It’s no secret that The TV Junkies crew are big fans of Dark Matter. From the plot twists, to the hilarious one-liners, to the awesome chemistry of the Canadian cast, the SyFy/Space Channel series had us from day one and we’ve been hooked ever since.
For those of you not familiar with the show, the premise is as follows: a group of six people wake up on a spaceship with no memory of who they are or how they got there. As they learn more about their past and about the hostile world they’ve woken up to, they begin to struggle between going back to what they once were or finding a way to start over. It’s a show full of action, mystery and dares to solve the age-old debate of nature vs. nurture.
So, in celebration of all things Dark Matter as we count down to the dramatic season finale on Aug. 29, we’re listing our top reasons why you should be watching. Also, it just so happens that Space Channel in Canada will be airing a marathon of the first 11 episodes of Season 1 on Sunday, August 23 beginning at 9 a.m. ET.
A top-notch Canadian cast
It’s no secret that Canadians get a real sense of pride over homegrown talent, and the rock solid chemistry between Dark Matter‘s main cast gives us a lot to be proud of. The show boasts a medley of veteran actors like Six’s Roger Cross and Three’s Anthony Lemke, alongside relative newcomers like One’s Marc Bendavid and Two’s Melissa O’Neil. In fact, Dark Matter is O’Neil’s first venture into television acting.
While there’s no shortage of action on Dark Matter, make no mistake, it remains a heavily character-driven show. That may sound boring on paper, but the interactions between characters give it so much life and personality. Whether it’s Six being the overprotective father-figure for Five (Jodelle Ferland), or Three and Two having a rare heart-to-heart, those conversations are as important to the series as any big plot twist or action sequences. While the mysteries and the heart-pounding cliffhangers keep us on the edge of our seat every episode, it’s the camaraderie between its cast members that keeps us coming back for more (and yes, you do get used to the fact that they use numbers as names).
The kickass women of the Raza
What really sets Dark Matter apart from some of the other sci-fi shows on television is the treatment of the female characters. Boss lady Two is a “strong female character” dream; she steps into the role of leader as if she was born into it, knocks down anyone who challenges her, and proves each and every episode why she deserves to be there.
Two alone would be a great reason to watch, but Five and the Android (Zoie Palmer) make up Dark Matter‘s trio of fantastic female characters. Five may be the little sister of the crew, but she knows more about mechanics than the rest of them combined, and constantly jumps at the chance to help in any dire situation. Meanwhile, the Android literally runs and maintains the ship, all while striving to be an emotional support system for the crew in her own socially awkward way.
Who runs the Raza? These girls.
Three’s unique sense of humour
We’ve already established that the entire cast is great, but Lemke’s delivery as Three is so spot on, he’s quickly become a fan-favourite of the series. From his habit of naming his guns (#Bubba4ever) to his ability to make a joke in every possible situation, Three’s one-liners are always a significant highlight of each episode. The fact that he’s capable of some surprisingly heartfelt moments is just the cherry on top.
One silent, but deadly samurai
There’s no shortage of action sequences on this show, thanks to the crew’s uncanny ability to stir up trouble everywhere they go. Alex Mallari Jr.’s Four, in particular, delivers some of the best action moments thanks to his smooth skills with the katana. When he promises “heads will roll,” he means literally. While you’re watching, look for some of Dark Matter‘s more memorable action sequences, including a space zombie infestation and a samurai shootout you seriously have to see to believe.
Two’s epic badassery
Have we mentioned how awesome Two is? We have? Well, it deserves to be said one more time. On top of being a terrific leader, Two can kick ass like nobody’s business and barely breaks a sweat doing it. From the very first scene she’s in, Two defies viewer expectations and O’Neil continues to impress week after week. We live a #2BOSS appreciation life and are not ashamed to admit it.
The oh-so-familiar guest stars
The freshman series really lucked out with some of its guest stars. Thanks to its Stargate connection, alumni actors David Hewlett and Torri Higginson make several appearances in first season, as well as Canadian sci-fi mainstay Hiro Kanagawa. Of course, for Orange is the New Black fans, the most buzzed about guest star has to be Ruby Rose. The summer It Girl kills it as Wendy the “fun-loving” robot in episode 7.
Five’s big heart
As the resident kid on the Raza, Five has had plenty of bonding time with the rest of the crew, leading to some of the sweetest moments on the show. Her relationships with Six and the Android, in particular, are some of the strongest, thanks to Ferland’s excellent on-screen chemistry with Cross and Palmer. Even so, as the odd one out, Five is always looking out for the crew and does her best to help them in any way she can. Who says you can’t choose your family?
Bonus: The mind-blowing plot twists
How could we not mention the plot twists? Nearly every episode features one game changer or another, whether it’s some dramatic new information or a member of the crew does something you never saw coming. Dark Matter keeps you guessing every episode and rarely disappoints with the follow through. With some serious cliffhangers sprinkled throughout the series, you’ll find yourself binge-watching before you know it.
Still need convincing? Showrunner Joseph Mallozzi has 8 more reasons to watch. Fans of the show are more than welcome to leave a comment below with their top reasons to tune in.
Dark Matter airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Space Channel and Syfy.
Associate Editor Kelly Townsend always had strong opinions on TV growing up, so it was only natural to evolve from couch musings to online journalism. She can't ever choose a favorite series, so please don't ask. Her writing has also appeared on IndieWire and Tribute.ca. You can find her on Twitter at @kellybtownsend.