So following the crew’s escape from the exploding space station in the first half of the season 3 premiere, we spent episode 2 reacquiring the Blink Drive from Ryo Ishida.
It’s all made possible when Five has a vision of Four’s childhood and learns from these memories the location of the Zion research facility, then deducing that must be where the Blink Drive is currently being held, and possibly even replicated. From here the crew of the Raza moves to disarm the small research station and prevent Ryo from equipping his entire fleet with the Blink technology.
Upon their arrival at the research station, Two and Three encounter the clone of Ryo and get to enact some catharsis by killing their former crewmate and friend. “It Doesn’t Have to Be Like This” is their general attitude towards the whole situation, but once Ryo exhibits a willingness to sacrifice his own people just to stop the Raza from reacquiring the Blink, our protagonists resort to gunfire. Elsewhere, unwilling to disobey her Emperor, the last remaining scientist chooses an ‘honorable death over a dishonorable life’ and Three is forced to shoot her before she can destroy the drive. Real lack of self-preservation there.
And despite his refusal to relent, we learned some things about Four this episode. First of all, he made no attempt to physically attack Two or Three while in his clone state. And when he talks to the Android, it confirms what we already knew, that he didn’t know Nyx was dead, and he clearly isn’t happy about it. Finally, as cold as he seems about it all, I find it hard to believe Ryo is really done with the Raza. Surely this is all part of a larger plan – no? If it is or not, Two is having none of it, and she’s out for blood next time they meet – or is she? She didn’t exactly ‘shoot on site’ when they first encountered the clone.
Through Five’s continued visions, now jumping into her own memories, we learn a little more about how our youngest hero got aboard the Raza and where she learned so much tech stuff. It’s a sad story, but not an unusual one. Teenagers picking their friends over parental figures in short-sighted moves is never all that surprising, but it seems like she really threw away an opportunity with someone who cared for her. We have to assume this is going to come back into play at some point.
This second episode of the season was about trying to get the crew back on track after their attempt to be do-gooders failed. With the Galaxy now on the brink of corporate war, our residents of the Raza must get back to thieving and running if they hope to survive, and the Blink Drive is vital to achieving that.
GEEK Grade: B
Dark Matter airs Fridays on Syfy.