Dark Matter S02E11 “I Wish I’d Spaced You When I Had The Chance” REVIEW
Airing on SyFy on Mondays at 8pm
Writer: Joseph Mallozzi
Director: Mairzee Almas
Essential Plot Points:
- Whilst on a break at a space station, Five is kidnapped during a supply run with Three whilst the others are hanging out at a bar.
- A witness sees and informs Three who took her: some shady guys called the Danker brothers. Three pretty much forces the informant to take him to where they probably took Five.
- Back aboard the Raza, the Android notes that the space station is being locked down. The reason? The Raza crew themselves. Commander Kirken is there and he wants them alive
- Two quickly realises that they’re to blame for the lock-down, and sets about escaping with Nyx and Four.
- As the Danker brothers muse on how they plan to sell and use their hostage, Three bursts in like a big goddamned hero to save her.
- Just as they’re about to leave the cabin, one final brother turns up out of nowhere. Three shoots to kill, but he’s left with a hideous gunshot wound that Five has to deal with using their limited resources.
- Having found their way back onto the Raza, the crew discusses how to try find Three and Five. Ironically, using the Merada to infiltrate the station’s command centre seems to be their best option.
- As they’re about to set off, the Android informs them that actually, Five and Three aren’t even on the station. The same guy who took Three to the brothers informed the GA of their whereabouts.
- Three and Five have found themselves in another predicament however: the GA has turned up, forcing them to get away on foot. With Three’s gun wound, it’s not easy-going.
- Three seems close to giving up, turning to desperate measures to try and get Five to go on alone. Eventually, she accepts.
- The GA quickly catches finds Three’s hiding spot, and he’s placed under arrest. Kirken is still trying to get information about the destruction of Iriden 3 and the white hole bomb. Three refuses to talk.
- Kirken tries to blackmail Three by assuring Five’s release if he talks – and telling him he won’t bomb the Merada if he does.
- Three gives up, explaining how Mikkei’s Commander Truffault hired the Raza to steal a device for Traugott, and how he was the only one involved. Despite Three talking, Kirken still orders the Merada to be blown out of the sky.
- Just before the shot goes off, Five sets off an explosion that alerts the Merada to their exact location, allowing them to save Three and take off.
- After spending the past couple of episodes ruminating on the situation in Zyron, Four has a proposition for the Android. He has his neural implant, and he wants to use it to get his memories back.
Dark Matter takes a step back this week with an episode that focuses far more on one primary plot rather than jumping all over the place. It’s a nice change of pace, and allows for an episode with some great character progression in it to boot.
One of the focal points of this episode is the relationship between Three and Five. It’s one that hasn’t been looked at too deeply until now, what with Three being the guy who goes in all guns blazing and Five the one who normally stays behind to take care of the ship. The character progression here is staggering, then; finally we get to see behind the veil of Three’s give-a-crap personality as he charges in and risks his life to save his crewmate, and more importantly, his friend. All this time, Five’s thought that Three underestimates her; sees her as just a kid who can’t hold her own, but that’s proved otherwise here. “There’s a difference between underestimating someone and not letting them get hurt,” Three explains in a moment of stark honesty, especially for him!
In that sense it’s hard – but almost eye-roll worthy – to watch Three trying to get Five to abandon him by telling her just how much he hates her, actually. Seeing as it comes pretty much straight after he was finally honest in telling her that she’s a friend, it lands about as well as you’d imagine. Five doesn’t buy it at all. If anything has ever proved Three’s softer side exists, it’s this scene.
The other half of the episode is focused on what’s essentially another prison break; it feels very reminiscent of the first time Commander Kirken chased the Raza crew through the snow and tried to apprehend them, with the same overall results. Poor guy can’t catch a break when it comes to the Raza crew.
- Five and Three’s interactions this episode bring a new dynamic to the Raza crew that hasn’t been explored all that much previously. Despite how he appears on the surface, Three really does care, and will go to huge lengths to save his friends.
- Having such a specific focal point in an episode is a nice change of pace from the hectic, packed episodes Dark Matter has had for a while.
- Besides Three and Five’s interactions, there isn’t much to make this episode stand out from the rest. It’s pretty average.
- The entire “escaping from the space station and the GA” sub-plot is practically a mirror of their first escape from Kirken.