What are we doing here? The do-or-die mysteries of syfy’s Dark Matter (trailer)

The cast of syfy's upcoming TV series Dark Matter (image via Blastr (c) syfy)
The cast of syfy’s upcoming TV series Dark Matter (image via Blastr (c) syfy)

 

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In Dark Matter, the crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.  The cast includes Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl), Roger Cross (The Strain), Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Anthony Lemke (White House Down), Melissa O’Neil (Les Miserables), Joelle Ferland (Twilight) and Alex Mallari, Jr (Robocop). (official synopsis via Blastr)

It’s one thing to walk into a room, do a double-take and wonder why it is you walked in there in the first place.

Quite another, of course, to wake up on a spaceship, your memory completely wiped, not just temporarily stymied, uncertain of where you are or why you’re there, and having to face threats innumerable if you’re to survive.

But that’s the fate of the crew who come to in a spaceship that has clearly seen better days, none of whom can recall where they’ve come from or who they used to, but all of whom possess skills and attributes that will be needed in the perilous voyage ahead.

And by the looks of things they need to put those skills to good use pretty much straight away.

How’s that for a wake-up call from hell?

 

The cover of one of the issues in Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie's Dark Horse graphic novel series Dark Matter (image via Joseph Malozzi blog)
The cover of one of the issues in Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie’s Dark Horse graphic novel series Dark Matter (image via Joseph Malozzi blog)

 

The TV series is based on a graphic novel series by former Stargate writer-producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie who originally intended for their idea about a group of capable disconnected amnesiacs onboard a spaceship to be a TV series.

No one nibbled at the time (January to April 2012) but thanks to the success of the novelised form of the story, syfy picked up the 13 episode first season of the show back in October 2014.

If it wasn’t exciting enough having a new show from Stargate production alum, Blastr notes that some very familiar faces will be popping up in the series alongside our crews of violently-puzzled castaways.

“[Dark Matter] hopes to captivate faithful fans of the Stargate TV franchise by adding some familiar faces — like Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1) and Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis) — to the cast.”

It sounds a highly intriguing premise with a great chance of succeeding thanks to its road test of sorts as a graphic novel; granted they are wholly different mediums but the success of the comics bodes well for the TV series making the most of its 13 episode order.

Let’s just hope the crew can remember where they left the keys or they’re really screwed.

Dark Matter zips onto our screens, with no memory of how it got there, on June 12, 2015, at 10/9c.

 

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