*** This article contains major spoilers for the Dark Matter Season 3 episode “Wish I Could Believe You”***
Dark Matter certainly didn’t pull any punches in Friday night’s “Wish I Could Believe You.” The episode, written by Ivon Bartok and directed by Paul Day, offered a major revelation that had everything to do with Six’s (Roger Cross) past–namely that he had a wife and son that he completely forgot about, and are currently living their own happy lives without him. Cue hearts breaking everywhere.
We also learned that Ferrous’ Agent Zero isn’t a person at all, but a deadly toxin used to take out the inhabitants of the Traugott colony. Miraculously Six survived, but not before Ferrous used some elaborate means to retrieve information from him in a very Inception-style episode. Not to mention the curious ending scene with the Android (Zoie Palmer) holding a gun to Three’s (Anthony Lemke) head. What was that all about?
Dark Matter showrunner Joseph Mallozzi spoke with The TV Junkies again this week to discuss the episode’s heartbreaking reveal, why fans should always worry about the crew, and what to expect for the upcoming season.
The TV Junkies: This was another episode with some terrific surprises. What was the inspiration behind the concept?
Joseph Mallozzi: That’s a good question. I don’t recall what the inspiration was. Basically, we wanted to tell a story and this let us tell the story in a unique way. Sort of non-linear, if you will. Really, what I wanted to do was find a way to get inside Six’s head. The real nugget of this episode was the revelation that he had a family, and essentially what happened to the family. It just seemed like an interesting way to get at that story.
TTVJ: That reveal at the end definitely got to me the most. How does Six move on knowing he has a family out there?
JM: Well, he really has no choice. In the flashbacks he essentially came to terms with the fact that he had his chance and blew it. His attempt to make things right at the end, and the realization where he said “let’s go home” is him coming to terms with the fact that he had a family, he let work get in the way, his single-minded determination that typifies Six got in the way of a healthy relationship with his family, and, ultimately, they’re better off without him. They’ve moved on. What is to be gained from him stepping back into the picture? It’s going to complicate things. The decision was made for him when he saw the fact that his family had moved on.
TTVJ: One great thing about Dark Matter, though, is that the crew is a family all on their own, so can there be a bit of a solace in that?
JM: Sure, sure. I mean, there is that. He’s back, and I know a lot of fans were panicked when he left, wondering in what capacity he would continue with the show, and we know that for now he’s back. As we learned in Season 2, it’s a dark universe out there and people die, and people leave. The character of Four (Alex Mallari Jr.), who was a loyal member of the team for two seasons is suddenly a sworn enemy, so you never know what’s coming at you on the show.
TTVJ: So “never feel safe” is what you’re telling us.
JM: Exactly, exactly. Don’t get comfortable.
TTVJ: This is more of a comment than a question, but I have to say this episode did great in making me question how safe Six was. I physically had to pause the episode in shock right when he got shot, which is something I haven’t done since Wexler (Ennis Esmer) spaced Two (Melissa O’Neil) back in Season 1.
JM: It was a fun little mind play episode. I love the fact that we’re able to play with these sci-fi concepts like time loops, time travel, alternative selves and cloning. In this case, virtual reality. At the end of the day, what makes it interesting is that it’s happening to our characters. We’re putting our characters in that environment. Was it just that scene or were you worried about him in general?
TTVJ: Well, now I know I should be worried for everyone at all times, but it was that point specifically, since we thought he had just gotten out of that virtual world. So thank you for making me question my own reality.
JM: Excellent! I’m glad we were successful in that respect.
TTVJ: Is there more to fear from Agent Zero?
JM: Well, it’s still out there. That was one colony that was attacked. Who knows if other colonies will be attacked. That remains to be seen.
TTVJ: Has any of this managed to put a damper on Ferrous’ efforts in the war?
JM: Not really. They picked up Six because he was the sole survivor and a great information source. He slipped through their fingers, but essentially Ferrous Corp. got what they wanted. At this point they’re fighting a war on several fronts. The various corporations and their various corporate assets, so [Nieman] (David Richmond-Peck) starts targeting these colonies. This colony we found out back in Episode 303 was a munitions factory for Traugott, and it was an effective way of dealing Traugott a serious blow by taking down their personnel but keeping the structural assets intact, a munitions factory that they could take over. It would be the equivalent a hydrogen bomb, if you will.
TTVJ: That doesn’t sound good.
JM: No, not for everybody else. It sounds okay for Ferrous, though.
TTVJ: Anders (Jeff Teravainen) made a reappearance in this episode, and he was an important ally for Six and the crew. Obviously the Galactic Authority is too overwhelmed to track down wanted criminals, but what is his stance with the crew at this point? Is he someone they can trust?
JM: You never know. Commander Truffault (Tori Higginson) seems like an ally you can trust, but can you? I don’t know. So far all signs point to yes, as the magic eight ball would say. The same for Anders. When he was trapped with Three, he made the pitch that [the crew] are still criminals, and Three makes a pitch back that “we may be bad guys, but there are bigger bad guys out there and we can join forces to help take them down.” Obviously it’s given Anders food for thought. I guess he’s in a position where the enemy of my enemy is my friend. There’s a dire situation and galactic wars make strange bedfellows, so for now he’s willing to cooperate with them to a certain extend. How that plays out over the course of the season and beyond, as always, remains to be seen.
TTVJ: So will we see Anders again this season?
JM: I’m not gonna say one way or another. You’ll have to wait and see. He’s still in play out there.
TTVJ: Last season we found out there was something Ryo knows about Three’s past that he doesn’t want to share. Now we know that Sarah (Natalie Brown) knows what it is. Is this part of what we’ll learn in the upcoming Android origin story?
JM: Nope. A lot of revelations and a lot of secrets coming your way in the back half.
TTVJ: Is there anything you can tease about Three’s secret?
JM: There’s only so much I can say. We know Four, when he got his memories back, avoided Three because apparently it was something so bad or devastating that he didn’t want to reveal it. That’s what Three surmises. Judging from Sarah’s reaction it must be pretty bad. We will find out in Episode 312. That’s where all the secrets are revealed.
One of the great things about Ryo, and one of the things he certainly has going for him as their former ally is the fact that, unlike them, he’s privy to their pasts. He knows their secrets and how he uses those secrets we will discover later in the season.
TTVJ: That’s really interesting. So far this season there has been a lot of the crew and Ryo reacting to each other, so it’ll be cool to see him deep dive into something like that.
JM: Ryo’s going to strike back in a big way. After the events of last episode, the fact that he assumes they steal an Ishida cruiser is just one more thing to goad him to act, and he’s going to react in a big way in Episode 308.
TTVJ: Plus, we’re still waiting to see what the deal is with that individual in the glowing green wheelchair.
JM: And you also may be wondering what the hell was going on with the Android in the last scene of this episode.
TTVJ: Yes, that was actually my next question. It looked like someone was taking her for a test run.
JM: Didn’t it, though? It did seem like that. That’s what I’ll say.
TTVJ: What else can you preview about next week?
JM: It’s gonna be the battle you’ve been waiting for. Two versus Ryo Ishida. It has some pretty great combat. It took an entire day to shoot this fight sequence. It’s pretty awesome.
What do you think is going on with the Android, and what are your thoughts on this week’s episode? Sound off in the comments below.
Dark Matter airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy and Space Channel.
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.