Dark Matter: Episode Six
July 17, 2015 12:14 PM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Chemical hypnosis and the ship's neural link are used to explore the memories secreted away in Five's subconscious, during which she uncovers the dark truth about Four and Six's violent pasts. She also learns about the circumstances that landed her on the ship and gains some insight into the idyllic childhood of a mysterious little boy.
posted by rednikki (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Six is the character I've most wanted to know more about so I'm excited for this one!
posted by rednikki at 12:15 PM on July 17, 2015

Oof, I do not like one. I dearly hope there a twist where his current personality isn't his real one somehow.

I like how each person's history is extending the life span of the show with discrete missions they can eventually go on while also showing how they can be decent without memories and monsterish with memories.
posted by humans are superior! at 1:20 PM on July 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

Man, that whole conversation with One and Two, where Two said that she had sex with Three because she wanted it to be meaningless. I half expected One to say "I can be meaningless!" One is like...the "nice" guy. Not the nice guy, the "nice" guy - if that makes sense.

They could make this the Five and Six show and I'd be happy. Every scene with them is just great.

I like that we got more information on Four's background. And now Four and Six each have someone to go after to seek REVENGE.

I know that it's horrible that Three was going to space Five and yet I couldn't stop laughing, just because he is so damn ruthless. (Also, I'm willing to bet that the memories at the horse farm are Three and not One, because irony.) And now we know what happened to the dead kid they found (and boy, he did not play that gun wound like he'd been shot at all. Unless that was supposed to be Five distancing herself from the memory? I don't know.) But I do wonder, how do we get from Three being about to space Five to all of them being in stasis?

The entire "we have to get her out in 30 minutes or less or she'll die!" thing...they didn't need to put a ticking time bomb on it. It could have been just as simple as "we took the machine off and she won't come back." The ticking time bomb annoyed the shit out of me.
posted by rednikki at 11:22 PM on July 18, 2015 [2 favorites]

The scene between 5 and 6 was the perfect counter-example to what I was complaining about in my rant over on the Killjoys thread from this week. 6's argument was coherent and well-reasoned, and it believably accomplished what it was meant to emotionally. So good job on that, Dark Matter writers! And I really enjoyed the actor's performance in that scene, how gentle and restrained he was. It's really nice to have moments like that.

All in all I thought this was a pretty strong episode.

The ticking clock was totally superfluous and felt like it had been mandated by a network executive and jammed in at the last second.

I know how I feel about One, but I think I'm meant to feel a different way. His scene with 2 at the end made me cringe. I get that it was supposed to be an awkward exchange, but I feel like I was supposed to be pulling for him. I wasn't.

There's nothing attractive about the character and it doesn't make sense that 2 would have any interest in him. He seems clingy, judgmental and high-maintenance. And yet I feel like the writers think I should want 2 to get together with him. I don't. I think she'd be making a big mistake.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 9:04 AM on July 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

I almost compared this show to The A-Team and The Fugitive among others (Firefly) that the show was reminding me of but now they've got one person framed and another tricked into being a part of a horrifying attack, causing him to go on the run with both the powers that be and the revolutionaries he was with against him.

I was a little disappointed that almost all found their names in the first episode. I'm glad that that early information looks misleading now.

I don't think this episode worked very well dramatically. It gave us a lot of background but it felt thrown together.

From how the writing for the show feels I expect the horse farm memories are actually 1; I don't think they'd counter that this early. Though that would prove troublesome for any theory that 1 is a clone/recent creation, or would mean he had fake memories.
posted by mountmccabe at 11:06 AM on November 14, 2015

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