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Dark Matter S2E4 Recap: We Were Family

This episode just made me fall in love with Three.  Android was so adorable I wanted to hug her!  On to the recap!

We start off with a heartbreaking scene with a mom (Robin Brule) hiding her little boy (Ethan Tavares) in the closet.  She gives him a toy rocket that looks just like the one Three (Anthony Lemke) had in his lock box last week.  The mother tells her boy to hide until she comes to get him.  You hear yelling and objects crashing in the background.  When the door closes, you hear the mother screaming and a struggle.  A few gunshots, then footsteps.  The footsteps reach the closet; it opens….

Present day, Two (Melissa O’Neil) goes into the medical wing letting Devon (Shaun Sipos) know the ship is about to dock at a space station.  He is going over the medical supplies they need, especially for the surgery for Kal (Roger Cross).  She mentions that they have some leftover cash that Five (Jodelle Ferland) stashed since the rest of it and the other medical stuff got confiscated when they were in prison.  Two wants Devon to stay as his medical training is an asset.  Devon thinks there are worse ways to make a dishonest living.

Arax (Mike Dopund) took a bottle from Three’s stash for special occasions claiming he found it.  He wants to celebrate potentially staying on the ship as a partner.  Arax thinks Three is smart, but wonders why the others want to keep a cop on board but doesn’t trust Nyx (Melanie Liburd) or himself.  He thinks having Kal around would cause problems.  Three ponders it.  Are you worried a cop would see through your BS Arax?

Two visits Five to get the sketch of the building she saw in the memory from last week’s episode.  Two has a feeling she may need to go back so she wants to figure out what the building is called.  Four (Alex Mallari Jr) practices with his staff.  Nyx watches and asks to join him.  They practice and she’s really good.  She just learned it 30 seconds ago.  Four tries practicing with swords and she beats him. With no official training! The way she describes it, it’s like she is able to mostly anticipate her opponents moves.  Four seems intrigued.  Nyx wouldn’t mind telling him more if she gets to stay.  Oh you clever girl.  It’s like your teasing the man.

Three asks to borrow some money to buy some stuff while at the space station.  If he doesn’t pay her back there will be compound interest.  He doesn’t know if he should be scared or proud of her.  When he leaves Android (Zoie Palmer) approaches Five. She wants to go on a shopping trip with her to observe more human behavior.  She feels limited with just observing the crew.  Five doesn’t mind her tagging along.

The Raza has arrived at the space station. Let’s pray no one gets into trouble this time.   Two and Nyx go to a transfer transit place to figure out the building in the drawing.  Nyx pretends to be an architectural student (Liburd uses her real English accent) and convinces the transit worker that they are doing research.  Two just lets her do the talking.  When the worker goes in the back Two just looks at Nyx with confused appreciation.  Nyx just responds that she was always good with improvising.  If you say so Nyx.  The transit worker comes back with results.  The building is owned by Dwarf Star Technologies located on Terra Prime aka Earth. Two has heard of it considering the owner was also her creator.   We met that jerk in season one.


Android Makes New Friends

In the store, Devon and Five are shopping while the Android observes. She looks back and finds a guy checking her out.  When they are ready to leave Android wants to stay to do more observing and meet them back on the ship.  Five and Devon don’t mind so they go to purchase their supplies.   Android observes a couple kissing.  A guard asks her what is she doing.  She answers that she’s observing and getting items for her crew.  The guard is starting to get a little nosy when the guy that was checking her out intervenes indicating she is part of his ship crew Ophiucus.  The guard didn’t realize she had someone with her, and leaves them alone. Android shows the toothbrush she was getting one of the crew members (my guess was Five).  The guy introduces himself as Victor (Brendan Murray) and asks her to go with him.  Android naively does go with the man.  Android seriously needs a lesson in stranger danger.

DARK MATTER -- "We Were Family" Episode 204 -- Pictured: Zoie Palmer as The Android -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — “We Were Family” Episode 204 — Pictured: Zoie Palmer as The Android — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Victor takes Android to meet a small group of men and women on his ship.  Victor and the group reveal that they are also androids but they can pass as human.  A few of them, including a droid named Miranda (Sara Garcia), are leery about her because of her illogical reasoning and parroting of emotional responses.  Android admits that she has a flaw in her programming. Victor insists that she is special.  Victor asks to run a diagnostic on her which she agrees.  They explain how they are free beings living their lives.   An emotional immolator card they can add to their programming is what makes them more human.  If the authorities found out they would be deactivated.

