[Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Season 1 finale of Dark Matter]
Well Dark Matter fans the mystery is finally solved! We finally know who was responsible for wiping the memories of the Raza crew, but the surprises didn’t stop there in the Season 1 finale. As the clock ticked down on the show’s freshman season viewers received another huge shock when it was revealed that Six (Roger Cross) had turned the crew over to the Galactic Authority.
Why did he do it? What will happen to the Raza crew now? Sure, we may have gotten some answers to a lot of the mysteries that have been plaguing us through Season 1, but we now have so many more questions. Dark Matter co-creator Joseph Mallozzi talked with us for a final time this season to offer up some answers and insight. As of this moment the show has not been renewed for Season 2, but Mallozzi and crew have already been looking ahead and he also offered a preview of those plans.
The TV Junkies: We know that Five (Jodelle Ferland) was behind the memory wipe and we’re assuming it was all to protect Six. Is that correct?
Joseph Mallozzi: Yes, that is a fair assumption. When she’s in her room and lets him hear the audio of Two and Four plotting against someone–it’s either “not Jace Corso” or him–the pieces fall into place for him and he realizes ‘shoot!’ That’s when he starts theorizing and asks about the files and he’s like ‘of course!’ That’s when he puts it together and is like ‘you’re the only one most capable of doing it and I suspect that it’s you. The fact that this file is on your computer pretty much points to the fact it was you. Why would you do it?’ He realizes that of course she was protecting someone.
The Android said in Episode 3 that the code was rushed. So maybe that wasn’t the original intent and she was only targeting specific members of the crew but had to do such a rush job.
TTVJ: Was Six angry that they turned over the device that destroyed the planet in Episode 11? Was that his motive for turning them over to the Galactic Authority?
JM: I don’t want to give too much away because we’re going to be putting the pieces together in Season 2, but as of Episode 8 he’s fairly anguished. You think it’s because of his desire to revenge himself against the General and the lies weigh heavy on his head, but when you think about it he found out about that in Episode 6 and something happened in Episode 8 to reverse things for him. When they are offered the deal he doesn’t like it. When they are in that boys’ club meeting and they say ‘what about you?’ and he says ‘I don’t like it.’ He essentially voices his concern for delivering the device but lets them decide. When they decide and with the resulting consequences is when he solidifies his decision.
There’s a line in Episode 12 where he’s in the marauder waiting with Four, and Four says ‘you can’t kill yourself over mistakes. We all decided to deliver the device.’ Six says ‘well I tried to stop you,’ and Four says ‘well not very hard.’ That’s basically a clue that he was testing them. After the events of the white hole bomb, that’s when the decision is made and he realizes these people are dangerous.
TTVJ: What did Roger and the cast think when you told them Six was going to turn them in?
JM: What’s so beautiful is that we held off on Episode 13 and I left out the final moment. I just referred to the individual as “The Mole” and so nobody knew. We scheduled the reveal for the last shot on the last day. Before we shot that final scene the cast gathered like the suspects in a whodunit. We filmed it and it’ll be appearing as a special feature at some point.
It’s funny because they were guessing and guessing throughout and sometimes they’d guess correctly and then they’d revise their opinions. I threw a couple of curveballs at them where I secretly had our costume designer have both Anthony Lemke and Alex [Mallari Jr.] come in for secret costume fittings and they were told ‘don’t tell anyone about it.’ But it’s funny because that day everyone was talking about it and Roger came by and he just goes ‘you know what? It’s probably me,’ and walked off.
TTVJ: It should give Roger some really fantastic stuff to work through next season.
JM: Yep, we’ve got the first seven of 13 episodes planned and we’ve got a lot of shocks and surprises coming your way. Our show next season will not be starting out on the ship, it’ll be starting out on an intergalactic super max prison. The great thing about that is it allows us the opportunity to introduce new convict characters that could potentially tag along.
After this episode everything is so fractured and what was so important to me was that the end of Episode 12, after a season of distrust and divisiveness, doing that scene where everybody is sitting together enjoying drinks, laughing and then you do the dissolve.
TTVJ: Yes, that was a sure fire sign it was all going to go to hell.
JM: Exactly! [laughs] So much divisiveness. One of the biggest is that One and Two had this relationship and throughout the episode he’s saying ‘it’s not me. It’s not me.’ But when it all comes down to it she sides with Three. That could very well be the death blow to the relationship they had. The fact that Five suspects Two is pretty damning. The fact that Six is the mole and brings them in is damning as well. Amidst it all is Four’s determination and that he’s leaving. He’s got a long game going and at some point he’s going to reclaim his throne. That’s something we’re going to address in Season 2 as well.
TTVJ: So trust is still a theme going into next season as well?
JM: Yes. One of the things we didn’t do in Season 1 was world building, we were really focused on the micro elements of the characters and their journeys of discovery. In Season 2 we’ll continue to do that and continue to explore the relationships, the show is character driven, but we want to go out and discuss the corporate structure, the Galactic Authority. One thing we didn’t have this year that we’ll be following through on next year is recurring villains and big bads.
TTVJ: You mentioned One and Two’s relationship breaking down a bit and Three obviously has some feelings for Two. What is your take on love triangles and is that where those three are headed?
JM: No, I will say no. You’re stuck on a ship with a bunch of people and it’s realistic that sooner or later people are going to hook up. Most shows would play that out over many years but that’s not what the heart of our show is about. The One/Two relationship is irreplaceably damaged after this episode one could argue, but we’ll see. The Two/Three relationship it seems more like one where who knows how it will develop? They both seem like two individuals who aren’t looking for an emotional commitment so the word romance seems like a bit of a misnomer. It’s definitely not a priority moving into Season 2. We’ve got bigger fish to fry.
TTVJ: Do you plan on exploring the character backstories through flashbacks any more in Season 2?
JM: Possibly. Five still has those memories in her head and their backstories and past histories will play crucial parts in a lot of the stories in Season 2. We will continue to learn about their stories but now that we’ve found out quite a bit Season 2 is a season where the past comes back to haunt them in many ways. In Season 1 they were more reactive, back on their heels trying to figure out what was going on, and in Season 2 they become more proactive in a big, cool, badass way.
TTVJ: Was there any trepidation about ending the season on such a huge cliffhanger when you weren’t sure about the renewal status?
JM: No. I approach every season as a different book in the series and it’s got a beginning, middle and end. You get your answers and while they may not be the answers you like, and if the show doesn’t get picked up it’s an incredibly bittersweet ending, probably more bitter than sweet. It’s somehow fitting that the characters that you grew to love, that were convicts, ended up going to jail. If it is the last season then I will point out more clearly where the clues were and reveal what the gameplan was. But I’m feeling fairly positive. It’s a little frustrating to wait long because you want to get working, and we have, but there’s nothing better than being told ‘OK you’re good to go.’
What do you think Dark Matter fans? Are you still shocked over the finale? Sound off with all your thoughts about Season 1 and theories about Season 2 in the comments below!
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