Because I was away for a while, this week’s Dark Matter Digest is pulling a double shift to catch you up. My absence may or may not have involved a very large boat, sandy shores, and copious amounts of fruity adult beverages. Let’s just say I was on shore leave and, um, leave it at that.
Looking back at Monday, January 25, readers of Joe’s blog got the chance to select the title for episode 202. There were some teaser images which are always fun, and a fun video showing the interactive directory for space station Janah-12.
Joe and company got some fresh air on Tuesday, January 26 when a scouting trip looking at warehouses turned into a jaunt through frozen woods. There are plenty of pictures, finishing with an animated GIF of Mr. Mallozzi leaping across a frozen river. Leaping, I say!
When Wednesday, January 27 rolled around, we got the results of Monday’s episode 202 title selection. I’d like to tell you which one was the winner, but that would spoil the fun of checking out the blog. Besides, there are some nice security camera shots waiting there for you.
Thursday, January 28 went to the dogs, but in a good way. A distraction from a particularly slow-going writing session led to the discovery, and subsequent sharing, of a beautiful, heartbreaking documentary about a woman and her senior dog. Keep the tissues handy for this one.
Ah, Friday (January 29) means the end of another productive week on set. The topic of food came up as it often does, only this time it was talk of less food as Joe’s committed to a fitness regimen for 2016. There’s also another chance for readers to vote, but this time it’s to identify a controversial sweater worn by First Assistant Director, Brandon Tataryn. Head over, see if you can identify the mystery garment, and cast your vote now!
It may be the weekend, but Saturday, January 30 still brought forth Dark Matter teasers. It was also a time for a short discussion of the difference between a teaser and a spoiler, plus a lot of cool concept drawings for futuristic skyscrapers.
As Sunday, January 31 lazily rolled around, we were treated to some interesting doggie fashion and regaled with stories of a trip to the farmer’s market with Akemi and Jodelle. You’ll never guess what Jodelle picked up at the market, but you can find out at the link.
February may have started on a Monday, but that didn’t stop Dark Matter from warping ahead with season 2 production. Script writing went at a brisk pace and we got to see a buttload of space guns. I wonder how many of them will end up with names like Three’s favorite toys? Also, Balda-9 (Use the link, Luke).
Fights and hugs – that’s how Tuesday began. It ended with Japanese whisky and a viewing of the director’s cut of episode 203, which was topped off by two aww-inspiring pictures of bulldogs.
The middle of the week is, of course, Wednesday, but for Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza it’s also “Giant Rock Lifting Day”. I would venture a guess that “Don’t Mess with Vanessa Day” is every day. There was also the above tease of Transfer Transit 2.0 to pique your interest. Hmm … I wonder what’s new in version 2.0? Well, I say we all pitch in and buy a free trip for birthday girl and Dark Matter on-set supervisor Jozie Conte who celebrated a milestone number today!
Thursday was another opportunity for readers to vote – this time on your preferred Transfer Transit destination. I’m not telling you the winner, but I really don’t think you’ll be surprised by the answer, either. I don’t know a single Dark Matter fan who wouldn’t want to go there. There’s also another cool video featuring animated screen graphics. It seems someone triggered a motion sensor.
Friday’s end-of-week activities included skulking around sketchy alleys, the Balda-9 airlock, and intergalactic passports! We were again tormented teased about the mystery man playing Arax Nero. Fans think they have a pretty good idea who is playing him, but we have yet to receive confirmation. But we’re still pretty damned sure.
Most people are working for the weekend, but this Saturday the Dark Matter team was working on the weekend. Everyone was up and at it early that morning with some of them spending time in that questionable alley.
Thanks for checking out this extra-long double recap of Dark Matter’s production as told by Joseph Mallozzi on his blog. My apologies for not having an installment last week, but somebody had to go and take a vacation where there was little to no wifi. I do the tough things so you don’t have to.
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