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