Dark Matter “Isn’t That a Paradox?” Review


DARK MATTER — “It That A Paradox?” Episode 309 — Pictured: (l-r) Roger Cross as Six, Zoie Palmer as The Android, Melissa O’Neil as Two, Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

Never that easy for the Raza and its crew. They make a big different in this galaxy, but that doesn’t come without the pattern of taking one step forward and two steps back. Not to say where Dark Matter “Isn’t That a Paradox?” takes us this time isn’t of interest, because it is. The sci-fi fun and adventure comes from these situations that shouldn’t be possible come into being. I mean who would really argue against another trip through space and time?

This twist surrounding the blink drive so far I have to say works. At first I would have thought this to be another nerf to make sure the Raza crew couldn’t do anything they wanted, but is one more opportunity to explore the unknown of this universe. They could have traveled to the future, or to another alternate reality, maybe a different plane of existence, but where they go this time is a refreshing change. When I looked at the promo images for Dark Matter “Isn’t That a Paradox?”, I thought something looked a bit funny about the way they were dressing or how down to Earth and it was easy to pick up on why. Sure we may not be off fighting the intergalactic war, but again this is the story of the Raza crew. I think sometimes we forget that when we are trying to look for a linear story. When out in space anything can happen and it should if you have the right sense of creativity for a detour along the way.

What situation they find themselves in shakes things up. There was a solid sense of urgency to find a solution to what they needed to get back to what can be called normal. Until then, this was a different kind of normal that they had to adjust to. Well to be exact they are adjusting to our kind of normal which isn’t a chance they are going to get ever. Android in particular I enjoyed because there’s more of a sense of wonder to the way she approaches these things. The others are a little more cautious, but she represents the anxiousness like us to see what happens when to very different periods of time clash. Plus she is the only one who can make sense of the do’s and the don’t. As for the rest of the crew, their interactions were fun. They do very well when it comes to doing business, but blending in socially like causal individuals? I don’t think you could ever put them in a more uncomfortable position.

DARK MATTER — “It That A Paradox?” Episode 309 — Pictured: Jodelle Ferland as Five — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

I’m not going to lie, it stung a bit to see their perspective of our time. But it was more heartwarming to see what this time could do for them when they are able to take a step back to see what a regular life looks like. None of them really got to live a simple life from what we have seen. Maybe Six to a point, but none of the others which makes it special to watch them going with the current or fighting against it.

It didn’t take too long for us to understand the title of this episode. I absolutely love it. There is one thing I appreciate most about the point we have gotten to in Dark Matter. Time travel is tricky, but the science behind it is always the same. Doesn’t mean the exact situation is the same, though you still have to worry about the same consequence of what happens if you step on the wrong butterfly. Especially when it came to confronting the real reason for them ending up where they are now.

In spite of everything going on, this was the best time to also address the future between Three and Sarah. I think we all know the ways in which this could go right or wrong. Nothing has been revealed about what we should expect from either of the two, so every little bit about them trying to make this work matters. That aside, always the kids. It might be just me, but that was the only development which sometimes drives me crazy. It was a risk set up for the Raza crew that played out well towards the end with that said.

Dark Matter “Isn’t That a Paradox?” was very cool for the adventure itself, for the troubles they ran into during their adventure, and for the effect they did manage to have upon their return. Love it or hate it, these side trips have their point to them and they are entertainment value at its best for Dark Matter. The war isn’t going anywhere and neither is this crew with a whole galaxy full of surprises to explore.

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