Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What I’m Watching: Dark Matter

Dark Matter: Season 2, Episode 8 “Stuff to Steal, People to Kill” (B+)

If there’s one thing I love more than time travel, it’s alternate universes. I was pretty sure as soon as we learned that there was a war going on that the Raza had accidentally jumped into the future, but of course that didn’t make total sense because they would have had to return to their time to go around shooting up other ships. Instead, they jumped into another universe, which was dryly explained by the Android, and encountered some other versions of themselves, notably missing Five and only seeing Six in a video before he got his head blown off by a far less forgiving Portia Lin. I like that the crew was just different enough, with a few familiar faces including Jace Corso. Marc Bendavid is no longer a series regular, but he’s sure up for stopping by every once in a while. Letting the crew of this other Raza go was a sign that our crew has turned into good people and that they’re not going to stop to anyone else’s level despite the positive effects getting rid of that murderous scum would have on this universe that they left behind. Four getting to play Emperor was cool, and I liked the fact that One decided to use the other Android to help take back the ship after their Android got taken offline. I would have thought that the modifications the Android used could have enabled her to pretend to shut down and then come back with a vengeance, but I guess for now we need to depend upon the fully human members of the crew to be conscious to save the day. The other slightly non-human member of the crew isn’t looking too good either, and her status as leader of the crew is going to be severely compromised when they find her out of commission in her bunk.

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