The latest Dark Matter episode gave the crew a serious reality check after a disastrous stop over at the space station. Not only did they get a sense of how much danger they’re in, some of them got a taste of just how dangerous they really are.
Four felt the brunt of it when he discovered the truth behind that ring in the puzzle box. It turned out to be a symbol of the Ishida family, of which he is the crown prince. When Four did some digging into the Ishida’s, he found out that his former self not only killed or maimed nearly 100 people, one of those people was his own father. It’s one thing to find out you’re a murderer, but patricide is something much darker.
While his face may not have given much away, I wouldn’t take Four’s stoicism as a sign of indifference. There’s a reason that he immediately sought out the box in the premiere. On a subconscious level, he was drawn to that ring. Whether it was out of guilt or something entirely different may be uncovered as the season progresses.
Two’s reality check may have hit her the hardest after her violent encounter at the casino. Out of the entire crew, Two has been in serious denial over her identity as Portia Lin, to the point where she refuses to even acknowledge it. The moment that last body hit the floor marked a horrible realization that erasing Portia won’t be as easy as she thought it would. Even worse, it may have soured her relationship with Five, who was understandably terrified.
The Android’s prediction that there would come a time that Five won’t want to be a member of the crew may have come true this episode. Or, at the very least, it’s starting to. Arguably the big theme of the season is nature vs. nurture, and so far our crew has vastly sided on the nurture side, showing that they’re not immediately out to hurt anyone. Unfortunately, Five is now realizing that when their instincts kick in, the Raza truly are dangerous.
Of course, this episode wasn’t all doom and gloom. By far the most entertaining storyline came from One and Three, in their attempt to work together to sell the weapon shipment. It’s always great to see contrasting personalities team up because they end up really boosting the other. Three has the biggest personality of the crew and One, on the other hand, is a lot more muted in his interactions. Combined, they play off of each other in a really fun way. I mean, it’s kind of fun to watch Three pick on One, right? It’s just so easy.
Things predictably go awry when the two are ambushed by none other than the “real” Jace Corso. Just one episode after his shocking reveal, he arrived to tell his side of the story. Turns out, I was half-right. Corso never managed to get on the Raza and One is actually an impersonator, though we still don’t have a why or a how. I think Three may be right when he said that One is the one who stole their memories. If Corso is right and he surgically changed his face to look like him, a man like that has little to lose. Could he really be the culprit?
Clearly One is aware of the target he’ll have on his back, so he opted to keep Corso a secret from the rest of the crew. Predictably, Three used this to his advantage, blackmailing One into becoming his go-to vote among the crew. I, for one, am really looking forward to the prospect of Three and One working closely in the future, even if One isn’t too happy about it. The only foil in the plan, of course, is that the Android happened upon Corso as he was taking the weapons. Chances are she’ll be making a comment about his magically changing hairstyles sooner rather than later.
Six was sadly on his own for most of the episode, stuck in a waiting room to get his injury treated. He got into a little trouble himself after the doctor identified him as a wanted criminal, though he opted to sedate him rather than take the extreme approach. However, I think the biggest moment of his story was the infomercial about interstellar cloning. With a show as fast-paced as Dark Matter, anything that gets long enough screen time is destined to become important. It’s possible that the idea of clones was a simple red herring, since Corso quickly dispelled that theory during his villain speech, but I think clones may play a larger role in the episodes to come. At the very least it gives us an idea of how their memories were transferred into Five.
A few Dark thoughts:
The beginning of the episode saw One agonizing over his kiss with Two, but Two never acknowledged it. Is their budding romance DOA? They never even got a ship name.
The tilt vs. shift argument felt really reminiscent of the iconic “pivot” scene of Friends, didn’t it?
I was surprised by Two’s recklessness at the casino. She knew enough to pit two multi corps against each other, but didn’t think she’d get caught for counting cards?
A question for fans: Do you think Two telling both Three and One she doesn’t trust the other was a smart move or a little too cold and calculating?
Three’s one-liners continue to be a major series highlight. Here are some of episode four’s best:
“I’m gonna buy myself something nice–and limbre.”
On whether he knows what ‘mercurial’ means: “Shut the hell up!”
“That is both insulting and… very insulting.”
“Why do you want to drag me into this? Whatever happened to empathy and human compassion?”
“Fine, we’ll work together to get out of this–and then we’ll argue.”
Things are getting trickier for the Raza crew now that we know both Corso and the galactic authorites are actively looking for them. With little supplies and no money, what could their next move be? Leave a comment below with your take on this episode’s events and what they may be headed for next.
Dark Matter airs 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.