***Warning: This article contains major spoilers for the Dark Matter episode “We Should Have Seen This Coming”***
Dark Matter delivered another serious emotional blow this week as we finally discovered the secret to Nyx’s (Melanie Liburd) past and her predictive abilities. While many thought she might have been similar to Two (Melissa O’Neil), the truth was that she’s part of a massive experiment to scientifically create a way to predict the future. In trying to get brother Milo, who was wonderfully portrayed by Mpho Koaho, Nyx unleashed a seemingly unstoppable force onto the crew, who began questioning their every move.
Two of the biggest bombshells Milo dropped before his fatal decision was that a member of the crew will betray them soon and that there’s a looming corporate war in the next six months. Not only that, but the crew of the Raza may have a large part to play in it. As if the stakes weren’t high enough already!
To get the answers to at least some of your burning questions, read on below for our weekly postmortem chat with showrunner Joseph Mallozzi, who discusses whether one of Milo’s predictions have already come true, the inspiration behind Nyx’s powers and Two’s decision to trust her.
The TV Junkies: Was it challenging to write an episode involving predicting the future, where every character is second-guessing their own actions?
Joseph Mallozzi: Those types of stories are always tough for a number of reasons. Just from the get go I wanted to introduce the Nyx character heading into Season 2 and I wanted to make her different and special. I wanted her to be tough, but I wanted to make her unique. To be honest, how it came about was that I was inspired by the [Marvel Comics] character of Black Cat who, frankly, I totally misunderstood her power. I assumed she was able to create luck and, rather than a magical ability, it was almost grounded in science. It’s more that you’re playing probability theory rather than predicting the future.
Essentially, you imagine a way, more or less, a situation will unfold, and maybe you’re right seven out of ten times, but you’re more right the majority of the time. If you’re fighting someone, given the way your opponent shifts their body, you can predict if they’re going to lead with a right or a left. That’s her ability, and then her people are on a much grander scale, using chaos theory to predict the future, which is something scientists today have sought to do. On the surface it may seem magical, but there is a real world basis to it, and that’s what we wanted to create. The tough thing with that was trying to make it more real than magical and giving her that power, but not making her too powerful. It’s not so much that she can predict the future, but she can guess a probable outcome. She’s not invulnerable.
TTVJ: To clarify, was Four (Alex Mallari Jr.) the one who Milo predicted would betray the crew, meaning that Milo foresaw his own suicide?
JM: You could interpret it that way. That’s the way members of the cast interpreted it after they watched the episode. One could argue that in this instance he’s not really betraying the new, but he’s betraying Nyx. You could assume that’s what Milo was talking about or maybe there’s someone else who’s going to betray them between now and the end of Season 2. We’ll have to wait and see which one it is.
TTVJ: That scene with Nyx crying on her own was by far the most powerful moment of the episode. Melanie Liburd blew me away.
JM: Melanie Liburd was incredibly powerful in this episode, and this was one of her many incredibly strong performances throughout the season. She’s fantastic; I’m a big fan.
TTVJ: Because of that intuition she has, is it possible she was crying because a part of her knew she’d never see her brother again?
JM: No, she’s crying because she tried to save him, but she lost him and she feels kind of hopeless because he had to go back to the people who kept them captive for so long. Presumably, in her mind, there was no way out of the situation, and as far as she knows her brother is a captive at episode’s end.
TTVJ: Oh god, so she’s still holding out hope that she could see him again? That’s so tragic.
JM: Yes, very tragic when you think about it. You see her crying and you think, ah well, but there’s still hope, but then you realize that there is no hope.
TTVJ: Milo predicted this looming corporate war, and that the Raza crew will be apart of it. Is this that next step from nature vs. nurture onto more deciding between good vs. bad?
JM: This whole idea of are they good guys or bad guys has existed since the beginning the series when they found out they used to be bad guys, and decided not to be who they were. To what extend depends on each person. In the case of Two, she clearly has turned her back on Portia, but as we find out about who Portia was we begin to sympathize with how she ended up there. In the case of Marcus Boone, he liked the idea of who he was, but as you begin to find out more about him you realize he’s not such a bad guy.
The same seems to be true for Four, although one of the first things Five (Jodelle Ferland) says to Two in the premiere is that dream where her mother sent guards to apprehend her and she cut out their eyes for her to find. That is psychotic behaviour. You assume he’s moved past that and seems to be loyal to the crew, and yet there’s instances like when he kills Akita or in this episode where he’s building this relationship with Nyx and then helps her brother kill himself. There’s certainly a dark side to him, so I don’t know if it’s simple as saying the characters deciding to be good or bad because they’re varying degrees. There’s a lot of grey.
One of the big picture things is this looming corporate war, and as Milo says, there are certain moments of history where individuals can step in and make a difference, and that’s something that will resonate as we head towards the back half of Season 2.
TTVJ: It’s interesting how protective Two was of Nyx in the show. We talked about she’s very close to Three (Anthony Lemke), Four and Five now, but this was the first indication that Nyx has become part of the crew.
JM: Two has been very careful about who to trust and who not to trust. We see very early on we see that she trusts Nyx, and it’s almost like instinctual, and she connects with her on a certain level on Hyperion 8. Afterwards it almost feels like a gambler who doubles up when they lose. That’s what it is here with her subconsciously. She makes an instinctual decision to trust Nyx and then Nyx seemingly betrays that trust in this episode, but rather than shut her down she tries to find a reason to trust her again and goes out of her way to do so. She’s proven correct and ends up winning with Nyx, but you see that Two is not perfect. The recurring theme with her is uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. She has to make the decisions, in this case fortunately she’s proven right, but more than anything she wanted to be proven right. This is a win for Two.
TTVJ: For now. We saw that moment with the tremor in her hand, so things might not be going as well as she’d hope.
JM: Yeah, what is that?
TTVJ: So weird, right?
JM: Hmm, I going to have to go back and watch that, I think I missed that the first time.
TTVJ: [laughs] I’ll leave that one for now. I do want to talk about Three and Six (Roger Cross), since Three decided to not necessarily forgive him, but to give him another shot. What is that going to look like going forward?
JM: That looks, once again, like most of the developments on the show: very complicated. Even though Five and Two are willing to forgive him, or at least move on, Three isn’t. Three is still having problems and you don’t really know Four’s deal until episode nine. You realize that Six’s position in the crew, even long into Season 2, is not what it was in Season 1. It’s going to be a long road, and in fact there’s a great scene I wrote with Six having a discussion with the Android, I think Episode 11, where you finally get the Android’s take on Six and his betrayal, which is really interesting.
TTVJ: Two gave Six that ultimatum where he had to go along with the crew’s decisions, moral or not, or find himself off the ship. It’s interesting how even though she’s gone out of her way to help him, it’s still very uneasy.
JM: It’s funny you should mention that because I do see that. It makes me aware that the character of Two, in that respect, is very much like Melissa [O’Neil]. Melissa will put her cards on the table; if something is bothering her she’ll come to you and say, “Look, I’m not liking this.” Not in a confrontational or bad way, but she’s not the type of person who is afraid to bring something up or let things sit and be passive aggressive. If there’s something she doesn’t like, she’ll very politely and directly say, “I don’t agree with this.” That’s exactly what Two does with Six and says this is the way things are going to be and if you want to be part of this crew you have to be on board.
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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.