Review – Dark Matter S03E08: “Hot Chocolate”

Last week on Dark Matter, we discovered that Six (Roger Cross) managed to survive the chemical attack on the colony that he was running. However, he was initially captured by Ferrous Corporation scientists. Most of the episode was Six’s brain trying to escape the simulation that the scientists put him in, with an assist from his hidden memories, featuring his ex-wife Lara (Genelle Williams) and their son. Fortunately, Six eventually broke away from the simulations and the Raza showed up to rescue him. Meanwhile, the Android (Zoie Palmer) is acting out of character. Will Six decide to remain on the Raza? What’s up with our Android? What foe will take their turn attacking the Raza this episode? Find out, on this week’s episode of Dark Matter.

This week on Dark Matter

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DARK MATTER — “Hot Chocolate” Episode 308 — Pictured: Zoie Palmer as The Android — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

This week on Dark Matter, the Raza crew has to contend with an attack from within their own walls while they have distinguished guests on board.

I loved this episode. The plot was built upon one of my favorite plot tropes (no spoilers) and was far more interesting than watching Six go around in circles last week. Instead, the whole main cast was properly involved in this week’s conflict, which feels like the first time this has happened since the first week of this season. It’s nice to feel like everyone has a major stake in the conflict in an ensemble show like Dark Matter, but it shouldn’t feel so rare. The villain of this episode’s entrance was hinted at in previous episodes and was really great to see. In addition, Two (Melissa O’Neil) got to confront the person who she arguably has the most issues with this season, and it felt like both sides made headway in said confrontation, which illuminates the shades of gray that Dark Matter likes to play with. Finally, one of the members of the main cast got a new acting challenge with which to play, there was a really well-choreographed fight scene, and the day was saved by a character who has been mainly machinating in the Raza’s recesses this season, it seems.

Although the actual halfway point was last week’s episode, I think next episode may mark when the plot shifts direction toward the events seen in this promo. The promo for next episode seems to indicate that the Raza crew may be taking another twist in their turn-filled road…

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DARK MATTER — “Hot Chocolate” Episode 308 — Pictured: (l-r) Stephanie Belding as Quill, Roger Cross as Six, Anthony Lemke as Three, Alex Mallari Jr. as Four — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

In conclusion, I really liked this episode. It had a classic, yet fun plot and really let the ensemble cast shine, which it seems like they haven’t done much of this season. Additionally, the cliffhanger this episode may take the Raza to even stranger places than it has heretofore traversed.

Next week, it turns out that the Raza crew does not learn from past technology mistakes…

Impatient for more Dark Matter? Read Syfy’s writeup of the Dark Matter San Diego Comic Con panel or watch the SyFy AU After Dark panels featuring members of the Dark Matter cast!

Dark Matter airs on Syfy Friday nights at 9pm.

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Siobhan Dempsey

Siobhan is a 24 year old MLIS student who prefers to read over socializing and is passionate about diversity and accessibility.