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Review – Dark Matter S03E09: “Isn’t that a Paradox?”

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Dark Matter S03E09: “Isn’t that a Paradox?”

DARK MATTER -- "Is That A Paradox?" Episode 309 -- Pictured: (l-r) Anthony Lemke as Three, Melissa O'Neil as Two -- (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — “Is That A Paradox?” Episode 309 — Pictured: (l-r) Anthony Lemke as Three, Melissa O’Neil as Two — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

In last week’s episode of Dark Matter, the Android (Zoie Palmer) got hacked by an enemy agent working for Ryo Ishida (Alex Mallari Jr). This allowed Ryo and his troops to get aboard the Raza while members of the rebellious colonies were on board, in an attempt to acquire the blink drive (which his scientists broke in the second episode of this season). The Zairon crew managed to lock up Two (Melissa O’Neil), Three (Anthony Lemke), and Six (Roger Cross) despite their fighting prowess. Five (Jodelle Ferland) and Sarah (Natalie Brown) managed to save the Android and the day, but Ryo swore that his rivalry with his former crew members would continue until one side was dead. At the end of the episode, the Raza crew tried to examine the blink drive, but the effects from it knocked them all out. What’s wrong with the Raza crew? Are we going to find a new Raza crew even worse than the last time they messed with the blink drive? Watch this week’s episode of Dark Matter and find out!

This week on Dark Matter:

This week on Dark Matter, the malfunctioning blink drive again changes the positioning of the Raza in the timeline, this time throwing it and its crew 600 years in the past to our Earth. Hijinks ensue. 

I appreciate what this episode was trying to do, but I didn’t particularly like it. This episode was trying to be a lighthearted break from the breakneck pace of Dark Matter‘s usual episodes. There was a Stranger Things-esque subplot, Five falling victims to a child’s crush, and a lot of “fish out of water jokes”. While those things may appeal to a lot of viewers, I wanted to know more about the season’s overarching plot. It didn’t help that where the Raza ended up felt inevitable, and stuck past a lot of similar jokes. We got a few hints of what comes next for the Raza and its crew (no spoilers), but overall this episode fell flat trying to be silly; almost as if it was trying to accomplish slapstick, rather badly.

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

Although I didn’t care for this episode, there were parts of it I liked. I like having more information about the Dark Matter universe’s timeline, and we now know that it takes place somewhere around 2617 AD. It was nice seeing Two happy, even for a little while. According to my math, she hasn’t had enough time to be happy since before Ryo Ishida regained his memories, turned against her crew, was the reason behind Nyx’s (Melanie Liburd) death, and started a corporate war. While she’s almost the crew member who would have had the most problems if they couldn’t leave the past (excluding the Android, who needs the future technology to keep running), she’s probably the crew member who would have enjoyed the relative peace and calm the most. Five would also have enjoyed the past, and been a very successful technology employee, given the chance. She’s the dark horse of the crew: the Raza’s enemies (excluding her former comrade Ryo) don’t expect much of her, but she’s behind a lot of the plot solutions.

Dark Matter airs on Syfy at 9pm/8pm central on Friday nights. Unlike its sibling show Wynonna Earp, it and Killjoys have not yet been renewed for their next seasons (Wynonna Earp‘s next season is its third, Dark Matter and Killjoys would be their fourth seasons).


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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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