The third episode of Dark Matter‘s most recent season feels a little more like the early stuff. They arrive on a planet with one thing in mind, and then inevitably get pulled into a conflict between the local working class and the ruling corporate overlords. This time though, there is a cost.
This time they answer a call from Talbor Calchek, their handler. Only thing is, once they arrive Calchek isn’t there and turns out his old assistant Adrian Maro (Mishka Thébaud) is running the operation now, and needs a rescue. Just as untrustworthy as Calchek, Maro makes a lot of promises and eventually negotiates a ride on the Raza for him and his bodyguard Solara Shockley (12 Monkeys‘ Ayisha Issa). While this is happening, however, Six decides they can’t simply leave without first trying to broker a deal between the workers and the corporation. Shockingly, this doesn’t go as smoothly as it could.
First, he successfully negotiates a deal that will save bloodshed, but some rogue workers start shooting and ruin that. Then, seen as a liar, he’s taken captive by the corporate guards, booby-trapped and left for dead. This doesn’t sit well with the rest of the crew when they go in for a rescue. Once the member’s of Team Raza make it back to the workers, tables have turned and the guards are again ruling with an iron fist. So once more, power must switch hands and Six agrees to let the guards live, to be transported off the planet at the next opportunity. This, of course, doesn’t work out as planned given the arrival of Six’s old friend The General (Andrew Jackson).
Six pleads with the workers not to work with The General as he cannot be trusted. Hoping this will be enough, the crew of the Raza start their departure until a distressed call from the labor leader brings them back, and we find The General to have murdered the same guards that were promised amnesty. This is the turning point for Six, who has always worked as the moral compass of the crew. He murders The General right there on the spot and agrees to stay behind and lead the worker’s rebellion. This causes a shakeup among the crew.
Six now staying behind, and with Nyx and One both dead, and Four at odds with the team, the Raza is looking a little light. Enter the previously introduced Adrian Maro and Solara Shockley.
Solara should prove useful to the crew if she can stay alive and be trusted. Maro seems less trustworthy, but at least for now, it doesn’t pay to betray them. These two will stick around for a little while, at least before our eventual reuniting with Six.
Elsewhere, namely on Zion, Ryo is adjusting to his role of leader quickly, and there is no shortage of ruthlessness in his tactics, but this story has a long way to go before it plays out in a more impactful way. How he decides to handle Misaki (Ellen Wong) moving forward should prove interesting, as she’s clearly a little unstable. Also, could Teku Fonsei (Andrew Moodie) seem more suspicious or what?
Overall, it was a solid, though not spectacular episode, which pretty much describes the season at this early point.
GEEK Grade: B
Dark Matter airs on Friday nights on Syfy, just before Wynonna Earp. Next week’s episode looks like it’ll be fun, with an apparent Groundhog Day theme (a lot of the going around lately) and what appears to be an evil or ‘dark’ version of the Android? Next week has potential to be the best episode of season three thus far…