Dark Matter couldn’t be saved – it’s time to say goodbye
Last night, Joseph Mallozzi posted a declaration of the end for Dark Matter. He explained that the final avenue for saving the show didn’t pan out, due to contractual issues, which he stated is a shame, because it was a deal that fans would have loved.
He mentions reviving the show in comic book form, which I’ll circle back to in a moment. After that he goes on to give some brief but touching ‘thank you’s to the cast, crew and especially to the fans. He then reiterates the very honest and accurate statement that he made when we first heard the cancellation news:
‘You all deserved better’.
We did – everyone who was a fan of this show deserved far better than a gut punch cancellation, followed by an unlucky series of events while trying to save the show. Everyone tried their best and no one’s to blame other than SyFy – as much as ‘they loved the show’, they could have given the show at least a final back-six.
The television industry is a business built on figures and finance, but there has to come a certain amount of integrity and respect with that – integrity in knowing when you’ve got something special and respect in giving it a chance to say goodbye to its fans. There’s really no excuse for it.
It’s all about perspective, however. For a show of any kind to get three whole seasons is a huge achievement. Many great shows (Terriers, Firefly and more) only managed one season, before being cut down in their prime. When you look at things through this lens, three seasons is a lot – a lot to appreciate, to rewatch and enjoy.
Then there’s the comic book avenue. Dark Matter began as a comic book, before it became a show. It’s almost poetic that it might circle back to the comic book format once more. In this form, it might live on and we might get to see the rest of the story that Joseph Mallozzi intended.
What’s lost in this format though is the glorious cast – we’ll never see them play these characters again and that’s a sad thing to come to terms with. It’s something only buffered, slightly, by the fact that these wonderful actors and actresses will no doubt go on to other, great projects. I know I’ll be tracking their careers avidly and I’m sure you will too.
Whether the comic happens or not, the show is now officially no more. It stings more than the cancellation did, in some ways, because at least then there was hope. But I urge you to try to remember what we had (and still have to revisit), rather than to dwell on what’s been lost. Thanks for sticking with us throughout these last two seasons – I’ve more than enjoyed covering this unique and exceptional little show.
Image credits: SyFy