Dark Matter S02E13 “But First, We Save The Galaxy” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- A Council of Corporations (including Traugott, Mikkei and Ferrous) is being planned to happen for the first time in years to try to avoid war, but from what Truffault is saying it sounds more like war is inevitable.
- Two and Three drop in to tell Truffault that they think the summit is going to come under attack, resulting in a jump-start to the war. Their proof is the alternate universe they ended up a few episodes back, thanks to the with blink drive.
- Despite Truffault’s reservation, she admits that there’s a whole lot of corporate tension right now, and that the Raza’s help may be useful.
- Meanwhile, Ryo calls Nyx, and explains how he had to murder his brother and step-mother to avoid all-out civil war. More than that, though, Nyx blames him for her brother Mylo’s suicide. Despite that, Ryo invites her to join him as his Empress.
- The corporate summit is being held on Eon-7, a space station chosen for its remote location and its extremely high levels of security. Security that the blink drive can pass straight through.
- Five volunteers to go onto Eon-7, being the crew member with the best hacking skills. Six is wary; after all, Eon-7 really did get blown up in the alternate universe.
- On Eon-7, the man in charge of security is revealed: Commander Kirken. Of course.
- The summit begins, and a disguised Five makes her way into the thick of it with Truffault. They quickly get separated, leaving Five alone to start hacking and give the Raza security camera access.
- The Android has an interesting observation from the alternate universe: she has reason to believe the bomb was created from “terium”, which as Nyx points out is always scanned for by space stations to avoid hyperdrive malfunctions. If that’s the case, how would a terium bomb have gotten past security?
- To Five’s horror, a delegation was introduced to the summit at the last minute: Zyron, including newly-appointed Emperor Ryo. Five gets away to hack some more, but it turns out Ryo saw her. His guards forcefully try to take her to see him.
- An acquaintance Five made in the lobby, Arian of Ferrous Corp, comes to see what’s wrong, beating up the Ishida guards and revealing his status as an Android in the process.
- On the Raza, the Android has figured out a way to get the crew onto the space station: using a security camera loop on a docking station that Ferrous Corp has created for its own purposes.
- All suited up, Two, Three and Six make their way onto Eon-7 and start searching for the bomb. It doesn’t take long for problems to arise: Six runs into Commander Kirken, who locks him up.
- Two, meanwhile, has gone to see Ryo and warn him of the possible danger everyone is in. He isn’t interested – he’s much more interested in getting his hands on the blink drive.
- Three and Five figure out that it’s likely that Ferrous Corp has planted the bomb, given their manipulation of the camera feed and the fact that it just lost an important vote.
- Ryo is determined to get the blink drive, so much so that he hacks his way into the Raza, shutting down the Android in the process.
- Five confronts Arian, her new android friend, only this time she knows the truth: he’s the bomb. He tells her that Ferrous Corp has already left the station, leaving him behind to blow it up. He has no way to deactivate the bomb, but Five puts him in touch with with true feelings, so flings himself into space to explode there.
- Nyx discovers Misaki aboard the Raza, and they duel – despite Nyx’s obvious advantages, Misaki poisons her with her blade. Ryo, meanwhile, has retrieved the blink drive.
- Once he’s gone, Ryo contacts the Android to tell her that there’s another threat to the space station, and the Raza crew needs to leave. But Kirken is listening in to their comms, and he won’t let them.
- He does go to check out the supposed threat, and finds an Ishida guard hacking into the system. He’s too late, though – another bomb goes off, destroying Kirken and gradually tearing through the space station.
With this finale, Dark Matter is finally making its way towards what’s been hinted at all season: all-out corporate war.
The majority of the finale takes place aboard Eon-7, a heavily-guarded security station that’s supposed to aid in the prevention of all-out warfare. It’s the same one that got blown up in the alternate universe the blink drive took the Raza to a few episodes back, so the odds aren’t great to begin with, but this universe’s Raza has some advantages: Truffault on their side, the blink drive and foreknowledge.
Five takes the lead this episode as she infiltrates the supposedly uninfiltratable station (rapidly followed by everybody else), hacking her way through Eon-7 with a surprising amount of ease considering the amount of security measures in place. She also manages to make friends with the very bomb they’re looking for in the shape of an implanted android, which all feels a bit forced and convoluted, but at least it’s not Five herself convincing him to throw himself off the ship to save everyone in a fit of humanity incongruous to an android – he does that himself.
For a series finale, there isn’t all that much of note going on in this episode until the final few minutes. It’s mostly built around the tension of ‘will the bomb go off?” and the events surrounding it aren’t all that interesting to watch. It’s a corporate summit, and even if it’s a space corporate summit in a cool space station, it’s still a corporate event, which doesn’t exactly scream “entertaining” in the first place. The entire corporate war storyline is one that’s been a core part of this series, and yet it feels like one of the most under-explained elements of the show, which doesn’t help things. Traugott, Mikkei and Ferrous are hardly anything but names to viewers; we don’t know enough about them to really care what’s happening to them on screen, or even why it is exactly that they’re going to war. It makes for an emotionally disconnected watch.
It’s a shame – season two has been fairly strong, but this finale lets it down right at the end. It does leave us with a gripping cliffhanger at least, with Eon-7 exploding from an unaccounted for second bomb deployed by Ryo’s forces, leaving nearly all the Raza crew’s lives at stake. The question on everyone’s minds now is, “How on earth are they going to get out of this one?” We’ll have to wait to find out.
- Emperor Ryo is really getting stuff done. He’s got the blink drive, and he managed to get a second bomb past everyone.
- It’s fun to see all the Raza crew dressed up in suits and looking extremely uncomfortable about it.
- A finale set in a corporate summit doesn’t equal an exciting finale, unfortunately. It’s actually fairly boring to watch compared to other episodes this series.
- Just because all the corporations are in one room this episode doesn’t suddenly mean we know anything more about them, other than their names maybe. For such important facets of the overarching storyline, Dark Matter’s never bothered to tell us much about them.
- For a space station with such high level outer security, it’s difficult to believe that Five would be able to just wander into restricted access areas whenever she likes with no problem.
Review by Jessica Anson