Review of Dark Matter

60 minutes

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.
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Aug 30, 2015 7:24PM EDT
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Starting with the first episode review, later content added afterwards.

The opening of the show is very much like a classic RPG scenario. The characters wake up in the middle of a crisis with no idea of who they are and what they are doing there. As the pilot continues they gradually begin to recall skills and abilities, and to express their personalities, but not their personal histories.

The characters start very much as archetypes. One character instinctively took command, another is a jerkass, a third is a little bit scary/crazy, a fourth is a stoic.

As the series progresses, and the characters learn more of their backgrounds, and actually regain a few memories, their behavior subtly changes as well. It's as though we can see them regaining their personalities. Some of them soften up, some become harder, but in every case they seem to gain more depth as characters.

The show is dark, but not necessarily grim. The characters are intriguing, but not necessarily likable. I hope there is a second season, because I am very curious to see where this is going to go. If you like character driven stories with a lot of classic SF elements then this is the show for you.

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