Dark Matter S02E09 “Going Out Fighting” REVIEW
Airing on SyFy on Mondays at 8pm
Writer: Ivan Bartok
Director: Peter Deluise
Essential Plot Points:
- Two’s been acting up for the past couple of weeks, and it finally comes to light as to why. Remember how she’s not actually human and is powered by nanites? Well, those nanites aren’t so hot right now. Two is dying.
- Seemingly her only way to save her is to go to Dwarfstar Technologies’ headquarters – the building she saw when Five took her to her worst memory.
- Six points out that Two is a liability in her current state, and says it would be better if she let her crew mates take care of things for her. Amazingly, she agrees, and they head down to Earth for a recon.
- Two and Nyx attempt an infiltration into Dwarfstar, but quickly discover that it’s not going to be easy; the security measures are through the roof. There is hope, though, in the form of a space elevator run by Dr Eric Waver.
- Two thinks Dr Waver may have been at the facility Two escaped from, making their next plan of action finding him.
- However, Two’s taken drastic measures to include herself in the mission this time. She’s had the Android boost her nanites for a 24-hour period, putting her at maximum capacity… followed by a swift death.
- Using Six’s leverage as a Galactic Authority member, the team get an audience with Waver, who recognises Two immediately. He explains how Two, or Rebecca at the time, spared him when she escaped the facility after he was one of the only scientists to show him kindness as she endured the traumatic tests.
- He explains how there are higher functioning nanites in the space station, so Two orders Three and Six to go up and get them – involving a nightmare-fuelling device used to get them past the retina scan.
- Everything goes relatively smoothly, with the nanites safely with Three, until who should appear but head-honcho Rook himself. And he is not happy.
- Two’s getting antsy – her crew mates are taking too long. The Android suggests a drastic measure, given that there’s no way they’ll be able to get in to Dwarfstar conventionally: attach the blink drive to the Merada, and teleport in.
- Unfortunately, Two’s attempts at grabbing the nanites are intercepted by Rook as well, and he has a few tricks up his sleeve, including a new and improved nanite bot that beats the crap outta Two.
- Four springs Two and Six out of jail, and they run to Two’s rescue, but even after shooting down the nanite bot, it’s too late. Two’s nanites have shut down.
- In a fit of desperation, Six takes blood from the newer bot and injects it into Two’s bloodstream – and it works! The new nanites take hold, successfully repairing Two.
- Unfortunately, their troubles aren’t over. Whilst in questioning, Rook did something to Three. Something’s invaded his body and mind, making him hostile. With no answers, they put Three in stasis, which only makes the parasite hostile.
- As it attempts to escape, the crew throw it into space, leaving Three normal but with no memories of anything prior to his possession. Two is determined to get some answers.
- Meanwhile, after putting herself on charge, the Android wakes up in an unfamiliar bed on an unfamiliar landscape…
Of all the Raza crew members, Two’s storyline is definitely one of the most interesting. Although she looks human, she was created by Dwarfstar Technologies in a lab using nanites (think nano-bots), allowing her to possess superhuman abilities.
Unfortunately, as is common with sci-fi lab rats, she was subjected to what was essentially torture in the name of science, leading to her bloody escape. Last season she found retribution in the form of literally blowing up a Dwarfstar facility, but now things have come full circle as she needs them to survive. Her nanites are failing, and Dwarfstar is the only place with the means to re-fuel her.
Now that Dark Matter is re-visiting Two’s storyline, we finally get to find out more about the building that appeared in the “worst memory” scenario that Five forced her into when she had that power-crazy episode. Turns out it’s the building she committed mass murder to escape from, so it’s not really in her best interests to go there herself. Rook, director of Dwarfstar, is still on the lookout for her, after all.
For once, Two has to hand the reins over to her crewmates. It’s a bittersweet moment when Six reasons that she should stay behind; bitter because it’s so strange to see Two anywhere but at the helm of everything, in command where she belongs. Sweet because her crewmates are so eager to help their friend, and for once she swallows her pride and lets them. Dysfunctional families letting down their guard and showing how much they really care for each other is so heartening.
Of course, that goes both ways. Two’s sense of loyalty to her crew eventually drives her to infiltrate Dwarfstar herself, proving that you can’t keep a good commander down (nd allowing for the first successful use of the blink drive!). It was inevitable, really; the episode could never have ended without a confrontation between Two and her maker. And since he got away again, it looks like it won’t be the last we see of Rook.
Speaking of Rook, he’s a bit of a bastard, isn’t he? He had no qualms about killing Dr Waver, a sympathetic character you quickly grow to like given how he bonded with “Rebecca” and how he helps the crew. (Even if it did take a bit of coercion on their part..!) Plus, Rook infected Three with whatever the hell that tar-like parasite was! We’re sure that won’t be the last we see of that, either.
- Episodes that focus on Two’s past are often some of the best, and this continues the trend.
- The crew camaraderie; they’re all so loyal in wanting to help each other out.
- The Android’s attempt at cheering up Five whilst the rest of the crew are out on a dangerous mission is adorable – even if she does end up stealing Five’s hot chocolate!
- Rook – he may be a bastard, but he’s a magnificent one.
- Three’s parasitical possession seemed almost tagged on to the episode; he didn’t do much whilst possessed other than look spaced and scream a bit.
- No mention of Devin at all?
And the Random:
- Wil Wheaton, who plays Rook, is a well-known face in sci-fi, best known for playing Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also does voice acting work, audiobooks, makes appearances on television and on YouTube.
- The “lab escapee” is a trope well-worn by this point, but one of the first parallels that came to mind watching “Rebecca”’s escape was Mewtwo from Pokemon The First Movie. Both designed in a lab, both the only surviving specimen in a line of experiments, both committing mass murder to escape… both have Two in their name… A mere coincidence?!