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Dark Matter: Still in Denial

DARK MATTER -- Pictured: Marc Bendavid as One -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — Pictured: Marc Bendavid as One — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

In last week’s episode, the Raza crew reunited during a prison break. However, this reunion was bittersweet.  Why? Because someone was missing.  All of us are probably still in denial that One aka Derrick Moss (Marc Bendavid) is really dead after being shot several times by Jace Corso at the end of the premiere episode.  It’s hard to come back from a head shot, but the Dark Matter world is filled with technology we haven’t seen yet.  Maybe just maybe, he could be resurrected or he could’ve been a clone, we don’t know!  In the meantime, I will continue to be in this phase:


Everyone but Five (Jodelle Ferland) and the Android (Zoie Palmer) is aware of the presumed death.  So what were the others thinking as they heard the news?  Sad, shocked, guilty, nothing?  I got a chance to ask some of the original crew of the Raza about what their reaction was after reading about One and some insight as to the feelings of their characters.

Roger Cross (Six aka Lt Kal Varrick):  Presumably, it’s got to be heart wrenching.  I mean this is the one person that in a sense was the heart but then the more optimistic person about being able to change and turn over this new leaf and do good things.  And he was the guy pushing forward who goes, ‘Forget where we were in the past, we can be this in the future. ‘

He’s the guy that everyone kind of could talk to, I mean all except for Three. Three comes around and goes, ‘OK all right you’re not so bad.’  It’s a gut punch because kind of like here was the innocent in a sense and if he goes it’s like ooh, that’s a huge blow.

DARK MATTER -- "Episode Nine" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark Bendavid as One, Melissa O'Neil as Two, Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — “Episode Nine” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Mark Bendavid as One, Melissa O’Neil as Two, Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Melissa O’Neil:  Yes, both Marc and his character are definitely what I would describe as the heart of the show.  He’s such a team player and he’s a person that can bring everyone in and that’s what he brought to his take on One. I think that Two also appreciated that in [his] character.  And the obvious affection that they had for each other when they weren’t just fooling around, but it is of course a massive blow.

And for Two specifically, even more so because she so deeply wants to take care of everybody and protect everyone.  And the fact that they got split up and something happened when she couldn’t even be there to fight is awful, just awful.

Roger Cross:       And Six also has to deal with the fact that in a sense he may be responsible.

Melissa O’Neil:  Yes, right!

Roger Cross:       That’s part of that guilt that he will possibly have to bear if it turns out that [One] is in effect gone.  For all the good he was trying to do, you know this could have been his fault.

Melissa O’Neil:  You caused the death!

Roger Cross:  Yes, and you’re trying to do the right things in life and that’s why I said — that’s what I guess a lot of fans maybe relate to.  The only thing you can control is your intent and even with the best intentions you know things can go awry.

You still have to deal with the guilt of that, because you know the results count whether you didn’t intend[ed] injury, or heartache, or hurt it happened.  So now you have to deal with it and live with the results of your actions.

Sidenote: The fact that One talked with Kal about his concerns regarding his wife’s death stinking of a conspiracy and Kal dismissed those concerns also doesn’t help with his “guilt.”

Alex Mallari Jr.:   My (Alex Mallari’s thoughts); There’s no way, is there? This isn’t for real, right? Clone, maybe? He HAS to come back. Or doesn’t he? No one is safe out here. This show kicks so much ass. I wonder what’s for lunch today? (Random on the lunch there Alex, but okay.)

Four’s Thoughts: Who did the corporations send after us? I hope Two is okay but let’s get to the bottom of this immediately.

Anthony Lemke:  As for my thoughts personally, we have all become a team. We are pretty close on set. The thought of losing any one of our regulars is tough. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of an occupational hazard in serialized tv — a fact that doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye to a beloved colleague.

When we found out One’s character was shot at the end of ep. 201, I felt a loss for Three. The scenes with Three and One in the first season were a heck of a lot of fun to play. Our characters are diametrically opposed on so many things – and that conflict is like fuel for an actor. Losing One will be tough on Three. But, hey, this is science fiction… so you never know what can happen!

DARK MATTER -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Mark Bendavid as One -- (Photo by: Dennys/Ilic/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — Season:1 — Pictured: Mark Bendavid as One — (Photo by: Dennys/Ilic/Syfy)

My Thoughts

Some of the cast members were thinking along the same lines as I was.  I remember in S1 how Six used a clone to go after the General.  Could One have had the foresight to use one before someone came after him?  What about when he last used a clone, it looked like his real appearance vs. Jace Corso?

One’s presumed death not only helps Traugott eliminate a witness for the Iriden-3 incident, but also potentially leave his corporation CoreLactics open for a takeover, which Traugott could also do.  Where does his acting CEO Darius (Doug MacLeod) come into this?  I definitely think he had something to do with the wife’s death.  My guess is he wanted Derrick to appear incompetent so he could keep his cushy CEO gig. With Derrick’s death however, will the company be able to still stand, or will it have to be sold, which may still screw up Darius’s career plans? What about Jace Corso? Did he find Derrick on his own or was he hired by Traugott? I’m sure if he was able to make money out of killing Moss that’s like a bonus.

We are only two episodes in and there is all kinds of speculation regarding what is happening with these characters.  Let’s find out what they are up to Friday shall we?  Below is a sneak peek for the next episode:

Sound off below in the comments on your thoughts regarding One aka Derrick Moss?  Is anyone other than me having a hard time calling One Derrick?

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KC January 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Im not watching until they bring back One. Maybe he´s gonna be a different person who knows, but bring him back. I need my ammount of One and Three arguing.

TheNerdElement February 2, 2017 at 6:52 am

I do miss that dynamic as well. However, season 2 was still really good, even with “One” gone. Three’s relationship with Six soothes the wound a little bit in S2 since he has to deal with Six’s betrayal. And let’s just say that there are more appearances from Jace Corso throughout the season. The Raza crew has to find him and get revenge right? S2 is currently on Netflix if you have it. Thanks for commenting! ~Natty

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