It’s happened to us all – you wake up on a spaceship in the middle of nowhere, and quickly discover that neither you nor the rest of the crew have any memory of who you are or how you got there. Ok, that hasn’t happened to any of us, but that’s where Syfy’s Dark Matter started out.
With total amnesia, the six confused crew members give each other numbers – One to Six – deal with uncertainty over whether they can trust each other and start to work out what is going on. It doesn’t help that corrupted data banks mean they have incomplete information, and even what they have may not be 100% true.
It’s a pretty nifty idea for a space western. Over Season 1, the crew began to figure out what they were doing on the ship (the Raza), with as many mysteries emerging as were solved. It appeared that they were all criminals, with terrible rap sheets including murder and assault, except, of course, that they can’t remember any of it. With their amnesia giving them the possibility of a fresh start, are they going to go along with what they believe they’ve been sent into deep space for, or are they going turn over a new leaf and start to do the ‘right’ thing? Indeed, if your mind has been wiped, are you really the same person any more?
The first 13 episdodes saw the crew dealing with all manner of issues, from having a possible saboteur on board, to doppelgangers, to a secret room on the ship, all the while avoiding the Galactic Authorities and trying to find out who emptied their minds in the first place. The show is now commencing Season 2, which has now started on Syfy on Mondays at 8pm (the first episode is now available on catch-up), with 13 more episodes of deep space action and mystery.
But who exactly are the amnesiac crew? (Click on the images below to find out)
Dark Matter has been compared to the likes of Firefly and Stargate: Universe, with perhaps a dash of Lost’s mysteries thrown in for good measure. It’s also a set-up that ensures it’s a show that has to care about character and storytelling as much as sci-fi shenanigans, building up an increasingly complex, interconnected universe, which will keep you guessing.
If you like a show with plenty of secrets to uncover, and where you can never be sure quite how good the good guys are, it’s well worth a look.
Dark Matter Season 2 in airing now on Syfy and the first episode is available on catch-up.