The Raza took a massive hit on Friday, September 1, when it was announced that Dark Matter would be ending its run on Syfy and Space Channel after three seasons. The TV Junkies have made it no secret that we’re big fans of the series, especially this past Season 3, so to say we were disheartened by the news is a bit of an understatement.
However, in true Dark Matter fashion, fans immediately began a rallying cry for the show to be picked up by another network. Not long after a campaign for Netflix began to emerge, leading to a very Three-esque hashtag to become a trending topic on Twitter in Canada Wednesday night.
Unfortunately, time is limited in getting Netflix on board. Co-creator Joseph Mallozzi has been very candor on his blog regarding the reasoning behind Dark Matter cancellation, and the likelihood of it being picked up by another network. He has confirmed that the fan response has gotten the attention of network decision-makers, but there’s still a ways to go in convincing them.
“At this point, the biggest thing we’ve got working against us is time,” Mallozzi wrote. “The longer this goes, the more likely we are to lose some of our greatest assets.”
Those assets are the cast and crew, who can only go for so long without lining up new jobs, and the set, which will be too costly to rebuild if the time comes to take it down. This means there’s a very limited window for it to be picked up.
So what can fans do to convince the powers that be? Here’s what you need to know:
There is a major Twitter campaign scheduled for Friday, September 9, led by user @DarkMatterFTL, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A special hashtag will be provided to use during the one-hour period, and fans are encouraged to tweet gifs, art, witty remarks using that hashtag (and only that hashtag, since tweets with multiple hashtags won’t be tracked). Trending topics are the best way to get attention from networks and speed along any major decisions.
In the meantime, fans with a Netflix subscription can stream the first two seasons if available in their regions. Continuing the conversation on social media remains a big help.
Bottom line? Carry on the rally cry for Season 4 and keep your voices heard.
Are you a fan of Dark Matter? Sound off in the comments below why you believe the series deserves a Season 4.
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.