Dark Matter S02E06 “We Should Have Seen This Coming” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- This week starts off with a delve into Nyx’s past, showing her breaking out from a facility that she’d been trapped in. Looks like they’re using her mind powers for something.
- The Android’s got wind of Nero’s contact who’s been looking for the Raza crew and the key that Five holds. To get to her, they’re going to need more supplies, like fuel. Nyx immediately suggests drug dealing to make cash quick, and even knows where they can stock up.
- Turns out Nyx had an ulterior motive: her brother, Milo, is in a stasis pod on the ship she suggests raiding, along with a whole host of other prisoners. (There are drugs too, which they nick as well as rescuing Milo.)
- Nyx explains how people from her planet were kidnapped and used in human experiments because of their mental powers – an experiment to test if linking human minds together could create something more powerful than a computer. Nyx escaped, but her brother didn’t.
- The ship manages to find the Raza using its human computer’s highly accurate probability mechanism; they can predict almost anything, including where the Raza was headed to sell the drugs They want Milo back.
- Milo himself manipulated the computer’s data stream to hide Nyx’s rescue mission from the crew.
- Meanwhile, Three and Six are stuck together on the Merada after the seer ship finds them and sends their mission sideways. They’re forced to hide in the toxic atmosphere of a nearby planet, and worse, Three is still pissed with Six.
- Nyx asks for Four’s help in convincing the crew to let them stay instead of leaving them on a nearby planet. She wants the Raza’s help in making the seers stay away.
- Two’s in a bit of a predicament: given the probability mechanism, the seer ship will likely know where to go no matter whether she chooses to go back for Three and Six or move on to sell the drugs elsewhere.
- When Four goes to talk to Milo, he asks about the near future. Milo predicts that one of the crew will betray the rest – again. He also tells Five that an all-out corporate war is coming – and that a single group of people can change the course of history. Foreshadowing?
- With the toxic atmosphere damaging the Merada quicker than they anticipated, Three and Six decide to take their chances and leave. Luckily the Raza is right there waiting for them.
- Unluckily, the seer ship’s back on their tail.
- Two has a drastic plan – she opens up a channel to the seer ship, and tells them that she plans to kill Milo herself, but it doesn’t work. She never would, and they know it.
- Milo accepts that the best course of action is to go back – but he’ll fight from within the system. Nyx reluctantly accepts.
- Knowing he’ll never escape the system, once back on board Milo takes the ultimate step towards freeing himself: he commits suicide.
Finally, we’re finding out some more about Nyx! She’s been a character shrouded in mystery since she was introduced, revealing only as much as she had to. Not so anymore.
We find out that her powers are essentially a finely tuned sense of intuition; essentially she can predict the near future, which aids her in combat and allowed her to escape the seer ship she was trapped on. Unfortunately it also made her a target for a highly unethical human experiment, seeing hundreds of people stuck in stasis and mind-linked. It’s pretty horrifying to think about! No wonder she wants to get her brother out. But there aren’t happy endings here; after all, how do you run from enemies who know exactly where you’re going to be? It’s a running theme over the episode: escaping from the inescapable. The Raza crew has done it before, but they can’t win ’em all.
Milo’s main function throughout the episode seems to be to act as the Raza’s own personal seer, predicating their place in the war to come. From what he’s saying, it sounds like the rag-tag dysfunctional family that is the Raza’s crew is going to be a pivotal force in the war. His story is a tragic one, where he can never get away from what he’s running from, and he ends up killing himself because of it. It’s pretty heavy stuff, even for Dark Matter, showing the weight of the effects the experiments are having on their human guinea pigs. Is Milo’s sacrifice something that will be brought up again? Will we see the seers destroyed, or see what they’re working towards?
The B plot this episode is focused on trying to fix Three and Six’s friendship. Three and his hothead personality are still unable to accept Six’s presence on the Raza after his betrayal, and so of course Two shoves them together and forces them to get along. Of course, with Three being a big softie at heart (no matter how much he denies it), he ends the episode having shifted his viewpoint a little – not entirely, but enough. Six is a member of the crew through and through, he’s made that clear.
- Although horrifying, the concept of the human computer and its highly accurate probability function is fascinating.
- It’s good to finally find out more about the enigma that is Nyx. She seems more human than she did before, now.
- Three and Six trying to get along.
- Sounds like there are some big plotlines waiting in the wings!
- Nyx’s powers still aren’t entirely explained. Is it just a genetic thing on her planet?
And the Random:
- Milo is played by Mpho Koaho, who plays Anthony in Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies on TNT.