Dark Matter: Season 2 Episode 6 Review – We Should Have Seen This Coming
This week the writers of Dark Matter chose to explore the idea of predicting the future (analysing a set of data and identifying the most likely outcome), which is where the episode’s title strikes its deeper meaning. But, as one of the Raz asks at one point, “how do you fight an enemy that knows the future?” This is also the episode that Melanie Liburd promised at SDCC; the first time that we are provided with a fuller look into Nyx’s history. Below you will find our spoiler-heavy review of this week’s episode.
Upon hearing Liburd’s promises at SDCC, we have to admit that we took her phrasing more literally and expected an episode full of flashback sequences. Instead, the writers provided an episode set in the present, in which Nyx’s talks a lot about her history, which is a far less criminal history than we surmised. Nyx’s past is full of her playing victim, rather than aggressor. When younger, her and her brother, Milo, were forced into an experiment concerning a predictive collective human consciousness. In this episode, Nyx tricks the Raza crew into freeing Milo from this collective captivity.
With Milo, the crew also extracts “shadow” – a hallucinogen party drug. When we heard mention of this drug’s hallucinogenic qualities, we were certain that at least one of our crew would end up under the influence of this drug, which would provide some interesting hallucination scenes. At the end of this episode, the crew give back only half of the drug supply, so perhaps there is still an opportunity for this, much like the show waited an episode or two to utilise The Android’s human upgrade (which, smartly, The Android has placed aside for now).
One thing we noticed this week was that we were granted more camera time in space, in the midst of key SF tropes. There was a space battle between the Raza and the human collective ship, during which both ships targeted key sections of the opponent’s ship (the shields and the FTL drive). This is typical to any Star Trek episode. Another key SF/Star Trek trope was two of the crew being stranded on an alien planet (even if they couldn’t exit their smaller vessel, due to the atmosphere. It made a nice change from the ship interiors that we’re used to every week.
Another interesting moment was Six apologising to Three (the person who despises him the most for what he did) with: “I’m sorry I turned you in.” It’s a further testament to Three’s growth as a character that he was able to retort with how he will give Six a chance to prove earn Three’s trust back. From an audience point of view, Six also needs to earn our trust back, if we are to be ok with him still being aboard the Raza, so Three is also representative here of the audience point of view. We are cautious about Six, but there’s still room for forgiveness, if he goes out of his way to prove that he’s worthy of it.
Milo also promised Four that another betrayal from a Raza crew member is impending (i.e. is statistically very likely). The episode played Four’s influence of Milo very well indeed. From the camera lingering on the knife in the apple, to Four ultimately guiding Milo to kill himself (that’s how we took this anyway), it makes us wonder if Four was the betrayer (of Nyx) that Milo was talking about. In which case meaning that Four self-fulfilled the prophecy, in a way. Or if the betrayer that Milo mentioned holds a deeper betrayal in mind that is yet to come. Either way, we didn’t like Four’s deviousness in this episode, given how close he and Nyx have grown.
Milo further built upon the mysterious promise of the impending war by promising: “Even a small group or one individual can change the course of history… this crew has a role to play in what’s coming… what happens aboard this ship could tip the scales.” We like the idea of the Raza shaping the course of history by being effective in some way at exactly the right time.
We need not even point out that this has been another highly effective episode this season, just like all of Season 2 so far. We were a little disappointed by the lack of actual flashback content, given Liburd’s SDCC promise, but we can see why the writers took this avenue. The prime antagonist for this season, Alicia Reynaud, again sat back in the shadows in this episode, but next week’s promo reveals that the crew go after Reynaud and that clone bodies are involved, so we’re excited to have this arc finally reach a climax.
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