Dark Matter Season 3 Premiere Review


DARK MATTER — “Being Better Is So Much Harder” Episode 301 — Pictured: Jodelle Ferland as Five — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

When it comes to Dark Matter, there’s never any getting used to normal. I mean what is that really for this crew or the universe they live in? Just the start of the second season shook things up in a big way, and now you have the galaxy on the brink of war if not already because of current events. I’ll hand it to Syfy, they sure do know how to treat the fans of shows like this. A two-hour season three premiere is awesome and just what we need to spring back int this adventure.

The Dark Matter Season 3 Premiere throes us right into the fray of what happened following that painful cliffhanger. From here it really was anything goes with no one knowing who was okay or how to get everyone back to one place. It was smart progression that this war found itself to be inevitable. That is the best way to shake things up in this galaxy. Sure the Raza crew aren’t big players, but they somehow find themselves smack-dab in the middle. Some interesting dynamics were created from this chaos. Commander Delaney Truffault and Five was entertaining considering one is innocent and the other is corrupt. The trouble that these two face certainly threw them outside of their comfort zone. This was the time in Dark Matter where you expect characters who didn’t necessarily step up to the plate to do so, and they did. What action they delivered early on really set the tone for what we could look forward to from the rest of this season. Two characters you wouldn’t have expected too much from in a fight impressed, while the one badass on the ship continued to do so.

Then you had Two and Six who have made solid progress to make it to this point where they could be very personable during the situation they found themselves in. Compared to others, these two were stuck in a position where they had room to allow everything up to this point to sink in. They came to terms with things they have done, things they could have prevented, things they still blame themselves for. I’m sure that a lot were just awaiting the next big firefight, but growth matters just as much which we got a lot of just from these two. When it was said that Ryo Ishido will be the main villain for season 3, it was a tough pill to swallow. but it made sense that he would reach this point once he uploaded his old memories. The death of Nyx really sucked. I do feel like we could have gotten much more out of her character, though I think that is also the disappointment which cemented the impression given that he has gone to the dark side.

While the direction of this season was foreseen, it was nonetheless cool that they established the direction we are heading in between putting a stop to this galactic war and putting a stop to Four. The struggle to decide on the best course of action against Four did catch me off guard. You braced for the reaction and everyone had a different way in which they absorbed what Four had presumably done. Even with Four set as the villain, this didn’t stop them from giving depth to his world. There was a good use of timing set to exploring his empire inside and out. Especially when it comes to the fact that things are not perfect within his growing empire already. This is a new path for him as well that can go either right or wrong depending on how he handles problems that will take them out of the tough spot they are already in.

DARK MATTER — “It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This” Episode 302 — Pictured: (l-r) Melissa O’Neil as Two, Anthony Lemke as Three, Roger Cross as Six — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

Overall they struck a satisfying balance giving us action, character development, and plot development. It was never too much of one over the other as the need of a premiere is to lay the foundation for what is to come after, not to blow the budget as some viewers are naive to desire. There was suspense, fear, though above all entertainment that comes with many of these characters doing what they do best.

Some other interesting developments did catch my attention. Th first of course being the focus on Five. Her screentime has slowly grown throughout the course of the series, and these first two episodes being no exception. It was nice to learn about others through Five, but the chance to actually just learn more about her mattered just as much if not more.  Lt. Anders was a character you did not expect to see again, I mean he definitely had what seemed to be a convincing death. Truthfully I had my suspicion that there was more to this character just because Jeff Teravainen seemed to still have a strong connection to this show, which is different when a character meets their demise.

Dark Matter Season 3 Premiere “Being Better Is So Much Harder/”It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This” did in fact open us up to a compelling new chapter of this series. New opportunities are arising for characters who haven’t had the chance to dive into their past. We also get a taste of war and no one is safe from it either.

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