Dark Matter: Season 3 Episode 7 review – Wish I Could Believe You
This review contains spoilers.
Having reached beyond the halfway point of Season 3 and still being without news of renewal, some fans are concerned and have begun regularly showing their desire for this to be granted. I encourage you to do the same and to tune in the watch the show as often as you can.
It would be a burning shame if we never get to see Mallozzi’s final two seasons, so now’s the time to make sure that we see this brilliant story get a tail end. We’ll let you know news of a renewal drops.
This week offered up an Inception-like outing, which saw two enemies try to extract information (a location) from Six’s mind using false realities. Straight away this reminded me of one of the best episodes of The Prisoner (the original), called ‘A. B. and C.’, in which Number 2 uses dream manipulation in an attempt to get Number 6 to give up the reason why he resigned.
As I’ve said before, the show is often at its best when it is paying homage to a classic of the genre or using common genre tropes, or both. You might claim that Inception isn’t really a classic, but The Prisoner certainly is. So I loved that little parallel, whether it was intentional or not.
It was an episode overflowing with twists, turns and deceptions. Every time we thought that Six was free of his false reality (which cleverly, Six figured out fairly quickly), it turned out that he was still trapped within. Another modern comparison this would be Dan Tratchenberg’s Black Mirror episode ‘Playtest’, which sees a character enter a virtual reality so advanced that he can’t tell if he’s exited it.
One likely reference to a much better-known Science Fiction titan – Star Wars – was one of the Scientist’s demand for Six to “give up the Rebel headquarters”. While not a direct quote from the franchise, it definitely evoked memories of the Empire’s efforts to find the Rebel base on Hoth.
Of all the twists, the one that most got me was when Six was the one controlling the reality of the primary Scientist. After the countless deceptions, this could have been a twist too far, but it worked well (if you ignore the point that Six probably didn’t know how to use this equipment).
This episode also gave us the really important reveal that Six has a wife and child. It must have taken a huge amount of effort for Six to walk away from them at the end, even knowing that his child has a new (seemingly nice) father to watch out for them. It’s a real testament to his resolve (or some might say his cowardice, depending on your point of view).
But it’s a good thing that he didn’t depart, because it’s nice to have Six firmly back on board. His input is crucial now, given that he’s encouraging The Raza crew to align themselves with Ferris Corp’s enemies – first and foremost with Mikkei Combine (Truffault’s corporation).
The episode closed with a very baffling scene, which saw The Android grab a gun and stand over a sleeping Three, while pointing it at him. It’s a very antagonistic move for someone who is supposed to be his friend and ally.
It very much seemed to me like The Android was relishing in the power that she felt (a human trait) in that moment, which could signal bad things to come. I also wonder whether she choose Three for a reason, or whether she could have done it (or does do it) to any of the crew.
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