How you can help to save Dark Matter
We said recently that we don’t want to take SyFy’s decision to cancel Dark Matter lying down. We meant it. I lay out several ways that you can voice your discontent with SyFy and your support for other networks to pick up the show.
My ideas range from the obvious (sending an email) to the downright wacky (piling SyFy’s offices high with red dice). Doing nothing gets us nowhere and we need to stand up for the show.
What’s our goal?
Before we try to save the show, it’s important to outline what we’d be happy with. Obviously we want two more seasons, in an ideal world. Joseph Mallozzi always intended five seasons and we want the two that we’ve been robbed of. This would be achieved on SyFy, or ideally on another white knight network who could pick up the show.
But failing that, we at least want a six-episode miniseries to wrap the show up. Joseph Mallozzi approached SyFy with the suggestion of doing six final episodes, even though it compromised his overall vision. They refused, even though Space and Syfy recently gave Killjoys two whole seasons to close their show, which is a slap in the face for Dark Matter fans, no matter how you look at it (this is not intended as a slight on Killjoys – it’s a great show, run by great people).
Use the hashtag #SaveDarkMatter
This one’s really important. You all used it in your droves after we posted our last article and I love you all for it. Let’s keep the momentum going – it’s the only way we’ll get it trending. And trending gets us noticed.
Technically the show is already axed, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be ‘saved’ in the sense that it will be resurrected, so the phrasing is still apt.
Voice your dismay – tell SyFy how you feel
One voice can be ignored but thousands can’t be disregarded. If we all contact SyFy via the appropriate channels, to voice our discontent, we’re bound to get noticed. Getting heard as one huge passionate and vocal force is the first step towards SyFy deciding to change their stance.
It’s not impossible – it’s happened before with others shows. It can happen again, here. At the very least we want to show them how big of a mistake they’ve made – they cancelled it because they think there’s not a large enough audience that exists to watch Dark Matter; let’s show them how large we truly are.
Please remember to be polite in all instances. There’s no need for obscenity. They’ll respect your comments far more if they’re respectable and you can show your passion just as well without getting aggressive.
Here’s how to get in touch with them:
- Tweet them – send them a tweet to show SyFy what their own slogan – ‘it’s a fan thing’ – can truly mean
- Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org – this email address is clearly designed for feedback, so give them the kind of feedback that will make them sit up and take notice
Let other networks know what’s up for grabs
Netflix are well-known for picking up shows that were dropped by other networks. They have the capital and the creative integrity to take on a show like Dark Matter. Joseph Mallozzi has his own plans in place regarding which networks to approach and we don’t want encroach on that. But letting titans like Netflix know that you’d love them to pick up Dark Matter can’t hurt.
It might give them the nudge that they need to notice that a show this brilliant is up for grabs. Netflix aren’t the only saving grace out there either – The CW saved Supergirl after CBS dropped it. Pick a network that you’d love to see scoop Dark Matter up and give them a tweet or an email.
Protest SyFy by post
Disclaimer: This suggestion should only be undertaken after we get Joseph Mallozzi’s consent, so please don’t take any action on this yet.
As much as we’re in the digital age, there’s nothing better to showcase our discontent and our passion than a physical protest. We don’t mean standing outside with large signs, wearing toques and singing ‘Dominique’ (how perfect would that be) – we mean utilising the postal service to send SyFy a clear visual representation of our dismay.
It’s worked before. Jericho fans sent over 14,000 pounds of nuts in to CBS, forcing the studio to admit:
You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard. As a result, CBS has ordered seven episodes of “Jericho” for mid-season next year.
Roswell fans sent in 6000 bottles of Tabasco sauce and the show was renewed for two more seasons. There’s something about this physical bombardment that clearly works and we’re eager to spearhead a similar movement, if you – Dark Matter fans – are game to participate.
What would we send?
I’ve thought about this and I think I have the ideal choice: red six-sided dice.
Why red dice?
- Even though One is a character of the past, the show has always been about six core characters – One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six (hence the six-sided dice, which also works as a cry out for that six-episode miniseries) and The Android. Season 3 (our forced final season, thanks to SyFy) held a red motif – red outfits, marketing material and so forth. This small but effective item shows what we are protesting most – the loss our The Raza crew from our lives – and it relates to the recent season too (just as Jericho‘s nuts related to the final season that they were left with).
- While it might take a lot of dice to pile up SyFy’s postal room, their small size is a benefit, as it means they’re easy to post – either en masse, or individually by fans.
- They’re affordable and easy to find (other colours of dice would work too) – we don’t want to ask anyone to break the bank or go out of their way to participate.
How would it work?
There would be two ways to run this:
- We at The Nerd Recites would order these en masse from a dice seller, on behalf of the fans, taking small donations from fans beforehand to cover the dice and postage costs. We would then post these directly to SyFy.
- And/or fans themselves would send their own dice (everyone has some laying around the house) directly to SyFy.
Where would we send them?
We’d dig out the address for you and would update it here once we get some commitment from fans and Joseph Mallozzi’s approval.
This idea would only works if you join us – get in touch with us via Twitter or in the comments section below to let us know whether you’d be up for taking part in our six-sided movement, or let us know which of the other avenues you’ve used to voice your support.
And we’re open to new or alternative ideas too – so don’t be afraid to pitch some.
Joseph Mallozzi has recently updated his blog with a list of hashtag ideas. These include #TeamRaza, #Marauders and even one pitched by Ennis Esmer (#DarkMates). Once the fandom settles on one we’ll let you know.
Mallozzi also mentioned that he’s still meeting with people about a potential pick-up for the show and he promised he’d inform fans when he has news.
Image credits: SyFy