Dark Matter: Joseph Mallozzi talks “She’s One of Them Now”

Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy
Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy
***Warning: This article contains major spoilers for the Dark Matter episode “She’s One of Them Now”***

Could any of us have seen that coming? After lulling us into a false sense of security, the Seers forced Devon into committing the ultimate sacrifice to save Nyx (Melanie Liburd), leaving him lying in a pool of his own blood as Nyx assumed the worst of him. It was a hard blow after what felt like a major win for the Raza crew when they successfully stole the blink drive from Alicia Reynaud (Inga Cadranel). Now we’re all sitting in a state of limbo as we’re forced to wait an entire week to see where exactly the crew “blinked” off to.

Overall, “She’s One of Them Now” was a terrific Dark Matter episode full of all the humour and action we expect from the series, and topped off with a signature cliffhanger. The episode saw the return of Tabor Calchek, played by Stargate: Atlantis alum David Hewlett, and just so happened to be directed by Canadian actor Jason Priestley.

For all your burning questions, Dark Matter co-creator and showrunner Joseph Mallozzi joins us once again for our episode postmortem, where we discuss Devon’s fate, the mysterious blink drive and officially eliminates one ongoing fan theory.

The TV Junkies: I have to ask – why Devon?

Joseph Mallozzi: One of the themes of the show is the idea that you have a past and in many instances you regret your past mistakes. You’re given an opportunity of redemption and redemption can take many forms. One of them is being selfless and doing something to help others.

Essentially, for Devon, he’s been in a dark place because of what happened on that ship. He lost that girl, he holds himself responsible and, in his mind, he’s like [the old Raza crew]. It’s even worse for him because he remembers his past. Unlike them, who were intentionally hurting people, he didn’t, and yet it weighs on him as heavily as any of the things they did, or heavier because he actually knows, whereas they don’t have that emotional connection to those memories.

He’s on that space station, and [the Seers] are looking for the Raza and his response is, ‘they left without me.’ Here he is, walking into a trap set for him and they ask about Nyx. He has the opportunity to give them information and potentially save his life and he decides he’s not going to do it. It’s his penance, in a way, for his past sins. That’s how he’s going to seek redemption. They’re looking for Nyx, she’s right upstairs in the space station waiting for him, he knows exactly where she is, and he doesn’t tell them, and he ends up paying for it. It’s dark, but it’s an extreme example of a character finding redemption, in the end.

TTVJ: So we won’t be seeing any #DevonLives Twitter campaigns anytime soon?

JM: Fans could try, but Devon is done.

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TTVJ: We finally discovered that the keycard is actually part of a blink drive that can teleport a ship anywhere in the galaxy. How did you come up with that concept?

JM: We wanted to find a device that would give someone an edge in a battle or a war in general. Can you imagine an armada outfitted with these blink drives? They would be unstoppable. There’s been talk about this looming corporate war and we have that conversation between Reynaud and Nieman where he says this could hold the key to the war.

It’s kind of a fun sci-fi idea. We toyed with it back when Paul [Mullie] and I were working on Stargate: Atlantis. One of the final couple of episodes they use something called a wormhole drive, which is theoretically the same thing, the ability to travel tears in space-time through a wormhole. Rather than taking the time travelling faster than light (FTL), this takes you there instantly. It’s a way to up the stakes in a sci-fi way as we build towards our season finale.

TTVJ: We also found out in this episode that Reynaud didn’t develop the technology, but stole it. Will we eventually find out who created it?

JM: We could, but that’s a story for down the line. My answer is: yes, we will, but not for awhile.

TTVJ: Five was unquestionably the badass hero of the episode. How did Joelle Ferland react when she got this script?

JM: She’s a huge geek, and she loves geeky things. She loves her character and this is another opportunity for her to be badass. Not just as the smart kid who saves the day, but when Three (Anthony Lemke) asks her to untie him and she says, ‘no time!’ and essentially blows them away, it echoes “Kill Them All” and her maturation in that way.

TTVJ: Speaking of that scene, I was really happy to see the reintroduction of the clones. There are so many fan theories now where every time someone dies, it’s actually their clone.

JM: Yes, everyone always thinks, ‘Oh my god, they’re a clone.’ So far, I have to say, they’ve all been absolutely wrong.

TTVJ: I think from now on you have to hold the camera on that dead body for at least five seconds to kill those theories.

JM: [laughs] After three seconds, we’re good, we can move on.

Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy
Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy

TTVJ: I was happy to see there was a lot of humour in this episode, and it’s certainly something I’ve noticed even in darker episodes. How important is it to keep those lighter and humorous scenes between these life and death situations?

JM: I think it’s super important. Humour has been one of the most important elements of my writing throughout my career. You look back at Stargate, and even Universe, which was a lot more serious than SG-1 or Atlantis, had a fair amount of humour, certainly in the scripts I wrote. It’s the same with Dark Matter. I envisioned it with this undercurrent of humour.

I find that humour goes a long way towards humanizing our characters. It makes it easier for our audience to connect with our characters, and the light moments make those dark moments comparatively darker. Throughout this episode there’s a lot of fun with Tabor and the Android (Zoie Palmer), those scenes are great, then you end with that moment of self-sacrifice and suddenly it hits you after what was, for the most part, a fun episode.

TTVJ: This was our first time seeing Tabor on the Raza. How was it for David Hewlett to join you all on set?

JM: It was a lot of fun. I told him last season when he came in and did his parts that I would work on a script that has Tabor on the ship, and I knew that I wanted to see him do scenes with the Android because he’s so crazy and over the top, whereas she is equally funny but in a very understated way. Those scenes were a lot of fun, Zoie and David were great.

TTVJ: They were fantastic. I also really loved the scene she had with Nyx where we finally got to see the Android’s take on the effect of One’s death.

JM: I felt it was important and I really wanted to get out the idea. After we find out that One (Marc Bendavid) dies at the end of Episode 2 we do this time cut and we get a bit of Two’s (Melissa O’Neil) reaction, and we see culminate in her killing Corso. It’s interesting to check out how the Android would feel about losing a member of the crew, and I felt it was important.

TTVJ: Now that the crew has seemingly disappeared, what can expect for next week’s episode?

JM: You can expect a parallel universe episode. It will feature some surprising guest stars, is what I’m gonna say.

 

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Dark Matter airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Space Channel and Syfy.

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