I know one of the themes for the third season of Syfy’s Dark Matter is redemption but I’m going to also say another theme is heartbreak…for me.
The Raza Crew we were introduced to in the first season looks dramatically different today. One is dead. Four has all his memories back and has taken his place as Ishida Ryo, Emperor of Zairon. He’s now in direct opposition to his former pals. Nyx, who joined the crew in season two, is now dead. A fact of which I’m still not over. I loved that character so much and she’s gone.
And now Six. In “Welcome to the Revolution,” he made a huge decision to leave Raza and settle in with displaced colonists who would benefit from his leadership. I’m not surprised by this happening at all. But it saddens me. Especially since in the first two episodes of this season, he and Two spent a lot of quality time together and had some really deep conversations. I enjoyed their interactions, which made the moment when he told his friends their next step is for them to go back to the Raza — without him — that much more painful. My heart shattered.
Six is someone thirsty for redemption. He knows he made some bad choices in the past, when he was part of the Galactic Authority and more recently when he betrayed his Raza pals and turned them in. He realizes he has a lot to make up for even though nobody is holding him to it. He’s holding himself to a higher code. In his heart, he’s a good man. Oh there’s a line in this episode after Six turns into a nifty negotiator to help usher in independence for those colonists without any bloodshed going down between them and the Traugott security.
Head Traugott Security Guy: You’re a good man.
Six: No. I’m a…man who has his good days.
I’m going to consider this one of Six’s good days. He tried to do the right thing. He wanted to negotiate peace without violence. Unfortunately, one of the colonists had his own agenda. He didn’t want peace. He wanted to make sure things would go as bloody as possible in order to make way for a “savior” to come in and clean things up. Turned out it was someone from Six’s past: The General (Andrew Jackson), who we last saw in the first season.
The General came rolling in, preaching the bad word that only he was the one who could engineer freedom for the colonists and ensure their survival. Of course his brand of freedom comes with a high body count. While Six is a good and just man, he can also be a bit of a bad ass when he wants to be. He warned the colonists that this is a man they don’t want to follow. And when The General was busy posturing and blustering all over the place, Six gunned him down. It was incredible.
Six took care of a piece of his past. Said goodbye to his present. And decided to take a new path for his future. That goodbye was very emotional for Two, Three, Five and Six. And it was super emotional for me. Dust in my eyes and all that, if you get my drift.
I don’t know what it means for Six’s future. Will we not be seeing him as much from here on out? Will we see him every once in a while? Will he find his way back to the Raza eventually? Maybe they’ll need help defeating Ryo at some point? Are we going to see him at all? Is Roger Cross still part of the Dark Matter cast? I know that’s a lot of questions. But I’ll be looking for any Joseph Mallozzi post-episode interviews to see if he fills in the blanks a little or makes us wait oh so anxiously for the next Dark Matter to air.
- I don’t know how this show does it but I instantly adored the two new cast additions to this DM world (and I also love Andrew Moodie‘s Teka Fonsei who was introduced in last week’s premiere). A huge welcome to Mishka Thebaud and Ayisha Issa as Tabor’s former assistant, Adrian Maro and his bodyguard Solara Shockley. They quickly impressed me. I love Thebaud’s delivery of his dialogue — especially when he told Solara he only skimmed her resume. And Issa already has an interesting dynamic going on with Three. Can’t wait to see more of these two.
- The whole “resurrection” of Sarah is very intriguing but I’m kind of scared of what this means for Three. Five rescued Sarah’s digital consciousness and it now lives in the ship’s database. She isn’t corporeal but you can see her. Can talk to her. I loved Three’s response when he found out. He couldn’t say anything, he just got up from the table and left. Will he accept this way to talk with his significant other? Will it make him unable to move on from her? Will she represent a source of pain? Or will this provide him with a source of closure? What does Sarah’s existence mean for him and the ship?
- Ryo is no joke. He has hired a slew of mercenaries to do two things: 1) Get the blink drive back. 2) Kill the Raza Crew. Damn. He’s not playing. I’m still trying to come to terms with him being the villain in this scenario. Speaking of which…
- It feels like Six has accepted he has good tendencies. He wants to help people which is why he stayed with those colonists to lead them in this time of corporate war. Two and Three — being good doesn’t come easy for them. I guess it’s their natural inclination to be bad. Will they ever consider themselves heroes? Maybe by the end of the series.
- Back to Ryo. Misaki wasn’t in this episode. Four claims she’s off on an assignment. But I wonder. I mean, she killed Nyx in cold blood. Said she was a distraction for Ryo. Although I think it was pure jealousy that drove her to poison Nyx. I wonder what the real story is? I’m sorry but I want Misaki to pay. She doesn’t need to die but there needs to be consequences to what she did.
- Did we know this story about the original Raza crew? There was mention made of the original crew consisting of Portia, Ryo, Boon, a Shrike (sp?) and a Jasper. This was the crew that Tabor originally repped. I hope we find out what happened. My memory sucks so if someone has the answer, let me know.
Quote of the Week
Adrian: They are the baddest of bads. The deadliest of deadshots. This galaxy’s most notorious, most dangerous…
Adrian: Most despicable
Adrian: Too much?
Two: Okay, we’re the crew of the Raza.
I love how Raza’s reputation has grown and grown. They are the baddest of the bads. Even when they’re doing good.
Dark Matter airs Friday nights at 9/8c on Syfy.
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