This summer Syfy Channel continues with its efforts of producing high-concept science fiction with the release of Dark Matter.
Syfy Dark Matter Preview
At this moment little is known about Dark Matter except for its premise. According to producer Joseph Mallozzi (Stargate) ‘The series follows the crew of a spaceship who awake from stasis with no clue where they are’. The 13 one-hour episodes are based on the graphic novel Dark Matter by Mallozzi and Mullie, published by Dark Horse Comics. At first this sounds like the third season if Stargate Universe. The comparison does not end there. Stargate Atlantis alumni Torri Higginson will play Cmdr. Delaney Truffault. At least for the pilot, though Mallozzi confirmed her role does not end there. Presumably the series won’t entirely revolve around their unknown location for fear it will draw too much comparison with Syfy’s recent show Ascension. For Dark Matter to succeed it needs to provide the possibility for a diverse number of storyline in the way Star Trek and Stargate managed to provide. Ascension is in that regard too limited. With the cancellation of Continuum (it will get a short season this year) Syfy will need a new show to fill the void. Adding Torri Higginson to the cast indicates Syfy is serious about making this a success.
The cast is further enhanced by Melissa O’Neil (Les Miserables), Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Anthony Lemke (White House Down), Alex Mallari Jr. (RoboCop), Jodelle Ferland (Twilight), Roger Cross (The Strain, Continuum and Orphan Black) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl). Another Stargate alumni will also join the creative staff. Amanda Tapping is set to continue her directing career. She will direct Dark Matter’s fourth episode. After her excellent work on Continuum I am cautiously optimistic about this show. The title Dark Matter suggest a hard Sci-fi theme is possible. I am not familiar with the comic book the show is based on, so it is difficult to judge it potential. I hope Syfy will provide a budget to make it a visually interesting show. If you want to know more about Syfy’s Dark Matter I suggest you follow Joseph Mallozzi’s blog to get the latest updates. This was a Syfy Dark Matter Preview. Check back over the coming months to learn more about the show.