Dark Matter: Season 2 Episode 4 Review – We Were Family
This week Three and The Android were given the primary focus focus, with the theme of family and feeling like you belong running strong. Three comes across a man who claims to have raised him and The Android is approached by a group of androids who hold sophisticated enough upgrades that they can pass as humans. Below you will find our spoiler-heavy review of this week’s episode.
With The Android’s narrative this week, the show heavily borrowed from Ex Machina, in several ways. The Android tries on a dress and feels “awkward” yet happy in doing so. She is offered the chance to upgrade her tech to attain more human characteristics, which would make her indistinguishable from humans, allowing her to blend seamlessly into society. She also shares a kiss with one of the androids, which seems genuine on both sides (something that stands in contrast to Ex Machina, which highlights the duplicity androids) . The Android doesn’t upload the upgrade, but she does take it with her aboard the Raza, to ponder its use at a later time.
It’s something that we would love to see her utilise. The Android is someone who longs to be more human, so we don’t see a scenario in which she wouldn’t use the upgrade. It would presumably remove her slightly more robotic kinks, transforming her into a more seamless member of the crew. It would likely do wonders for her confidence and it’s also a valuable tool against future antagonists, who would remain unaware that she is an android and that she is therefore far more lethal than she appears to be (we saw just how dangerous The Android can be in Season 2, Episode 2).
Three had an even stronger focus this week, as he returned to his old crew and to the man who raised him as a child. The episode culminates in Three realising the coldness of this crew and ending their lives himself – in a very Western standoff – before confronting his surrogate Father Larcan Tanner (Nigel Bennett) and accusing him of murdering his parents. Interestingly, Tanner tells Three “you always knew” and Three executes Tanner using another Western trope – the under the table gut shot.
The episode did a wonderful job of making events cyclical, so that Three is left with the same choice at the end that Tanner had, but where Tanner chose to steal Three away and raise him as his own, Three instead chooses the right path – to take the boy home, so that another can raise him (presumably the boy has other family or friends who would be willing to raise him, now that his Father has been murdered).
Elsewhere, Four and Nyx grew a little closer and formed respect for one another – in the quickest way you can earn Four’s respect, which is to match him in battle. We can see why the writers are pairing these two characters together. Whether they intend this to be a romantic pairing or a platonic one, Four and Nyx make a great duo and we’re certain that we’ll see them fighting side by side in battle later on this season.
Five also further proved her intellectual acuity by suspecting Arax Nero (Mike Dopud) of duplicity, catching him in the act of theft via the careful placement of cameras. She then performed a very skilled slight of hand while feigning an affectionate hug, resulting in a false key being placed in the possession of Arax. Five remains one of the crew’s greatest assets and she deserves more credit than she gets for pro-active undertakings such as this.
One of our favourite lines from this episode, which truly rings relevant to the theme of the entire show, was when Five – talking of having experienced Three’s childhood memories – tells Three: “Your parents really loved you. I wish you could remember.” And Three replies: “Me too kid, me too.” Recalling memory, as the previous episode showed, can be a dangerous thing, but with the loss of bad personalities also comes the loss of the good memories too, and this is something that shouldn’t be ignored. So we like that the show touched upon this loss a little and we can never get enough of Five and Three’s friendship.
The episode closed out on a promise – that “a war is coming” and that the crew of the Raza hold the key to victory. The key that our crew now holds has been explained as allowing the holder to access inter-dimensional pockets of space time. It sounds like a generic SF trope that has been used many times but we trust that the writers will utilise this key and this war in an interesting way. This season continues to deliver to an exceptional standard every single week and our faith in the writers only grows with each passing episode.
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