Dark Matter S02E07 “She’s One of Them Now” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- Nyx is still reeling from the events of last episode, and confronts Devon about procuring drugs.
- He says no, but she blackmails him; she knows about his drug habit.
- Two, Three and Six confront Kolcheck, their shady employer, about Alicia Renauldt. They need information.
- To ensure that Kolcheck doesn’t snitch on them to Renauldt, they take Kolcheck with them to the Raza, but not before doing a bit of shopping.
- With the cash they scored selling shadow, the crew are able to get themselves three transfer transit units (these are the devices that kinda xerox you, scanning you then creating a clone of you in another distant transit unit).
- Five is able to hack into the transfer unit at Renauldt’s base, opening a connection to the base’s tranfer transit unit for them to use.
- Three, Four and Five transfer themselves over, their primary goal to find out what exactly the key that Renauldt is willing to kill for does.
- Through a bit more hacking at the base, Five discovers that the key is one of a set used to create a “blink drive”; essentially a universe-wide teleportation device.
- If they want to utilise that tech for themselves, they need an adapter, and for that they need to do some proper base infiltration.
- Meanwhile, Devon’s drunkenly contemplating the possibility of hopping into stasis and erasing all of his memories, like the crew. He explains to Nyx that once in his past he got high before operating on a little girl, and as a result she died on the table.
- Using the classic “uniform swap” trick, Three, Four and Five get to the vault where the drive is stored, and they are easily able to grab it. It’s not quite as easy as that, though; there’s password protection on it too.
- Alerted to their presence, guards come storming after them. Three and Four allow themselves to get caught so Five’s clone can make her way to the roof with the device.
- Alicia herself confronts Three and Four, explaining how she needs the final key from the Raza. She can send a charge through her transit pod to hurt the real Three and Four if they won’t give her co-ordinates; which, of course, they won’t.
- Five manages to make her way to the Merada, but the Raza is under attack. Once the rest of the crew is safely back on board, the Android warps them away.
- Nyx and Devon take some time off the Raza at the nearest space station; Nyx wants to keep an eye on him, knowing he’s not in the best of headspaces right now. They’re meant to meet at a bar, but Devon never makes it – he’s confronted by the seers. They want Nyx, and when he can’t give her to them, they kill him.
- Time to test the drive! Predictably, it goes wrong, leaving us in the dark as to what happened until next week.
There’s some real plot progression this week as we finally discover just what that mysterious key in Five’s possession can do!
There are a lot of interesting concepts picked up in this episode. The transfer transit cloning system is re-introduced; we finally get to see Alicia Renauldt’s basel; and we discover that the mystery key’s function really is something that could be worth killing for. Who wouldn’t want a teleportation device?!
On paper, it sounds like a great episode – but constraints stop it from being what it could have been.
A majority of the infiltration job feels so… budget. It’s all so easy. It hardly feels like there’s a challenge at all with the amount of luck thrown the crew’s way. Five’s hacking is the handiest of plot devices allowing the crew to locate and infiltrate Alicia’s base with hardly any trouble at all. The adaptor they need to steal is simply there to pick up, and security measures are almost laughable. Maybe that’s just Alicia’s egotistical personality shining through, though. Either way, something that seems like it should be high-stakes and exciting to watch ends up being pretty bland in practice.
Unfortunately the B-plot this week is even more lacklustre, focusing around Devon and his still-unexplained drug habits. It seems like he’s finally found a confidant in Nyx, who wants to help him – maybe for him, but maybe a little for her, to help her take her mind off of her brother. But just as things are actually getting interesting for Devon and his plotline… he’s killed off. At least, it looks that way. So, so much for that..!
It’s a shame – for all the good concepts and ideas this episode contains, the execution feels way off this week. It’s not unusual for Dark Matter to feel like it’s cut a few corners here and there, but this episode really overdoes it. There are some great moments: the banter between Three and Four; Five’s resourcefulness; the Android commanding the Raza in battle. But it falls short a little. Hopefully it’ll pick back up next week, especially with the cool new mechanics introduced this week.
- Plot progression! Questions are finally getting answers: we know what the key is, and why Alicia is willing to kill for it.
- It might also be part of the answer to why the Raza crew are supposedly going to be forces to be reckoned with in the corporate war – if they can get the drive working, of course..!
- The Android once again proves how badass she can be in the stand-off between the Raza and Alica’s ship. She also shows her soft side when talking to Nyx about her brother, and her deadpan humour when assessing Three’s transit skin-suit: “Snug.”
- That break-in to the base was way, way too easy. Five and her handy hacking skills were extra convenient this week.
- All that build-up to a powerful attack through the transfer transit system amounted to nothing? Talk about an anti-climax.
- Devon didn’t really contribute much to the plot, again. Maybe that’s why the writers decided to kill him off?