Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What I’m Watching: Dark Matter

Dark Matter: Season 2, Episode 11 and 12 “Wish I’d Spaced You When I Had the Chance” and “Sometimes In Life You Don’t Get to Choose” (B+)

A double dose of this show feels even better when it comes with the news that this show has been renewed for a third season, which I’m so excited to see. It’s also fun to be in Canada currently, where this show airs on its original network, Space. With just one episode left in this season, these two installments certainly upped the ante and got things revved up for an explosive finale. The first episode was a bit more personal, featuring a good bonding experience between Five and Three after the former got kidnapped by a bunch of bad guys and then got rescued by the fearless lug who then offered to stay behind to divert her pursuers and make sure she could get away. This cloning technology comes in awfully handy, but it’s also rather frustrating when you want to just take out the bad guys. The second installment was far more productive on a global scale, as Four used his renewed memories to work to take back his throne. That was all well and good, especially since the crew decided to show up in the nick of time to save the day and his stepbrother abdicated the throne to him, but then we got the predictor-defying twist that, as feared, his memories and past self took over, and he had everyone executed, including his loyal stepbrother. That’s going to be hard to combat, and we’ll see how Nyx plays into everything given that she’s still the same person she always was. It’s very interesting at the same time to see Six plagued by the realization that he probably wasn’t a good person even though he was on the other side of the law, despite Five’s insistence to the contrary. There’s no denying the usefulness of the Android, who has now graduated to making her own hot chocolate under the guise of needing to help prepare a diverse array of food for the crew and who is capable of commanding the whole ship with no human son board. Bring on the finale!

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