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Dark Matter recap: Episode 2×08, “Stuff to Steal, People to Kill”

Dark Matter recap, Season 2, Episode8, “Stuff to Steal, People to Kill,” Aired Aug. 19, 2016

Welp, Skipper. That test run didn’t go at all as planned. In fact, it couldn’t have really gone worse. Unless they managed to blow themselves up, maybe. That’s not really a spoiler. We’ve got quite a few episodes to go before anything show ending like that can happen. Right?

Now onward with all of the juicy details of how this thing went completely sideways for our crew. Read on after the Gilligan and try not to hum the theme to Gilligan’s Island. If you have no idea what that is … go Google it, and you poor thing. Childhood right there … well a few generations over, but still. Okay, back to our regularly scheduled program.

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We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

A few episodes ago, we saw Five facing off with her crewmates after Two, Three, and Four briefly regained their memories of the past and their pre-memory wipe personas. From that episode, we knew exactly how dangerous and borderline evil they could be. Remember, they wanted to sell Five to slavers! Welp, Five’s new Blink drive rips a hole in time and space and takes us to a galaxy far, far away. Well, technically, the Raza crew end up traveling 1.2 miles away from where they started. It just so happens that they instantaneously traveled to a parallel version of their own universe. One where Portia Lin, Boone, and Ryo are totally evil. Ryo has fought back against those who murdered his father and taken over as Emperor.


This new universe’s Portia Lin and Boone are working with Jace Corso and other crew members. They’re lackeys for Ferrous Corp and blink not even an eye if it comes to nuking a mining colony. This other Raza crew destroys Mikkei outposts and has a Blink drive of their own. Not a good look when our crew shows up.

The Mikkei destroyers pounce on our very stranded crew leaving Two with no choice but to surrender. They can’t exactly make  a clean getaway with a burned out Blink drive. Two tries for the truth with Commander Truffault. You know, we’re from another galaxy. We haven’t murdered anyone … lately. Truffault isn’t buying the whole parallel universe cover story. At least not until she has undeniable proof that there are two Razas and doubles of most of the crew. This alt ‘verse doesn’t have a Five or Six. Their Six was murdered by Two and we’re not asking any questions about what they did to Five. I don’t want to know.

Two Portia Lins Are Better Than One


Two makes a deal with Truffault. Her crew will team up with the Mikkei to help them bring down the alt Raza crew and retrieve the other Blink drive. First things, first — Two and Three need to track down their doubles and impersonate them. Easy enough. They can pretend to be totally shady, vicious murders. Alt Portia Lin and Marcus Boone are also hitting the sheets. It’s mildly disturbing and really kinda hot. Melissa O’Neil and Anthony Lemke seriously have all kinds of crazy chemistry. We saw it briefly last season, but alt Portia and Boone are making me wonder about our own crew members happening down the road.


Thinking they are meeting with alt Ryo, the duo don’t realize they’ve walked into a trap until they’re looking themselves in the eye. Our Two and Three board the alt Raza and if it isn’t Jace Corso’s very familiar face. There’s also Tash and Wexler. Two mercenaries who helped out the crew in season one and ultimately died. Two tags along to negotiations at a mining colony and nearly gets herself nuked by that double-crossing jerk, Corso. Three goes a round with the guy and knocks him out, before getting knocked on his ass by Tash. Two makes it back aboard the ship and throws down with Tash. She’s holding her own until her nanites start giving her issues again. Things don’t look good, but thankfully alt Android is as awesome and protective of her crew as the original.

Back on our Raza, Truffault double crosses the crew. She forces Android to shut herself down by threatening Five. The Commander demands Two and Three surrender the Blink drive. They pretend to comply long enough to make it back with the other Android who can link to the ship. Truffault can’t make a stand against both Razas. Thwarted, she backs off and leaves with her crew.

Can’t Keep Good Baddie Down

The crew releases Alt Portia Lin and Boone. They have everything they need to get back to their own time in space. They make it back, but don’t notice until too late that they’ve got a stowaway hitching a ride. Very likely it’s Jace Corso. Evil little weasel though he is, it’s always a pleasure having Marc Bendavid pop up on my screen. The Marauder disappears before the crew can do anything about it or find out who exactly is aboard. Again, my money is on Corso. They make it back to Regulus 12. Nyx (we don’t actually see her) spent hours waiting for Devon, but he never showed up. Oh, no. That does not bode well for Devon. Not at all. No time to worry about the doc, though. not when we’re ending the episode with Two getting those shakes again and then passing out. Not a good look!


What did you think of this week’s episode? What in the world is going on with Two and who do you think was in that Maurader? Four is becoming more and more preoccupied with the politics on his home-world. Any chance we’ll lose him to becoming emperor like his counterpart? His crew would certainly support him. Hit the comments and let me know what you thought of the episode.

Dark Matter airs Fridays at 10/9c on SyFy

(Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)


Cort Robinson

A lover of words and moving pictures, I'm a fangirl from way back. Seriously—I grew up watching Daytime TV from my granny's knee. It was Knots Landing over Dynasty, and BtVS over pretty much everything else. I watch entirely too much television and am quite happy sitting in an empty movie theater on a rainy day. And if we’re talking bromances, there's no bromance quite like the Winchesters. Cort has been writing since she can remember and podcasting for nearly 10 years with @bradzb. Be sure to check us out our "Brad and Cort Talk" interviews and recaps. Also, join in the conversation over at our "Brad and Cort Talk" FB group.

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