dark matter

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A little knowledge can be dangerous. Information from their recent rendevouz sends the crew of the Raza to a secret Dwarf Star base where they discover that Two (Melissa O’Neil) is far from the only one of her kind. The facility houses thousands of sentient biological machines, all with pre-made backstories ready to be awoken and unleashed upon the galaxy. However, that’s not the most disturbing part of what they find on the station. Confirming Three‘s (Anthony Lemke) recent nightmares, the Raza find a gateway where alien parasites await to come through and take control of their willing synthetic hosts. The arrival of a Mikkei ship doesn’t help situations, especially when Five (Jodelle Ferland) discovers one of their soldiers is another synthetic agent.

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Teased at the end of the previous episode, “Built, Not Born” offers the return of Android‘s (Zoie Palmer) robotic friends who call on the Raza‘s help to cover-up a murder, get three of them off a space station, and deliver them to their creator. Although the motives of their robotic friends will remain hidden from the crew, Two (Melissa O’Neil) will get a shock when meeting Dr. Shaw (Palmer) who not only created the Android but also was one of the scientists responsible for creating her as well.

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While not as amusing as the time-loop episode from earlier this season, “Isn’t That a Paradox?” is a goofy episode. The (often malfunctioning) Blink Drive has proved to be an intriguing plot element used to allow the show to do some more unusual stories. This time the malfunctioning device sends the crew of the Raza back in time to 2017 where they attempt to fit into suburban life while seeking out a second Blink Drive whose connection to theirs caused their unexpected journey in time. It’s an interesting idea that feels a little rushed (think of how much fun it would have been for them to be stranded in the past for multiple episodes).

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Negotiations between the representatives of independent worlds turn out to be just the distraction Ryo (Alex Mallari Jr.) needs to put his plan into action. First, using his new programmer, he hacks into the Android‘s (Zoie Palmer) programming giving his team control of the ship and a way on-board using the Transfer Transit pods. The crew’s former teammate is a little less murderous than we’ve seen him recently, choosing not to harm his former friends. However, his inability to capture Five (Jodelle Ferland) proves to be his undoing as the girl hides aboard the ship and works to take back control of the Raza.

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After a chemical attack Six (Roger Cross) awakes aboard the Raza among his friends but can’t help shake the feeling something is wrong and begins to suspect that nothing is real. Eventually Six manages to break out of the simulation, or does he? “Wish I Could Believe You” works as a classic sci-fi story where nothing can be trusted, even offering a twist or two once Six thinks he’s made it out of the simulation.

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“One More Card to Play” picks up the thread of the Rasa’s missing doppelgangers from the parallel universe when the alternate versions of Portia (Melissa O’Neil) and Boone (Anthony Lemke) steal a Zairon transport ship, betray one the crew’s few remaining allies, and attempt to steal the Rasa. While the plan ulimately fails due to extra contingency plans by Five (Jodelle Ferland) and the Android (Zoie Palmer), the entire series of events ends in a stalemate with the other crew still at large (and now in possession of their own ship).

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Owing more than a little inspiration from Groundhog Day, the first-half of “All the Time in the World” is perfect. Trapped in a time-loop forcing him to relive the same day over and over again, a frustrated Three (Anthony Lemke) struggles to convince the crew of the Raza what is happening and find a way to break the loop. There are several smart choice here, including starting with Three already stuck in the loop after several days and the use of the “Butterfly Effect” to explain the differences caused by his choices every time through the loop. Then there’s the incredulity of his crewmates and the various ways he attempts, and fails, to convince them of the truth (including learning French). It’s the best use of the concept I’ve seen on television since Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s “Cause and Effect.”

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A distress call from their handler Tabor (David Hewlett) leads the crew of the Raza to a mining colony on the edge of revolt against their corporate overlords. With Tabor nowhere to be seen, the crew meet his replacement Adrian (Mishka Thébaud). With no one to rescue, Two (Melissa O’Neil) wants to get off the rock as soon as possible, but Six (Roger Cross) can’t help but insinuate himself into the friction between the corporate guards and the workers which leads to even further complications when blood is spilled on both sides and the force behind the more militant group of workers is revealed to be the General (Andrew Jackson).

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