‘Dark Matter’ is a science fiction space opera that airs on the Space Channel and SyFy. The show first premiered on June 12, 2015. If you are a fan of the genre, perhaps you are familiar with the comics of the same name, created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, who are also famous for ‘Stargate‘. Since Joseph and Paul are also creators of the show, they know the universe they are dealing with and can maintain continuity within the story effortlessly.
Interestingly, the show borrows its name from the matter that is made of yet unrecognized subatomic particles, which accounts for 85% of all matter in the universe. Anyhow, the premise of the show itself is based on six people who wake up in a deserted spaceship, suffering from amnesia. Set in a dystopic 27th century, the members must get along with each other, if they are to survive, and uncover the truth about their identities, while being assisted by a female android.
While the show has received mixed reviews from critics, it is definitely worth checking out for the impressive character arcs it spins over the course of the seasons.
Dark Matter Cast: Who is in it?
The main characters of ‘Dark Matter’ are the ones on the spaceship. They are just known by the numbers, in the order that they woke up in. Thus we have Marc Bendavid as One/Jace Corso/Derrick Moss, Melissa O’Neil as Two/Rebecca/Portia Lin, Anthony Lemke as Three/Marcus Boone/Titch, Alex Mallari Jr. as Four/Ryo Tetsuda/Ryo Ishida, Jodelle Ferland as Five/Das/Emily Kilburn and Roger Cross as Six/Griffin Jones/Lt. KalVarrick. Zoie Palmer of ‘Lost Girl’ and ‘Pure‘ fame appears as the Android.
The recurring cast of the series includes David Hewlett as Tabor Calchek, Ellen Wong as Misaki Han, Jeff Teravainen as Lt. John Anders, Natalie Brown as Sarah, Torri Higginson as Commander Delaney Truffault and David Richmond-Peck as Commander Nieman.
However, coming back to our main cast members, they broadly fall under reliable character tropes that we have seen in science fiction before. Thus, One is the moral compass, Two is the diplomatic leader, Three is the sarcastic trigger happy member, Four has a deadly demeanor, Five has the gift or curse of visions, while Six is the loyal member of the group. The Android is like a zippier and better, not to mention friendlier, version of the Google Assistant that we use, and helps the group navigate their ship in various perilous situations.