*** Warning: This article contains major spoilers for the Dark Matter episode “Welcome to Your New Home” ***
Dark Matter shocked fans in its Season 2 premiere with the series’ first major character death. The unrelentingly good-natured One (Marc Bendavid), AKA Derrick Moss, was mercilessly taken out by Jace Corso, for reasons yet to be revealed.
As the only character without fighting skills, technical prowess or a criminal history, One was often the odd man out on the Raza, but he was still a valued member of the crew. His romantic history with Two (Melissa O’Neil) aside, arguably One’s greatest scenes were with Three (Anthony Lemke). The dynamic constantly shifted between fierce animosity and mutual respect, culminating in one of the most unlikely friendships of Season 1.
In a recent interview with Lemke we spoke about the death of One, and how that loss affected both the show and himself as an actor. “In Season 1 I would say most of my fun scenes were with One,” Lemke told The TV Junkies. “There was total bromance stuff going on there, and I mourned as an actor.”
Referencing their constant bickering throughout the first season, Lemke says that for both himself and fans of Dark Matter, the relationship between Three and One quickly became one of the most fun dynamics of the series. Part of that was their fundamental disagreements on the nature vs. nurture debate. “He was always trying to be something better than our pasts and Three was saying that we can be our pasts, and that’s okay,” Lemke said.
So what does this mean for Three going forward without a buddy to bicker with? Thankfully Lemke revealed that throughout Season 2 Three will develop a “really great” relationship with another yet unnamed character. “It’s a deep, wonderful, fun relationship that the audience is going to love.”
Could he be talking about Five? Or perhaps one of the several new characters we’ve been introduced to in the premiere? For now let the speculation begin.
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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.