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Review – Dark Matter S03E07: “Wish I Could Believe You”

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DARK MATTER — “Wish I Could Be You” Episode 307 — Pictured: Jodelle Ferland as Five — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

Last week on Dark Matter, the Raza crew from our universe had to face off once again with their alternate counterparts. Portia Lin (Melissa O’Neil), Marcus Boone (Anthony Lemke), and the rest of their au crew took over one of Ryo Ishida’s (Alex Mallari Jr) ships and “borrowed” some of Commander Truffault’s (Torri Higginson) missiles. Once Truffault discovered that the missiles weren’t going to their planned destination, she tasked Two (also O’Neil) and her Raza crew with giving them back to her, or else. Despite some trickery from the alternate Raza crew, our protagonists were ultimately successful at recovering the missiles and restoring their alliance with Commander Truffault. However, they were not successful in detaining their doubles, and Portia Lin is already planning to cause trouble another day with Commander Neiman. In addition, Adrian (Mishka Thebaud) and Solara (Ayisha Issa) decided to leave the Raza. Meanwhile, the Raza discovered that the Traugott colony where they left their comrade Six (Roger Cross) has been attacked by forces unknown, leaving many dead. Is Six okay? Will we soon see the devious doubles? Find out this week on Dark Matter.

This Week on Dark Matter

This week on Dark Matter, we and the Raza crew discover Six’s fate, and what it means for the developing independent worlds.

Due to our no spoiler review policy here at Word of the Nerd and the twisty nature of this episode, there isn’t much I can tell you about. Although the opening moments seem straightforward, the rug is quickly pulled out from under the viewer’s legs. This happened multiple times throughout the episode, leading to the vaguely unpleasant experience of not being able to trust the narrative the show was attempting to sell. Even when the episode seemed to be resolved, there was this lingering amount of doubt left regarding what happened and what didn’t, which isn’t particularly helpful in such a serial show. I wish I could believe this episode, but it spent time on emotional beats I thought we left in season two.

This episode centered on a particular member of the main cast, their past (where Warehouse 13 alumna Genelle Williams made a major appearance), and how they affect the corporate war. This character was shown to have a fairly important piece of the puzzle in the corporate war plot thread this episode, and the way that they affect that plotline is probably going to drag the rest of the crew with them into a war that crew leader Two has actively tried to avoid. I think that the corporate war plotline will likely transcend this season: the war will likely end up enveloping the entire galaxy by the end of the season, while the Raza already has a grudge match with a certain former crew member to take care of before they start literally fighting other people’s battles for them.

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DARK MATTER — “Wish I Could Be You” Episode 307 — Pictured: (l-r) Anthony Lemke as Three, Zoie Palmer as The Android, Roger Cross as Six, Jodelle Ferland as Five, Melissa O’Neil as Two — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

In conclusion, this episode was often twisty for the sake of dangling viewers out in the wind. However, it does have implications for future plotlines. Unfortunately for the Raza, this episode was a step towards the corporate war that Two has been so studiously avoiding.

Next week on Dark Matter, the Raza appears to be having some issues…

If you want a sneak peek at the rest of the season (careful if you dislike spoilers, because this goes past next week’s episode and spoils this one), you can look at Syfy’s promo here. This promo indicates that a major character absent from this episode will return in a big way, and there’s a hint for those of us who have been watching the show for a while that a notable antagonist may return.

Dark Matter airs on Syfy Friday nights at 9pm.


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Siobhan Dempsey

Siobhan is a 23 year old grad school applicant who aspires to be a human encyclopedia. She reads a sizeable amount of fiction, especially genre fiction. She also watches “too much” televison.

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