobuta wo Produce - Shuji to Akira_profiterole_ on June 15th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
Five is younger, so maybe the authorities just don't know her yet. With the first strange things she said, I thought that either she was a medic (but she seems to be into electronics instead) or she was an assassin (I never thought everybody else was too, though).

It's really cool that, after several years, Syfy finally got back to actual sci-fi. They're doing The Expanse as well, iirc. I haven't read the books, but they're well-known enough. And the trailer for The Magicians looks sooo~ good (well, fantasy, not sci-fi, but I prefer fantasy anyway).
Renée: Firefly. Inara Serra.rogueslayer452 on June 15th, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
Perhaps. I'm already loving her characters and would like to see what secrets she has from her past.

I have such a complicated relationship with Syfy, because while there have been some amazing programming they also suck at maintaining them because they just cancel some of them to make way for their "newer network", and then after years of realizing that was a wrong move try to butter up the audiences again. I like good programming, but only if TPTB legitimately care rather than bargaining for more reality nonsense to draw in outsider viewers.

I would love to have more SF/F shows in their lineup, especially fantasy because I still consider that part of the package.
noybusiness: dannababiesnoybusiness on June 16th, 2015 03:01 am (UTC)
One theory I've seen is that they kidnapped her.
Renée: BSG. Sharon Valerii.rogueslayer452 on June 16th, 2015 05:16 am (UTC)
That is quite a plausible theory. There are plenty of possible speculations on what her deal had been, and I'm intrigued to find out more.
verdande_miverdande_mi on June 15th, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC)
I am so glad this epsiode made such a postive impact on me - I have long missed a good sci-fi show to my liking and this might just be it :D

The twist in the end certainly makes an interesting plot! I'm excited for more.
Renée: Battlestar Galactica.rogueslayer452 on June 15th, 2015 08:38 pm (UTC)
Same. This may just fill that particular scifi void. :)
💋: fire in my heartmaybe on June 15th, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
I am most definitely intrigued, and enjoyed the pilot a lot more than I thought I would. It should be interesting to see what happens as they go along, and if they do start to turn on each other or not. Also, Five wasn't said to be a criminal, so who is she and why is she on the ship? Prisoner, maybe?

Edited at 2015-06-15 07:50 pm (UTC)
Renée: Sharon Valerii. Lost.rogueslayer452 on June 15th, 2015 08:37 pm (UTC)
Also, Five wasn't said to be a criminal, so who is she and why is she on the ship? Prisoner, maybe?

I'm curious, myself. Though just because her records weren't shown doesn't necessarily mean that she doesn't have any to be retrieved. Maybe she also is dangerous, just not on any criminal file? Or maybe she could very well be someone who has been taken hostage, or is a prisoner, or someone who snuck onboard somehow. Or is someone protecting her?

She does seem quite a mystery though, the way she seems very knowledgeable about human anatomy and her dream that she says wasn't hers. It's why I'm getting a lot of River Tam vibes from her, so I'm really curious as to what her deal is and why her records, if there are any, weren't shown.
Anastasianotoriousreign on June 15th, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah I really like the women too. That twist at the end definitely intrigued me enough to want more.
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on June 16th, 2015 12:24 am (UTC)
That was one of the biggest things for me, with how the women were going to be handled. So far, I'm really loving them. :)
noybusiness: capricaboomerwarheroesnoybusiness on June 16th, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
I agree with the review that said it was natural the way Two takes charge.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on June 16th, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
I like how nobody questioned it, she just naturally took control of the situation. Of course this may change in the future, but for now I love how organic their roles kind of fit into place.
Julie: Original ★ time for tearagnarok_08 on June 16th, 2015 03:53 am (UTC)
I'm loving the diversity of the cast. So far, my favorite characters are the women, obviously. But they're all interesting in their own individual ways.

I really like that too.
M: LG - my reason for watchingmfirefly10 on June 19th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
It was definitely intriguing. I mean, I probably would've continued watching regardless because of Zoie Palmer but I did like it. And the women are easily the best so far. None of the men, save maybe Roger Cross' character due to the sole fact that the actor has a ton of charisma, made any impression on me. I loved that one scene between Two and the Android where the Android got a bit snarky with her. More of that, please. And more Two-Five bonding, even if it's creepy like that one scene they had.
Renéerogueslayer452 on June 19th, 2015 06:59 pm (UTC)
I'm holding my opinion of the men until we see more than just the pilot. The women easily won me over, though. I'm loving the bonding that happened between Two and Five, and Two with the Android was great. That level of snark with, "would you want me to show you?" during a distressing moment was great. So far, I'm very intrigued with the setting and the story and definitely am curious on where this may all lead.