Syfy’s Dark Matter returned this week with all new episode, “Kill Them All”. When last we left our Raza crew, things weren’t looking so good on any front. Jason Corso (spoiler alert if for some reason you have not seen last week’s episode and are somehow reading this) murdered One/Derek Moss. Six found out that he’s been working for the enemy. The warden put out a kill order on all of our favorite people, and a new sheriff showed up intent on taking down our crew. Plus, there was that pesky tech threatening Android’s very existence if she didn’t give up her files. Men! Seriously, though.
The hour started with me feeling ever so hopeful that somehow One might have survived the multiple gunshot wounds to the body and head. Or that it was all some kind of elaborate scheme and he was faking his death…for someone unknown reason. Alas, unless there’s a third person out there with that face, One is truly dunzo. How do we know? Confirmation finally came about halfway through the episode when Six found out the terrible, awful, no-good news. Six was a little too busy to mourn his fallen crew member or even tell the others about One’s murder.Actually, guilty thought. I barely thought about poor One’s demise again until that point, because of how thoroughly I was sucked in by everything happening with the rest of Raza’s crew. The hour was full of plans for prison breaks, assassination attempts, and dealing with the Galactic Authority Commander out to prove the crew’s involvement in the destruction of Iriden 3. GA Commander Shaddick is played by guest star, Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity, Run Lola Run) and she immediately comes across as someone not to be trifled with. Still, there’s the pesky detail that the Raza crew are innocent. She interrogates each of the individually and attempts to pit them against one another. Two, Three, and Four realize they need to make their escape and soon.
The warden has his own agenda. He wants the crew members dead before they have a chance to implicate his benefactors to Commander Shaddick. All of this stems from the destruction of Iriden 3 and Six’s revelation last week that his superiors knew what would happen and did nothing to stop it. He shouldn’t have worried overmuch because the crew doesn’t exactly cooperate with Commander Shaddick.Shaddick threatens Four with the fact that he’s been tried in absentia on his homeworld and found guilty of murder. If Four doesn’t give up the goods, Shaddick threatens to turn him over to the authorities coming to extradite him and he’ll have signed his own death warrant. Four, being the cool badass that he is, tells her to let them come.
Worried that Four might be extradited before they could make good on their prison break, Three tries to convince the other man to intentionally injury himself and buy himself a little time in the infirmary. Four’s not having it. He sees this as a less than honorable move. Three clearly has no compunction about this whole honor business and neither does their new “friend”, the prison gang boss that tried intimidating Four in last week’s premiere and who now wants in on the group’s prison break. In an awesome moment, Three and Arax Nero share a look as Four turns his back after refusing the suggestion, and they knock him out. The resulting concussion that Four wakes up with should buy him the time they need. Except it doesn’t. Four’s childhood friend has arrived from his homeworld to escort the prisoner back. His old friend reveals that a part of her had hoped that the rumors of his misdeeds were false, but the fact that he could do something so cowardly in hopes of avoiding justice shows his true character.
Damn it, Three. See what you did now! Although he meant well, what kind of pull does this childhood friend have in possibly clearing Four’s name? Either way, she’s pissed and ignores the infirmary doctor (Shaun Sipos) who tells her that Four shouldn’t be moved and that his concussion needs to be monitored.Elsewhere, poor Five just wants to be with the crew members that are her only family. She refuses the idea of being called Emily. She’s not that person anymore. She’s Five and crew member of the Raza. Working with Six, the ship’s resident tech pretends to give in to Shaddick’s demands. The Commander needs her help. She needs one of the crew to instruct Android to allow access to her files. The Android has been truly sassy up til now and even self-sacrificing, willing to give up her own unique conscious and face total meltdown if the files are extracted without her consent.
Once Five and Android are allowed in a room together, Five clarifies that as a member of the Raza Crew, Android must follow her orders. Shaddick and the guards relax at that point, believing that Five will follow through and instruct Android to release her files for review. Instead, Five instructs Android to free herself and kill them all. There’s the title and how awesome was that moment.Four battles it out with his old friend when the opportunity for escape finally presents itself and the rest of the crew take that moment to make good on their own escape plan. They all meet-up and are ready to get the hell away from Hyperion-8 and Commander Shaddick. The group sports several new faces accompanying and it seems that once again there is a traitor in their midst. Our suspects this time? Badass Nyx. Prison gang boss, Nero. Baby-faced medic, Devon. By the episode’s end, Two isn’t worried about any of them. Two does put Six on notice that she knows he turned them into the Galactic Authority. Oops.
Is it next week yet? We haven’t even gotten the crew’s reaction to One’s death. Oh, boy. This season is shaping up to be one wild ride. What did you think of this installment? Who do you think will be this season’s mole, and how long before the crew figures him or her out? Hit the comments below and let me know what you though!
Dark Matter airs Fridays 10/9c on Syfy. For more Dark Matter news, be sure to check out PureFandom.com. Also this week, “Brad and Cort Talk” sat down with Melissa O’Neil aka Two. Check out their interview here for more insights into the character and actress.
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