Of the two new sci-fi series on Syfy last year, Dark Matter and Killjoys, I’ll admit that I liked Dark Matter more in the first season. But to be honest, both series changed dramatically in their second seasons and my views have changed a bit. So how did Dark Matter stand up this year? Read on and find out.
Following their escape from the Hyperion-8 Maximum Security Galactic Detention Facility, the crew takes off on the Raza. This season is all about changes, with every character being “different”. Both Ryo and the Android are the two most significantly changed. But with chances of war coming, can the crew of the Raza maintain the balance of the galaxy?
The first season was largely criminals on the run aboard the Raza, people who were uncomfortable with their unknown past and wanting to be better people than they had been. That part was great. But that’s not what happened this years. Instead of being chased, they were suddenly in control of this amazing drive technology that made them ridiculously powerful. Sorry, I don’t want to watch that, I want to see the underdogs triumph, not the powerful deigning to lend their might to help the weak. I know the show has to change and evolve, I just don’t care where it’s evolving to.
I really don’t want to see yet another show about corporate warfare. Killjoys was headed in the same direction most of the season. I hate what Ryo turned into when he got his old memories back. I’m not particularly happy that One got killed and is off the show. In fact, multiple characters died, including Nyx, who I never really cared for, but there was never much emotional weight to the deaths. One died in the opening episode of the season and although people talked about his death, nobody really seemed to care much that he was gone. Now maybe the actor had another job and had to get written off, but the lack of emotional reaction from the rest of the crew was jarring.
I just lost interest in a lot of what was going on because these were largely not the characters that I grew to enjoy in the first season. They were a family, but now they’re not. That’s what I wanted to revisit and couldn’t. Maybe things will change in the next season, I hope things don’t keep going downhill as I think they did this season.