***Warning: This article contains major spoilers for the Dark Matter episode “Going Out Fighting”***
Dark Matter had a plethora of surprises in store for audiences in tonight’s “Going Out Fighting.” Two (Melissa O’Neil) met her maker literally and figuratively when her failing nanites forced the crew to visit Dwarf Star Technologies Headquarters on Earth. Rook, played by Star Trek alum Wil Wheaton, arrived to remind us that the Seers aren’t the most evil organization in the galaxy, and introduced a whole new kind of evil in his experiments with Three (Anthony Lemke).
In the end the crew got out safe and whole, but not without a slew of questions needing to be solved. And to top it off, the episode concluded with a mysterious final scene involving the Android (Zoie Palmer).
Dark Matter co-creator and showrunner Joseph Mallozzi continues our postmortem series to answer all those lingering questions, including what’s going on with Four (Alex Mallari Jr.) and how this episode is part of a much bigger plan for the series.
The TV Junkies: Loyalty was a major theme of this episode. We saw the team rally about Two in order to save her life and even Four admit that his loyalty to the crew is what’s holding him back from retaking the throne. It ended on a good note here, but is there another shoe about to drop?
Joseph Mallozzi: Hmm, we’ll see about that. For the purposes of this episode, that’s something that Two has always worked towards, and something that’s been very important to her, this concept of loyalty that she tried to build over the course of Season 1. The last time we had a similar episode to this was Episode 12 of last season, once again with Dwarf Star Technologies. We see that moment when they all come together and rescue her and we have that moment near the end where they’re all together, finally, after a season’s worth of distrust, enjoying a meal together, then it all falls apart.
Not so in this episode. It feels as if it cements that notion [of loyalty]. We tried to get there in Season 1, it didn’t quite get there, but in Season 2 we do get there. There’s a happy moment. As for what the future holds, that remains to be seen. There’s always danger and complications around every turn.
TTVJ: I have to say, I loved Six (Roger Cross) in this episode, because it felt like the closest we’ve seen to Season 1.
JM: Season 2 is a journey of redemption for Six. I wanted to explore the different ways he redeems himself in the eyes of the other characters. In the case of Five (Jodelle Ferland), she comes around even though she’s still stung and disappointed by what he did. He’s still her friend. In the case of Two, she, as a commander, is able to put emotion aside and look at the logical reason behind what he did and how he can be of use of them moving forward. In the case of Three, he’s more the emotional guy, so he’s not going to forgive him right away but you can see that he’s come a long way since the jailbreak.
In the case of Four, it’s interesting in that he applies his own personal logic to it in that he’s empathetic to Six’s position since he finds himself in much the same situation. He feels a loyalty to the crew, but he has a role to play, he feels, in the future of Zairon and his people need him. He’s very conflicted in that respect. You have that nice little scene where he talks to Six in the shuttle and essentially says, ‘I understand why you did what you did.’ He’s not as pissed off as Three. Everyone has their own opinion and you’ll find out the Android’s opinion in a couple of episodes down the line. It’s a slow redemption for Six.
TTVJ: I’m glad you brought up that scene between Six and Four, because, aside from the issue of loyalty, Four also brought up the issue of memory. We still have that neural link in play. Is there a chance Four will end up using it?
JM: That’s a pretty good guess. For Two, it’s unlikely she would want to, and when it comes to Three, he may want to, but doesn’t really need to. Four may both need to and want to. We did that episode, we established those neural links, the temptation is there, whether we go through with it… we’ll see.
TTVJ: We were introduced to our first alien species in this episode, which was also the thing of my nightmares. Is this something that will be addressed later in this season or a mystery leading into Season 3?
JM: It is part of a bigger picture that we’ll continue to explore down the line. Like a lot of stuff on Dark Matter, we set it up, we’ll pay it off later down the line and nothing is wasted in terms of story elements. At the end of the day we know where we’re going with it so, rest assured, you will get answers.
In this case, the fans could start piecing it together. It has to do with Dwarf Star technologies. What do we know about Dwarf Star Technologies? They created Two—the why we don’t really know—but the hints are there in this episode. When you marry the elements of last season’s Episode 12 with that old man and the clues we sprinkle throughout this episode, it gives you a pretty good idea of where we’re headed.
TTVJ: The first moments of the episode we saw that Four and Nyx (Melanie Liburd) had a one night stand that ended a little awkwardly. What made you decide to hook them up romantically?
JM: It’s a progression to their relationship. We suggest early on that they connect on some sort of physical level as they’re training together. She confides in him. It’s something we haven’t really done this season. They’re both attractive people living in a close environment and as for where this is going to necessarily go… There is that connection, but, as many fans have pointed out, he did help her brother commit suicide, so at some point if she finds out it’s certainly going to put a snag in their relationship.
TTVJ: Between this week and last week we’ve seen a lot of romantic encounters, but one thing we haven’t seen is the inclusion of LGBTQ characters. Is that something you’ve thought about including in this season or down the line?
JM: Yeah, it’s certainly a possibility. To be honest with you, for me, when it comes to [romantic] relationships, if there is a story opportunity for why we’ll explore them, then we’ll explore them. In the case of Season 1, that love triangle between One (Marc Bendavid), Two and Three was more than just that. It extrapolated on many levels. Yes, it was the romance between the three, but the idea that essentially Two was a commander and One and Three were the angel and devil on her shoulder. One represented good and Three represented chaos and disorder. One represented moving forward and redemption, whereas Three represented the past. One represented a spiritual connection whereas Three represented a physical connection. For that reason it was interesting to explore issues on that level.
In the case of Four and Nyx, it was interesting in that Four is so closed off. Having him explore that side of him was kind of interesting and the introduction of the Nyx character afforded us that opportunity to explore it. It also gave us interesting story potential in that, when they’re developing this relationship and this connection, he’s kept certain secrets from that, if and when she finds out, will certainly make things much, much worse given the relationship they have. It’s a roundabout way of saying that, certainly, if there’s an opportunity to explore that type of relationship in an interesting and creative in-story way then sure, I would love to do it.
TTVJ: I found that the Android showed more emotion in this episode than we’ve seen, from the way she acted with Two and that sweet hot chocolate scene with Five where she added that little white lie about Two’s prognosis. Is there something changing with the Android, and is it linked to that mysterious final scene?
JM: We’re going to find out next episode. We’ll find out exactly what the deal is with that dream. The focus will be on the Android. I think it will be an episode that may be a little controversial in some ways, and I’ll leave it at that.
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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.