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Dark Matter Episode 12 Review – Meet Your Maker

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It’s hard to top an episode that ends by blowing up a planet, but episode 12 succeeds by giving us some very satisfying answers to some of the mysteries that have hounded us for weeks. We’ve known for a while that when she was first discovered aboard the Raza, Five was put in an airlock by Three who threatened to space her. This episode opens by showing us, through a dream Five was having, that he only intended to scare the kid, being the big jerk (but not murderer) he is. We also got a look at the crew pre-memory wipe and, man, Portia was a hard-ass, wanting to kick the kid off the ship, but Ryo had the deciding vote and he opted to let her stay. Good call.

The device that destroyed the planet in last week’s (yes, I’m gonna say it) explosive finale was a white hole bomb. It’s the opposite of a black hole in that it expels incredible amounts of energy and matter in a seemingly endless supply. That’s the kind of thing that can do some serious damage to anything of any size or composition. It’s pretty much the ultimate weapon.

When it blew up the planet, the white hole bomb also killed over 15,000 people living at the Mikkei-owned research station. Traugott Corp were the ones secretly working on the device, but they were afraid to test it themselves since white hole technology was banned, so they let the device’s existence and location slip as bait. Mikkei took the bait and unwittingly tested it for Traugott, proving the device works and keeping Traugott out of the line of controversy.

Truffault must’ve been sleeping on the job because that looks like the kind of plan she would’ve seen through immediately. For all we know, she may have suspected a trap, but was out-voted by her fellow executives.

More deception comes in the form of a “simple job” from Tabor Calchek, who says Ferrous Corp just needs the Raza gang to pick up a scientist from a research facility on a nearby planet. I believe he even calls it a piece of cake. That should’ve set off alarms in the heads of our crew. Once they enter the facility, they discover it’s a trap and Wil Wheaton’s Evil Beard of Evil disables Two with the push of a button. He activated a dampening field which slowed her nanites down, in turn weakening her to the point of being harmless.

Wil Wheaton's Evil Beard of Evil's Research Station of Evil. Yeah, it's pretty evil. (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Wil Wheaton’s Evil Beard of Evil’s Research Station of Evil. Yeah, it’s pretty evil. (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

This is where we finally learn who and what Two actually is. Wheaton plays Alexander Rook, owner of Dwarf Star Technologies, and he created “Rebecca”, otherwise known as Portia Lin or Two. Rook claims she has a flaw in her neural network that makes her dangerous and prone to violent outbreaks, but our crew is rightfully suspicious of him. A hundred space bucks says Two is a recreation of someone Rook loved and lost, not just a random face.

Suspicious or not, they leave Two behind, head back to the Raza, and fly away using FTL, but that’s not the end of the matter. Dropping out of FTL, Android parks the Raza near the system’s star which keeps them hidden it its radiation shadow and buys the crew some time. Trying to come up with a rescue plan knowing they’ll get shot to pieces if they land, it’s Android who offers the only viable option: Don’t land. Yeah, it’s different, but if you have an android you can pull it off.

HoloDroid’s not happy about the plan, but I think at this point Android only has her active to see just how “human” she herself is becoming. She counters all of her holographic counterpoint’s arguments against the plan with statements that the safety of the crew comes first and that they consider her an equal now. When Holodroid reminds her that she’s just a machine, Android retorts, “A machine with friends.”

I have friends and you don't, nyah! (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

I have friends and you don’t, nyah! (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Leaving Five behind again, the boys fly off in the Marauder with Android. As they buzz the research facility, Android jumps from the shuttle with no parachute or other landing aid. She hits the ground hard, but unscathed. She then ass-kicks her way into the facility where she intends to disable the field generator so Two can ass-kick her way out of the facility. Pretty badass plan for a machine, no?

