If you’re ready for bingeable sci-fi action, check out Dark Matter (2015-2017). Created from a comic of the same name, six strangers on a ship in the 27th century try to figure out who they are while embarking on adventures and unraveling mysteries.
With only a number for a name, the shipmates are immediately suspicious of each other but also need to know where they’re heading to on a ship that barely passes for a moving trash can. They all have abilities like Four, played by martial artist Alex Mallari Jr., who can fight with an unconscious grace, and Two, played by singer Melissa O’Neil who knows the ship’s systems like the back of her hand. Each episode, we inch closer to the truth about their histories, but that information becomes more unsettling the more they learn, and the dry as a desert android which comes with the ship keeps them in line if things get out of hand.
Created by Joseph Mallozzi and directed by Canadian greats like Jason Priestley, Stargate’s Amanda Tapping, and Hardcore Logo’s Bruce MacDonald, this blank slate series offers countless amounts of intrigue and worlds and to explore. There’s more star power too. Genre fans will recognize Jodelle Ferland, who was in the Silent Hill and Supernatural, Roger Cross, a regular on Coroner and The Strain, and Channel Zero and Bitten’s Natalie Brown.
Review by Carolyn Mauricette
Alex Mallari Jr., Anthony Lemke, Jodelle Ferland, Melissa O'Neil