Dark Matter Ends With a Twist No One Saw Coming -- Which Is a Bad Thing

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Two hours of episodes brought an end to season one of Dark Matter. One was a pretty standard by now background story, the other team story ending on a season finale cliffhanger. And the cliffhanger is stupid.

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So, episode 12: We meet Two’s creator, who is Wil Wheaton. I don’t care what his character’s real name is, he’s just Wil Wheaton being a dick. Which is admittedly the best flavor of Wil Wheaton as an actor, but he’s not actually interesting enough to remember the name.

With the Android’s help, Two escapes Wil Wheaton’s evil enhanced human-making company. But he escapes to visit a dying old man, who they are apparently making a super-body like Two’s for. Also, he wants the Raza crew dead, too. Because they cannot have a single episode end without a new horrible event befalling them.

And then the finale:

Yet again, the Android is shocked and out of commission. The chip that runs her has been ejected. A search of the ship reveals that there isn’t an intruder, it has to be one of them. Three says it’s One. One says it’s Three. Five says Two. Based on that conflict alone, you can bet it isn’t One, Three, or Two.

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Even though the show really wants you to think it is. since Four and Six are drugged into a coma. Just when the engines go, which makes it much easier for the Galactic Authority to board the ship and take them all. Also useful? One, Two, Three, and Five are all holding guns on each other. Except for Six, who is the surprise traitor.

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I am racking my brain trying to figure out how Six can be the traitor. The only explanation that works is that the massacre last week triggered memories of being used to kill a bunch of civilians by the General. But it’s not like the rest of the crew knew what would happen. Sigh. Sure, fine. Retcon an explanation about this next season. It’s such an odd move. I do give him props for drugging himself to throw off suspicion. Very smart.

The only good part of that twist is going to be Five’s anger when she finds out. Trust that her recrimination will play a large part in his eventual saving of the crew. Or that the Galactic Authority will threaten her and make Six change his mind — remember, he promised her that she’d be okay.

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The finale was like a mirror-image of the premiere — the premiere was predictable, but fun. This was unpredictable and frustrating. All in all, I’d rather know the story beats but have them perfectly executed than have to spin out complicated explanations for what the show should explain.

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In developments much more interesting than Six being the traitor, we also find out that it was probably Five that wiped everyone’s memories. Since she created a program right before they all went into stasis. Six is pretty sure she didn’t mean to hurt anyone, and we’re still in the dark as to why.

It may have something to do with a recording Five found of Two and Three discussing killing “him” once they got out of stasis. One, since he turned out not to be who he said he is? Four because ... reasons? Or Six because he was going to betray them then, too? I am far more interested in both of these developments than the actual cliffhanger, which seems entirely based on picking the least obvious candidate to make the traitor.

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Plus, the Android is becoming too attached to her crew. Which is actually totally fine, and she’s awesome and proved it in episode 12. She and Two should do all the action scenes forever.

With that, we are done with season one of Dark Matter. We had our ups and downs, but we were mostly entertained. And, save for One, the characters were more and more engaging as the season went on. Any time a show improves, I am more than willing to see another season. Here’s to hoping we do.

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Contact the author at katharine@io9.com.

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DISCUSSION

Six betrayal wasn’t completely random. After I saw the last episode I speculated about Six being undercover agent for Galactic Authority all along. And then I read this interview with the creator and it looks like that was the right idea. I even went back to episode 8 and checked and the guy that walks by Six at the very end is the same guy who found him after the base after Six killed the General clone.

So now I’m convinced that Six was secretly working for Galactic Authority all along. We now know it was Five who mind wiped them all and she did this because Portia and Ryo (Four) wanted to kill someone on the crew. I first thought One (they learnt he wasn’t really Jace Corso) but now I think they planned to kill Griffin Jones (Six) because they learnt he was working undercover for GA. And Five saved him because he saved her from that airlock and advocated for her to become part of the crew.

I think he was undercover in the rebel base and then was duped to destroy that space station (he killed his “friends” because none of them was really his friends – they were criminals he was infiltrating) and that was spectacular fail. So GA gave him second chance and used his new notoriety to infiltrate Raza – he was given that mission to rehabilitate himself.

Of course Six wouldn’t know he was undercover but then he met that guy on the Rebel base and he was undercover too (trying to get to the real General instead of just clone). He told Six who he really was. He probably didn’t believe them but then the planet blew up (he was against giving the thing to Mikkei but they outvoted him and when he said he tried to stop them from doing that he was asked if he really did try) and he realized Five wiped them (so not so innocent either even before all of this) and decided enough is enough and they must be stopped. They are all criminals and the destruction that follows them clearly shows they need to be stopped.

And I loved episode 12 - from Wil Wheaton as Two’s asshole creator to the android rescuing her friend (and then Two of them blowing something up). There were chilling parts like the way Alex and the rest of the scientist tried to find what was wrong with “Rebbecca” and not finding anything. It never seemed to cross their minds that she may just not be all that thrilled to be their slave and experimented on and whatever that old guy had planned for her body. That the reason she escaped wasn’t a malfunction but just desire for freedom. Look she even got herself her own name - Portia Lin - sh obviously didn’t want to have anything to do with the people who made her. And the nice parts - the Android deciding to risk all for Two because she they are friends and most of all the way the whole crew tries to save Two - leaving her is not an option even though they are hopelessly outgunned. And that they believe in her being able to save herself once the dampening field is out. The whole family moment at the end. Too bad it didn’t last.