Dark Matter S02E05 “We Voted Not to Space You” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- Looks like the Android took the implant! This episode starts with her at a bar dressed up in a leather jacket with her hair down, and little sign of her “android mannerisms” – but she can still kick ass!
- Flashback 24 hours, back to the Raza. The GA are looking into a “person of interest”, and Two wants to know who – whether it relates to One’s death. Six suggests finding an outpost where they can tap into the GA’s systems and find out.
- Of course, the Raza crew is still wanted, and can’t just waltz into a police outpost. The Android offers up her services; she can be arrested and taken to the outpost as a human if she uses the implant.
- Under the alias “Kiva Ehrens”, the Android makes obvious attempts to get detained, including opening a prohibited door and throwing an officer’s hat around..! Eventually, she gains access to a terminal, allowing Five to remotely hack in.
- They finally manage to find out who the suspect is: Jayce Corso. The next step is finding him, which takes us back to the Android kicking ass in a bar. She’s the one sent on the mission to gain information.
- She brings back a smuggler who used to be drinking buddies with Corso. He reluctantly gives up his location.
- Devin’s taking his drugs again.
- The GA discover that they’ve been hacked, and they know why, too. Which means they know exactly where the Raza crew are going to be headed.
- Having located Jayce, the crew make their way on-planet. They’re quickly confronted by Jayce and his guns. The Raza has problems too: the GA have found them. The Android makes attempts to cloak the ship from them by landing on-planet.
- Jayce is cornered and wounded, but still manages to get away. It’s always the secret doors that get you…! Two manages to catch him, but he’s set some sort of emergency protocol up to launch in seconds.
- Unable to communicate with the rest of the crew without alerting the GA to their presence, the Android and co. make way to the case on foot.
- Jayce’s emergency protocol is an explosion that collapses the entire base. The GA members get caught up in it, along with the Raza crew, and it also leaves Two and Jayce stuck together.
- Four gets caught under rubble, leaving him open to the GA inspector, who arrests him whilst he’s stuck under some rocks. Talk about unfair play!
- In an effort to defend himself, Jayce tells Two how he was hired to kill Derrek Moss – how he didn’t do it just because he stole his face. He explains that there’s something deeper going on, and they need him alive – but it’s not enough. Two shoots him point blank.
- Three and Nyx make it out of the base, and come across the GA taking Four away. So of course they start shooting. Luckily, Two’s found her way out as well, and the rest of the crew have found them too. The GA have no option but to give up.
- The Android realises she is malfunction and it’s not the implant causing it.
This week, Dark Matter’s finally getting round to resolving the matter of One’s death! Things are picking up.
But let’s be honest: there may be a lot going on in this episode, but the primary focus just has to be the Android! After a season and a half of seeing her in her blue jumpsuit, with her hair tied back and with her robotic mannerisms, it’s a huge change to see her in a leather jacket with her hair down, and speaking like a human – just about. Zoie Palmer does a brilliant job keeping the Android’s mannerisms just toeing the line between “human” and “android”, so it still feels exactly like the same character, despite all the differences. Her attempts at getting arrested scale more on the side of “adorable” than criminal! Overall, her storyline is proving to be one of the most interesting of the season. Just how far down do her supposed programming defects go? And will she keep the implant in from now on? We hope so – in this case change isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and her proxy is still around to provide the more “android”side of her personality.
The other main focus this week is Jayce Corso himself. By now it’s pretty clear that One’s death was in fact final, and not something he can come back from – actually seeing Jayce is almost the final nail in the coffin. So to speak. Overall his appearance isn’t too interesting, save for the revelation that he was hired to murder One, aka Derrek Moss. Plus the fact that Two actually shoots him straight in the head. It looked like she was going to spare him for a minute there, but then again, he did kill her boyfriend. Plus he was a dick.
This episode is one of the first this season in which the Raza crew camaraderie seems to be in (nearly) full swing again, especially when they band together to save Four from the grips of the GA. Plus, Nyx and Devin seem to have finally been accepted as fully fledged members (although they might regret it; what’s up with Devin’s drug habit?), tagging along on missions and referring to themselves as a member of the crew. The only exception is that Three is not happy with Six in the slightest, but we feel like after Six risked his life to save Three and the others, it probably won’t last long. He’s a softie at heart.
- The Android! Her “android” self is great and all, but it’s nice to see a change. Palmer’s acting really lends itself to selling the Android’s change in personality when she takes the implant, allowing for just the right mix of android and human mannerisms.
- The Raza crew really do feel like a crew again this episode, helping each other out and going the distance to save each other.
- Finally, a bit of headway on One’s storyline! Looks like it’s going to kick-start more plot, too.
- The second half of the episode takes places almost exclusively in a dark underground environment. It gets a little difficult to make out everything that’s going on at times.
- Jayce’s reappearance was pretty lacklustre.
And the Random:
- Is anyone else getting an “android” vibe from Nyx? She becomes an expert at any new weapon in seconds; she apparently has super hearing… could we be in for a revelation soon?
- Galactic Authority Inspector Kierken is played by Kris Holden-Ried of Lost Girl fame.