Dark Matter: Season 1 (2015)



Critic Consensus: Dark Matter's premiere benefits from likable characters and a concluding twist, but its gaping plot holes and worn premise add up to an aimless episode.


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Based on the graphic novel series of the same name, "Dark Matter" revolves around a derelict spaceship's six-person crew, who, in the Season 1 premiere, awaken from stasis with their memories completely wiped out. Deciding to call themselves "One" through "Six," in the order they are revived, it soon becomes clear that they have maintained some vital skills, including one who is a martial arts expert, another who can operate the ship, and a teenage girl (Jodelle Ferland) who's knowledgeable about medicine and circuitry. Before long, the humans are joined by a homicidal android (Zoie Palmer) that Two (Melissa O'Neil) quickly reprograms, at which point the robot makes herself useful by reconstructing the ship's data. Eventually, the amnesiacs learn their intended destination: a remote mining colony in deep space that's soon to become a warzone---and they have no idea whose side they are on! Once there, they begin looking for answers to their identities, which are revealed piece by piece over the course of 13 episodes. The cast also features Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr. and Roger Cross, plus Will Wheaton shows up as a diabolical nemesis for the crew.

Critic Reviews for Dark Matter Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Dark Matter is lightweight.

Jun 12, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Since nearly everything on the show is equally derivative, nothing stands out as egregiously bad or egregiously good. Dark Matter doesn't matter.

Jun 9, 2015 | Full Review…
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This show has such an interesting mix of characters that it's easy to overlook the fact that the majority of the first season was set on the Raza itself.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Like its crew, Dark Matter has the opportunity to potentially erase some of the sins of sci-fi (and Syfy) series past, and become something better. Whether or not it will is another matter entirely.

May 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I've really been looking forward to this show and was ready to be wowed; I just wasn't. That doesn't mean I won't continue to anticipate Fridays on Syfy during the summer, and I'm optimistic the show will have its payoff, perhaps quite soon.

May 22, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Very elegantly, the show segued into an Agatha Christie-type whodunit.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Aside from the fact that Syfy was overdue for more spaceship stories, what I find most appealing is how it resembles pulpy, entertaining shows like Farscape, Firefly, and Stargate.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

We need more three-dimensional leading ladies interacting on our screens, and Dark Matter has them in spades.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Dark Matter succeeds despite its derivative elements... because as the season progresses interesting back stories build on questions about nature, nurture and choice.

Oct 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The ending twist... promises the chance for some interesting character moments as soon as next week.

Jun 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark Matter: Season 1


Based on a limited run comic book, Dark Matter is a thrilling science fiction adventure series. Season 1 follows the crew of the mercenary ship Raza, who wake up from stasis with no memory of who or where they are, leading them to band together in an uneasy alliance as they search for answers and decide whether to resume their old lives or begin anew. The casting is especially good; particularly Canadian Idol's Melissa O'Neil, who has a magnetic screen presence and impressive physicality (making her a compelling action heroine). And, the special effects and set designs give a real lived-in, tangible feel to the show's universe. The serial storytelling is also well-done, building multi-episode arcs that are exciting and full of intrigue. Still, the series relies on a number of the common sci-fi tropes; such as clones, evil robots, and warring corporate powers. Yet overall, Dark Matter shows a lot promise and delivers a strong first season.


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6 people and an android awoke on a spaceship with no memory of who they were and how they got there, they must navigate through a vastly hostile universe to discover who they are and survive. Basically what the consensus described it as, it was surprisingly entertaining if you can get pass the first 2 episodes.


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Once in a generation, a show comes along that insists you pay attention to it. Nearly fifty years after the debut of Star Trek, Dark Matter is the latest show turning heads in the world of science fiction and it is like nothing you have ever seen before. Blending elements of Star Trek, Lost, and Knight Rider, this new show from the producers of Stargate SG1, will have you talking about it and pining for the next episode. Orbiting a planet out in deep space on the edges of civilization, six people wake up on a spaceship, with no memory of who they are or how they got there. After pairing up and searching the ship, they discover it's full of weapons. With the help of an android they find on board, the crew discovers they are orbiting a disputed planet and the weapons are likely for the colonists below. The crew quickly becomes attached to the colonists, that is until they learn the horrible truth, that they are mercenaries at the top of the galactic authorities most wanted list. They know they must be there to remove the colonist for one of the big corporations that now run the galaxy, but with the lose of their memories, came something no one could have expected, a conscience. Eventually, the crew of the ship called, The Raza, decide they have to stick together and find out who they are, where they're from, and what happened to them, so begins Dark Matter. Each episode is another adventure, dealing with the authority, their old enemies, and their old employers. They don't know their friends from their enemies, but after each adventure they get another piece of the puzzle and we get a glimpse into their passed lives. Together with the crew, the audience has the pleasure of trying to figure out who these people were, what happened to them, and debate on where they may be going. Much like Star Trek, this show has a virtually unknown cast, and is slowly producing it's own stars. I only recognized a couple of name, but the different skills each cast member present is as incredible and unique as the characters themselves. The women on board have moves that would make Bruce Lee jealous, but not to be overlooked is the cast interactions with each other, which often times are hilarious. The cast is diverse and so are the characters and their backgrounds, in coming together they all play on each others strengths and weaknesses to make this one of the most enjoyable shows on television. I watch a lot of TV, probably a lot more than is healthy, but in all this time, there have only been a handful of shows that I can honestly say, I could not wait to see the next episode, Dark Matter is one of those shows. Honestly I get home early on the nights it on and put on SyFy fifteen minutes early so that I don't miss a second. The first two seasons are currently streaming, go and watch the pilot and I promise you, weather you love science fiction or not, Dark Matter will have you hooked.


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