DARK MATTER -- "We Were Family" Episode 204 -- Pictured: Zoie Palmer as The Android -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — “We Were Family” Episode 204 — Pictured: Zoie Palmer as The Android — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

While he is processing the scan, Victor takes Android shopping.  She tries on a fancy black dress y’all! Victor compliments her look.  Android feels awkward but you can tell she’s enjoying herself.  After the shopping spree (I guess Victor paid for that as well) it’s time to say goodbye.  Android wanted to introduce him to her crew but he declines.  He wants her to free herself soon and not tell her crew about the emo card he gives her.  He has the results of his scan.  Someone intentionally designed her to be different.  Who though? And is Victor being truthful with his analysis? Victor asks for permission to kiss her and she quickly says yes.  Awww how cute!  She leaves with a smirk on her face.

Kal is Back!

Back on the ship, Devon and Five are prepping for Kal’s surgery.  Despite his betrayal, Five still cares about Kal.  Devon vows to do his best to fix him up.  While Five goes to get coffee, Devon injects himself with some kind of drug that makes him look high.  Meanwhile Four has Two and Nyx view a news bulletin about the death of Derrick Moss.  According to the report, the GA is pursuing a person of interest in the case.

DARK MATTER -- "We Were Family" Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jodelle Ferland as Five, Shaun Sipos as Devon -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — “We Were Family” Episode 204 — Pictured: (l-r) Jodelle Ferland as Five, Shaun Sipos as Devon — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Devon is performing the surgery when his hand starts to shake.  He is able to play it off when Two asks if everything is okay. Two is with Kal when he wakes up.  Looks like the surgery went okay.  Yay! He’s wondering why he was saved.  Two explains it’s because he helped them escape, and the rest of the crew didn’t object to him getting surgery.  He feels like he can’t forgive himself for getting played by the GA.  Two is actually sympathetic.  We will see how Kal recovers both mentally and physically from his wounds and betrayal.

We are NOT Family

At a bar, Three and Arax hang out.  Arax notices some guys eying Three.  He wants to know how Three wants to handle it. Three will take care of the old man while Arax handles the two other younger men.  Three sure does have a sense of humor!  The mystery men approach and the older guy refers to Three as Titch.

Who is this old timer?  Larcan Tanner (Nigel Bennett) and the others including Lang (Tom Finnigan) were part of his old crew.  They thought he was lost when Three got shot on their last job. Three admits he doesn’t remember but has put some pieces together.  Arax leaves him to reconnect.  Tanner is glad he is back in the fold.  As he goes to get drinks the others remind Three that Tanner raised him like a son.

Tanner tells Three how much he cared for Three’s parents and appreciated they gave him a chance.  He describes what happened the night they were killed.  He was at a tavern when it happened.  He found Three hiding in the closet while the house was burning.  He caught up with the guys responsible and killed them.  Got a mark to prove it near his collarbone.

Five, on her way to get coffee from Devon, sees Three getting ready to leave on a job with his old crew.   He did his research about who they were before accepting the job.  Five is still concerned considering he can’t pay her back if he’s dead.  Three reassures her that he will be careful. He takes Bubba with him and doesn’t want Five messing with his other guns.

On a nearby planet, Three with Bubba takes out a ground tracking station so a shuttle will be able to land undetected.  His crew looks impressed.  At the rendezvous, the guys wonder if Jacob (Brendan Beiser), who stole the money from the Mining payroll for them, will show.  One of the crew mentions that they took some insurance so the man would show.  Jacob does show up and tells them the money is on the shuttle.  Jacob demands to see his son.  Not surprisingly he gets shot for it. Three wants to back up a little bit because he wasn’t aware of kidnapping being part of the operation.  Tanner by the way is looking after the boy.

DARK MATTER -- "We Were Family" Episode 204 -- Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — “We Were Family” Episode 204 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

On their way to the shuttle Three casually asks how long Lang knew Tanner and how he got the scar. He claims it was from a poker game.  Lang was there when it happened. Three stops.  Oh snap.  He done messed up now! One of the other guys is wondering if Titch is going to cause problems. Three is like, nope, and proceeds to kill them old western style, by shoot out.