As Android gets nearer to the field generator she begins to have difficulty moving. Remember, she’s also filled with nanites, and while they’re different from Two’s they must be similar enough for the field to have an effect on once she gets really close. Struggling ever more intently as she approaches the emitter, Android barely manages to disable the device just as Evil Scientist Dudes are about to slice open Two’s head. This returns Two to normal functionality and she turns the dissection into a bloodbath.

No one knows what goes on behind closed doors ... (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

No one knows what goes on behind closed doors … (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

We don’t get to see the slaughter, but we listen to it through the lab door. Who else here expected to see a splash of blood hit the frosted glass of the door while the screaming was going on? It would’ve been the expected and easy thing to do, but instead we get a quick peek of the aftermath when Two walks through the very same door. It was a far more effective visual than blood spatter on glass, which is something of an overused trope, so I’m really glad they took a different path here.

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the work that must’ve gone into setting up a scene that only got maybe five seconds of screen time.

She *did* ask to be let go before resorting to killing. (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

She *did* ask to be let go before resorting to killing. (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Once out, Two and Android meet up to finish the plan. Just take a look at Android’s face when she says, “The Marauder is awaiting my signal. Would you like to help me blow something up?” She’s enjoying herself! I really can’t wait to see how she progresses in season two. I think we’ll see a lot of surprises from her in the future.

Family gatherings are the best part of the show! (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Family gatherings are the best part of the show! (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

As another adventure comes to a close, we get one of those wonderful bonding moments around the commissary table. Everyone’s eating, drinking, talking, laughing, but there’s one notable addition this time around. Android has been invited to the table and is even having a drink. She’s finally become a complete and integral part of the family, treated no differently from any other crew member. That’s a long way from her being seen as not much more than an appliance in the early episodes.

But all is not over yet, there are still a few teases left to come. Something else Five saw in her dream was herself planting a listening device underneath the commissary table. She retrieved it and is listening to the recording when she hears Two and Four agreeing that “he has to die.” We aren’t clued in to exactly which “he” they’re referring, but the plan was to kill him after they come out of stasis and before going down to the mining colony. I think we may have found Five’s impetus for hurriedly wiping everyone’s memories. I wonder when will we find out who “he” is and why he has to die?

Following up on Rook, who made a quick and quiet escape, brings us a scene that inserts another twist with a healthy side of creepiness. Rook visits an old man who’s in a hospital bed hooked up to fancy gadgetry. Dude kinda looks like he could be Bane’s grandfather. He inquires about “the body” and states that Two needs to be eliminated along with the entire Raza crew since they know too much. There’s also talk of another body being prepared, so we have to assume this dying man is looking to transfer his consciousness into a new, self-repairing body. I can see him being one of the Big Bads in season two after the transfer.

Grandpa Bane says ominous things. (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Grandpa Bane says ominous things. (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Back on the Raza, we see a POV shot of someone looking through the vault and grabbing the shock stick. Since the next scene is of Android standing alone on the bridge, that can mean only one thing – Android is about to get zapped out of commission again. Since only the crew are on board, the person doing the shocking has got to be the traitor we’ve read about, but we aren’t treated to this person’s identity just yet.

As expected, the episode closes with poor Android getting tased again, this time by the mysterious traitor. It’s obviously someone she knows judging by her smiling at the off-screen presence and saying a friendly, “hello” just before being taken out. All we get to see of this person is a looming shadow over Android’s lifeless body.

Tase me once, shame on you. Tase me fifty times, I need better insulation. (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Tase me once, shame on you. Tase me fifty times, I need better insulation. (Image courtesy Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

To learn the identity of the traitor and so much more, keep watching right through episode 13. But be warned, you’re going to get hit with a lot of shocks and surprises so hold on to your butts and jaws. One will get kicked and the other will hit the floor.

And be sure to check out our review of episode 13, the final hour of Dark Matter season one!Dark Matter Episode 13 Review – Whack A Mole

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The Dark Matter 2-part finale airs Friday, August 28 at 9/8 central on Syfy

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Tom Gardiner