Dark Matter S03E04: “All the Time in the World”
Last week on Dark Matter, the crew of the Raza tried to help the populace of a colony in a disagreement with the security forces that were also occupying that same colony. Unfortunately, one of the colony members called in Six’s (Roger Cross) old enemy the General, who murdered the latter party. Six then assassinated the General, and chose to leave the Raza behind to help the colony gain its independence. In addition, aspiring agent Adrian Maro (Mishka Thebaud) and his bodyguard Solara (Ayisha Issa) join the crew. Meanwhile, Five (Jodelle Ferland) explained to Two (Melissa O’Neil), the Android (Zoie Palmer) and Three (Anthony Lemke) that she uploaded Three’s old love Sarah (Natalie Brown) to the mainframe. Back on Zairon, Ryo Ishida (Alex Mallari Jr) sent mercenaries to recover the blink drive and to kill the crew of the Raza.
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This week on Dark Matter:
This week on Dark Matter, Three got stuck in a Groundhog Day style time loop, reliving the same day over and over again.
This week’s episode managed to have a really funny plot while still feeling like an episode of Dark Matter. Three is the most comic character on the show, and having this traditional science fiction plot center on him was a stunningly great idea. The Dark Matter writing team managed to make their own unique spin on the plot, and made the various reactions to the time loop mishap ring true with the characters we’ve known for over two seasons, as well as the newcomers to the cast. It might seem like having an episode hinge on a Groundhog Day style plot would hurt the plot machinations of a show as serial as Dark Matter, but you would be wrong. This episode managed to combine a silly one-off plot with Dark Matter‘s long form storytelling to great effect.
In addition, this was the first episode that had to face the cast changes of last week. Although the Raza has lost yet another moral pillar in Six (poor One: long dead and only mostly forgotten), that has not yet proved to be a problem for the crew so far (although Five, the last one remaining, should probably go find somewhere safe to hide). One hopes that Two can Adrian brings a different kind of comic energy to the Raza than Three does: since he’s not as much of a badass as Three, he ends up being more of a comedic scapegoat. His bodyguard Solara is just as badass as Two and the dearly departed Nyx, and will hopefully not follow the latter’s example and succumb to death by love triangle. She also seems to be a lot smarter than her boss (not that much of a stretch) and hopefully the pair will stay a lot longer than last season’s newcomers to the Raza, despite Ryo Ishida’s hopes to raze the Raza and its crew.
In conclusion, this episode managed to combine a lighthearted plot with the serial craziness that is Dark Matter‘s seasonal plotting. In addition, it made good use of the new crew members on the Raza, and opened up the possible Raza group dynamics.
Dark Matter airs on Syfy at 9pm on Friday nights.
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