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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.


Zoie Palmer
as The Android
David Hewlett
as Tabor Calchek
Ruby Rose
as Wendy the Android
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Critic Reviews for Dark Matter: Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Dark Matter is lightweight.

June 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.

June 9, 2015 | 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…

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

May 22, 2018 | 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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