Three goes to the cabin, where he finds Tanner and the boy.  He tells the boy to go into another room while he talks with Tanner.  He reports that he has the payroll but the pilot is dead.  Tanner seems disappointed but thinks the boy is better off.  Then Three asks the question, “Is that what you told yourself after you killed my parents?” I was like:


Tanner doesn’t deny it.  He claims that Three always knew.  Tanner explains what really happened that night.  He was accused of stealing and things got out of hand. When he found Three as a kid something changed in him, like he had a purpose to raise him. Talk about twisted!  Tanner taught him how to survive. He mentions to Three that his old self eventually forgave him.  Why else hang with him all those years?  Three of course shoots him for that.  Well, Tanner, he doesn’t remember so there!

DARK MATTER -- "We Were Family" Episode 204 -- Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — “We Were Family” Episode 204 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Up to No Good

Arax calls up Alicia Reynaud (Inga Cadranel) to tell her that it’s time to pick up the package.  She wants to take over but Arax wants to find the item himself since he now has access to the different parts of the ship.  He figures he could meet her to drop off whatever they are looking for.  She is initially reluctant to tell him, but she does give him the bare minimum.  He breaks into Five’s room using a device that can figure out her code.  He finds a box near the ceiling that contains the money and a dull gray card with several holes in it.   He leaves and bumps into Five in the hallway.  He asks about the surgery.  She reports that things are going good so far.  He wants her to keep hoping things will work out.  Five hugs him in thanks and walks away.

Arax meets Alicia at the bar, he hands her the card, but it looks slightly different from the one he took.  Alicia notices and tells him that’s not the right card.  He reflects and figures out that Five must have taken it from him.

It appears crew left Arax back at the space station because the ship is in FTL.  Five explains that she was suspicious when Arax was lingering around the area by her room.  She installed a camera and a security feature that alerted her when her room was breached.  She shows them the camera footage.  In HD the crew sees Arax looking for the card.  She swapped the card out with another one when she “bumped” into him.  She stole the card from a mark at another space station.  Her friends got killed by the mark trying to get it back.  According to the Android, “it’s a key that let’s someone access interdimensional space-time.”  Well it’s important enough that someone will probably come after them to get it back.

Three goes to Five’s room paying her back with interest.  He got it from his old pals that won’t be needing it anymore.  Five is sorry things didn’t work out.  She confirms that his friends called him Titch.   She remembers that his parents loved him and he was happy on the farm.  She wishes he can remember.  So does he.

The Android looks at the emo card, contemplating about using it.  Alicia is back at her place talking with the Ferrous rep Commander Neiman (David Richmond-Peck).  We haven’t seen him for a long time!  He was expecting results by now.  She thinks it’s just a small delay.   Well he wants her to get on it because the crew of the Raza hold the key to victory for an upcoming war.  Of course the show ends with that bombshell!

More Thoughts

DARK MATTER -- "We Were Family" Episode 204 -- Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)
DARK MATTER — “We Were Family” Episode 204 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

I loved the little moments between Three and Five!  Considering how he treated her last week when he was Marcus Boone it’s like a complete 180.  I think Three thinks of Five as like a little sister.  Too bad he can’t remember his past without potentially becoming the old Marcus Boone.   There has to be a way!  I like the layered, more tenderhearted Three.  I’m starting to have a little crush on him. Just a little.  Four is still my favorite with Six aka Kal a close second.  Was it just me or was there sparks between Four and Nyx?  I think he likes a woman that can fight as well or even better than him.  He has this respect for Two, which is why he defers to her as leader.  I thought it was interesting that he showed her the news footage.  It’s like he knew that she would want to avenge One’s death somehow and he was okay with that.

I was pleasantly surprised that Melanie Liburd got to use her real voice in that scene where she was undercover with Two.  Now that we know what building that was in her memory, how soon is she going to confront her past?  If it’s anything like when we met Alex (Wil Wheaton) last year my guess is around Ep 11 or 12.  What is up with Nyx’s skills? Is she another creation like Two?  It will be interesting to see what other surprises she reveals.

I’m glad that Five screwed Arax because he was definitely up to no good.  Hopefully the gang will figure out how to use the card before anyone else does. Makes you wonder who originally designed it, and how did Ferrous get ahold of the card in the first place?

Looks like from the previews Android puts that card in her so she acts more human.  What will the potential repercussions be since she already has a different program design?  If we see him again, are we going to get more than a kiss from Victor next time?  Lingering questions.

Can’t wait until next week’s episode! Be sure to sound off your thoughts in the comments!

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