Saturday, 28 October 2017

TV review: Dark Matter, season 1

Six people wake up from stasis on an interstellar spaceship: all have lost their memories. Which one of them wiped all their minds? And why? They must work as a team to survive, but how can they do so when any one of them may be a traitor?

As the season progresses we learn more about the crew. Initially, it seems they are a gang of criminal mercenaries, ready to hire out to various Corporations to destroy inconvenient colonies, steal dangerous research, and more. But as we learn along with them more about their backgrounds, it becomes clear that this simplistic picture is far from the truth. Each of them has deeper secrets, and no-one is who they seem.

It’s a pity that the three “women” each have to be atypical in some particular way: the kid, the android, the [spoiler], whereas the men are all simply men with their own agendas. But, hey ho, at least there are women here.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’m sure after all this time I would have given the android a name. Mind you, the crew are still calling each other by their waking-order numbers, which makes it complicated to remember who’s who. (Which one is “Four” again?) In fact, their strangely spacious spaceship, the Raza, is the only main character with a name!

Each episode has some good action, moves the arc along, and reveals more background. Sit back and enjoy some fun hijinks with mercenaries who are actually the only good guys around! And be prepared for a massive end-of-season cliffhanger.

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