Dark Matter’s “Isn’t That A Paradox?” is another brilliant classic sci-fi episode this season. If there is one thing Dark Matter does really well, it’s keeping genuine characters in a classic sci-fi feel. With so many new science fiction and fantasy shows on tv, it’s easy to get caught up in what’s new, when sometimes you just want a great character driven story with an old school sci-fi feel. And that’s where Dark Matter excels above others. “Isn’t That A Paradox?” gives fans of the show a big reminder of why we all love the Raza Crew, their fantastic chemistry.
Five and Android are running diagnostics on the blink drive, when suddenly a malfunction in the device sends the Raza Crew 600 years in the past, back to the 21st century. Thanks, blink drive, because being trapped in the 21st century will be super helpful. After deciding to head to Earth to resupply and re-group, the crew comes across a peculiar signal. There is another blink drive on earth right now, years before that technology should be feasibly possible. At least we know they won’t be stuck, at least not if they can find the other Blink drive and take it. It’s highly entertaining to watch each of the crew adjust to this time period. Though it’s nice to step away from being hunted by Ryo or the GA, they are still out of place here. And it doesn’t take long for the neighbor kids to realize that.
Five of course makes friends with the kids, bonding over video games. Six does a pretty good job at blending in. Three has a harder time accepting their reality of potentially being trapped on earth. Two, doesn’t seem pleased but also seems less stressed Android sans her upgrade makes for one very awkward human, but she gets an A+ for effort. It’s hard to pick a favorite on the Raza Crew, everyone involved with this show is just insanely talented, but Zoie Palmer as Android has had many moments to shine this season, and “Isn’t That A Paradox?” is no exception to that.
It doesn’t take long for them to hone in on the other blink drive, and the professor who possesses it. Turns out, he was one of the original creators of it and got out just in time. Realizing that the technology they were developing could be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands, he knew his life could be at risk just for helping to create it. So he placed a hidden security recall in the drive and made his way back to the past to safely live out his days.
Because the Crew can never have just a simple day, the Marauder was found by the young kids and being kids, they snapped pictures on their cellphones. An adult finds them and tips off the sheriff who sends out a team to investigate. Two and Three head to the Professors house to try and get the functional blink drive but are captured due to an anti theft device. I’m thinking Android maybe needs to come up with some way to help the crew avoid getting captured by those, it’s becoming a trend. Six goes to investigate the Marauder, because their own security perimeter gets set off on it and he is intercepted by the local police department with the federal officers already on their way.
Just as Two and Three are about to get blinked even further back into the future, Android and Five show up to save the day yet again. They really do make a great team. Five goes back in time, to the beginning of the day, in order to save the Marauder from being taken in the first place. She has to stay out of sight of herself and the other crew members, they are already treading on thin ground here with possibly creating a paradox that will forever change the future. But she’s successful in setting the Marauder up for a flight just after the feds arrive.
They break Six out of custody at the sheriff’s office and are about to head back to the Raza to get to their own time, when one of the kids professes his love for Five. He gives her his video game console as a gift, and we later find out that his great granddaughter is the creator of FTL. She was always inspired by her grandfather’s tales of space travel, so she got involved with astrophysics.
AU Portia and Boone have been busy, making alliances all over the place, which will not fare well for our beloved crew. It looks like they’re now in cahoots with Ryo, and that is going to be a dangerous combination. “Isn’t That A Paradox?” is a great, light-hearted episode for the back half of season three, with not much focus on the over arching story for this season. Though this is a fantastic episode to show all your friends, as this one is a great way to hook somebody new onto the show!
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