Dark Matter: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Dark Matter

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 19


Audience Score

User Ratings: 677
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Air date: Jun 12, 2015
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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 (19) | 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…
Top Critic

The diversity of Dark Matter appears strong, but scratch beneath the surface and you'll quickly find retro underpinnings that keep this show from being truly progressive.

Aug 4, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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…

Overall, Dark Matter is a fun ride through space. It also dangles enough mystery early on to potentially keep audiences tuned in next week.

Jun 22, 2015 | 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…

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

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark Matter: Season 1

  • Jun 25, 2019
    Love this television show. Great storyline and characters. I want some more!!!
  • Jun 09, 2019
    Brilliant science fiction, excellent stories and cast. It was so refreshing to have a new original Sci Fi series that didn't plagerise any previous work . Had me gripped from the very first episode but just kept on getting better as the series continued.
  • May 29, 2019
    This is just about the worst pile of garbage I've ever seen. Do you really mean to tell me that nobody picks up on the ludicrous writing, the lame characterisations, the plot holes, the silly conveniences and impossibilities in each episode? I wonder how the cast can stand it, and how the producers feel about it. Truly terrible. I keep watching to see if it improves, but episode after episode brings with it fresh clichés and utterly laughable interplay between the 'characters' dire.
  • Nov 13, 2018
    Interesting sci-fi mystery plot that pulls you in. Characters are pretty good.
  • Aug 27, 2018
    probably one of the best scifi shows since firfly
  • Oct 22, 2017
    Great sci-fi show that will definitely go right into the collection. Great cast and story. Well worth it especially if you are a firefly fan. It’s will feel like home.
  • Sep 25, 2017
    Similar to the cult-classic Firefly, Dark Matter is gritty, dynamic and features a strong, diverse cast. The characters are complex, the plot full of engaging twists and turns. It's a tragedy that the show has just been canceled.
  • Sep 04, 2017
    What a great show the cast is so good. It's a great ensemble cast with a strong female lead! the storyline are inventive and engaging !
  • Sep 04, 2017
    Such a great premise and with a lot of setup in the first season for what was to come
  • Sep 04, 2017
    Great beginning. Can't wait to see more.

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