Sunday, July 30, 2017

What I’m Watching: Dark Matter

Dark Matter: Season 3, Episode 8 “Hot Chocolate” (B+)

This crew just can’t catch a break. Whether it’s something wrong with a member of the crew or with the ship itself, they’re constantly encountering anomalies that present tremendous problems and put them all in danger. Fighting evil alternate versions of themselves had to be put on the backburner as another, even more familiar threat returned, with Four sending a clone body to lead an invading army whose infiltration was made possible by hacking the Android. I’m glad to see that, in her new programming-only form, Sarah is quite a force to be reckoned with, looking out for the crew, helping Five to take back control of the Android from inside her little simulated reality, and locking the man who dared to try to infiltrate her systems deep in his own mind. I like that Five was able to say “Hot Chocolate” to shut down the Android and reboot her. Two got to take out some aggression in hand-to-hand combat with Four on the ship, and his departure at the end of the episode was ominous as he promised not to stop hunting them. This show loves to have major things happen in its closing moments as its end credits appear on screen, and this episode was no exception. The blink drive seems to be much more trouble than it’s worth, as indicated by the latest development, the electronic pulse that went through the ship and knocked everyone on board out. Whether or not someone is coming for them, this can’t be good.

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