Dark Matter closed out the season with an explosive finale that made last year’s ending episode seem quite tame in comparison. With most of the crew caught in a life or death situation on Eos-7 and Nyx poisoned on the Raza, things look pretty dire in “But First We Save the Galaxy.”
(On a sidenote: Melissa O’Neil gets to say what may be the coolest line yet in Dark Matter. After promising Three that they will pull a heist after this “job” she gets all “Mumsy” and tells the big kid, “But first we save the galaxy. Got it?” Just brilliant.)
Of course this is Dark Matter. Neither Mallozzi nor Mullie will allow this to go smoothly, there are too many things going on here. All paths lead to Eos-7 and their convergence has a Humpty-Dumpty effect on the plan.
More characters are evolving in interesting, and in the case of Five, kick a** ways. The littlest crew member proves that she can go solo, with a little help from an Android on the station. (Played by Between actor Kyle Mac who just killed it.)
Raza’s Android is still changing. At the end of the episode she seems to be expressing anger as she crouches over Nyx.
After last week’s bloody reassumption of Ryo’s throne, the remaining crew members head to warn Truffault about the upcoming summit at Eos-7. In the alternate reality, the station is blown up causing an intergalactic war. They want to stop it.
Truffault teams up with the crew and unfortunately for everyone who want to stop the war, people and events have conspired to keep this from happening.
There are no less than two different factions who want to blow the summit to bits. Ryo and Commander Neiman from Ferrous Corp have arranged for an explosion. Five stops the Ferrous Corp bomb (it was The Android who rescued her earlier) and the robot spaces itself to save the station.
Ryo, however, has also set up an explosive event which succeeds. (Loved the nod to Event Horizon here with Kierken as Smithy, finding the “bomb” too late to save anyone.)
Four/Ryo asks Nyx to join him as his empress and although she refuses to consider, it signs her death warrant as Misaki overhears the conversation.
Apparently Ryo’s childhood friend still has feelings for her new emperor.
The plan to stop the explosion comes unstuck almost immediately when Ryo spots Five soon after she arrives. He sends guards to check on what she is doing and The Android she met moments earlier steps in.
Raza’s Android finds a way for the rest of the crew, sans Nyx, to board the station. Once again, fate steps in and scuttles things when Kierken grabs Six almost immediately.
Sidenote: The humorous highpoint of the episode was Five putting all that pain on Three. He cries out when she punches him in the throat. What were you doing, she asks. I was trying to keep you from screaming, he replies.
“Like you just did?”
“That was not a scream, it was a manly shout of pain.”
Shortly after this comic interlude, Neiman’s men beat Three to a pulp leaving him unconscious on the ship’s maintenance deck. Six pleads with Kierken to check on the bomb. Despite telling Varrik that he does not believe him, Kierken does what Six asks.
Ryo boards the Raza and shuts down The Android. As he goes to steal the blink drive, Misaki guards the bridge. Nyx encounters Ryo’s head of security and the two fight. Misaki cuts her opponent with a poisoned blade and Nyx goes down.
Back on Eos-7 Two is the only crew member actively working on the plan.
Ryo reactivates The Android on the Raza and has her warn the crew to return to the ship. She does so but Two cannot contact her fellow crew members. As the explosion begins tearing the station apart, Truffault takes Five, Three is just waking up and Six has no comms.
Out of the the four crew members on Eos-7 it looks like Portia Lin and Five may be the only survivors. With no comms Six is as helpless as Three and they may join One as “former” Raza crew members.
(Fans of the show may believe that the crew will make it out of the exploding space station alive. For those that see this, just remember Jace Corso, aka One. Both Derrick Moss and the original Corso ended up taking that big dirt nap. No one is safe in this universe.)
This explosive ending to season two of Dark Matter peeled back the layers to reveal that Four, aka Ryo, cares about his people first and foremost. He has betrayed his friends, although he does attempt to save them, for his country.
“But First We Save the Galaxy” brings up the question of fate. With the storyline encountering alternate worlds it seems that regardless of which universe the players are in certain events will still occur.
In the other universe the corporate war was being fought in earnest. It was caused by the explosion on Eos-7. The crew try to stop the same thing happening in their world and fail. Apparently there was going to be a corporate war regardless of whatever actions they took.
This was an impressive season finale. A high-powered cliff hanger that will keep fans squirming until the next season airs.
Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie have just “dropped the mic.”
- Marc Bendavid – One/Jace Corso
- Melissa O’Neil – Two/Portia Lin
- Anthony Lemke – Three/Marcus Boone
- Alex Mallari Jr. – Four/Ryo Tetsuda
- Jodelle Ferland – Five/Emily Kolburn
- Roger Cross – Six/Kal Varrik
- Zoie Palmer – The Android
- Melanie Liburd – Nyx Harper
Guest Starring Ellen Wong as Misaki Han-Shireikan, Torri Higginson as Commander Truffault, Kris Holden-Ried as GAI Kierken and David Richmond-Peck as Commander Neiman
4 thoughts on “Dark Matter: But First We Save the Galaxy – Explosive (Review)”
Don’t forget Jeff Teravainen was there as ANDERS ?
Yes he was! And that was in the first draft as well. Thanks for pointing him out!
Joe Mallozzi said in a post-show interview that Nyx is definitely dead. He certainly likes shaking up the cast every season.